That was not what it was like to purchase the Stila Magnificent Metals eyeshadows. "Am I... am I really about to spend 96 dollars plus tax on three eyeshadow singles? Is that a real decision that I am really making in real life?"
Well, I did it. Crap. (20% back from the VIB sale + 8% back from ebates did slightly lessen the blow.)
|WHY THE FUCK DO YOU COST SO MUCH.|
The texture of the shadows is really unexpected. It almost feels like a mousse, but it has these flakes in it that create a really unique texture. The multidimensional effect is completely different from any other eyeshadow that I own. Shimmer shadows don't do this. Sparkly shadows don't do this. Applying loose shadows wet (one alternative that I see popping up on the internet machine) looks totally different. It's a super unique product. To the best of my knowledge, this is the only eyeshadow product that creates this appearance.
The colors are super, super pigmented. The swatches below are what happens when I dip a finger in the pan and just pull across my arm. Seriously, holy shit.
|Swatches from left to right: Metallic Dusty Rose, Metallic Emerald, and ComexSwat Gold|
I then use tweezers to extract a little bit of eyeshadow, and I mix the primer and eyeshadow together. I apply this to my lid. Finally, I stick my finger right in the pan and dab on additional eyeshadow to build up the color.
Using this method, my eyeshadow has stayed all day and remained completely creaseless.
If you are having trouble with the primer, I would recommend skipping it entirely. Use your regular eyeshadow primer and just use your finger to apply. This will give a much better result than fussing around with eyeshadow that has been turned into a liquid via primer overuse.
|This is how much eyeshadow I would use for both eyes.|
I adore the ultimate look, so the mild trickiness didn't bother me too much. I get ridiculous numbers of compliments every time I wear these. I wouldn't recommend them to eyeshadow beginners (GOD, NO) but if you are already skilled with eyeshadow application, I think you'll find that these are relatively easy to adjust to.
Here are a few of the looks I have created using these eyeshadows:
|Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Metallic Dusty Rose on Human Face|
|Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Metallic Emerald|
|Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Comex Gold|
Are they worth that price? Honestly, probably not. Am I super happy that I bought them? YES! I LOVE THEM! If you are 1. a makeup-lover, 2. who is pretty good with eyeshadow, 3. who has been lusting after these, and 4. has a bit of disposable income available, I would totally recommend buying at least one. If you are not ALL FOUR OF THOSE THINGS, then you should probably go on your merry way.