Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Purchase - Stila Diamond Lil Versus MAC Smoke & Diamonds. HOT Taupe on Taupe live action!
The question remains why I proceeded to swap for a Stila eye shadow that is supposedly the exact same color as my much beloved MAC Smoke & Diamonds. I guess it was because I wanted to see for myself the duplicity of the shadows gray taupey goodness. Or Perhaps I’m just insane about taupe eye shadow. My bet is on the latter.
So I did manage to swap for a NEW IN BOX Stila Diamond Lil eyeshadow and I must say that it is quite pretty. Spectacular to be exact. I actually had such a wonderful reaction upon seeing it and swatching, that it brought back memories to my first encounter with MAC Smoke & Diamonds from the Starflash collection.
Now I know why. It’s the exact same effing color!
My swatch shows you how incredibly close they are. The MAC swatched a tad more sheer but the color is the same.
I guess there are good & bad things with my discovery.
1) MAC Smoke & Diamonds was limited edition (bad)
2) Stila Diamond Lil is part of the regular line (good)
3) MAC Smoke & Diamonds has a creamy feel with very little fall out (good)
4) Stila Diamond Lil is very creamy, but there is a lot of powder fallout and it seems fragile (bad)
5) MAC Smoke & Diamonds is now going for $27-$29 usd on evilbay (bad)
6) Stila eye shadow pans do not fit in MAC palettes (bad)
Oh the list could go on and on…but you get my point.
The only reasons one would need to buy Stila Diamond Lil shadow are the following:
a) You had MAC Smoke & Diamonds and you have used it all up. (lol. Yeah right…maybe if it was the only shadow you ever wear)
b) You never got a chance to get MAC Smoke & Diamonds and don’t want to pay 2x the retail price for one off of evilbay (I don’t blame you for not wanting to spend $$ on MAC shadow)
c) You are a hopeless taupe addict that will buy almost any taupe just to say she owns almost every taupe (that’s my reason)
d) You don’t care if it doesn’t fit in a MAC palette and actually like the texture of Stila Shadows. (phffft. Whatever psycho!)
So there you go,
My expert analysis on Stila Diamond Lil eye shadow.
Check back for future reviews of Laura Mercier Topaz, Shu ME 945 (a.k.a. hot sex in eye shadow form) and Lancome Erika F (It’s not really taupe but I love it just the same)