Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Still Eyes Are The Window {Mind} Shadow Palette

Hello everyone!

I hope your Wednesday has been great so far! Today I'm giving you my thoughts on the Stila Eyes Are The Window {Mind} Shadow palette. I got this palette because I've heard Marlena from Makeupgeek rave about how good this all matte eyeshadow palette is. I've been a huge fan of Marlena and her makeup line so of course this palette made it on my "to-buy list"!

Honestly, at first I wasn't even thrilled about these "Eyes Are The Window" palettes because they all seem just ok and I'm really not a big Stila fan anyway. I really had no intention on buying this until Marlena featured it in one of her videos.

This palette can be purchased through the Stila Cosmetics website [click here] or from Ulta Beauty [click here]. The palette costs $49 for 12 eyeshadows which I find to be a bit steep in price. I did get mine with a 20% discount for being an Ulta Beauty rewards member. So if you have a beauty card, you should get coupons that apply to prestige makeup a few times a year.

Let's get into this palette.......

The exterior packaging is very sleek and super pretty. I really like the gold tones throughout and the mirror inside is also great quality. My only complaint is that the packaging shows a lot of fingerprints.  Other than this minor detail, packaging gets two thumbs up from me! 

12 all matte eyeshadows

I really like the color selection available with this all matte eyeshadow palette. I think these are all basic matte shades everyone should own. In my opinion, having a good range of mattes is very important for creating great makeup looks. The photo may show the eyeshadows a bit small but in person they are a decent size that will last awhile. 

Names are written on the back side of palette

I also like how Stila put each eyeshadow name on the back side of the palette. This eliminates the need to keep that plastic sheet overlay that usually has the names printed on it. Many brands include that annoying plastic that drives me nuts so this was a pleasant surprise. 

Up close photos of the eyeshadows: 

Top upper left

Lower left 

These next two photos don't really capture the true intensity of the last column on the right hand side.

Upper right
Lower right


L to R:
reason, thinker, creativity, intellect

The lighting was a bit off with the sunlight here but these colors don't show up too intense against my pale skin tone anyway. 

Reason: pale ivory
Thinker: light baby pink
Creativity: light creamy peach
Intellect: dusty rose

L to R:
instinct, observation, wit, perception
These four are the center column of the palette. I find these shades are more of mid tone colors when compared to the first and last columns. Overall, these are very pigmented and smooth. 

Instinct: blue toned grey
Observation: cool tone grey
Wit: medium tan
Perception: copper orange

L to R:
brilliance, imagination, genius, understanding

The last column on the right hand side is the deep shades. These are great for deepening the outer v or  to use as eyeliner. I like the range of dark colors included here. 

Brilliance: dark charcoal black (not a true intense black)
Imagination: deep plum
Genius: dark chocolate brown
Understanding: reddish brown

Overall, I think this palette is great. I like the colors and the placement of eyeshadows within the palette. It's very user friendly since each column is like an outline for application. The first column is lighter more like highlighting shades, the second is more mid tones/transition shades and the final column is deeper and smokier in tone. 

I think if you don't have a ton of matte eyeshadows in your collection, you'll get a lot of use out of this one. It isn't totally necessary to own but if you like what you see, then you'll be happy with it. This palette will be featured in several makeup tutorials coming up on my YouTube channel. 

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I hope you found this review helpful. Thank you for stopping by!


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