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stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighters (Review & Swatches)

stila Heaven's Hue Highlighters in Transcendence and Kitten

You may remember that stila released a trio of highlighters called Star Light, Star Bright for the 2016 Holiday season (Temptalia’s review of that is here). I remember playing around with it at a PR event and loving the look of it, but HATING the texture. It felt like putty and I could never really get any kind of colour payoff on my finger swatches, so I kind of figured it was just a dud.

So when stila released these Heaven’s Hue Highlighters… I was a bit skeptical. The texture and appearance look absolutely identical, but how were they going to play out on my face?

stila Heaven's Hue Highlighters
stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighters

There are three colours in the Heaven’s Hue Highlighter range: Kitten (stila‘s infamous bronzey-pink shade), Transcendence (an ethereal purple-pink) and Bronze (which I don’t have). These are the same shades as the ones that appeared in the holiday trio, but I really feel like these got a formula update. I say that because the colour payoff is amazing and completely unexpected because the product feels like putty under my fingers. I was expecting that a brush would get zero colour payoff because of the weird texture, but that was not the case at all – my brush picked up plenty of product!

stila Heaven's Hue Highlighter in Kitten
stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in Kitten

stila‘s infamous Kitten shade is a warm copper-bronze with a pink tinge. This is verging on too dark for my skin tone (around NW20), but I wear it anyway because it has enough of a reflective tone that it doesn’t look like it’s deepening up my cheek that much.

stila Heaven's Hue Highlighter in Transcendence
stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in Transcendence

The fun colour in this collection is Transcendence – a beautiful lavender-pink shade. I love that more and more brands are hopping on the oddly coloured highlighters bandwagon. This is not a shade for those of you who want something that looks natural. If, however, you want to look like some ethereal being, this is definitely the highlighter for you!

They have a putty-like texture!
They have a putty-like texture!

See what I mean about the texture? IT’S SO BIZARRE. The product is impressionable, but it will buckle and pucker if you apply too much pressure (look at the space between my fingers – the product cracked and broke a bit there). Granted, I doubt most people are going to be jamming their fingers in this – but it was certainly fun to play with while I did!

And yes, just to reiterate – your brush will pick up the product, even though it looks like untouchable pudding. I’ve seen a few reviews where people couldn’t get colour payoff, and I’m not really sure what to say to that other than that I used my Real Techniques Contour Brush and had no problems whatsoever.

stila Heaven's Hue Highlighter swatches - Transcendence and Kitten
stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter swatches – Transcendence and Kitten

Swatched out you can see that Transcendence has that ethereal sheen (although it looks more impressive in person to the human eye) and Kitten is definitely a bit deeper in tone than you’d expect. Neither highlighter has any particles of glitter within it.

stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighters – Face Swatches

I’m wearing only the highlighter on my cheek in these shots (on top of foundation).

Wearing Kitten
Wearing Kitten

Kitten does have a deeper tone than my skin, but when you blend it out you’re left with mostly a sheen.

Wearing Transcendence
Wearing Transcendence

Transcendence is a lot of fun. The purple-pink glow is so, so much fun to wear!

Final Thoughts

As all of my input in this post has been positive, I think it’s safe to say that you already know that I’m really into these stila highlighters!

For me, the most impressive part was seeing how well my brush picked up that weird putty like texture and applied to my face. It also applied as if it were powder too, so this highlighter is basically witchcraft as far as I’m concerned. I’ve been enjoying wearing both of these shades for the last 2-3 weeks and I never cease to be amazed at how well they apply and wear on me throughout the day. If you’re looking for a new unique highlighter, I think one of these is definitely worth your money!

The stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighters are available on sephora.ca for $42 CAD each or on sephora.com for $32 USD.

The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration. Post may contain affiliate links.

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow (Review & Swatches)

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

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 Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow is an absolutely jawdropping product.

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow
Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

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!

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow
Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

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.

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Kitten Karma - swatch
Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Kitten Karma – swatch

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!

Wearing Kitten Karma on the lid
Wearing Kitten Karma on the lid

Standard eye shot so you can see what it looks like mixed with some neutrals.

Wearing Kitten Karma on the lid - close up for texture
Wearing Kitten Karma on the lid – close up for texture

And a closer up shot so you can take a look at the texture of the product on my lids.

Wearing Kitten Karma on the lid
Wearing Kitten Karma on the lid

And of course, you can always mix them with some colour!

Final Thoughts

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!

The Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows can be purchased on sephora.ca for $31 CAD or on sephora.com for $24 USD.

The product featured in this post was sent to me for consideration. Post may contain affiliate links.

Swatch Sunday: Stila Eyes Are The Window – Mind

Stila Eyes Are The Window - Mind

 

Stila Eyes Are The Window - Mind
Stila Eyes Are The Window – Mind

Was it a year ago? Maybe slightly longer? Stila revamped their eyeshadow palettes and came out with a slew of these 12 pan ones.

Stila Eyes Are The Window - Mind
Stila Eyes Are The Window – Mind

This is the Stila Eyes Are The Window Mind palette and I was drawn in by that bright orange shade! This is an all matte palette.

Stila Eyes Are The Window – Mind Swatches

Stila - Brilliance
Stila – Brilliance
Stila - Instinct
Stila – Instinct
Stila - Reason
Stila – Reason
Stila - Imagination
Stila – Imagination
Stila - Observation
Stila – Observation
Stila - Thinker
Stila – Thinker
Stila - Genius
Stila – Genius
Stila - Wit
Stila – Wit
Stila - Creativity
Stila – Creativity
Stila - Understanding
Stila – Understanding
Stila - Perception
Stila – Perception
Stila - Intellect
Stila – Intellect

The Stila Eyes Are The Window – Mind palette can be purchased on sephora.ca for $59 CAD or on sephora.com for $49 USD.

The product featured in this post was sent to me for consideration.

What’s On My Face – Volume 47

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. 🙂


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Even though I had picked it up aaaages ago at IMATS New York, I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to play with my Mehron Fire palette. The look came out pretty nicely, but they were HUGELY benefited by a white, sticky base.

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Eyes
I first applied NYX’s Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk as a base, then:

  1. MAC Cork
  2. Mehron Inferno
  3. Mehron Hot Pink
  4. Mehron Purple Heat
  5. MAC Blanc Type

I created the wing with MAC‘s Blacktrack fluidline and applied Too Faced Better Than Sex waterproof mascara to my lashes.

Face

  • Foundation: Revlon Colorstay liquid  in 200 Nude
  • Blush: Hourglass Diffused Heat
  • Highlighter: MAC Soft & Gentle
  • Lips: Tarte Lip Quench in Rose

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More playing around with my IMATS goodies!

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Eyes
(all from the Violet Voss Holy Grail palette)

  1. Transition
  2. Toffee
  3. How U Doin
  4. Wine N Dine
  5. Teddy Bear
  6. Crystal
  7. 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 Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect mascara and applied a pair of House of Lashes Au Naturale falsies.

Face

  • Foundation: BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation in Fair
  • Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush
  • Bronzer: Joe Fresh Sand Bronzer
  • Highlighter: MAC Whisper of Gilt
  • Lips: Wet n Wild Cherry Picking

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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.

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Eyes

  1. Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie through the top of the crease.
  2. Makeup Geek Blacklight all over the lid.
  3. Makeup Geek Masquerade on the outer half of the lid.
  4. Makeup Geek Drama Queen on the outer corner to deepen it up.
  5. Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean and White lies mixed together on the brow bone.
  6. Makeup Geek Phantom on the inner corner.

I lined the outer half of my lash line with Makeup Geek Masquerade and then applied Lit CosmeticsDisco 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 Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof mascara to my lashes and popped on a pair of Bombshell lashes by Houses of Lashes.

Face

  • Foundation: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD liquid in Y225
  • Bronzer: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Bronze
  • Blush: Urban Decay Bittersweet
  • Highlighter: BECCA Pearl
  • Lips: Too Faced Unicorn Tears

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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!

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Eyes

  1. BECCA Ombre Rouge shade #3
  2. BECCA Ombre Rouge shade #4
  3. BECCA Ombre Rouge shade #2
  4. BECCA Ombre Rouge shade #1
  5. BECCA Ombre Rouge shade #5

I created the wing with Make Up For Ever‘s Ink Liner and applied Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara to my lashes. I’m also wearing a pair of Bombshell lashes by House of Lashes.

Face

  • Primer: Make Up For Ever Step 1 Radiant Pink Primer
  • Foundation: BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting foundation in Fair
  • Bronzer: Bourjois Delice de Poudre
  • Blush: BECCA Flowerchild
  • Highlighter: BECCA Champagne Pop
  • Lips: I lined my lips with MAC‘s Boldly Bare lip pencil first, then filled them in with MAC Brave with MAC Shy Girl on top

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Annnnd more products I got from IMATS New York. Eesh, I had no idea how IMATS heavy this post was going to be!

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Eyes
I first applied NYX‘s Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk as a base, then:

  1. Sugarpill Flamepoint
  2. Sugarpill Mochi
  3. Sugarpill Velocity
  4. Sugarpill 2AM
  5. MAC Blanc Type

I created the wing with MAC‘s Blacktrack fluidline and applied Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof mascara to my lashes.

Face

  • Primer: Joe Fresh Illuminating Primer in Pure Glow
  • Foundation: Clinique Chubby in the Nude in Intense Ivory
  • Blush: Stila Convertible Color in Peach Blossom
  • Bronzer: MAC Refined Golden
  • Highlighter: Too Faced Candelight Warm Glow
  • Lips: Clinique Pop Glaze in Licorice Pop

Stila Sunset Serenade Convertible Color Palette (Review & Swatches)

Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Palette in Sunset Serenade

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.

Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Palette in Sunset Serenade
Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Palette in Sunset Serenade

But now that I’ve got the option to try out five shades in one palette? I’m all over that! The Stila Convertible 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.

Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Palette in Sunset Serenade
Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Palette in Sunset Serenade

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).

Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Palette in Sunset Serenade
Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Palette in Sunset Serenade

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!).

Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Palette in Sunset Serenade - swatches
Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Palette in Sunset Serenade (Petunia, Peach Blossom, Gerbera, Camellia & Twilight Rose) – swatches

Swatched out, the colours look immensely shiny. Honestly, they look quite a bit like a thick milkshake-type lipgloss.

Wearing Gerbera and Camellia mixed together on cheeks
Wearing Gerbera and Camellia mixed together on cheeks
Wearing Peach Blossom on cheeks
Wearing Peach Blossom on cheeks
Wearing Twilight Rose on cheeks
Wearing Twilight Rose on cheeks

My Thoughts

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!

The Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Palettes can be purchased on sephora.ca for $51 CAD or on sephora.com for $39 USD.

The product featured in this review was sent to me for consideration.