Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek Palette
I know you should not judge things by looks alone but when I saw this little beauty on ASOS a few weeks back, I could not believe just how gorgeous it was and it was straight away in my virtual basket. I am always a sucker for pinks and golds so Stila’s Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek palette drew me right in with the justification of ‘oooh, I can take this on holiday with me!’, saving space in the suitcase and all that.
These selections of palettes are based on skin tone as opposed to eye colour and I picked myself up the Fair/Light palette (though hindsight tells me that, theoretically I perhaps would have been better suited to the Fair/Medium palette in terms of shades) due to the lightness of the shades; pinks and golds are my favourite so decide this was the one for me. Though I have got to hand it to Stila, all four palettes are truly beautiful!
Also, I am SO glad that Stila has stopped using the cardboard packaging they used to. I, quite frankly disposed of my In The Light palette years ago after the packaging had been so butchered when travelling so boy, was I grateful when this arrived in a plastic casing that makes a satisfying sound when closed meaning I do not have to worry half as much when putting this in my makeup bag for travelling.
So, without further ado, here are my thoughts on the Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek palette!
Eyeshadow L-R: Alluring, (top row) Breathtaking, Dynamic, (bottom row) Passionate, Glamorous
Blushers L-R: Romantic, Playful
Despite how gorgeous (and very Instagram-able) the palette itself is, I cannot say I am overly impressed with the pigmentation. The photograph below somewhat highlights this as the only shade you can really obviously see is the darkest one in the palette. The gold foil shadow (Passionate) is certainly somewhat of a disappointment, again, just because of how promising it looks in the palette.
On the eye, with a very light, white base the colours show up a little bit more and the shades are very pretty and naturally, compliment each other quite well so the easiest thing to do to get the pigmentation is too wet your brush before applying them. This really amps up the shadows (does not work as well with the blush, unfortunately) and creates a lovely look. That beautiful gold shade (Passionate) makes an impact and looks truly sparkling this way. I personally just use a fixing spray directly on the brush and this seems to do the job well. The ‘on the eye’ swatches in the photographs below show this better, you can really see the gold in all its glory! But I have certainly seen better pigmentation, without a doubt, which is really a shame, considering how pretty this palette is.
My skin tone is quite light and I find the blush on the left (Romantic) pretty non-existent but the blush on the right (Playful) is a little bit nicer and perfect for those days I want to keep it simple but have just ‘something’ there.
As for everything else? The shadows are slightly chalky but are workable. I am still in two minds about this palette – I know it is aimed for people with fair/light skin which is why the shades may have the pigmentation they do but I could not be any less tan if I tried. The shades themselves are gorgeous but the pigmentation does ultimately let them down. But, despite saying all this, I do reach for this palette. That gold shade (Passionate) is everything when applied with a wet brush and the dark brown (Glamorous) is the perfect complimentary shade and looks perfect in the outer V of the eye. So all-in-all, the Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue palette has stumped me. I do use and reach for it, but I am not as impressed as I hoped to be, especially considering how much I adored the In The Light palette back in the day.
There is a part of me that wants to try the next palette up to see how that compares but naturally, I feel less inclined to spend my money if the pigmentation is the same. So right now, I am not sure and I would certainly love to hear your thoughts if you have tried one of these palettes.
Despite how pretty this palette is and the considerable improvement on packaging, the Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue palette lacks essential pigmentation and ‘wow’ factor that make-up needs. It is truly beautiful and I am still in love with that beautiful gold shade but all-in-all, I am ever so slightly underwhelmed by this palette. It is such a shame as just a bit more pigmentation would have made all the difference.
What do you think? Have you tried the Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek palette?
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