Highlighters -Stila - Illuminating Finish Powder 2006 Winter in Gold
BeeBeeGun 10/29/2006 4:46:00 AM
This review is for the 2006 Winter Illuminating Finish Powder in GOLD. I swiped this on the back of my hand and saw NO colour whatsoever at all...glitter yes, but no colour. I swiped MORE AND MORE...but still no colour. It was a quite-new tester too. I was told by the counter gal that she did the same thing and no colour for her either. I'm a Stila watt 30, LSF 5. Definately a disappointment. EDITED: I realize this is a finishing powder, hence there probably shouldn't be any colour, however, I found that it didn't do its job as a powder of any sort, just glitters.
Highlighters -Stila - Illuminating Finish Powder 2006 Winter in Bronze
BeeBeeGun 10/29/2006 4:44:00 AM
This review is for the 2006 Winter Illuminating Finish Powder in Bronze. When I tested this on the back of my hand, I thought I *might* like it - it was pinky bronze, not full on bronze-bronzer colour. Sort of reminds me of Stila's #9 AOS pressed powder. It was a little shimmery/glittery more like..on the back of my hand. I was told that since it's a 'finishing powder', I should use it all over my face. Well, I did just that and I looked like a disco ball instantly. My tzones got all shiny and in the sun/under the light, I was just GLOWING in a not-so-good way. I love the dome shaped (similar to MAC's MSF packaging), and I REALLY wanted to like this, but decided that there is NO way I'm going to walk around with glitter all over my face. I'm sure you can probably just use it on the cheeks...however for my skintone, it might have been a bit too 'bronzy' (Stila 30 watts, LSF 5, asian). I love my mAC MSf way better!
This review is for the 2006 Holiday Color Festival box, retails for $81CAD (!!!!) I think this was overpriced, however I fell in love with this as soon as I saw this. Included is a trio of neutrals - Champagne, sunkissed and Coco. Also included is a mini copper smudge pot (so cute!), Gerbera CC (been meaning to buy this for a while now!), Olivia Lipcolor (i think I have two more of this colour from gift boxes), and major lash mascara (zzz). I love the box that it came in - a three level box which I'll use for jewelry probably :) oh, it actually says jewelry box on the outside cardboard box. I love how everything in this box creates a very clean basic look. You have the neutral eyes which everyone can wear, copper smudge pot (pretty!), Gerbera CC (I think this looks good on everyone!), olivia lipcolour (sort of neutral-pinky), and major lash (well, we all need mascara..maybe not this one, but we need one, right?:) I think you gotta like the box to get this though, because I think it's overpriced for what you are getting...(you USA people better not complain..look at the Canadian price!)
Palettes -Stila - Night Flower 2006 Holiday palette in Rouge Orchid
BeeBeeGun 10/29/2006 4:32:00 AM
This review is for the 2006 Holiday Night Flower palette in ROUGE ORCHID. It retails for $51cad here. In this palette are four eye shadows in Fleur, Rosette, Grace and Espresso (total net wt is .24oz/7g), one cheek colour in Pretty (.1oz/3g), one lip colour in Marissa (.03oz/1g), and one lip glaze in Grapefruit (0.03oz/1g). In a quite heavy sturdy packaging, and with a really weird looking cover, this palette creates quite a pretty pinky brown eye. I thought this might be too cool for me (30 watt, LSF 5, asian), however the pinks are definately wearable for me. I opted for this palette versus the Blue Orchid one because I normally would buy more neutrals but I thought I'd try this one instead. The only exclusive colour is Fleur and Rosette. I believe Pretty cheek was in one of the older palettes. I am completely terrible with describing colours so I won't even bother honestly. Ok maybe I'll try - Fleur is a light pink,not so light that its unpigmented..enough to be a light pink. Rosette is a deeper pink..it's very close in colour to Marissa lip. This one I'll have to apply with a light hand. Pretty cheek gives a nice pop of colour...ok, if you have questions, message me and I'll try to describe it in better detail :)
Lip Gloss -Stila - the Gift of Glaze 2006 Holiday set
BeeBeeGun 10/29/2006 4:24:00 AM
This review is for the 2006 Holiday 'the gift of glaze' set. It retails for $41cad. Included are lipglazes in Vanilla, brown sugar, apricot, grapefruit, starfruit, and raspberry. I'm very happy that there are no exclusive/new shades in this set. You may ask why...let's just say that I'm more than disappointed in the last few lipglaze releases...I found them all too gritty and glittery for my taste. with this set, you are getting the best seller and I can't complain at all! These are the typical twist/click pens, they contain 1ml/0.03fl.oz. each. You are not saving much, but you get to try all the colours..and they are all great shades!
Palettes -Stila - Set the Stage for Fall - eye set
BeeBeeGun 10/29/2006 4:21:00 AM
This review is for the 2006 Set the Stage for Fall Eye set. It includes 3 full size eye shadows (in the cardboard pots) in Champagne, Latte and Coin, One major lash mascara (how many of these do i have now???), Bronze Kajal Eye liner, sharpener, and faux suede brown case. I received this as a GWP so I am not sure of the value or $. I love this set! I would have purchased this if it was for sale instead of GWP. The bronze kajal eyeliner is gorgeous, the case I'm not too fond of, but the three eye shadows create such a pretty basic neutral stila eye. I can see how many people might not be interested at all, as these shades are not exclusive to the set at all. This is a great set for a Stila newbie!
I usually buy the neutral/kitten/icon palettes/trios from Stila. So this one is actually quite unique for me. I went to try out both palettes, thinking I'll probably end up with the other one, however after seeing it on, I definately thought this was better on me. I'm a Stila 20 watt, LSF 5, asian. The other palette created a very simple neutral eye. It blended into my skintone quite well. however, glacier ice (with the minty colour) completely 'opened' up my eyes and looked very pretty and fresh. I never thought I could pull this off, but definately looks prettier on than in the palette. If you can, try it out and you'll be surprised. Not too cool either - another worry for me initially.
THe other reviewers have described the colours quite well, so I don't repeat what they have said. I didn't buy this palette, although I did try it out at the counter. It's a very 'stila' palette - if you don't know what I mean, check out all the previous palettes/trios from Stila. It's always in the 'Kitten'/'Icon' range...very basic Stila. Don't get me wrong - this palette will do its job. It's really pretty but for those with lots of Stila palettes already, you may find that this is yet another duplicate palette. I opted for the Glacier Ice palette instead mostly because I usually buy the 'kitten' type palette from Stila - thought a change would be nice. The palette is quite sturdy, though a mirror would have been nice.
This dual ended nail polish in PINK is LE for Stila's summer 2006 collection. With this collection comes three dual ended polishes in PINK, CORAL and BEIGE. They are $16cdn for each one of these (Holt). One side is named Sheer Pink and it really IS very sheer. I put two coats and got the loveliest sheer pinky-peachy nails - and if u look closely (and at an angle), you can see very very fine gold shimmers. Very easy to apply and beautiful. For the toes, I used the other end - Super Pink. Definately WAY more pigment than sheer pink's side, and way more corally than the fingers. Same fine gold shimmer, but because the pigment of the actual coral colour is alot stronger, you can't see the shimmers as much as the fingers. I love how the toes and fingers can 'match' yet be different. At $16 cdn each, it's only $8 per colour and I think definately worth it.
Makeup Brushes -Stila - #31 Retractable Powder Brush
BeeBeeGun 4/24/2006 2:48:00 PM
This is a new brush for Summer 2006 collection. When closed, the brush looks very similar to Stila's foundation stick. It's silver all the way with black STILA writing on it. I would imagine after using it a while and putting it in my purse, the silver will probably scratch pretty badly. Anyhow, this brush is SUPER soft, circular tapered brush (not 'flat' like their #8 powder brush). I've washed it once so far and it has already puffed up a bit, however for myself, I would like it to be a little bigger. But for a travel size one (retractable too), I guess this will have to do! Stila makes awesome brushes (just not the #1 blush brush) so you can't really go wrong with it!
This is the neutral Icon Collection quad in Laze Eyes. It retails for $42.50 here in Canada. Typically I would think this quad is quite boring, with three existing shades, however because I don't own any of the shades, I thought this would be perfect as an everyday no brainer look. This quad contains: Shale, Vanilla, Kid, Laze. The MA used this quad on me, with Shale applied wet for an eyeliner. Very basic 'clean' look with this quad. Great quad for those who don't own any of the colours yet, however for those more exciting people, go check out Thunder Eyes! (Love 'thunder' in the quad..!!!)
This is the pink handled Catherine Deneuve Icon Collection #109 Contour Brush. It retails for $38.50 here in Canada. I love this brush, not only because it's pink handled, but because I was looking for a good blush brush that I can bring along with me on trips. This one is the short handled version of the regular #109. The MA used this brush on me with the new Icon Collection SoftDew Beauty Powder. I can see this brush to be very useful for me! THe only negative point is..WOW I didn't realize how expensive brushes can be! I am used to buying brush sets so this is quite a shock for me - along with the fact that icon collection buffer brush (kabuki) is $55.00CDN! But it's oh-so-soft..maybe I just need to get that too...
This review is for the Tokyo Lash Box for Christmas 2004. Retail $275US - I bought mine at Barney's in Seattle.
Description of box: A limited edition collection focused on the care and the colour of lashes and eyes. The red makeup box is handmade by skilled artisans with lightweight carbon fiber and is the perfect carry-all for makeup and skincare.
Included in this box are: (full size) High Performance balancing Cleansing Oil (125ml), Original Cotton (whole box), Depsea water Hamamelis, Moisture Eye Zone Mask (sample), B-G Reinforcing Eye Cream, Lash Repair, Eyelash Curler, Flare Eyelashes, Eyelash Adhesive, Mascara Basic in Black.
OVerall I'm quite pleased with this box! The box is smaller than I expected-"The Tokyo Lash Box measures 10" (length) x 8.5" (height) x 6" (depth, which folds out with two tiers and has a large base for skincare and makeup items."
Expensive at $275US, but this box is bigger than the mini makeupbox that SHu regularly offers at $225US, plus the value of this tokyo lash box set is apparently at over $400!
Loose Powders -Stila - Star Studded Event All over shimmer
BeeBeeGun 10/25/2004 5:15:00 PM
This set is for Holiday 2004 - $50USD. 6.25in by 2.75in. Total wt is 0.4oz/12g. Perhaps this is not a great deal cuz a single AOS shimmer pan is 0.3oz..BUT with this awesome set, u get to try FOUR diff AOS - #6,7,8,9. AND comes with All over shadow brush, Lip brush, and All over shimmer brush, all with clear lucite handles.
The box is a silvery white sturdy one, with glittery "Stila" written on the front, with stars all over. When you flip open the top flap, u see a huge mirror and the four Aos bottles lying facing up.
Open the bottom drawer and u get the three brushes lying there. Overall, the packaging is just too cute, great to put on your table top for looks - it's THAT cute!
I tried one of the shimmers @ the counter. It is more glittery than I would have liked, definitely not as fine-milled as Becca shimmers. Some might think it's too glittery. On the other hand, I think it'll be cute for the holidays where it's ok to be more glittery than usual :)
In my opinion, this is the best and most unique of the holiday sets. Cute packaging definitely wins them all over! I love this set and not a bit of regret..
Do you like the smell of papaya? If you don't, don't bother trying this. The smell is quite strong, however it disappears after a very short while. The colour is exactly like the name says. No shimmer, pinky melony but more on the orangey melony side. It's quite pretty but make sure you are OK with the smell of papaya before you order it without trying it first!