During my autumn break from school my mother and I went shopping in Rotterdam. I did a whole haul on everything I bought then and throughout the entire month of October by the way. Anyway, one of the products I bought while shopping in Rotterdam was this stunning Stila Eye Shadow in the shade Twig. For years I’ve been a big fan of Stila eyeshadows but I’ve never tried one of their mono’s so far. This one seemed absolutely stunning to me so I took it with me. Obviously I immediately started trying it out and therefore it’s already time for the review. If you’re interested in finding out what I think of this Stila Eye Shadow in Twig, make sure you continue reading this post!
First things first: let’s start talking about the packaging. The Stila Eye Shadow in Twig comes in a cardboard box that seems to be made out of some kind of recycled paper. I don’t know whether or not that’s actually true, but it does look like it. Anyway, when you open up the box you will find a little compact with the shadow in it. In terms of design I think that the compact looks really good. It has a very basic and simplistic look to it, but let’s be honest, there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m actually a big fan of the way this eyeshadow looks.
The main part of the compact is made out of black plastic. The middle part is clear and through that part you can see the actual eyeshadow. In the middle of the clear part it says ‘Stila’, which is the name of the brand. On the back of the little compact it says which shade this is and how much product is in here and things like that. It says that it comes with 2,6 grams of product. In my experience that’s pretty decent. If you compared that to the 1,3 grams you get in a MAC mono or the 1,5 grams you get in an Urban Decay mono I think 2,6 grams is really okay.
Stila Eye Shadow in Compact in Twig 2,6 grams – €13,95
As I mentioned before the shade I bought is called Twig. I know this is completely unnecessary information, but I do really like that name. Twig, how adorable right? Anyway, when I think of a shade called Twig I think of something brown and wood like. This shadow does meet some of those thoughts, but is also very different in a way. Twig is a very unique colour. Depending on the light it is a shimmery deep brown shade with a burgundy shine to it. On this picture it does look very burgundy, however, in other lighting it can also look more like a normal warm bronze shade without the burgundy aspects. I think that’s what makes this shadow so unique. It’s different depending on how you look at it. Doesn’t that make it very interesting?
All in all I do think that Twig is a very pretty versatile shade. Depending on what kind of look you are going for you can use this eye shadow in Twig as a crease colour but also as an all-over lid shade. You can even use it as a powder eyeliner to get a more natural result. My personal favourite purpose for this shadow is using it as a crease colour but I have to say that I can also see myself wear this as lid shade when I’m going a bit more smokey with my eye makeup.
Anyway, let’s talk claims and quality. According to the Stila website this is an award-winning eye shadow in a refillable compact. They say that high-quality formula and texture can be worn wet or dry. They are supposed to be longlasting and easy to apply. The shadow will never crease and will keep you looking fabulous all day and into the night. Lastly they say that the compacts are biodegradable, which I do think is very positive.
In general I do agree with the claims Stila has made regarding this product. All in all it is a very nice textured eyeshadow that is incredibly easy to work with. The formula of the eyeshadow feels very nice and smooth. It’s a silky feeling texture that is very easy to blend and apply. It does actually blend seamlessly with other eyeshadows. The only thing I have to say about that is that you do have to be a little bit careful with how seamlessly it blends so you don’t blend the colour away.
In terms of pigmentation I think this shadow is amazing. It is very pigmented on the swatch and on the eye as well. It doesn’t need layering, but if you want it to become a little deeper than it already is you could. It does layer well without looking heavy or anything like that.
In terms of staying power I wouldn’t say it’s outstandingly longlasting. I have to say that I didn’t really nice that at all. I also didn’t notice extreme fading of the eyeshadow throughout the day. It just didn’t stand out to me. That’s it. So that’s pretty much the only point on which Stila and I aren’t agreeing.
All in all the Stila Eye Shadow in Twig didn’t disappoint me at all. In fact I’m pleasantly surprised by it. I always loved Stila eyeshadows when it came to their palettes, but this mono is just as amazing. And the best thing of all is that you get much more product in a mono like this one than you would if you’d be getting a palette. Quality and pigmentation wise I think this shadow is incredible so if you’re on the hunt for a new mono or if you want your more of your favourite Stila eyeshadow, make sure to check their mono’s out!
With that being said I’m going to end today’s post. I hope you enjoyed reading it and be sure to let me know what you think of this Stila Eye Shadow in Twig. Would you still want work with mono’s?