Thursday, 28 July 2016

Stila: 'In The Light' Eye Shadow Palette Review


I have been wanting to write up a review of this palette since it arrived on my doorstep. It is my most loved and used eye-shadow palette and is packed with ten absolutely gorgeous shades to die for, plus a waterproof eyeliner. I came across this palette when browsing the internet for reasonably priced make-up and fell in love with it. I wasn't sure if to order the 'in the light' or the 'in the garden' palette but settled for this beauty due to the shades been more of what I was after. I was a bit unsure whether to purchase this product at first, simply because I had no previous experience of Stila products (which now I realise that I have been missing out) but with the incredible price, I couldn't resist.

This palette was in the sale for £12.50, reduced from £25 which is an absolute bargain. I was over the moon to find this product and was absolutely thrilled when it arrived. It contains a mixture of both matte and shimmer shadows, mostly all neutral shades with a couple of subtle blue shades which is perfect for the summer months. I absolutely love the colour range within this pallet, giving so many different looks that you can explore and these shades all seem to work well with my skin tone, especially the pinker shades which I was surprised at. Within this palette, there are four matte shades which are all soft and rich as well as six shimmer shades which have a creamy consistency. I find that these shades are so pigmented and are extremely easy to blend. If these ten warm shades aren't enough to persuade you, then this palette also comes with one of the Stila Smudge-Stick Waterproof eye-liner in the shade 'Damsel' which is a deep brown shade and has a creamy formula ensuring that it wont tug on your eyes. I have personally never owned one of these eye-liners before, but I have heard really good reviews on them and look forward to using it more.

This palette arrived in simplistic brown packaging and included a look-book with six different gorgeous styles that can be easily tried out with a step-to-step guide. As you open the palette, the shadows are in the bottom half with a mirror in the top which is ideal for if you are needing to do your make-up on the go. Above this mirror is a quote by Sarah Lucero which reads "believe in the beauty of the future" which I think adds a lovely touch. Within this palette, my personal favourite way to use these shades are by taking the shade 'bare' and using it as a setting shade before working the shades 'bliss' and 'sandstone' into my crease before blending the shades 'bubbly' and 'sunset' onto my lit and completing the look by using 'kitten' in the inner corner of my eye. I feel that I already have and will use the majority of the shades within this palette. The only shade that I am a bit nervous about using is the shade 'night sky' which is a gorgeous blue shimmer shade which I am just not sure if I can pull off. Other than this, I am sure that the palette will get used all of the time and if you don't already have this palette, then it is defiantly worth investing in, especially if you are like me, and prefer matte shades to shimmery as this palette gives you a wide range of options.

From left to right these swatches are; bare, kitten, bliss, sunset, sandstone, bubbly, gilded gold, luster, night sky, ebony.


Stila has very quickly became one of my favourite brands for eye-shadow and if you're lucky enough then there may even be a Stila counter within your local Boots store. If not, have a look on their website and see if you can pick yourself up any bargains! If there is anything more that you'd like to know about this product then just leave a comment, but I highly highly recommend and hopefully some of you will love this product as much as I do.

Thank-you for reading, Tay x

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