Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Review: Stila In The Light Palette!

I'm sorry for the long posting break! Let's hope I have more time for blogging in the future, now that it's Spring and there's more light to take pictures... :)
But now, here's a review that's been a long time coming. I've been trying to write this review for a while now. I've been using this Stila In The Light Eyeshadow Palette for a few months now and everytime I sit down and try to review this palette for you, nothing comes out.. But I think I know how I really feel about this palette now, so I'm ready. In The Light was on discount on BeautyBay so I ordered it for myself as a Christmas present.Yes, it's been that long...

I've been looking for good quality everyday palette. And by that I mean a palette that really has everything I need to do my eye makeup. That means a matte nude, a shimmery nude and some darker colors for crease or lining. I love my Urban Decay Naked Basics, but as you can see I've been wearing it so much that few of the colors are almost gone. I didn't want to repurchase it so I started to look for a new neutral palette.

In The Light has some great reviews so I decided to go for it. I paid only around 24€, which is not bad at all for 10 quality shadows and an eyeliner. I'm not sure if Stila is discontinuing this palette or not, it still seems to be around so I guess it was just a rumour.

Such a pretty case, it's made out of card board but it still looks fancy and pretty and I love the rose gold detailing. Also it's light so it's good for travelling. The Naked 3 palette is so heavy...if you have it you know what I mean.

What a nice variety of neutrals! You have your basic lighter colors in matte and shimmery finishes, then some lighter browns and darker colors too.  But the reason why I'm not really over the moon with this palette is that there is too many warm colors in here. I still dream of the cool toned palette filled with nude and taupe colors... :)

The palette comes with a Smuge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Damsel. It's a nice dark brown color, goes on so smoothly! Really lovely, it's so good that I'm thinking about ordering a black one too. But the only problem and a huge disappointment is that the twist-up mechanism does not work properly..! I think mine is just broken :(

Here's some swathes taken in cool and warmer lighting. As you can see, many of the colors turn out to look quite warm on my skin.

Bare - An ivory matte, very smooth and pigmented!
Kitten - A shimmery shampagne color. The perfect shimmery lid color.
Bliss - A matte light brown. Looks neutral on the pan but turns out to be more warmer on my skin.
Sunset - A copper toned brown with satin finish.
Sandstone - A very pigmented matte dark brown color. Super pigmented!
Bubbly - A warm golden shimmery shade. So pretty! Very creamy and pigmented, almost a metallic finish.
Guilded Gold - A bronze color with shimmer. This one is not the most pigmented one of the bunch.
Luster - A darker cool toned shimmery brown. Pigmented, but the the most easiest one to blend.
Night Sky - A grey/purple/blue with silver shimmer. Pigmented and very pretty! The gem of the palette.
Ebony - A super pigmented matte black.

Here's the colors I've been wearing the most. I really like Luster, it's the perfect cool toned brown. It has a little bit of gold shimmer but it's not too overpowering. I wish it was just a little bit easier to work with. Surprisingly Night Dust is my other favourite of the darker colors, it looks almost blue in the pan but it's really not that blue on the skin, purple I would say with lovely silvery glitter. Kitten is a lovely shimmery beige color. To me it's too shimmery to be used as a highlighter on the brow bone but I use it all over my lid, it's great for that. But the best part of the palette is Bare. It's the perfect all over lid color for me, it matches my skin tone perfectly. I use it as a base color for everything. Very pigmented and creamy!

From left: Bare, Kitten, Bubbly, Luster & Night Sky + Smudge Stick in Damsel
All and all, a really good palette with variety of colors. I wish there was a little less glitter in some of the colors and then some more cool toned colors. But you can't have everything, I guess..! I've really been enjoying this palette and I know I will be using it a lot towards the Summer.

Hope you found this review helpful! Thanks for reading!


  1. I recommend Naked2 Basics if you're looking for cooler neutrals. My Naked Basics palette looks a lot like yours does right now (so loved), so I decided to go for Naked2 Basics. I don't regret it. Very taupey.

    1. Thanks Stephanie! I've had my eye on the Naked2 Basics, I think it will be the next one I buy. Very taupey, sounds good :))

  2. The colors look really nice! I love me some neutrals! <3

    1. It's a great palette! Me too, neutrals all the way :)))