Saturday, 7 July 2012

Stila Sensational in Sydney

Sensational in Sydney is no. 5 is this summer's Stila Collectible City Palettes. Unlike previous years in which one palette was released per month, Stila released the whole Collectible City series simultaneously, which I found immensely more convenient. I ordered the set from, which takes non-US credit cards.

The cover illustration is my favourite of the lot with the cheerful mix of coral and blue hues, and a koala bear perched in the corner.

With the Collectible City palettes, I felt that Stila played too safe in terms of the shade combinations with a preponderance of beige and brown tones. All five palettes feature a beige shade in the centre. These are easy to use on a daily basis but lack a sense of fun or adventure.

Sensational in Sydney includes five powder eyeshadows in Bondi Beach (satin nude beige), Aussie (shimmery light beige), Koala (warm medium beige), Opera House (shimmery light brown) and Harbour Bridge (dark brown with micro flecks of gold shimmer), plus Sugarbrush Convertible Color which can be used on the cheeks and lips.

These swatches were done on bare skin with no primer. I swiped each shade twice with my fingertip.

As mentioned before, the eyeshadows do not have the rich, buttery texture of Stila's regular eyeshadows. They feel more dry to touch but the colour payoff is pretty decent and there wasn't any crumbliness or excessive powdery kick up.

With Too Faced Shadow Insurance as the base, I applied Bondi Beach over the browbone area, Harbour Bridge from the upper lashline to the crease, Opera House in the crease, Aussie along the lower lashline and inner corners. MAC Blackline Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner was used to line the upper lashline.

The shade combination leans a tad warm, but it did not pull as orange-toned as Lovely In London. It works well for the office or just a casual day out. Thanks to TFSI, I experienced no creasing or smudging.

Sugarbrush Convertible Color is well-pigmented and easy to blend on the cheeks for a healthy pop of color, although it does not last the whole day on my oily skin. The Convertible Colors work better over liquid or cream foundations than powder foundations which can get patchy.

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