Stila Striking in South Beach Palette: Bringing South Beach to Asia!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Stila releases their Striking in South Beach Palette in Singapore in August, thus bringing Summer at the beach right here to Asia! The paette contains four eyeshadows in shades of blue and grey, as well as a blush in pink, and a bronzer. All the colours look very well put together, and the palette looks gorgeous!

The cover of the palette features an illustration of the classic Stila girl, tall, lean, and skating! This is a great throwback to the Stila packaging of old - the cute drawings of the Stila girls, the paper cardboard packaging, the pretty, whimsical design. As one of the girls who collected Stila eyeshadows and hoarded them back in the day when those eyeshadows came in the silvery paper cardboard packages, this brings forth a bout of nostalgia.

stila striking in south beach palette 1

Here's the layout of the palette. The entire palette can fit into your clutch or bag, and is quite small and slim. However, if you are travelling around with this, I recommend that you bind the entire palette with a rubber band or something, since it will probably open up. The colours are laid out quite nicely, and look pretty coordinated.

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The eyeshadows consist of a light, shimmery grey, a medium blue-purple (or blurple, if you read nail blogs), a shimmery dark navy, and a shimmery soft black. All the shades are shimmery, but not overly so. No big bits of glitter or anything that is too OTT.

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There is also a blush, a cool-leaning pink, as well as a bronzer which is a reddened brown. It actually looks like another blush colour to me actually, since there's quite a lot of pink in it. I think it would make a great summer blush shade!

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And the palette even has cute instructions on the inside of the palette cover! How cute is that?

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Here are swatches of the entire palette, so you can see the colour coordination of the palette. All the colours can definitely be used together, there aren't any weird colour combinations here.

stila stunning in south beach palette swatches 1

Here are closer swatches of the eyeshadow. I kind of feel like the photo turned out a little more blue than it looked in person, but blue eyeshadows tend to be hard to photograph. Pigmentation of the eyeshadows is very light - these aren't the most pigmented eyeshadows around, but they are buildable. Texture is also smooth, but a little on the dry side.

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Here are swatches of the blush and the bronzer. As you can see in the swatches below, the bronzer actually looks to me to be more of a rusty red blush than a proper bronzer, which shouldn't have much red in it. And I think I actually like it better as a blush than as a bronzer. The pigmentation of the blush and the bronzer are pretty good.

stila stunning in south beach palette swatches 3

All in all, I rather like this palette, and the look it gives is not a dramatic dark blue smokey eye, but more of a subtle smokey blue look. I do think that this look would give you more of a rosy cheeked look, with a little bit of a pop of blue on the eyes, which is so much more appropriate for the heat of summer, rather than a nude-cheeks-and-dramatic-smokey-eyes kind of look. If that's the look you're going for, this palette is definitely worth checking out.

(Product was sent for review. Review is my complete and honest opinion. I am not affiliated with/compensated by the company.)


  1. I want that blurple shadow in polish form please!

  2. Really pretty shades - I think that Stila made them more sheer for the Asian market?

  3. gorgeous shades. i want both of the blurples!

  4. I love the shadows, but that pink blush is for me? x3 The packaging is adorable~

  5. I love the look of that bronzer, though I'm the same - I'd wear it as a blush :)


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