Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in "Comex Copper": Review and Swatches

Disclaimer: Product featured was provided for review.
Hi everyone, today I have a special eye shadow from Stila called the Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow ($32 USD or $42 CAD) to share with you. Stila released the Magnificent Metals Foil Shadow line late last year and they are touted to be "one-of-a-kind" metallic shadows with a foil finish. To read more and see a look I did with it, click......
Product Description:
A buildable cream to powder eye shadow with a multidimensional foil/metallic finish

What it comes with:
-Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow (2g)
-Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer (2ml)
-Metal mixing tray

Recommended application methods:
Stila recommended two different application methods depending on what kind of look you want to achieve.
For a sheer wash of color and shimmer:
1. Add a drop of the Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer onto the mixing tray provided.
2. Using your finger or a brush, dab some of the shadow into the primer and mix until the shadow has a thin creamy texture.
3. Dab the shadow directly onto the lids.
For a more intense effect:
1. Dab a small amount of the liquid primer on to the lids.
2. Take your finger and dab some eye shadow directly onto the lids.
Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in "Comex Copper".
The foil shadow comes in a small silver painted pot with a twist off lid. The eye primer comes in a teeny tiny glass bottle with a glass dropper. There seems to be very little primer in the bottle. When I received mine, the bottle was actually about 60% empty, I don't know if that's actually how much is supposed to be in there or if some of the primer leaked during shipping.

The shadow has a very strange texture. It is very dry but it's also strangely squishy when you poke it at. It's definitely something you need to check out in person to see.
"Comex Copper" swatched using the first application method.
Pigmentation & Application:
"Comex Copper" is a gorgeous brownish copper metallic with fairly large flecks of copper/gold flecks. I tried applying the shadow with both methods. With the "sheer wash of color" method, I was able to get a good swatch on my arm. However, on the lid, I experienced a lot of creasing and hardly any of the base colors went on my lids; I only ended up with a lot of ungainly flecks of copper and gold.
Comex Copper applied with the "sheer wash of color" method.
After the lack of success with that first method, I tried the shadow using the second method, which promises a more intense and dramatic look. Also, during the second time around, I applied a base shadow of a similar color to make up for the lack of pigment that transferred to the lids.
With this method the result was quick stunning; however, despite that, I still experienced a lot of creasing (you can see it near the inner corners of my eyes).
In addition, the metallic flecks in these shadows are quite large! Some are so big that they feel a bit stiff on the lids. People with differently shaped eyes might not feel the discomfort I experienced but with the way my asian eyes crease, the product sat very uncomfortably
Copper Comex worn over a copper shadow from Urban Decay.
Copper Comex worn over a copper shadow from Urban Decay.
-Gives a very unique metallic/foil effect
-Very editorial and dramatic, perfect for photo shoots and special occasions

-Flecks were too large and can feel uncomfortable
-Hefty price tag ($32 USD or $42 CAD)
-Not an everyday eye shadow as it requires time and concentration to apply properly

I find this quite a difficult product to review as it really isn't your every day dab and go shadow. I think Stila made these with runways, and photo shoots in mind and it certainly comes through in the products application and finish.
In conclusion, given how expensive and unpractical the product is, I wouldn't recommend it for those simply looking for a metallic shadow with a foil effect, but for makeup artists that's looking for a product that truly creates a unique and dramatic effect, then yes, this is definitely a product to consider.

The Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Shadows from Stila are available at Sephora.

What do you guys think? Has any of you tried these out? Let me know in the comments below!