A few weeks ago, I saw a video on Facebook showing Stila’s newest product- Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadows (which is a mouthful of a name, right?) I was immediately super intrigued- they’re so shiny! So metallic! So ME! I had to try them. I went to Sephora yesterday and picked two up- Comex Gold, which is a warm orangey gold, and Vintage Black Gold, which is a charcoal black with gold sheen. The price was a lot steeper than I was expecting- $32 each! Even so, I really wanted to try them out.
Each package comes with the eyeshadow, a bottle of Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer, and a mixing tray.
The bottle of liquid eye primer really disappointed me, because it’s small to begin with, and comes only half full. I can’t imagine that being nearly enough for the size of the shadow! I feel like you would run out of the liquid primer waaaaaay before the shadow.
Vintage Black GoldVintage Black GoldComex GoldComex Gold
Applying these is weird- you’re supposed to put a drop of the liquid into the mixing tray, then mix in some of the pigment to create a paste. The shadow itself is a weird consistency too, its not a pressed eyeshadow or a loose pigment.. its almost moldable, if that makes sense, but is still flaky. It’s also weird to getting the right consistency when mixing with the liquid, as its easy to use too much liquid and then it applies uneven, or too much shadow which is harder to apply.
I realized after I took photos that you are supposed to apply this with your fingers, and on top of that its actually really hard to apply with a brush because the shadow kinda just balls up and doesn’t stick to the brush.
Vintage Black Gold Applied with fingers to lidComex Gold Applied with fingers to lid
I noticed that the shadow creased very quickly on my eyes, but I could smooth the shadow out with my fingers (I was afraid it was going to dry and flake off if touched, but that didn’t happen). At the same time, it didn’t feel like it was setting. 10 minutes after applying, the eyeshadow still felt sticky. I did notice that I had to keep fixing areas that were creasing, and then shadow would stick to my fingers instead of my lid, which caused more problems. On top of that, these really didn’t blend well with other eyeshadows. I tried to blend some matte browns out on the edges, and the shadow just wasn’t having it.
Honestly, I can’t say I would recommend these. If they were around $15, I might say the shimmer was worth the price, but for $32, I can’t say its worth the effort you have to put in to use these. They are gorgeous shades, but the amount of product you get and the amount of work it takes to get them to look decent just isn’t worth the price in my opinion. I know that these have a 4 star rating on Sephora, so I don’t know, maybe I’m doing something wrong? The colors are gorgeous and I absolutely love the shine and shimmer and metallic finish they have, but I feel like there are other products out there that can give a similar effect without all the hassle and price tag.
Available for $32 each from Sephora.