Stila has done it again, forcing me to give in to one of their gimmicks and pick up their new Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow. Last time I fell for their tricks, it was the Countless Color Pigments that came out earlier this year. I bought two of them and didn’t love them, but they’re alright.
Overall, I do love Stila products and they do know how to create interesting collections that catch my eye, which is why I always come back to them.
The Magnificent Metals collection is brand spankin’ new and retails for $32.00 at Sephora. It comes in 12 gorgeous shades, packed to the brim with more glitter than a Ke$ha concert. It’s a good thing, I promise.
I purchased the color Vintage Black Gold, which is a mega goldy color with a dark base which gives it some dimension. I love gold eyeshadows and have quite a few because I feel like it makes my boring brown eyes stand out more, so I’m always looking to add to my collection of golds.
The eyeshadow feels like your average cream eyeshadow (think Maybelline’s 24 Hour Tattoo shadows), but is a little bit chunkier straight out of the pot due to all of the glitter. I would not recommend using this product with a brush because it can be quite messy. The best and cleanest application will be with your fingers so don’t be afraid to get down and dirty with it!
I should mention that a little bit truly goes a LONG way with this product so always start off with a little less than you think you need. You can always add more later.
The product comes with a teeny tiny bottle of Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer, and a little mixing palette. On the package it is recommended that you use 1-2 full drops of the primer with a dab of the eyeshadow, but you can use this product several ways and even skip the primer. I personally don’t like the primer because it is very watery and makes the shadow too liquid-y in my opinion, but that is what will give you a gorgeous foil finish.
I have a couple of terrible swatches below:
This is with the TINIEST dab, blended out, without the primer. As you can see it is a very sheer glitter/shimmer finish. This would be nice for a pop of something extra over a nude eye look.
This is with a small dab of the eyeshadow, and 1 big drop of the primer. The drop was way too much. I would say half a drop or one small drop MAX will be enough. You can see from this swatch that the primer helps the chunkiness of the shadow go down a lot and all that’s left is a lovely smooth foil finish.
I like the chunky look quite a bit, so I wore the following look for a party a few nights ago:
I used the Magnificent Metals eyeshadow with a tiny drop of the primer over some shadows from my Stila In The Light palette, and with my Maybelline 24 Hour Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow in Pomegranate Punk as a base. Then I went back with a dry finger and popped some more of the Magnificent Metals straight from the pot for that extra glittery look.
I also used the shadow by itself and with no primer for an afternoon two days ago and am happy to report that I didn’t experience any creasing or fall-out. I haven’t tested the all-day power of this product yet but I used it on a sweaty, humid Miami night and didn’t have any problems. I’ll update you with my thoughts after a typical work-day if there are any issues there.
Overall, I like this product a lot, but I don’t love the price tag. $32 is hefty for a single eyeshadow, and I don’t like the primer it comes with, so there’s that. I would like to purchase some more but I think I’ll stop by Sephora and swatch the other colors to make sure I really like them before I drop a pretty penny on any of them.
Let me know your thoughts on the Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadows! Do you love? Are you kinda meh about it? If you’ve tried any of them, let me know how you’ve liked them in the comments!