Shimmering & Glowing with the Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows


I apparently forget about all of my product reviews and rediscovered these photos last week ๐Ÿ˜… By the way, Stila splits up eye and shadow but I usually spell it as eyeshadow so you'll see me switch between the two in this post. 

The Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows were one of my favorite products from 2017 and I was so excited for the Shimmer & Glow version. The Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows are a long-wearing high shimmer liquid eye shadow and while they might swatch fully pigmented, there's supposed to be a translucent base that's packed with a "pearl" sheen so that they still have a sheen even when sheered out. Each shade contains 0.153 ounces of product and retails for $24 through the retailers below -



L to R -
Carefree
Pigalle
Twig
La Douce

I wanted to do dual swatching on my arm to show how the Shimmer & Glows look built up and also sheered/blended out. I'm kind of disappointed with how La Douce sheered out because it definitely looked more patchy than the other shades. Liquid eyeshadows can sometimes get that way though and so I was initially pretty nervous on how they would end up on my eyes. 

The Stila Shimmer & Glow formula is one of the better liquid eyeshadow formulas I've ever tried. It's not as liquid as the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadows that were released years ago (review here) and so they don't sheer out or get patchy as quick. It kind of reminds me of the Lush Cream Eyeshadows in the bottle (review here) but so much better and more shimmery. 

I've found that liquid eyeshadows apply better with a quick tapping and swiping technique. Applying them this way lets air in and almost dries out the formula enough to keep the product still looking pigmented. When you're just fully swiping the product back and forth, that's how it gets more patchy with the most amount of pigmentation collecting on the sides of the swipes. 

If you've seen my posts here and there about the Glitter & Glow, they're great but they're something that's better applied on top of other products as a final touch. Blending out the Glitter & Glows after they've set results in glitter fall out, but I don't see that with the Shimmer & Glows. 

It terms of wear, these lasted all day for me without creasing or fading even when I wore them without primer. I even think these might be better for people with oily lids since there's not the same slip as cream based eyeshadows. 

Because of the thin and fluid but still slightly mousse like formula, I would highly recommend using a little at a time. It doesn't get thick and weird like the Wet n Wild liquid eyeshadows, but there's always that chance if you apply too much in 



Carefree is described as a "shimmering pink coral" but it has a more light pink base to me and so the coral isn't as prominent as what you'll see in the promo pictures. It's so beautiful and I'm surprised at how much I like this shade. It works really well as a halo highlight shade as well as an inner corner highlight. 


Pigalle is described as a "shimmering cool cranberry" and it's not as cool as I thought it would be. I kind of prefer darker cranberry shades like this since it doesn't give the same tiredness most cranberry/red based eyeshadows have. It's a perfect vampy fall/winter shade as well and so I'll keep an eye out on potential mini sets with this shade from Stila around the holiday season. 


The above eye look is a bit weird because I used a cotton bud to fix my inner corner and didn't realize it removed my concealer to create that sharp line. 

Twig is described as a "shimmering warm chestnut brown" and it's right up my alley. This shade doesn't have that much dimension to it besides being overly shimmery and so it's not particularly unique and the effect can probably be recreated with a foiled pressed eyeshadow. 


La Douce is described as a "shimmering warm gold green" and it was the shade I was the most hyped up about. It's definitely different from the normal neutrals out there but it's grounded enough to be a wearable olive shade. Unfortunately, I did have the most trouble with this shade compared to the other ones. It still worked out and I've been able to create beautiful looks using it, but it can get patchy. I have found non-brown/beige shades to be more obviously patchy though since the tones don't blend into the skin as much.

Final thoughts: The Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows are one of the better liquid eyeshadows I've ever tried. They're a lot of smoother and thinner, but still opaque and blendable without turning weirdly thick and overly patchy. It also doesn't lift up when blended, which I've seen with many products with this texture. I highly recommend trying these out, but I would also be mindful of the fact that you can create a similar effect with foiling some metallic eyeshadows. The colors aren't overly unique but the formula is.

Have you tried these eyeshadows? How do you feel about liquid eyeshadow formulas?

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