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Testing New Products: stila Liquid Eye Shadow

Ahh, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

It’s time to cash in on my annual, mostly-exclusion-free coupon to ULTA.

I got my 20-percent off Platinum perk about a week ago. Since then, I’ve been scouting out which new (to me) products I want to try out.

Of course – as always — I used the sale as an opportunity to cash in on some must-haves that are already staples in my collection: I picked up another stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner, for example, and a brand-new Better Than Sex mascara.

But I didn’t just want to re-up on products I already know and love. I wanted to try something new, too. After all, trying and failing tastes sweeter when it’s on the cheap.

Enter stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow.

I’d been wanting to try this bad boy for a while, but at the hefty price tag of $24 for just one eye color, I hesitated.

Throwing this shadow in my ULTA bag – sale or no sale – wasn’t something I did lightly. Even at a few cents under $20, I wondered if my new shadow – in the shade “Kitten Karma” would be worth it.

So: was it?

stila glitter

THE PROS

Kitten Karma is beautiful, super-pigmented awesomeness. It comes out in an almost completely opaque gold-toned glitter that I’m 99 percent sure can be seen from space. All the hype you’re hearing about this product – from YouTube gurus, well-intentioned associates – is actually true.

These liquid eyeshadows can easily be applied to the eyes using the included wand. I’m sure you could dab some on the back of your hand and apply it with a brush, but I didn’t see the need – I just pressed the product directly from the packaging onto my eye.

If you’re sharing your eyeshadow with a friend, a sister, or your next-door neighbor, this may not be the most sanitary way about it – but I don’t share my makeup.

Like I don’t share my food. But that’s another story.

I’ve only tried Kitten Karma once (on Saturday night), when I paired it with a neutral smoky-eye look. But it seems like it’ll work with any number of colors – I’m particularly excited to try it out with some plum and raspberry-colored shades.

stila glitter swatch

THE CONS

I had some fallout when I tried to blend this product with the matte shadows that were already on my eyes.

Don’t get me wrong: there wasn’t an insane amount of glitter fluttering all over my face. (Though I wonder if that’d be so bad…) The biggest problem I had was glitter migrating into my crease, which – I think – is to be expected. If it didn’t blend at all, that’d be a whole different problem.

And, if you could call it a “con”: this glitter – at least in the rockin’ gold shade that I bought – is a bit hard to pair with typical “daytime” looks.

Now, I’m someone who can rock absolutely no makeup one day, and then go full glam the next. So, a daytime look on Monday for me may be totally different than one on Tuesday – and, if you’re someone who likes to go all out during the day, you go girrrl. This liquid eyeshadow might be your new go-to.

BOTTOM LINE

If you’re a fan of the nightlife – whatever that means to you (dinners, drinks, movies, sunset beach walks) – this product is ah-mazing.

My first adventure with stila’s liquid eyeshadow took me to a local dive bar, and I didn’t feel out of place or over-the-top – plus, it cut my get-ready time in half. I didn’t need to use glitter glue, or mess around with a zillion different colors. I used a crease color, an “outer v” color, and this bad boy. Done and done.

If you haven’t taken advantage of the ULTA Platinum or VIB/Rouge sales yet, this might just be worth trying out.

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