There’s one thing that I really look forward to with makeup releases and that’s the autumn/winter drops. Whilst spring/summer has the brights and pastels, autumn/winter goes straight to my heart with the decadent richness and of course, all of the glitter. You all know just how much I love Stila, and have done for many year so when I saw the fall collection, I was in my element. The Stila Vivid & Vibrant collection has ticked every box with it’s shimmering jewel shades and use of texture, with a nod to the products that they do so well by extending the shade range with sumptuous autumn hues and rosy glows. Let me introduce to you the new collection from Stila; Vivid & Vibrant with six new shade ranges – Jade, Amethyst, Sapphire, Garnet, Labradorite and Smoky Quartz.
The main focus of the new collection is the brand new eyeshadow duos. I do believe that this is actually the first time that Stila have released shadows like this, and they are a perfect way to introduce the vivid and vibrant range. Two shadows, both intensely pigmented with two contrasting textures. A super soft and silky shadow on one side and a metallic foil packed with shimmering pearl on the other. With the collection based on jewel colours, the indulgent and luxurious finishes of the shadows have that brilliance that you would expect from precious stones. Each shadow can be worn alone or layered for maximum effect. I love the finish of the shadows on the left hand side. Slightly glossy, but with a subtle metallic sheen whereas the the shadows on the right are more foiled with glitter reflects and a bit more oomph. Layering them gives them a deeper intensity and a pop of sparkle which will be perfect for the festive season. The swatch below is Vivid Garnet; a deep ruby red with gold reflects.
The Vivid & Vibrant range also extends the Shimmer & Glow range. Whilst I have used one of the Shimmer & Glow shades from the summer collection, I haven’t really swayed away from using the Glitter & Glow and my collection is becoming pretty hefty. The Shimmer & Glow are a little more subtle than using full on glitter for a day to day look but still can create an impact. With a sheen finish rather than a sparkle, they work really well with the eyeshadow duos to really deepen the colour and intensity. From the new collection, Vivid Labradorite which is a deep charcoal black with silver reflects and perfect for a sexy, smokey eye.
Increasing the shade range of existing products, there are 6 new shades of the cult classic Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick. Think autumnal tones, deep terracotta, warm rose and burgundy. The shade that I have is Siena, a deep dusty brown rose. The formula has stayed exactly the same and is smudge proof, kiss proof and party proof for several hours.
Further shade extensions have been added to the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. The intense shades fall in line with the new shade range of jewel colours but are a lot more subtle to wear. The liquid liner has been voted as one of the best liquid pen liners in several beauty awards and I do really like how it holds in place and dries with a bold colour. The Smudge Stick Waterproof Liners have also been extended with the vivid shades and I am obsessed with these. They are one of the best liners for the waterline as well as being able to smudge them out to create a cheeky smokey eye in minutes.
One stand out product from Stila, for me, has to be the Heaven’s Hue highlighter. Not only are they incredibly unique with their bouncy gel like formulations that turn into gossamer light kisses from angels on the skin. Whilst I usually go for a blinding highlight for night’s out, the Stila Heaven’s Hues are more appropriate for day wear. They aren’t just subtle, but they give a luminous, lit from within natural radiance whilst feeling light as air on the skin. I have added Incandescence, a pink/peach with a universal gleam to my collection and it joins the iconic Kitten and this summers new shade Opulence.
The shade from the Vivid and Vibrant range that stood out the most for me is Vivid Amethyst which works beautifully with my green eyes. From top to bottom on the swatch are Vivid Amethyst Eyeshadow Duo individual shades and then layered, followed by the Shimmer & Glow. The Liquid liner and Smudge Stick are below.
I absolutely adore this new collection and I’m so pleased that I have added some new products to my personal collection such as these. Stila have also just dropped the winter collection just in time for Christmas which feature 3 brand new Glitter & Glow shades which I must get my hands on! What’s your favourite Stila product and why?This post may contain PR samples that have been sent to me for consideration for review however all my opinions will be my own. The links in the post my be affiliate links which will earn a small amount of commission should you shop my recommendations.