Stila magnificent metals foil finish eye shadow dupe review

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.

Stila Magnificent metals

Stila Magnificent metals

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

Look familiar?

Look familiar?

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.

Left: Pure Platinum Right: Rose Gold

Left: Pure Platinum
Right: Rose Gold

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.

Left: Rose Gold. Right: Pure Platinum

Left: Rose Gold. Right: Pure Platinum

Separate Primer

Separate Primer

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:

Swatched without primer: Left: Rose Gold. Right: Pure Platinum

Swatched without primer: Left: Rose Gold. Right: Pure Platinum

With primer

With 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.

Stila is available HERE and MUR HERE

Have you tried either of these? Which do you prefer?

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Make Up Revolution Flawless Matte Eyeshadow Palette

So: back to my Superdrug Haul.

Kind of Naked-y?

Kind of Naked-y?

Despite my much vaunted love of sheeny eyeshadows such as Ombre Blackstar and Chanel Illusion d’Ombre, there ARE times when I just want a nice quiet matte shade. A Taupe. An Ecru, should you insist. Oh go on then; a Camel. Shades that you can just pop on and go to the shops in without looking like you might spontaneously break into a Vegas shimmy.

As I get older (I hope that I don’t sound like a broken record when I say this, but you know, time ain’t going backwards), I find that formulation is everything. Finishes on eyeshadows need to be luxe, sheeny rather than glittery, long lasting, not settle into creases or slide off on oily lids. I don’t mind paying quite a lot when I find this elusive combination, but I’m also a sucker for the promise of a cheap dupe.

Nice sleek packaging

Nice sleek packaging

Look at them apples

Look at them apples

Cooler neutrals

Warmer neutrals

Cooler neutrals

Cooler neutrals

32 shades for £8. EIGHT OF YOUR ENGLISH POUNDS, MADAM!

I know, right? It was like being 12 again and wanting one of those massive make up palettes from the Argos catalogue. I’m a fool to myself, honestly I am.

The colour range is impressive -enough pretty browns, golds, taupes, rusts, mushrooms and fawns to please even the most discerning seeker of neutrals. The shades move from warm through neutral to cooler tones, with plenty of lighter shades for highlighting and even a black for tightlining (possibly? we’ll see) and/or smoky shading.

Top to bottom: Smoke, Rust, Oak

Top to bottom: Smoke, Rust, Oak

There is NO shine with these. None at all. They are absolutely matter than matte and as such, will suck in light like a black hole, meaning that I will probably not be using the darker shades. That’s no reflection on the quality of the shadows, which is pretty darn good, actually. But older skins might want something a little bit more forgiving as these will settle in every crease and cranny.

The colour payoff is good, if a teeny bit weak on the lighter shades, but then I don’t do backflips at Bobbi Brown’s lighter shades either and they cost A LOT more than these. Once I popped a primer underneath, these were good to go, and it actually made them more blendable.

The lighter shades are a little bit talc-y and all the colours drop a little -I would recommend doing your eyes before your base if using the darker shades. But on the whole, this is a pretty impressive palette if you want to try out some colours you might not usually go for. (They also do a palette with the same shades but in shimmery formulation -that was a bit ‘Whoa!’ for me!)

On balance -this won’t be a repurchase because I love my cream formulations too much and I can’t be arsed to blend as much as these would require me to. But it would make a fantastic gift for someone who was just easing into make up as none of the shades are too out there.

Make up Revolution is available at Superdrug or through its own website where I have just spotted the insane 100 eyeshdows for £12 palette -enough to keep any 12 year old happy!

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By Terry Ombre Blackstar review

Oh Ombre Blackstar, despite your slightly ludicrous winner of the 4.30 at Aintree name, let me count the ways that I love thee…

I am such a sucker for a cream eyeshadow I can’t tell you. Cream formulations, especially ones that come on sticks, are like a dream come true for a cack-handed fool like me. I started becoming obsessed when I discovered Laura Mercier’s Caviar cream sticks a couple of years ago, except I consistently went for shades that were too dark and ended up looking like a suicidal panda:

Sad Panda is Sad.

Sad Panda is Sad.

But eventually I discovered RoseGold and all was well with the world. Or so I thought. Because there was a BETTER cream-eyeshadow-on-a-stick out there than I could have possibly dreamed of -one so light and creamy, so blendable and with such staying power that it knocked everything else into a cocked hat.

Without wanting to sound too much like a complete fangirl, I’ve yet to come across a By Terry product that I don’t immediately want and covet (-apart from the Baume de Rose -NOTHING will convince me that forty quid is a sane price for a lipbalm).

Squeal!

Squeal!

 Anyway, back to the action. I already own a couple of these babies (Bronze Moon and Brown Perfection -safe colours for my blue-grey eyes), and I completely love their ability to be worn alone, or together on the days I feel up to blending the two colours for a bit more va-va-voom.

They are great for more mature skin like mine, and eyes that are hooded (also like mine) and skin that is beginning to crepe (…). The wash of colour is sheer but has dimension, so that instead of just sitting on the eyelid looking flat they really bring the eye to life. There is just enough shimmer to look glamorous and a bit saucy without looking like you’re rocking total Drag.

Left: Frozen Quartz Right: Misty Rock

Left: Frozen Quartz
Right: Misty Rock

This time I went for Frozen Quartz, which is in my beloved shade of rose-gold, and Misty Rock which is a browny-slightly-amethysty colour. In the swatch below it looks more bronze, but it definitely has a strange tint to it.

Left: Frozen Quartz Right: Misty Rock

Left: Frozen Quartz
Right: Misty Rock

What I adore about these is the satin sheen they give. Because I have slightly hooded eyes I usually go for lighter shades that bring the recesses forward and minimise any tiredness that may be lurking. Glitter on me is far too Sunday Night at the London Palladium, but these hit just the right note that says ‘Made an effort’ rather than ‘Ten quid and not on the face’**

**too much?

Left to right: Frozen Quartz, Misty Rock, Bronze Moon, Brown Perfection

Left to right: Frozen Quartz, Misty Rock, Bronze Moon, Brown Perfection

The only thing with these is: you have to be quick. You’ve got about 20 seconds once you’ve scribbled them on your lids to get blended after which the colour Does. Not. Budge. The trick, I’ve found, is to do it a bit at a time (up the the socket in one go, blend and then proceed with another wash that goes beyond the socket. Blend again and then do what you will with it as a liner.) Frozen Quartz is a great inner eye highlighter and subtle enough to use a dab of on the arch of the browbone. Misty rock is currently my default daytime all over colour that makes me look polished but not too ‘done’. Bronze Moon and Brown Perfection work great in tandem for a more evening smokey eye.

I’m ooh-ing over the absolutely gorgeous shade Velvet Orchid at the moment, which is a heavenly plummy purple which would look incredible on hazel or brown eyes. But I must be strong, and look to the Panda, whose little face says ‘Step away from the dark shades, woman; you’ll look like a hag.’

By Terry Ombre Blackstar colour Fix cream eyeshadows cost £28 (which is cheap when you consider that I will never ever need to buy another eyeshadow again**) are available from SPANK and Net a Porter

**hollow laugh

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Chanel Illusion d’Ombre long wear luminous eyeshadow Illusoire and Emerveille

Now. I had “Illusoire” a while back (or its predecessor; may have had a different name, but was definitely the same colour), and I LOVED it. I used it down to the last knockings before it fell out of my make up bag and rolled down a drain/ I left it on a bus/ somebody nicked it. Anyway: it was no more. It had ceased to be. It had joined the choir invisible.

And I had been thinking about repurchasing it because -and I’ll be honest here- I’m slightly over powder shadows. I’ve never been a huge user of eyeshadow full stop, having large eyes that can look a bit mad with too much going on if I wear more than a single sweep of bronze, and blending has always been beyond my motor capabilities. Since I’ve discovered By Terry Ombre Blackstar cream eyeshadow crayons (review coming soon!) all my powder shadows which now sit largely untouched in my make up drawer are shivering with terror that I will send them to the bag of unloved make up that I usually give to my Mum.

Thank you Advantage Card Points!

Thank you Advantage Card Points!

As I get older, and my eyelids get crepier *heavy sigh* I find that powder shadow just sort of sits there, looking dusty and settling into creases and falling under my eyes and blah blah blah. Cream formulations have definitely been the way forward for me, as well as being so easy to apply that even a cack-handed muppet like myself can’t absolutely balls it up.

I’d had my eye on the shade Emerveille for a while too, as my search for a golden champagney sandy colour that is sheer and shimmery rather than sparkly and disco is relentless and will no doubt continue until the universe implodes. Stila’s Kitten, Nars’ All about Eve and L’Oreal’s Infallible in Iced Latte aren’t bad but they’re not quite right, so I thought I would give this one a go. And it’s lovely.

(L) Illusoire (R) Emerveille

(L) Illusoire (R) Emerveille

As you would expect: Gorgeous Chanel packaging, nice sturdy heavy glass pot. The shadows come with a handy little brush which clicks together and makes getting into the corners a doddle. I also apply this with my fingers in the manner of a sugar-addled toddler but the brush is certainly helpful if you want a more defined line and control the amount you are applying (especially as I need to go beyond the socket crease -doing this with fingers requires practice and a patience I don’t have).

With Applicator

With Applicator

The texture is wonderful: a whipped moussey light as air formulation that glides on as a cream that dries to an iridescent powder finish. You don’t need much to start with, and the colour is buildable. You can *voice of experience* go too heavy and end up a bit too glimmery (Emerveille) or a bit punched-in-the-face (Illusoire) but with practice I’m getting a lovely wash of colour that takes 30 seconds in the morning and negates the need for brushes and powders. Win!

Swatched using Brush

Swatched using Brush

One wash of colour. Illusoire

One wash of colour. Illusoire

My eyelid but sheenier! Emerveille

My eyelid but sheenier! Emerveille

The formula is supposedly ‘long wear’. I haven’t been using a primer underneath which I think might make all the difference, but these are definitely creasing and fading on me after a few hours. Re-application takes seconds, so isn’t a problem, but these are not in the same category as the Ombre Blackstar in terms of needing to nuke it off with an oil at night. One sweep of Micellar water and the whole lot disappeared (not a bad thing, necessarily). The pot is a very generous 4g and I can see myself being bored of them long before they need replacing.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre is available at all the usual stockists. I paid for mine (£25) with Advantage Card points, but Debenhams has some on offer online with a few quid off currently.