In the Light is a collection of stila’s award-winning eyeshadows in wearable, neutral shades for every skin tone that can be worn wet or dry. The palette also includes an exclusive Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Damsel, a matte chocolate brown, and an 8-page look book with detailed how-to tips and tricks.
I don’t have too many Stila products, but I hope to change that soon from the drastic improvements I’ve seen them make with their products over the years. This palette has mixed opinions because it has so many pros to it, but a few condemning cons, as well.
The overall material feels cheaply made and delicate, which only means for more consideration when packing it to avoid damaging it. The colors are properly separated so that each color doesn’t dust into the other, but how deeply sunk in the pans are to the palette is a huge setback. Any product that dusts up from the palette, falls down the sides of the pans and is lost forever unless I want to dig out the pan for the residual product down there. Which, to be honest, there probably would be a decent amount down there once I finally did run out of each shadow if I decided to pop the pan out.
The eyeliner came with the palette, but I thought it best to review that separately. The inspirational quote on the inside is a sweet touch to the palette, but overall, it’s design is simple and minimal. The gold reflective décor on the lettering and stars adds a nice, delicate accent to the muted gold color of the palette. I like how the shadow names are on the inside and outside, giving added reassurance that in case one of the names fades, there’s another to be able to identify it.
I do wish it had a mirror in it because I feel that for its large size, it should have been an obvious feature to manufacture this palette with. The look book is an extra bonus because it’s perfect for those days I’m in a hurry or don’t have any creative inspiration to come up with my own look. I just flip through these few pages and find a look I’m more preferable to (usually, the easiest/quickest one) and ta-da, I’m ready for the day.
Here, I have a conundrum because most of the shadows are great, and some, not so much. The shimmer/glitter shadows are amazing because they blend like butter and are incredibly pigmented. However, the matte shadows are a pain in the butt because I have to basically dig at the colors with my brushes to get some of the powder off. On the up side to that, it makes for a more seamless application because it allows for a slow, gradual build of color, but takes quite some time to be able to do so. They still blend just as gently on the skin as the shimmer shadows do, but they just take way more time to apply, which is a bit annoying.
Despite how pigmented each color is, it seems to be dang near impossible to use up the colors. I’ve had these for some time and they seem barely used. This palette is a wonderful collection of neutral colors to create numerous looks which work great for beginners and pros. A few of the colors are multi-purpose, which adds brownie points because it makes it that much more of a worthwhile purchase. None of these colors have ever creased on me or any of my clients, nor have they faded during wear time. Applied wet or dry, all these colors wear remarkable well with great pigment power.
The powders work fine applied with fingers, but like most other products, they blend so much more seamlessly with brushes. Whether I use these on my eyes or on my face, it never settles into any of my fine lines and while I may not have significant signs of aging, it is a helpful feature for those with more mature skin to know that these shadows won’t enhance them. Stila doesn’t carry many full-size eyeshadow options so the only one that can be replaced is Kitten. Since that is the case, I’ll list some dupes (or close enough) of other brands for the colors in case you’re interested to try them.
Row 1: Bare, Kitten, Bliss, Sunset, Sandstone
Row 2: Bubbly, Gilded Gold, Luster, Night Sky, Ebony
I have used these colors for years and have barely made a dent in them which is great for making the most of my money, but it also is a great set for people who prefer a more natural look to their eyes. Yes, this does have a few dark colors, which make it easy and quick to take your day look to nighttime, but most of the colors work great for simple daytime looks. A lot of people don’t have time for super elaborate or insanely creative, vibrant looks and they need a reliable palette that they can use for daily wear while making the most of their purchase for it and I believe this palette provides that.
Talc, Triethylhexanoin, Zinc Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Nylon-12, Magnesium Carbonate, Boron Nitride, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, May Contain (+/-) Mica,Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163)
Texture: Pressed powder
Size: 0.49 oz.
I’d love to hear about your experience with this in the comments!! 😊