Stila Eyes Are The Window Soul eyeshadow palette swatch & review

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Stila Eyes Are The Window Soul eyeshadow palette

I know, I know. I said no more eyeshadow palettes between now and the heat death of the universe, buuuuuuuuut what are rules if not made to be broken? What am I supposed to do, not buy the pretty eye palette? I don’t think so, pal.

Despite owning far too many eyeshadow palettes, I’m actually not a huge makeup palette fan – far too many palettes have a 60/40 ratio of shadows that I’ll personally wear or use in my makeup work : shadows that are some hideous unwearable shade of teal or suffer with bad formulas or finishes. Out of ten eyeshadow palettes I see, I’ll maybe only like one, and even then I’ve got to really like it in order to justify spending forty, fifty, sixty of my hard-earned dollars.

Which is a long roundabout way of saying that I’ve bought another neutral eyeshadow palette. Whoops. The somewhat clunkily named Stila Eyes Are The Window eyeshadow palette in Soul is a compact 12 pan eyeshadow collection of warm neutral shades in a mix of matte and frost finishes.

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Stila Eyes Are The Window Soul eyeshadow palette

Soul features twelve shadows that lean towards the warmer side of the spectrum, with colours that vary from soft buttermilk to rich terracotta tones. The texture of these shadows varies slightly, with the lighter matte shadows having a slightly softer finish and the dark matte shadows feeling more chalky and stiff. The frosted shadows have a fairly uniform smooth finish, and can be used wet or dry without issue.

As with all shadows I recommend using an eye primer first, both to extend the wear time of the shadow and to help build up colour and finish intensity. Too Faced Shadow Insurance is my primer of choice, suitable for dry skin and oily lids and everything in between.

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Stila Eyes Are The Window Soul eyeshadow palette

The colour selection in Soul is fairly broad, with a selection of highlighter shades complimented by richer deep tones. There isn’t a real structure to the palette beyond lighter colours on the left and deeper tones on the right. If you like more guidance with your eyeshadow palettes – i.e preset combos with highlight-lid-liner arranged left to right – I wouldn’t stress too much about having such a wealth of choice at your disposal. When in doubt apply your shadows top to bottom, left to right, lightest to darkest!

Read on for detailed swatches and colour descriptions of this Stila Eyes Are The Window Soul eyeshadow palette.

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Stila Eyes Are The Window Soul eyeshadow palette

  • Light: buttermilk yellow matte. On my NW20 skin this is an excellent ‘fill’ shadow to unify skin texture and tone from crease to brow.
  • Individual: terracotta matte. Slightly chalky and sheer, but has enough colour payoff to work as a neutral crease shadow.
  • Being: deep warm brown in a satin finish. Can be a little patchy when applied, but looks fantastic when mixed with eyeliner medium and applied into the lashline.
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Stila Eyes Are The Window Soul eyeshadow palette

  • Kitten: champagne frost. A seemingly ubiquitous inclusion in all Stila palettes! I like to use Kitten with a damp brush to create a high shine lid contrasted against an otherwise matte face.
  • Affection: soft ginger frost. A perfect crossover between MAC Gingersnap and MAC Honeylust.
  • Character: dark brown matte with coppery sparkle. Probably the most disappointing shadow in the collection, with a very thin sheer patchy finish and sparkles that don’t really flash when applied.
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Stila Eyes Are The Window Soul eyeshadow palette

  • Thought: taupe frost with low shine. Extremely wearable and pretty; I’m a fan of pairing this with a touch of grey liner and curled black lashes.
  • Heart: desaturated mushroom brown matte. This shadow is quite sheer, but unlike Character I really like this shadow for being so soft and sheer. On fair skin it looks amazing swept chiselled through the crease on a neutral eye comboed with a small chubby black eyeliner wedge to create a sculpted and shaped 50s makeup look.
  • Peace: medium brown frost. Peace is slightly deceptive in that it looks quite reddish in the pan but applies as a soft fallow brown.
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Stila Eyes Are The Window Soul eyeshadow palette

  • Vitality: cheerful slightly cool gold frost. Very golden gold shadows no longer suit me like they used to, but a gold like this that leans more on the silver side is very complimentary against my fair cool-toned skin.
  • Substance: silver taupe frost. The lone shadow in the Soul palette that doesn’t have a warm or brown base, Substance is a subtle silver with a very soft sheen.
  • Essence: black satin. It looks matte in the pan but applies slightly satiny. It has a relatively good payoff for a black shadow – a notoriously difficult shade to execute well, as too much pigment makes for a shadow that crumbles and drops, while too much binder makes for a sheer and patchy shadow – but can be made more intense by applying wet then smoothing out with the same shadow on a dry brush.

The verdict: nice. A good warm neutral eyeshadow palette is a trans-seasonal staple that will last for years and years, particularly as we’re moving into autumn and winter and it becomes the perfect time to rock a sculpted coppery gold eye. Soul isn’t a hugely flashy palette and that’s fine: I’ll take a wearable workhorse of a makeup palette with generously proportioned eyeshadow pans any day.

Who: Stila
What: Stila Eyes Are The Window Soul eyeshadow palette
How Much: AUD$68, USD$49
When: available now.
Where: Mecca Maxima, Mecca Cosmetica (AU), Sephora (US)

This item was purchased by swatchgirl.com.

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Stila Eyes Are The Window Soul eyeshadow palette

There are 4 comments

  1. #EOTD - Fawn Brown Eye Makeup - swatchgirl.com

    […] Eyeshadow: Stila Eyes Are The Window to the Soul eyeshadow palette (Mecca Cosmetica AU, Sephora US). Light applied from crease to brow, a mix of Vitality and Affection swept across the upper lid and dabbed along the lower lashline, with Individual applied through in a soft V-shape through the crease and down and along the lower lashline. You can find my full review of this Stila palette here! […]

  2. Melissa

    I really get good use out of this palette. I wish the colors were *slightly* more pigmented, but overall it’s VERY good. I have noticed that every time I wear it my husband compliments my makeup so that alone makes it a win in my book! =)

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