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Oct 31, 2008

Stila Surprise & Shine Palette Review & Swatches

I'm such a cheese but I totally dig the Stila Surprise & Shine Palette simply because it has an option that allows you to record a personal holiday message and play it back! Hey, it's the little things in life that thrill the Muse to pieces!

After testing this out I promptly headed onto Stila's site and ordered three more as stocking stuffers for a few of my good friends! Soon after receiving them the Muse sat down, hit record, and started singing along with Andy Williams as he sung "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"! Nothing says personalized gift giving like the Muse singing while you apply your makeup! Gifts like this are priceless. Too bad for you the Muse won't be sharing her rendition of "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" but she will share a review with you of the Stila Surprise & Shine Palette!

I dig the simplicity of Stila palettes lately and the Stila Surprise & Shine is just that, simple. The palette includes everything you need to create a really simple yet beautiful Holiday look no prior brain surgery training required. Truly I love Holiday palettes but honestly sometimes (Yes, I'm talking about you MAC) you really do need to be uber creative or just an amazing makeup artist to understand and use some of these palettes! If you're looking for simple, quick, and easy I'd say that the Stila Surprise & Shine palette is ideal for you!

The palette comes with a base eyeshadow shade which you'll be using as an all over color wash on your eyes and a prep for the primary shadow shade. The base shadow is a nude, flesh color with a tiny bit of golden sparkle that's barely noticeable so you won't have the disco ball shimmer effect with this but just a tiny hint of shimmer. The primary color you'll be using on your lid and blending up to your crease if you like. Completing your eye look you'll be using the darker liner shade which can double up as an eyeshadow if you like. Finally add a bit of the Stila Convertible Color to lips and cheeks and away you go!

The finished result is a natural look that's pretty and flattering for a day or evening look! I'm particularly partial to the palette as it makes my eyes look quite fresh and I highly recommend it if you're a bit older and starting to experience fine lines around your eyes or puffiness! The colors manages to diminish the look of shadows, fine lines, etc...while making your eyes more awake and fresh looking!

I think the novelty of recording my own personal message was what really snagged my attention about this palette but the colors included and the simplicity of use most definitely kept my interest!

If you're not great at makeup application and you're looking for a nice little palette that easy to use the Stila Surprise & Shine Palette is worth taking a peek at! If you're looking for a creative little gift to tuck into a friend's stocking or to give as a little gift this is fantastic as well!

The Muse thought this was a cute little palette for the Holidays and recommends checking it out for yourself!

The palette is available now at Sephora and Stila cosmetics.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That liner looks GREAT with your eyes. The whole look is nice on you. I wouldn't have thought that color as a liner would be so flattering.

October 31, 2008 at 4:00 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

thanks dd :)

seems an oddball color but it's rather nice ;)

October 31, 2008 at 4:02 PM  
Blogger onigiripie said...

hey muse! wow ok i really like those colours, they really do make your eyes look more awake and brighter, not to mention bigger. i shall def have to try this out sometime! :) happy halloween!

October 31, 2008 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger 心。葵 said...

It's pretty darling, but I notice Stila in my place is way markup! >_< Very bad and I hate that. :(

But it's a pretty gift for friends or family members, becuz of the personalized msg :D


October 31, 2008 at 10:00 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Oh, hopefully I can get this over here, it'd make a perfect gift for my best friend =)

November 1, 2008 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Aya said...

Aaaah, the sparkly neutral look suits you beautifully, Musey! I hope the palettes makes it's way to Japan :)

November 2, 2008 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger makeupmag said...

I love the way you wrote that bit about the recording ability; you made me giggle! :)

November 3, 2008 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi onigiripie!

Thanks hun! ;) Happy Belated Halloween! Hope you're having a great Monday!

Thanks for the comment!

November 3, 2008 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey plue!

Thanks lovie! ;) Awwwthat stinks :(

the message totally made me grin :) I thought it was a cute extra!

Love ya!

November 3, 2008 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Laura!

Isn't it cute?! I love the personalized message!

November 3, 2008 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

aya how are you lovie!?

thanks honey :) I think it will as Japan normally gets them easily!

November 3, 2008 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey mags!

lol ;) that was kinda the turn on for me :) hehe recording a silly message for friends!

November 3, 2008 at 2:53 PM  

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