Look, I'm a 35 year old woman and I just want full glittery eyelids for my day to day work look. LET ME LIVE.
Years ago, Stila made this product that was a metallic cream that you mixed with a mixing medium and spread on your eyelid. I wanted that thing to work, but it was So. Bad. Specifically, it never set properly, so it would just crease and migrate across your face. It also felt like it had metal in it - it was gritty (and greasy, great combo) and weird. Eventually I just accepted I'd made a mistake and threw it away.
Somehow, my belief in Stila and glitter eyeshadow remained undented, and so when I started seeing these Glitter and Glow Liquid Eye Shadows online I made a date with Mecca Cosmetica and snapped two up.
Now first of all, never buy two of a product that's an experiment for you. That's a recipe for financial heartbreak if that product ends up being garbage. I just really couldn't pick one colour and in the end I decided that there's no point being in a permanent state of low level stress thanks to being a lawyer if it means I can't make a shitty financial choice in relation to glitter eye shadow from time to time. To the review!
Quick backgrounder on what I am working with here - I have brown eyes, fairly dimensional in colour but also very definitely the most boring colour that eyes can be. I have hooded lids that are growing more hooded by the day, so I either need intense colour on the moving lid (the bit that covers my eyeball) or I need to extend the crease up to allow the colour and blending to rise out of my naturally hooded crease. Also have not worked out how to photograph my eyelid. thus the lack of intense close ups of my face in this post. Maybe next time.
I bought the Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in "into the blue" and the Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in "la douce" .
I'd describe la douce as a bronze colour with a khaki tone, and into the blue is almost duochrome - it's a turquoise that shifts to a purple. Into the blue is unabashedly my favourite, but its also very statement, so I thought I'd try the more reasonable option in the other formula.
These are SO GOOD.
I tried la douce in two ways - all over the lid by itself (over eye primer) and then as a highlight in the middle of the lid over powder eye shadow. It set perfectly and it did not budge BUT it washed off with water - water - when it came to bedtime. I wore it for an entire day at work and it was #flawless by bedtime in both cases. Unbelievable. It's a very sophisticated shimmer/glitter, and I think it looks beautiful as a day time version of a basic bronzey smokey eye.
I only tried into the blue as an all over colour (again, over eye primer) and I LOVED how it looked. It's more of a glitter than la douce, as the name suggests, but on my lids it was just punchy enough, even with my glasses on. The formula of this is less intensely opaque than la douce, but it gets it done easily. You also cannot touch your eyes, as the glitter on this will shift very slightly if you rub at it. However, I didn't notice any natural fall out.
I also couldn't feel these shadows at all once they set - in fact, I forgot I was wearing them until someone commented on how pretty my eye shadow was (success!). The doe foot applicator is easy to use and nice and tidy, although question marks do arise for me around hygiene. Like, you put it on your eye and then back into a liquid suspension - so make sure you only use it when your eyes are healthy. I was able to get into the inner corner and right up against my lashline, and do both a precise line into the crease and blend the edge for different looks.
In terms of technique: they are wet going on, obviously, so I would suggest doing one eye at a time. I covered the lid, then gently fanned the eyelid until the shadow felt dry (about 15 to 20 seconds). If you want to blend out the edge you will need to work kind of quickly. Conveniently, Stila has made this great video for us:
Final question - are they worth the price? These are $38 each in New Zealand (which...ouch). I will tell you this - they are worth it. No fall out, long lasting, comfortable, beautiful colours...there's a reason they get five star reviews. If you're in the market for some shimmer, I really recommend trying these. Also, it's my birthday next month and I'm accepting Mecca vouchers so I can buy another one of these without feeling like I've lost the plot. AND Stila is cruelty free (and PETA certified), so no bunnies were harmed in the making of this eye shadow. Which makes sense, since it was clearly concocted by magical pixies in a woodland glen.