REVIEW + swatches: STILA Magnificent eye shadows Mermaid collection

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The first time I saw these Stila liquid eye shadows swatched on a YouTube, video my jaw dropped open at how glittery they were. Beauty gurus use a lot of bright lights in their channels which would make even the dullest of colours pop on screen so I wanted to get my hands on these and see how they stand up in real life. Here I’ll be showing you three shades from the original Magnificent eye shadows range, Gold Goddess, Diamond Dust and Kitten Karma, and the new Duo Chrome Magnificent Metals in Sea Siren, Into The Blue and Sunset Cove.

 
From left to right: Diamond Dust, Gold Goddess, Kitten Karma, Sea Siren, Sunset Cove and Into The Blue. 

From left to right: Diamond Dust, Gold Goddess, Kitten Karma, Sea Siren, Sunset Cove and Into The Blue. 

 

Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow - Duo Chrome Shades

These three mermaid-inspired Duo Chrome shades are not to be confused with the original formula. They’re not a true glitter but more of a high shimmer shadow that has a duo chrome finish, as the name suggests. They’re beautiful worn alone as a light wash on the eyes and add such an amazing high-shine shimmer that’s beautiful with a no-makeup makeup look. (I’ll be doing a post on three ways to wear these shadows next week so stay tuned!) 

Sunset Cove and Sea Siren, are the least pigmented so it’s best to use a shadow layered underneath if you really want the colour to pop. I had to use multiple swipes in my swatches to get the colour built up to where you see it. (No primer was used on the swatches). Into The Blue is more pigmented and truer to what you see in the bottle but again, I’d recommend layered an eyeshadow underneath for the colour and chrome finish to pop.

Overall these liquid shadows are beautiful. They’re fun to play with and set beautifully once they’re dry, even sans primer. They also wash off easily with just soap and water. 

Swatches from left to right: 

  • Sea Siren (Bright Lavender with Duo Chrome Bright Blue Pearl)
  • Sunset Cove (Cool Mid-Tone Pink with Duo Chrome Bright Gold Pearl) 
  • Into the Blue (Deep Blue with Duo Chrome Purple Pearl)
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Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

If you’re looking for glitter and a high-shine appearance from your eye shadow, these will be your new best friends. Kitten Karma and Diamond dust go on with plenty of glitter and pigment while I find Gold Goddess deposits less pigment and and seemingly less glitter. I find the formula of Gold Goddess to be somewhat watered down compered to the other two I have. Just look at the swatches and you’ll see what I mean. I had to swipe the colour a few times to get the colour intensity to what you see here. For a high pigmented look, I’d suggest wearing Gold Goddess overtop of a shadow while Kitten Karma and Diamond Dust could work well on their own. Again I’ll be doing three different looks for you guys using these shadows next week!

  • Gold Goddess (Sheer antique gold with silver sparkle)
  • Kitten Karma (Champagne with silver and copper sparkle)
  • Diamond Dust (Sheer silver with multi-color sparkle)
 
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Photography by Nathalie Martin.
In collaboration with Stila Cosmetics.
All opinions are my own.