I told you it was coming, and by now the four stunning Eyes are the Window palettes should be available in store. Part of the Stila anniversary collection which I wrote about here, the palettes are named mind, body, spirit and soul. It sounds very Zen, but that was the opposite of how I felt when I received one to review! If you looked at my blog any time in the last year you would know that I’m a huge Stila fan, verging on zealous-cult-worshipper status. So I’m not exactly unbiased, but you know I’m honest in my reviews.
Stila has really upped their packaging game with this collection, and the palettes are in ultra-luxe, highly reflective metallic compacts. Spirit, the one I received, is rose gold. #Sigh.
Spirit is one of the two palettes I had earmarked for purchase, and contains 12 of Stila’s most iconic shades of the past 20 years, which I think is a lovely idea. Of course it contains my favourite eyeshadow of all time, Kitten, but with the exception of the pewter shade there isn’t a shade in there which I wouldn’t wear all the time. They are mostly warm toned shades. I’m sorry the shade colours don’t show up in this light very well, but my original post (link above) has a better picture of the shades.
Pigalle was the one that surprised me the most, a reddish shade which I would never have thought to wear. It looks less red on the eye and makes quite a sophisticated burgundy brown for evening paired with Barefoot.
The majority are really wearable everyday shades. The only mattes in this palette are a matte cream (Chinois) and a matte light warm brown (Puppy) and the rest are shimmery. If you own a Stila palette already you will know the quality is usually right up there with the best available when it comes to their permanent line-up. These shades are no exception as they are very pigmented, soft and blendable, and long lasting. Obviously I use an eye primer and they last all day, but even without primer there isn’t much creasing or disappearing acts going on by mid-day with most of the shades.
There is a lovely bronze, a peach (perfect for summery makeup) and some pretty variations of champagne tones which will just go with anything. And of course there are the darker shades to create a sultry smoky eye. I have my eye on the all-matte Mind palette next. I’ve seen a few not so great reviews and swatches of the jewel-toned palette in this collection, but this particular palette is great.
This palette is actually amazing value at R495 for 12 shades and with such beautiful, luxury packaging they’re pretty irresistible. The original palettes like my favourite In The Light palette are now R435 so these are slightly more expensive, but still worth every cent. Available at selected Woolworths & Truworths stores.