Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow - Metallic Merlot

I love experimenting with different eye shadow formulas, and I was really excited to try out Stila's new Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow. Today I have the shade Metallic Merlot* ($32 USD or $42 CAD/2g - what's up with that huge price difference!?) to share with you. I love a good burgundy shadow, so this shade was right up my alley!

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow - Metallic Merlot

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow - Metallic Merlot

"The revolutionary cream-to-powder texture with a magnificent foil finish is buildable enabling you to create a range of looks from a sheer wash of intense shimmer, to a striking, metallic full coverage look. Stila's newest collection of heavy-metal hues deliver pure rock and roll glamour. The unique, metallic, foil finish eye shadows are like nothing you've ever seen and sure to have you channeling your inner rock star. The revolutionary textured cream with a magnificent foil finish is buildable, enabling you to create a range of looks from a sheer wash of shimmer to a striking, metallic, full-coverage foil look. Included with the Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow is the NEW Stay All Day® Liquid Eye Shadow Primer (0.06 oz) that preps the lids and allows for all-day wear with a unique liquid formula that creates long-lasting adhesion to lids. It can be used with any eye shadow and also extends the wear of eye liner. Primer comes in a dropper for easy, measured application.
Features and Benefits: Add a tiny drop of eye primer to mixing tray. Add a small dab of Magnificent Metals to mixing tray. Swirl primer and shadow together. Use the tip of your finger to gently press mixture onto center of lid. For a bold, high-metallic finish, build intensity with additional layers." - Murale

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow - Metallic Merlot

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow - Metallic Merlot label

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow - Metallic Merlot

Stila's Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadows come packaged in little circular pots with a clear lid so you can easily see the colour. Along with the shadow, you also receive a tiny 2ml bottle of Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer, and a metal mixing tray. I wish that Stila included more of this primer, because you'll only get about 10-15 uses out of this tiny bottle. I did receive three of these shadows, and one came with a completely empty bottle of primer, so check your bottles before you purchase! However, I'm not too sad that the primer doesn't contain a ton of product, because it really doesn't work that well. The net picture is proof of how poorly this primer performs with this shadow. Below you'll see my lid after a total wear time of 5 minutes...

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow - Metallic Merlot fading
Creasing and fading galore!

However, all hope isn't lost! I've found that using a different primer with this shadow yields much better results. I've been using a small amount of Too Faced Shadow Insurance and mixing it in the tray with Metallic Merlot, and the results are much better! This method allows the shadows to adhere to my lids all day long, without fading or creasing. The formula of this shadow is unlike anything that I've tried before - it's a cream to powder, but it's absolutely packed with glitter! If you aren't a fan of glitter, you won't like these at all. 

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow - Metallic Merlot
Metallic Merlot & Too Faced Shadow Insurance

After I've figured out the ideal way to apply this shadow, I did really like the results. Metallic Merlot is a beautiful burgundy shadow with chunky glitter. I did experience some fallout with this shadow, both upon application and a bi throughout the day. With this much glitter, some fallout is expected. You can easily apply Metallic Merlot all over your lids, add some black liner & mascara, and you're good to go. If you're a fan of using a single shadow, this would be great for you. This shadow can feel a bit heavy on my lids, and if you have very sensitive eyes you might not like this formula. This formula removes quite easily at the end of the day with a bit of makeup remover.

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow - Metallic Merlot

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow - Metallic Merlot

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow - Metallic Merlot swatch
Swatched without any primer

This shadow is very expensive at $42 CAD, which I don't think will appeal to the average beauty lover. The finish is very pretty, but I'm just not sure that it's worth the crazy high price tag - you could buy one of Stila's amazing palettes with 10 shadows for only $8 more! I wish that Stila didn't include this primer, because it just doesn't work well with this shadow, and excluding it would mean a more affordable price. Overall, I'm torn. I think that this product would appeal to makeup artists and it's great for a night out or for a dramatic look, but it's not something that I'm going to be reaching for on a daily basis. Have you tried any of Stila's Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadows? I also have the shades Comex Copper and Vintage Black Gold to play around with & review. Stay tuned!

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28 comments:

  1. YIKES. I am about to test out the shade I have. I will be interested to see how it performs. I definitely don't think these will appeal to the average beauty lover either given the price, but they are fantastic for a dramatic look.

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    1. Ooh what shade do you have? I agree, it's just too pricey for the average woman!

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  2. Haha... Looks like we feel the same way about these.....

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  3. I've found that you have to use the absolute TINIEST amount of the primer. The first time I used mine I had the same disaster happen. However scooping some shadow out and putting like half a drop or less of primer in the tray makes a huge difference. Also its great to know that this works with other primers, I was worried it would be unusable once the primer it comes with runs out!

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    1. Good to know, I used maybe half a drop the first time, but I'll try again with even less! Yes, it definitely does work with other primers :)

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  4. This is a WEEEEEIRD product. I dunno...I'm not really sold on it!

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  5. WOW this doesn't sound like it'll work for me as I have a bad enough time keeping normal eye shadow on my lids!!

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

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    1. It stays on all day long when I use any primer other than the one it comes with!

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  6. Looks like the right primer is necessary for this to work! I love the shade and it looks really nice on you! :)

    www.natalielovesbeauty.com

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    1. The right primer is essential! Thank you so much Natalie! :)

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  7. OMG this sounds like my worst nightmare, especially with my oily eyes. Damn.

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    1. Ya, I don't think you would like it! :(

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  8. This shade is gorgeous! I just dont think that the price is right :(

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    1. The price definitely isn't for everyone!

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  9. Wow that's a big price for a shadow, especially if the primer doesn't even work! It has a cool finish though and I can see it for modelling/photo shoots and such. But it's not something I would wear to work.

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    1. I know, it's definitely expensive! It will definitely appeal to makeup artists, and it's fun to play with, but I'm not sure that it's worth over $40!

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  10. This might be one that we say no to. Thanks for the review!!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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    1. It definitely isn't for everyone! :)

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  11. I agree with Kalyn that this looks like a weird product. It seems more suited to people who do photoshoots/editorials or something -- especially at that price!

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    1. I agree, it would definitely appeal more to makeup artists and professionals!

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  12. hmmm...the price, glitter and creasing isn't really desirable for me.... think I'm going to pass on these!

    www.lilting-grace.blogspot.com

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    1. I know, the price is really off-putting! it doesn't crease with other primers, but it's still annoying!

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  13. I've been eyeing these pretty hard whenever I visit Sephora or Murale, but the price tag does kind of discourage me. It's a bit much for a single eye shadow that I would only be able to use on nights out or something. A bit too much glitter for the day I think.

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    1. Ya the price is a major downfall! :(

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  14. WHOAH....that's a lot of work for $42! :(
    Definitely not a quick convenient product you can use in the morning, eh? @_@

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    1. Ya, it's definitely a product that requires some work! Ideally used for a night out or a photo shoot!

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Laura