Having been a lover of makeup since the age of 12, and a blogger for going on four years now, there are very few things left in makeup that will make me gasp out loud with delight. So when I find one of those products, you know it’s going to be a showstopper.
And the StilaMagnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow is an absolutely jawdropping product.
I originally saw everyone raving about these on YouTube and I was kinda like “the hype is too real right now, I’ll just hold off on trying them”. Over the next few weeks (months?), I kind of forgot about them until I went to a PR event that was showcasing some of the new Stila launches and my interest was once again piqued. I asked for a few of the shades, and was kindly sent one to try out.
You guys… it was love at first swatch.
I have *never* felt or used another product like this before. It’s like a liquid eyeshadow with glitter particles suspended within the base. It is absolutely breathtaking. It’s even more beautiful than a straight up glitter because of the coloured base that really helps to amp up the colour of the sparkle. It’s like a molten metal with lens flares thrown in for good measure!
The applicator is your standard flat paddle-foot, and the stopper inside the bottle does a good job of removing excess product. You’re left with just the right amount of consistency for application on the eye. I originally thought I’d end up using a brush to apply this to my eye, so imagine my surprise when I tried the paddle applicator and it actually deposited the colour beautifully. You can even turn it on its side and get into the tiny crevices of the inner corner of your eye without causing a mess. Again… I was astonished.
Photograping this was an absolute bastard. There is SO MUCH glitter in the product that the autofocusing on my camera was having a field day (I was doing this without a tripod so switching to manual focus wasn’t an option). So I’m giving you two shots of Kitten Karma to show you how this product looks. The left side is out of focus and shows you how the glitter pigments really explode with light on your skin. The right side is more in focus and shows the more copper/bronze base of the product with some of the chunks of glitter. Hopefully this will give you an idea of what the product looks like. Also… that’s one swipe – not layered!
Standard eye shot so you can see what it looks like mixed with some neutrals.
And a closer up shot so you can take a look at the texture of the product on my lids.
And of course, you can always mix them with some colour!
While this Kitten Karma shade was sent to me by PR, I have already purchased more because I am over the moon with this product. The application is unlike anything I’ve used before and I am head over heels for it!
I was also astounded at the lack of creasing with this product. On the day I wore it to work, I made the mistake of only wearing one eyeshadow primer (I normally wear two because one is never enough to stop even just regular eyeshadows from creasing on me) and I figured for sure this would be creased within an hour. That’s not at all what happened – by the end of the day I still had zero creasing on my lids and I was properly astonished. It is worth mentioning though that you will experience some fall out with the glitter flecks. Even Stila knows that and indicates that this product will provide “minimal fallout”. I’m not personally bothered by a few glitter flecks ending up on my cheeks (I think it looks quite pretty actually… like glitter freckles!), but I know some people cannot stand glitter fallout at all, so I figured it was worth mentioning.
So, in short, I think this is a wonderful product. If you want to try glitter but can’t be bothered with glitter glue, or sticky bases, or fussing with brushes… then this is the product for you. And if you’re someone who just freaking love glitter like I do? Then this is also the product for you!
I’ve only just realized that this is going to be a very heavy “makeup posting” week! I’ve got a What’s On My Face post for you today, a makeup tutorial up on YouTube tomorrow and then a “Totally Cute Challenge Week” on Friday. So if you’re looking for inspiration, hopefully you’ll find something you like on here this week. 🙂
Even though I had picked it up aaaages ago at IMATS New York, I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to play with my MehronFire palette. The look came out pretty nicely, but they were HUGELY benefited by a white, sticky base.
Eyes I first applied NYX’s Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk as a base, then:
Mehron Purple Heat
I created the wing with MAC‘s Blacktrack fluidline and applied Too FacedBetter Than Sex waterproof mascara to my lashes.
Foundation: Revlon Colorstay liquid in 200 Nude
Blush: HourglassDiffused Heat
Highlighter: MACSoft & Gentle
Lips: Tarte Lip Quench in Rose
More playing around with my IMATS goodies!
Eyes (all from the Violet VossHoly Grail palette)
How U Doin
Wine N Dine
Thanks A Latte
I created the wing with Kat Von D‘s Tattoo Liner in Trooper and tightlined both water lines with Marc Jacobs’ Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer. I coacted my lashes with MaybellineLash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect mascara and applied a pair of House of LashesAu Naturale falsies.
Foundation: BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation in Fair
Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush
Bronzer: Joe FreshSand Bronzer
Highlighter: MACWhisper of Gilt
Lips: Wet n WildCherry Picking
I did this one as a guest post for Zoe over on Writing Whimsy in June! She asked for “purple” and I just went hogwild with it.
Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie through the top of the crease.
Makeup GeekBlacklight all over the lid.
Makeup GeekMasquerade on the outer half of the lid.
Makeup GeekDrama Queen on the outer corner to deepen it up.
Makeup GeekVanilla Bean and White lies mixed together on the brow bone.
Makeup GeekPhantom on the inner corner.
I lined the outer half of my lash line with Makeup GeekMasquerade and then applied Lit Cosmetics’ Disco Diva glitter to the inner half and painted it into a thin point (I used Lit’s glitter adhesive to get it to stick). I created the wing with Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in Trooper and tightlined my waterlines with Marc Jacobs’ Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer. I applied Too FacedBetter Than Sex Waterproof mascara to my lashes and popped on a pair of Bombshell lashes by Houses of Lashes.
Foundation: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD liquid in Y225
Bronzer: Physicians FormulaButter Bronzer in Bronze
Blush: Urban DecayBittersweet
Lips: Too FacedUnicorn Tears
I did this look for a YouTube tutorial back in March. At the time I thought I was going to be able to cross post every makeup tutorial I did on there to on here… and it looks like that won’t be possible, but here’s that looks regardless!
BECCA Ombre Rouge shade #3
BECCA Ombre Rouge shade #4
BECCA Ombre Rouge shade #2
BECCA Ombre Rouge shade #1
BECCA Ombre Rouge shade #5
I created the wing with Make Up For Ever‘s Ink Liner and applied Too FacedBetter Than Sex mascara to my lashes. I’m also wearing a pair of Bombshell lashes by House of Lashes.
Primer: Make Up For EverStep 1 Radiant Pink Primer
Foundation: BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting foundation in Fair
Bronzer: Bourjois Delice de Poudre
Highlighter: BECCAChampagne Pop
Lips: I lined my lips with MAC‘s Boldly Bare lip pencil first, then filled them in with MAC Brave with MACShy Girl on top
Annnnd more products I got from IMATS New York. Eesh, I had no idea how IMATS heavy this post was going to be!
Eyes I first applied NYX‘s Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk as a base, then:
I created the wing with MAC‘s Blacktrack fluidline and applied Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof mascara to my lashes.
Primer: Joe Fresh Illuminating Primer in Pure Glow
Foundation: Clinique Chubby in the Nude in Intense Ivory
I’ve seen people swoon over the Stila Convertible Colors for yearrrrs. And yet, I could never commit to owning a huge pan of cream blush at that price tag just because I never really wear cream blush that much.
But now that I’ve got the option to try out five shades in one palette? I’m all over that! The StilaConvertible Colors are primarily marketed as a lipstick that you can also wear as a blush. However, I’d have to say that I notice far more people wearing these as cream blushes, and that was my intent for this palette.
The Dual Lip & Cheek palettes come in a warm version (Sunset Serenade, the one I have in this post) and a cool-toned version (Sunrise Splendor).
The five shades featured are Petunia, Peach Blossom, Gerbera, Camellia and Twilight Rose. Only Petunia and Camellia can be found in Stila‘s permanent range (or at least, that’s what I see on Sephora’s site!).
Swatched out, the colours look immensely shiny. Honestly, they look quite a bit like a thick milkshake-type lipgloss.
I’ve used enough cream blushes over the years to figure out that in general they usually aren’t for me. In fact, I’d pretty much decluttered all of the cream blushes out of my collection because I just didn’t reach for them. This Stila palette is going to turn out to be exception to that rule because these are PHENOMENAL! I have zero interest in wearing these as a lipstick because I just don’t like potted lipstick, so for me these are only cream blushes. I apply them to my face with a small stippling brush that fits perfectly into the pan. You barely need anything on your brush because these are so, SO pigmented. They melted into my skin really easily which made blending a dream. I found myself so impressed with the finish on my skin. They keep a slight bit of their sheen which makes for a really healthy glow, however, they’re not tacky, so you don’t have to worry about your hair sticking to your cheeks. I also had no problem applying a powder highlighter on top of the cream.
I finished trying these blushes out about a week ago for the blog… but I found myself continuously coming back to them over the following week even though I’ve got tons of other blushes I could be playing with. If that’s not a sign of an amazing product, then I don’t know what is! Two enormous thumbs up for this palette!
Another big makeup haul this month! Although I can (thankfully) attribute the bulk of this haul to a CBB swap we did at the very start of the month – I was able to get rid of a TON of products I don’t use or don’t like, and in return I got a whole bunch of freebies from other bloggers who had the same issue with some of their products. I’m so happy to be trying some new things and get rid of ones I don’t use – what a relief!
And because I have no real self-restraint, I did order a few things…
You knew this one was coming! I picked up ALL of the new Makeup Geek Foiled Shadows, and a whack of the regular line that was I was missing as well (including the new Poppy, High Tea and Rapunzel). Unfortunately for my wallet, but fortunately for you guys, I accidentally ordered TWO sets of the foiled shadows. Ouch, pain. So much pain to the wallet. BUT I’ve absorbed the cost (and shock) of it by now and I’m going to hold a giveaway shortly for the entire line of new foiled shadows. Look for a review and giveaway for those in a week or so!
The Silverlake collection by Wet n Wild has been the most exciting thing I’ve seen from the brand lately, so I had to finish up my collection of the palettes. I had two of them in last month’s haul, and here’s the remaining three!
Next up are a bunch of items that I picked up from the CBB swap/meetup that we did. For more details on that, check out Jenn’s recap, but the basic gist is that about ten of us brought makeup that didn’t work for us, dumped it on an enormous table at Tim Horton’s and took whatever we wanted from what others were willing to give away.
This Kat Von DStar Studded palette was part of the swap, but kindly held for me by Steph of Fun Size Beauty who had lugged it out there. I had debated getting this over the holiday season, but never bit the bullet. I’m happy to now have it… although I have yet to use it. Ack!
I’ve never used one of the Stila foiled shadows, so this should be interesting to test out. I ended up with a LOT of blue shades from the swap so I’m working through the slowly, but this one hasn’t made it through my rotation yet!
At the swap I got to meet Zoë for the first time ever (!!) and she pushed this Lise Watiereyeshadow single into my hand that she had been holding onto with me in mind. At the time, I was half worried she was giving me the shade I already had (Teal), but it turned out to be Violet, a shade I had sent to my friend as a gift, but never picked up for myself. This has turned out to be a beautiful shade, and I love it more than Teal as the colour payoff just seems to be so much better. Yay!
No one was looking at the Wet n Wild Megalast lipsticks, so I snatched up 965 Cherry Picking. These are some of the best lipsticks I own, despite their ridiculously cheap price point and I am always more than happy to add another shade to my collection.
WHO WOULD TOSS THIS AWAY? I love my L’Oreal Infallible shadows and I didn’t ownEndless Sea, so I gleefully added it to my ever growing pile of makeup.
I swear this essence Metal Glam shadow in Jewel of the Ocean is the exact same shade as the L’Oreal one above. I never really thought I wore that much blue shadow, but I sure do gravitate towards them quite often.
Yessss! Make Up For Ever‘s Smoothing Primer has turned out to be my favourite primer from the new Step 1 Skin Equalizer line (read my recent review here). This didn’t work out so well for another blogger, so I gave it a shot – and I’m so glad I did.
Rejected because it had too much glitter in it… which makes it perfect for me! The NARS Multiple in Undress Me is a pale lilac-pink chockful of glitter particles. The base colour basically disappears on my skin when I apply it, but it leaves behind glorious glitter particles. I tried it once as a highlighter, and it works, but it’s not for those who don’t want glitter on their face. I am SUPER excited to use this all over my body during Pride!
I’m not much of a nail polish person, but I didn’t have anything like these Sally Hansen ones and I thought they’d be fun for some holidays like Halloween and St. Patrick’s Day.
I’ve never used Wet n Wild‘s liquid liners before and this one was completely untouched in the swap. It’s a beautiful shade on the lids, although a littttle bit shiny which isn’t my favourite kind of finish for a liner. The shade is so gorgeous though that it’s worth ignoring that slight sheen.
Man, I walked out with a LOT of Wet n Wild in this swap. People kept throwing the bright eyeshadows at me because they knew I’d use them.
Last month’s CBB brand of the month was Marcelle, which offered everyone the opportunity to get 30% off on their web site for a limited time. Bonus was that a lot of items on their site were already on sale, so I stocked up on a few items. Marcelle‘s eye makeup remover has been a longstanding favourite of mine, so I snatched up four bottles at less than half price of what they normally cost at the drug store. SCORE!
I also picked up the Marcelle Liquid Dip-Pen in Blackest Black because Sarah fromWorkaday Beauty told me they were matte. They are indeed matte, but the felt tip isn’t quite long enough for my tastes. Like any black liquid liner though, I’ll definitely use it up.
As beauty lovers are apt to do, we end up with duplicates of items. I was handed this lovely Maybelline matte lipstick in the colour Craving Coral, one I had actually been eyeballing since this line was launched!
These next two palettes came from a fellow blogger who hadn’t touched them and decided they needed to be re-homed. I have no familiarity with Makeup Revolution as a brand other than that they’re based in the UK. What I CAN say though is that this palette and the next one are dead knockoffs of Sleek palettes – the shades are identical in both palettes. I have no idea if the quality is the same however – that’ll be interesting to see. This one is a rip off of Sleek‘s Acid palette.
And here’s the other one. A knockoff of the Sleek Mattes V1 palette.
And who could resist this one? I didn’t really need anything from MAC‘s Wash & Drysummer collection, but every year I get suckered in by the packaging. I’ve already gone through a full MAC bronzer before (Golden) and figured I’d step it up a notch this time and go for Refined Golden. It’s a beautiful bronze-y (veers orange though) shade with gold sparkle. The sparkle doesn’t translate to the skin much though, so I’m sure that will make a lot of people happy. And really… how was I going to resist that packaging? I mean my god.
I knew I was going to have a bunch of French skincare waiting for me at my parents’ place that my dad had picked up for me when he was in France earlier this year (I went back forOttawa Race Weekend), but I couldn’t wait any longer – I needed my Biodermasolution micellaire! In Canada it’s called Sensibio, and in France it’s Crealine – same product though. I was especially drawn into this one because it has a pump top (so handy) which also means it has a twist off top, which NONE of the other Bioderma bottles have. Seriously, have you ever tried to get top off of your regular bottle of Bioderma? Best wishes to ya!
And this is the one that was waiting for me at my parents. Now I’ve got one in the bathroom and one on my makeup desk. I love this for not only taking off my face makeup at the end of the day, but also for spot correcting as I’m applying it.
I really only rotate between two facial moisturizers and this is one of them. When I first tried Embryolisse‘s Lait-Creme Concentre (after having watch many Pixiwoo videos, of course) I didn’t think much of it. But, for whatever reason, I have found myself going back to this one again and again. This is probably my fourth or fifth tube.
And the last French item is Nuxe‘s Reve de Miel lip balm. I’ve never used it, but I’m excited to. It smells nothing like honey and a lot like lemon – totally unexpected!
And the other moisturizer I use is by Aveeno. My mom picks this up for me whenever she’s either at Costco or Walmart because I don’t have convenient access to either of those places here in Toronto.
While in Ottawa, my mom and I were in a health food store briefly and I somehow (lol) found myself in their beauty area. I wasn’t taken by much except for this perfume byPacifica. It’s their French Lilac scent and it smells identical to the lilac tree in my parents’ backyard. Interesting fact… I bought this for $10.50 at the health food store. A few days later I went to Terra 20 (a natural beauty and other stuff store) and they were selling the exact same thing for five bucks more. Holy jeez, gouging your customers much?
Ah Burberry. I found myself at Nordstrom in the Rideau Centre and wanted to check out what Burberry had to offer. I never find myself at Holt Renfrew (frankly, I don’t think I look the part when I walk in there), but I felt a lot better about being in Nordstrom in Ottawa (Nordstrom has yet to open in Toronto!) so I swung by the Burberry counter. The item I was Most drawn to was this Lip and Cheek Bloom in Poppy – an incredibly vibrant pinky-red shade. It’s so gorgeous and was impossible to pass up.
Phew, we’re getting down to the end of the line! The last few products are all from Sephora. I placed an order for a hair care item I needed, and “had” to add these on to my cart to get free shipping. I picked up the Clinique Cheek Pop blush in Cola Pop because I’d read on Jen’s blog about this one and I was struck by the uniqueness of it. I’ve tried to curb my spending on blushes, but I truly do not have anything at all like this shade in my collection and am curious to try the formula out.
This was a spur of the moment decision. I once turned down a free white liquid liner from Illamasqua (I opted for a free eyeshadow at the time) and I’ve regretted it ever since. I actually feel like that white eyeliner haunts me – how could I turn down such a unique product?! So I grabbed Kat Von D‘s Neruda Ink Liner to see how it goes. It’s not a brush tip like the Tattoo Liner is, but it’s a long-tipped (highly necessary!) felt tip that lays down one hell of an opaque line. I’ve only swatched it so far, but can’t wait to use it in a look.
And lastly (phew, we made it!) is the Marc Jacobs 500 point perk. I got this primarily because if I hear one more person go on about the Marc Jacobs Highliner gel liner, I was going to scream. (And so far, it does live up to the hype, this thing sticks to skin like nothing I’ve ever seen.) I’ve also been sitting on about 1500 Sephora points and was happy to finally see something come up that WASN’T skin or haircare based. There’s also a mini lipstick, liquid liner and mascara in this box, so I think it was well worth the 500 points I spent on it.
And that’s it! How was your month? Did you pick up a lot of new goodies?