As soon as I set eyes on the Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow shadows from Stila, I knew one of them was going to be mine (or several). I decided to start with one, I love wearing glitter shadow but they can often require effort and don’t wear fantastically over a long period of time, and rumour on the street was that these babies did. So I eyed up which I wanted and settled on the Stila Magnificent Metals Rose Gold Retro.
Within about 2 days these sold out everywhere in the UK, so I had to wait a few weeks for my new baby to arrive, she was overdue but she was worth the wait. Everything about this product is gorgeous, from the outer cardboard packaging to the end result. And it should be, these aren’t cheap. At £23 a pop these feel a teeny bit more expensive than what they should be, and a little expensive for Stila which most products seem to be around the £15-£20 mark. But I don’t regret spending my cash on it, and I want more.
The product packaging itself is a gorgeous heavy luxe looking Acrylic square tube, with pretty shiny gold lettering emblazoning the Stila Logo. The Lid with wand is a more muted matte finish. I was a little worried that the letters and details on the acrylic were going to scratch and tarnish easily, but after close to a month of this rolling around in my makeup drawer and travel bags it’s holding up well.
One of the reasons I opted to get this was because when I had my wedding makeup trial, the MUA used the old magnificent metals version on me and I love how it looked and I love how it wore. I chose Stila Magnificent Metals Rose Gold Retro as I thought it matched most closely the colour she used on me, but I’m already eyeing up two or three more from the original ‘neutral’ range of bronzes, browns and golds, as well as all three new launches which are blue, pink and lilac duochromes.
The wand on this isn’t my favourite shape, it’s quite long and narrow and it’s quite flat, I kind of wish this was shaped more like a liquid lipstick with just a angled end as it’s a little hard to control the flat sided applicator on the shape of my eye, a smaller shaped side would offer more options and a more precise application. That’s the only fault I can find in this gem.
Rose Gold Retro is maybe the most neutral out of the selection for my skin tone, blended out it’s pretty peachy toned – I wish personally it was a smudge more glittery, it’s kind of more of a foil crossed with a glitter and sits halfway between. Whilst I apply this all over my lid area, and leave it as opaque as possible, it does need just blending around the edges as it can look pretty clumsy if you don’t get perfect, so a quick controlled dab with my finger is usually all I need to get this looking nice. I find after a few hours once it’s properly dried, there is a little bit of fall out that happens underneath the eyes, but it brushes away quickly and doesn’t continue to flake away during the day.
I’ve done some experimenting and there is no difference for me whether I choose to use this with a primer or not, the application and wear time are the same which ever route I choose. However, whilst I have worn this by itself for a simple glittery look, I tend to pair this with shadows so I wear this with a primer underneath. I have attempted a cut crease using concealer underneath and it didn’t sit well on top of that at all as a side note, it was way less opaque than it would normally be.
I’ve been creating my go to shadow look of choice with some shadows from the Jeffree Star Beauty Killer Palette, using Courtney through the crease (a matte peach brown), Vanity (A deep charcoal brown) on the outer corner & underneath the lashes. I’ve increased or decreased the amount of Vanity I use depending on how smokey I want the look to be, although the look is very similar, I’ve included both.
I think these are worth the cash, if you are going to use them frequently, whilst I love all the colours that Stila have released so far, I know there is several which I wouldn’t use often enough to be able to justify the £23 a pop on them. What I’d quite like them to do is release a miniature selection of all of the colours, then I would buy them all. A small amount of this goes quite far and this has been my daily eye look for around a month now and I don’t plan on stopping, it’s showing no signs of the formula drying out at this stage, and you look at the tube and would be unaware it isn’t brand new, so I have a feeling it’s going to last a really long time.
Annoyingly current shade is out of stock off the Beauty Bay where I bought it from – but highly recommend checking out some of the other colours, I have my eye on Smoky Storm a pretty grey gold, Bronzed Bell – you guessed it a Bronze, and Gold Goddess a pretty gold – which reminds me a lot of a MAC Glitter Pigment I’ve been trying to get my mitts on since Christmas. They don’t yet have the new collection Mermaidy looking glorious ones, but you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be getting one of those as soon as they become available in the UK. You can get Rose Gold Retro available from Cult Beauty, I have shopped from there several times before and recommend them too!
Have you tried these yet? Are you a glitter shadow lover?
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