Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadows- Is It Worth It?

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.

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Each package comes with the eyeshadow, a bottle of Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer, and a mixing tray.

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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.

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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.

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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. 


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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.


  1. Andy says

    I watched a video on these and there’s another method of applying them in which you apply the liquid primer on your eyes and then with your finger you apply the eye shadow, it’s supposed to make it more pigmented I believe.

    1. xsparkage says

      hmm.. that honestly sounds like it would be crease city. i dont know, i dont like products that you have to try all different techniques to get them to look semi-decent :/

      1. Andy says

        If you go to product’s page on Sephora, the video is right now under the product on the left hand side. It’s actually a video directly from Stila I think. When they show the technique you used, the shadow doesn’t look that great either. It’s kind of a dud product overall.

      2. Cara says

        i think makeupgeek did a really in depth video on these as well. you might be able to see what she does.

  2. Brooke @ Blushing Noir says

    yuck =( Color-wise Vintage Black Gold is so pretty… but you can spend $1 on makeup that works better than these =( A shame, I would expect so much more from Stila!

  3. Quyne KayVi says

    Maybe they’re meant to be a top coat over a matte or shimmery color? But yeah, judging from your review, I probably wouldn’t wear them alone or even purchase them.

  4. Randi says

    Oh wow. I had an iffy feeling about these when you posted your first picture on Facebook, and now that I know I’m right, I won’t be looking into these. I feel like you can get either the same shade or similar with the Bare Minerals mettalic shadows, no hassle with application and they don’t crease to death. Thanks for the review, Leesha!

  5. Grace says

    Thanks Leesha! I’m from Ireland so I shop online. We don’t have Sephora so I went to the Stila website, I almost purchased three of these until seeing you review! Thanks for saving me 96 dollars!!

  6. Laci says

    For that price, I’m buying Chanel and not Stila.

    1. xsparkage says

      i applied it just like the video :/

      1. zara89 says

        Then it’s totally NOT worth it. It’s a shame and a waste of money…thanks a lot for the review

      2. yoshimi says

        But you say in your tutorial that you used a brush not your fingertips?

  7. Enrie says

    Honestly, I’m not nearly intrigued by these and I haven’t tried them, but since you have it and it would be a shame to waste the money why don’t you try to put a drop of the liquid straight into the pot, and then “rub” your finger into it and press it on the lid? I don’t know if it would work with this consistency, but this is what I would do :)

  8. Zadidoll says

    Dominick applies these with his finger over shadows.

    1. Alexis says

      That is what I do and then I set it with Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. No creasing and no fallout.

  9. gracy says

    dupes for this eyeshadows, please!!

  10. Kristen says

    i work at sephora, we had a stila event today and we all had to wear these. what a mess! plus- by the end of the day my eyelids were itchy (?!?!) and now they’re stained green from the emerald color. awful. :(

  11. Kristen says

    aaalso, the brand rep told us he doesn’t use the liquid primer but applies these over a regular shadow in the same color by patting them on. works a lot better but I’m still not a fan.

  12. oflifeandlists says

    Vintage Black Gold looks beautiful but these seem too much of a hassle for it to be worth it.

  13. Caseysaur says

    Creates a nice scaley effect lol

  14. Hannah Wilson says

    I’ve gotten a similar effect from the metallic HIP shadow duos. I had one of each (bronze, gold, and copper) and the metallic sides were soft and easy to apply, great payoff, etc. They didn’t have the glitter pieces that these have but they are so cheap and great for a metallic look.

  15. Veronica says

    I think Comex Gold looks like Amber Lights from Mac, but more metallic. =)

  16. Steelnpurple says

    Skipping..a lot of work and a lot of mess for that price tag!

  17. Maggie b says

    Don’t use the primer at all and just go directly in the pot with your finger lightly, the sweep on your lid. I find this the best method for me and I get tons of compliments when I wear them to work! I love these, but unfortunately find that the primer is worthless.

  18. Andrea Lux says

    I totally agree don’t use the liquid. Apply all of your shadow first and then apply this over it with your finger and you only need the tiniest amount. It lasts all day for me and I have minimal fallout with this techique.

  19. Rebecca Wraxall says

    TIGI cosmetics makes something like the liquid (much cheaper and in a much bigger bottle!) called liquid enhancer. Great mixed with shadows or pigments, and can turn either into a liner. Its only $17 retail for 1oz.

  20. Phyrra says

    It looks like such a hot mess.

  21. Kat says


    That looks terrible. If you can’t apply it, I don’t even want to know how it’d end up on my eyes!

  22. beeeinyourbonnet says

    Omg nooo I love this product! Try applying it dry over other shadows–I do that all the time (pat a tiny bit on with my finger), and it makes my eyes look like disco balls. The gold is my favorite.

  23. Lynne says

    I have vintage black gold and recently ordered two more colors (copper and merlot). I prime my lid first with UDPP, then mix and dab on the foil finish. I’ve never had a problem with it creasing; I wonder if you used too much of the liquid primer (I dislike how little they gave us)? I try to get the consistency of pudding or thicker, then do 2 layers, letting the first one dry in between. If these were cheaper I would own them ALL!

    1. SP says

      I agree these are not easy to apply but they do look good if applied over a shiny shadow as a base. I haven’t seen any other brands that have colors like the gold and copper, so for that reason I may not return this.

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  25. Nickia says

    If you still have this use it with too faced glitter glue it lasts soo long no mess.. I had the same problem the 1st time it was such a big mess with their primer. Too faced glitter glue s a miracle.

  26. Alexis says

    Leesha, I bought the Pixie Dust shade from Ulta, and I have found that the best way to apply these are to do regular eyeshadow and then just using the Pixie Dust by itself, with my finger and pat or smear across my eyelid over the regular eyeshadow and set with Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. I have no fall out at all doing it this way and it looks so pretty. It doesn’t crease either. I think that they made this more complicated than they should have by saying to mix it with the Stay All Day.

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