Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow

stila magnificent metals foil finish eye shadow
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I've been o b s e s s e d with the Urban Decay Naked3 palette since I got my grubby hands on it a few months ago, but I was looking for a good way to spice it up a bit. I stumbled on these newish Stila shadows and thought it would be just the thing to add some dimension and visual interest to my usual looks.

According to the directions on the box, you're supposed to place one drop of the eye primer onto the tray, then add a dab of the shadow and mix. Please do not be fooled by these directions, as they are bullshit. If you put an entire drop of the primer in this mixture, you're really not going to like the results. A miniscule dab'll do ya, trust me. I find this process to be a huge mess, if I'm being honest, but of course there's a brush for that (if you feel like paying an extra $18 for it).

I was not prepared for the texture of it, and at first tried to dip the stiff bristled Tarte eyeshadow brush I use for cream shadows into the pot (see above). It is, for lack of a better term, squinchy. Don't use a brush with this, because it's not made for that. Use your fingers or, if you are lucky enough to have $18 laying around for a brush you can only use with ONE product, go for it.

I got 'metallic golden pink' specifically to wear with the Naked3 palette. I skip the liquid primer altogether and just use my ring fingertip to lightly pat on the shadow over my already finished eye makeup. (UD Primer Potion + UD Naked3)

It's quite hard to accurately capture the texture and liquid metal look of this shadow!

This is pretty much the only product of its kind on the market. Sure, you have your metallic glitters (Lit Cosmetics and OCC come to mind), or you can attempt to apply your metallic shadows wet, but this stuff literally looks like liquid metal when it's applied correctly. It's unique in every way possible. If you want to look like a cyborg- and be real, who doesn't- but don't want glitter in your eye, this is the eyeshadow for you!

At $32 for a .07 oz pot of eyeshadow and a pathetically half-full bottle of eye primer, this stuff better at least make you a sandwich afterward, right?! Well, I regret to inform you that it does not. The fallout is terrible. SO, so messy. Be ready for a lot of cleanup. Don't take it over your crease because it will look horrific- keep it on your mobile lid only. I would 100% not recommend this to a makeup newbie, because the margin of error is very high. I had to practice quite a bit to get my technique down just right. The price is also pretty prohibitive- $457 an ounce to be exact, but I was able to get it for 20% off (a little over $25) which was just slightly less traumatic in my eyes. The primer comes half empty, which is completely nonsensical. You can buy a full size bottle for about $20.

Have you been itching to try this product? Tell me what you think!


  1. That looks KILLER but damn that is costly. The terrible fallout definitely makes it a no-go for me.

  2. Gah. Still grappling weather or not to buy the Naked 3! No time for this! haha. Does look lovely but I'll stick with wetting my loose shadows. Thanks for the honest opinions!!!

  3. I love the Naked3 palette! It's perfect for my pale pinkish complexion, but I think it's really wearable for any coloring. It's a good investment item because you do get quite a lot of product for $52. Urban Decay eyeshadows are my absolute favorite, I've been a devoted UD user for 15 years now so my opinion is very biased!

  4. I'm thinking maybe if I dust some baby powder under my eyes, it might help. The flaky foily formula of the shadow makes cleanup difficult :(

  5. I'm starting to be suede. I just don't understand the hype they are just browns... but admittedly the more photos I see of other bloggers swatching them the more I like them! haha

  6. Damnit, I'm just not hearing too many good reviews about this product and now I can't justify buying it. It just looks so good though ugh

  7. And now I want a sandwich.

    I love the effect, that is pricey for something so finicky...but, I REALLY want to look like a cyborg too. Dilemma for sure.


  8. when i wear shadow with crazy fallout i eather put a tissue under my eye to protect my cheek as i apply it or just do eyes first, clean up the fallout with makeup remover, then apply the rest

  9. Ugh so dissapointed but glad I was able to save my money! Thanks for the review.