Stila Matte 'N Metal Eyeshadow Palette


My first Stila palette, ever!

When I saw that the new Stila Matte 'N Metal Eyeshadow Palette was being released in December, I needed it. Okay not need, but want. However, the thing that was holding me back from purchasing was the mixed reviews about this palette. Some people said that they loved it, others were on the fence becuase of the lack of pigmentation. I thought the pigmentation was pretty good every time I swatched it at the store. Finally, one day I couldn't take it anymore. When Cecilio had a journalism speaking engagement going on at a hotel, I entertained myself at the mall nearby. Guess what was in my Sephora shopping bag, among other things?


The Matte 'N Metal Palette cost $49 and comes in 12 shades, like all of the other Stila palettes. The top half of the palette has mattes and the bottom half is all of the metallic shades. I like how it's a mixture of warm and cool, not necessarily leaning towards one or the other (although I will say that I gravitate to warm toned palettes more).


Stila's palette containers are gold it gives off a luxurious, minimalistic vibe. I do not like how the names of the shades are not on the front, and that you have to keep looking at the back of the palette find out the shade names. I guess Stila is really trying to emulate the look and feel of the higher end brands.


Matte Swatches
vintage: light champagne cream
velvet: baby pink
feathered: soft light peach
fringe: cool toned baby rose
suede: mauve
velour: terracotta


Matte Swatches
bohemian: light silver
retro: cool toned rose gold
sequin: warm golden champagne
smolder: deep gray
sizzle: burnt sienna
flare: cool toned bronze

Like the reviewers, I too have mixed feelings about this palette. Don't get me wrong, the swatches (both the mattes and metals) appear pigmented on the arm, but the metals are not as pigmented once I apply it on my eyes. Especially the deeper last 3 shades. So don't expect a smokey eyeshadow look with smolder or sizzle. Smolder is the most disappointing shade of them all, since it appears really dark on the pan but is one of the lightest to swatch. And I do wish that there was at least 1 deeper matte shade. That said, this is still good enough for everyday wear, church, get togethers, etc. and parties too. Just don't expect to go full glam with this. Oh, and there's a bit of powder fall-out with the metal shadows.

I like this palette a lot, but I do want to obsess over it, especially with how much money I spent on it and because the swatches and packaging are luxurious. Yes, when I spend a crap ton on a product, I want to be able to shout about it from the rooftops and I don't feel I can with this palette. Now I wish I could've purchased the Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek Palette instead!

Here's a look I created with this palette:


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24 comments :

  1. Too bad the metallic shades are not as good on the eyes, but they look stunning when you swatched them in your arm, I love metallic/shimmery shades too :) Have a beautiful Sunday! xx

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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  2. It's a shame the metallics don't look the same as they do when you swatched them. But I do like the look you created at the end. Very pretty!

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  3. Oh wow, I was so close to buying this but changed my mind in the end. Looks like it was a good decision not buying it.

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    1. Yes, there are way better palettes out there. Now I kinda wish I tried their other palettes.

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  4. The only Stila product I have is the Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner, which I love. It's incredibly long-lasting!
    http://carolinapage.eu

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    1. I want to get the liquid liner as I've heard some good stuff about it. Their pencil liner is pretty good too!

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  5. Looks like there are some great colours there! I haven't tried any Stila products before - so thank you for sharing!

    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca/

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    1. They have some decent stuff, like liquid lipsticks and eyeliners!

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  6. The metallic swatches are so pretty!

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  7. Really want to try this palette out! I'm a bit of an eyeshadow hoarder myself haha!
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    1. Oh I am so a hoarder, I just purchased a Zoeva palette today! And then I bought the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette last week...

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  8. This palette is stunning! Thanks for the swatches so we can really get an idea of what they look like! Great post! =)

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  9. The lighter matte shades look very similar. Thanks for writing this review and taking the time to share some swatches!
    - Berrz | http://beautybyberrz.blogspot.com

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  10. It's definitely a stunning palette but I'm not sure it's unique enough for me to be able to justify it xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc. ❤️

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  11. It's so bad that the metallic shades weren't amazing, they don't look that bad but Stila is famous for Kitten, which is super metallic, so it would have been perfect if they got the other ones right. I also was keeping up with your blog and saw your trip to Playa, it seems like you had a great time! I know what you mean about the tacos, those things that TacoBell is selling is nothing like the real thing! (but I still like it though, haha). I'm so happy for you and Cecilio! :)

    Cy | Dulce de Mango

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    1. Oh I still love me some Taco Bell quesadillas too! Thank you so much :) I had a wonderful time there!

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  12. The shades look perfect for me but I agree, it's not worth the price tag if the pigmentation is not there. That's too bad. Thanks for sharing!

    Ioanna | beautyloverstories.com

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    1. It's such a shame too, this palette has so much potential!

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  13. Have you tried using these wet? That may improve the pigmentation problem you mentioned! I love Bohemian! So pretty! Oh, and you have to tell me what the lip color is! I need!

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    1. I will try this with my MAC Fix+ spray, thanks for the advice! I was also wearing Butter London Plush Rush Lip Gloss in "Flirt"

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  14. It's a shame that the eyeshadows aren't as pigmented as you would have liked, but I think they still look so pretty on your eyes and swatched on your arm! As much as you did spend on it, at least they're still nice colours that you can use every now and again!

    Joanne | https://fung-shui.com

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  15. Really love the metallic shades, they look so pigmented!

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