Monday, June 9, 2014

Stila In the Garden Palette: Mini Review+Swatches

Here comes another Stila palette review! If you're interested in some of the other palettes, check out those reviews here: In the Know, In the Light

As this is another sample palette, I don't have the Smudge Stick that comes with the actual palette, but it's called Starfish and is a black with green and gold sparkles, which I think sounds gorgeous. Also, since I am using the shadows off of a card instead of in pans, I can't say if the textures I'm experiencing here is how it actually is in the full palette. In the Garden comes with ten shadows in a mix of mattes and shimmers, and retails for $39 at Ulta or Sephora. 
This is a relatively neutral palette, but as the name might imply, there are some more green tones than basic browns. The two matte colors are the highlight and base colors: a light cream (Chinois) and a beige (Nectar), respectively. The rest are shimmers. In the top row there's a brown-beige (Breeze), a taupe (Bark), a purple-blue (Freesia), and a purple-pink (Rosette). In the bottom row there's a deeper gold (Honey), a light green (Sage), a dark, olive green (Moss), and a forest green (Juniper). 
Top: Chinois, Breeze, Bark, Freesia, Rosette
Bottom: Nectar, Honey, Sage, Moss, Juniper
True to form of the other Stila palettes, the pigmentation of these shadows is not out-of-this world. It's decent, but a primer and base (and perhaps also using these shadows wet) will definitely be needed if you want to achieve bolder looks with these colors. They do, however, create very nice, softer, everyday-type looks with just a primer. And since this palette is more unique than the In the Light palette, the level of pigmentation does not bother me as much. 
Top: Chinois, Breeze, Bark, Freesia, Rosette
Bottom: Nectar, Honey, Sage, Moss, Juniper
Sage all over the lid, Moss on outer half of lid and smudged along lower lash-line, Juniper on outer corner and through the crease, Freesia used wet along upper lash-line over black liquid liner, Chinois as brow-bone highlight, MAC Venus on the lips
Again, these shadows are not the creamiest, but they aren't chalky or powdery either. They are somewhat sheer, but blend well, and there is little to no fallout with application. While this palette is still pretty universally-friendly, because of the greens in this palette, I think it works especially well for brown-eyed girls (sha la la la la...). This is because the green compliments the red tones that can be found in brown eyes. Although the quality of this palette isn't really superior in any way to the In the Light palette, because it can offer something different from the typical neutral colors (while still maintaining a neutral-vibe), I would choose In the Garden over In the Light. However, I have to say I still wouldn't purchase this palette...I would rather find the colors I like and buy them from somewhere like MAC or UD. 

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