Gah! But have you seen the price tag on this one? I don’t think of Stila as an overly spendy brand (Their smudgesticks last for ever, don’t budge and are currently on offer here) but when I saw this on a stroll through M&S the other week, I had to have a go on it.
The colours are something else: golds, platinums, plums, aquas -and of course, Kitten-
For £33.50 (let me say that again -thirty three pounds fifty), you get a little dropper bottle of primer and a pot of foil pigment to dab on top. The principle is that you can apply a wash of sheer glitter or amp it up by layering the foil until you can single handedly rival the lighting rig at Pacha. This kind of look is usually not for me and I leave it to the whippersnappers. It’s a lovely product which for evening wear on unsullied, uncrepey eyelids would look fantastic *sighs heavily*.
I went for the sheer wash of gold, which was still pretty glittery. I blinked at myself a few times in the mirror, went through the dilemma of wiping-it-off versus doing-the-other-eye-to-match, did the other eye and then wandered over to Superdrug…
…where I found THIS
Now, I don’t want you to think that I’m secretly in the pay of Make Up Revolution, so heavily have they featured here recently, but I am a firm believer of cheap and cheerful make up for the odd times when you want something fun. Foundation, blush, powder -all worth splurging on in my opinion because you mostly wear them every day. Quality, longevity and superb finish all count and my maxim is pay as much as you can afford for the stuff you like.
For glittery eyeshadow that comes out once in a blue moon my purse stays firmly in my bag.
These foils, which come in 5 finishes (so not as many as Stila, but hey), cost FOUR POUNDS. And they come with a primer.
The MUR foils come with a little tray for mixing your colour, should you want to, but this works just as well patted on with a finger.
You can also buy a separate bottle of primer (£3, above) which I’m currently trialing under other eyeshadows and is working quite well.
The difference, as far as I can see is that the Stila foil has larger particles of actual glitter in it, whereas the MUR version is finer and slightly more sheeny on application.
Below are photos with and without primer:
The light didn’t fall brilliantly on the silver with primer, but I think you can see that the primer makes all the difference in terms of intensity.
So there you have it. The difference of £29.50 for effectively the same product.
Have you tried either of these? Which do you prefer?
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