Very special thanks to Jen, who so kindly guest swatched her Stila Color Wheel palette ($38, limited edition). I confess, I was totally curious about this one, knowing Stila’s reputation for great eyeshadow… but would I really use all the shades? Here’s her review and swatches:
I’d say 3/4 of the eyeshadows in this palette are smooth. I wouldnt go so far as to call any of them buttery, but I have a problem with buttery formulas fading and turning muddy anyway.
There are only a few mattes and those are pretty chalky. I think the shimmer shadows give it more of a “wow” factor.
It seems like this palette was Stila’s attempt to outdo the Urban Decay Naked palette: add some more colors, make it pretty enough to give as a gift, and they probably figured they had all their bases covered.
The only “duds” were the purples… they were all disappointments as far as pigmentation is concerned. The greens are gorgeous, the neutrals are very neutral. The blues and browns are beautiful and vivid.