Sunday, 8 July 2012

Stila Vibrant in Vancouver

Rounding up my reviews of the Stila Collectible City palettes is Vibrant in Vancouver.

Like the others in this series, the olive and brown shades are pretty easy to wear without any loud or bright tones.

The eyeshadows are English Boy (satin light beige), Cypress (shimmery light brown), Granville (matte light chocolate), Seaplane (shimmery olive) and Coal Harbour (matte muddy dark brown). The Convertible Color in Tiger Lily is a brown-toned red, quite nicely-pigmented but it blends to a very natural finish on the cheeks, giving a healthy blush of color.

These swatches were done on bare skin without any primer, two swipes each with my fingertip except for Tiger Lily which was a single swipe.

With Too Faced Shadow Insurance as the base, I applied English Boy over the brow bone area, Coal Harbour at the outer corners, Cypress from the inner corners to the middle of the lid, Seaplane in the middle of the lid and along the lower lashline, and Granville blended over the crease. I used two MAC eyeliners in purple and blue along the upper lashline.

Vibrant in Vancouver turned out to be my least favourite of the five palettes. Despite the name, the shades are anything but vibrant. Even the shimmery shades look muted and washed out on my skintone. The texture also wasn't the best, with some of the eyeshadows feeling dry to touch. Pretty much the only thing that I liked about this palette was the Stila girl illustration on the cover!

Top row (left to right): Stila + BP (Nordstrom exclusive), Lovely in London, Rockin in Rio

Bottom row: Sensational in Sydney, Vibrant in Vancouver, Stylish in Seoul

My collection of the Stila girl palettes released since 2010. It's missing a few released here and there like Garden Bliss and Making Spirits Bright, but I'm happy with what I have. Earlier this year, Stila also released three palettes exclusive to Nordstrom Rack (called Ravishing on Rodeo Drive, Fashionable on 5th Avenue and Majestic on Michigan Avenue) but I skipped those as the contents were repeats of the travel palettes from 2010.


makeupmag said...

Awesome close-up shot of the palette and you look so pretty here.


Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure they mean "English Bay" rather than "English Boy". I'm a Vancouverite and have no idea what this so called Iconic "English Boy" has got to do with the city. The English Bay, on the other hand, is famous for many things and is the site of the annual Celebration of Lights fireworks festival, and is the backdrop of Bard on the Beach. We also have many parks and greenways along the waterfronts.