For those who know me well, this blog post title will come as no surprise. The Stila Magnificent Metals were launched earlier in the year, I tried one, and now we’re here… at 14 shades. The ones I don’t have I’m not too interested in adding to my collection, so unless there’s a crazy good deal on and I see them at a silly price and can’t say no, or there’s some new shades launching then this is my collection complete (y’all know they’re going to launch some more colours and this isn’t going to be complete). Whilst I absolutely love these, there are a few duds and they’re not all created 100% equal, so I thought I’d talk through my sizeable collection and give some tips and pointers for working with them.
I’ll start by saying not all of these shades are available in the UK, I had to go out of my way to get my hands on a couple of these shades. Some of these shades are miniatures from the Christmas Collection which is already proving hard to find for a lot of people, however the shades are all permanent (bar one), there’s nothing here which is limited edition. I have three different formulas, Glitter and Glow, Mermaid and the new Shimmer ones.
So let’s start from the top, packaging . These come beaufifully packaged in a soft gold box which looks much more modern compared to Stila’s older raw cardboard packaging. The tops of the boxes contain a rough guide about what the colour and finish looks like – so for example the shade In a Firenze has a light holographic sparkle which is seen in the top of the box, it’s the little details that count. The sophistication of the box is carried through to the tube, with a heavy clear acrylic tube emblazoned with a chrome gold Stila logo and the same soft gold cap. When I got my first Magnficent Metal I thought the gold would soon rub away and get scratched to pieces, but that shade (Rose Gold Retro) has been well loved and thrown about in my makeup bag and it’s still looking near on perfect for a product that’s almost empty.
Personally I think Stila should sell the miniatures all year around in sets, there’ll be a lot of people wanting to get a couple of shades but who won’t/can’t wear them as frequently as what I have done. I had Rose Gold Retro, and Rose Gold Retro only for around 6 months and in that time I probably used it 100 times, not exaggerating, I couldn’t put it down. In that time I’ve probably used up about two thirds of it, it’s only now that I’m starting to have to scrape the barrel as it were and I can finally see the applicator touching the sides and leaving a gap.
The line is mostly neutral toned shades that fall in the taupe, rose gold, gold, bronzes and silvers. The mermaid collection is mostly soft pinks with the one blue. If there’s one thing this range is missing for me it’s colour – I know in the US they have a bright violet shade which is stunning, but it’s not made it’s way to the UK yet and it was OOS when I placed my UK order. But even so – I’m petitioning for some new shades, how gorgeous would a navy or olive green be in this finish?
One thing the range does have is a few shades which I feel are duplicates of each other, there’s ones I definitely feel like you don’t need both of, one or the other will do as they’re so similar.
So what do I like about these to boldly label them as my product of 2017? (It might even be all time, but I’m not ready for that committal yet)
Simply – they’re easy. The liquid formula is a way to wear glitter that people without makeup skills can easily and quickly do. These for the most part all have great pigmentation, can be worn alone or blended with other shadows, and last all day. They have no fall out (apart from one).
So how best do these apply I here you ask and I tend to use these in one of two ways. More often than not I will apply directly to the eye and put the product on but not right to the edge of where I want it to end. I then either use a brush or my finger to blend out the edges and make it look less harshly edged. Some of the set incredibly quickly, so I tend to do one eye at a time. If I’m looking to do more of a subtle look with them I tend to take some product onto the tip of a pencil brush and concentrate it in to give me a bit more control.
Shade Swatches & Reviews
Into The Blue / Mermaid Collection
These kind of stand alone in their own category because they’re not the same finish as the glitters. This is kind of like a duochrome shadow with a very fine glitter scattered within it. The finish reminds me a little bit as if I’d used a MAC Reflects Glitter over a duochrome shadow. The pigment on this is also kind of hard to get opaque – the swatch on the right is two layers as it’s kinda sheer and patchy. It either needs using over a shadow or layering up two or three times. I won’t be buying more of this formula.
Diamond Dust / Glitter and Glow
I was never really that interested in getting Diamond Dust as a full size, but I may end up using this mini all up very easily. It has a clear sheer base but the glitter in it really packs a punch – it can be layered over other colours, worn in the inner corners for an extra pop or layered up alone. What I like about this is that it’s not a full ‘plain’ silver, it has holographic glitters in it which gives it an extra lift and glisten. Now Stila… can we make one that’s full holo?
In a Firenze / Glitter and Glow
This one isn’t available in the UK yet, this is so gorgeous in the tube but it just doesn’t translate to swatches or the eyes that well. It has a semi-sheer base, in the tube you can see very fine holo sparkles which just don’t swatch at all. I bought this out of curiosity it was new, there weren’t really any swatches of it online and it looked pretty on Sephora when I was placing an order. I like it, but don’t love this one.
Next to Notte / Glitter and Glow
I bought the larger minis set specifically for this shade – again it’s not one that’s currently available as a full size in the UK, although it is on Sephora. This is almost fully opaque and looks stunning on the eyes in a gorgeous cranberry red. One thing I like about this one in particular is that it’s monotone, a lot of the glitters have silver glitters but this one is pure red. I’ve worn this a lot already, especially with a red velvet party dress which is getting a lot of love this season!
Peachy Sheen / Glitter and Glow
Probably the mot disappointing out them all is Peachy Sheen, which is supsrising as it looks so stunning in the tube! This is really sheer and just comes off as kind of flaky and sheer on the eye, despite the fact that it’s sheer it feels thick on the eye and doesn’t even layer up well. This is a bit more sparkly than I managed to get in this swatch, it’s one of those you really want to move in the light to see it reflecting – this isn’t available as full size and feels like a prototype that shouldn’t have made the cut.
Kitten Karma / Glitter and Glow
Kitten Karma is another that I wasn’t that bothered about buying, The whole Stila Kitten fascination is a bit lost on me and I presumed this one would be too. This is quite similar to Rose Gold Retro below but the glitters and the base is slightly more champagne toned rather than Rose Gold. The Glitter Chunks in this one are a little bit larger and a bit more dense which means out of all of them it’s the sparkliest on the eyes.
Rose Gold Retro / Glitter and Glow
Very similar to Kitten Karma, the glitter in this one is a bit finer and a bit more silvery in tone but the base is a tad more orangey. I do love this one, but I feel like you dont need Kitten Karma and Rose Gold Retro as they’re pretty similar in tone. Despite the fact this one in the swatches looks a bit more glittery if you look at the application pictures further up in the post Kitten Karma is more glittery and would get my vote out of the two.
Gold Goddess / Glitter and Glow
This one is a completely sheer base and the glitter density with one swatch is pretty light, on this one it’s not necessarily a bad thing as it gives a lot of control. This looks really pretty layered over a gold shadow which can be built up to give a more intense sparkle, however it would take you a lot of layers to get this to be fully opaque by itself – it’s a topper, definitely worth having if you like gold or like the idea of using it over different toned shadows.
Smouldering Satin / Glitter and Glow
I know what you’re thinking, woah, that’s glittery and you’re right it is. Unfortunately this one does come with a downside and it’s the only shade that really does it noticeably – fall out which is a shame because just look how sparkly it is! This is a cool toned medium brown (it’s described by Stila as tan, it’s not tan) packed with gunmetal silver glitter that’s very opaque. If you don’t plan to ever wear these in the day for long wear then you could get away with this for evenings out for dinner for example, it starts falling out somewhere between the 3-4 hour mark and when it starts deteriorating it deteriorates quickly.
Smoky Storm / Glitter and Glow
Very similar to the one above this one is ever so slightly warmer but on the eye it comes off basically the same. This one requires an extra layer to get it as opaque as Smouldering Satin, but it’s worth it as it’s just much better lasting on the eye. This was another lazy colour dupe from Stila both of these didn’t need to be in the line. This one is one of my favourite shades, pick this one over Smouldering Satin if you’re looking for a cool brown.
Kitten / Shimmer and Glow
This one is labelled on the tube as being the glitter formula, in the box of six it was labelled on the packaging as the new Shimmer and Glow finish. Either way it’s nothing like the glitters and isn’t available in the core line, it’s like they made this shade, packaged it and realised they couldn’t call this formula the same so re packaged the next two. Stila have said that these will be permanent but as of yet I can not find them anywhere other than the large set of six minis.
This is a really pretty foily champagne, but this one – as well as the two below are all blighted with the same problem. The more you wear them the more they loose the foily finish pretty quickly and within a couple of hours they look like a normal shadow.
Grace / Shimmer and Glow
This one is quite similar to Kitten, and yet again in a set of three it does feel like a duplicate shade which didn’t have a lot of variety in the trio. This one is slightly browner but side by side in the tube they’re almost indistinguishable.
Twig / Shimmer and Glow
In theory this shade is gorgeous – I absolutely love how this looks (I have a dream of owning a metallic brown car, and this is the perfect shade). But on the eye it’s just too dark for me to use all over/mostly over the lid, if it was a tone or two lighter this would.
I’m hoping you can see the similarities a bit better between certain shades with theses swatches
Left to Right: Into The Blue, In a Firenze, Next to Notte, Rose Gold Retro, Kitten Karma, Peachy Sheen, Smouldering Satin, Smoky Storm, Gold Goddess, Diamond Dust
At £23 a pop they’re not cheap but they do offer great value for money – I already estimated I’ve used one of the shades over 100 times and I’d estimate I’ll get another 30 or so out of it. I think if you can pick up a shade or two to create different looks with then it’s money well spent, especially for easy festive makeup.
So there we have it, my Stila MM collection. Let me know if you own any and what your favourite shades are in the comments!
The Magnificent Metals can be found on Beauty Bay for UK customers (they do sell internationally too, but there are certain restrictions on some brands for certain countries) and they’re also available from Sephora US (where you can find Next to Notte and In a Firenze – the shades not available in the UK yet).
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