Guess what your local Nordstrom Rack has...aside from great deals on Nordstrom merchandise, that is...(Don't look up because the answer is right there. NO CHEATING!....STILA Cosmetics! That's right! You get a gold star!
Those of you not familiar with The Nordstrom Rack, allow me give you a bit of background:
The Nordstrom Rack sells products from Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com at 50-60% off original prices. This includes a selection of brand-name apparel, accessories and shoes they also have items purchased specially for Nordstrom Rack at 30-70% off MSRP. Nordstrom Rack says that they have new merchandise arriving daily at their stores and they also offer a range of accessories, bath and beauty products!
That's where the Stila Palettes come in. I was given three palettes to review. The price on the palettes were marked at $10 each. $10 for an entire palette that includes 4 eyeshadows and one lip & cheek cream is a pretty good deal, in my book.
So let's look at what I got shall we?
Three palettes all named after specific shopping areas in some major cities. Notice they do not include one for Washington, DC because a) There is no recognized shopping area in DC and most of the women here don't wear enough makeup as it is. It's sad but true. These women will spend THOUSANDS on clothing, shoes, and bags but will skip makeup entirely. I have no idea why. I'm the opposite, I'll spend thousands on makeup and skip spending a lot of money on clothing, shoes, and ba... well clothing and shoes.
So to start we have:
Stila for Nordstrom Rack Ravishing on Rodeo Drive
Stila for Nordstrom Rack Majestic on Michigan Avenue
Stila for Nordstrom Rack Fashionable on 5th Avenue
For the shopping or geographically impaired that's California, Chicago and New York.
I personally found each of these palettes to be kinda true to the area. I mean, I think Stila actually did some sort of research and looked at the color trends for these cities and put in colors that were most popular for those geographic areas.
Let's start with New York, or Stila for Nordstrom Rack Fashionable on 5th Avenue.
This sweet palette of pinks is perfect for quick on the go people.
The eyeshadows can be changed from night to day and the lip and cheek cream can be intensified or lightened depending on your mood.
Then there is Chicago or Stila for Nordstrom Rack Majestic on Michigan Avenue. I really love Chicago. It's such a fun city to visit, the pace is fast but not as fast as New York and the people are very friendly. That's just my opinion, I could be wrong.
This palette has some beautiful plummy browns. The lip and cheek cream is on the darker, more severe side but depending on application, one could make a beautiful lip stain look and a just in from the cold, flushed cheek look.
The neutrals in this palette are perfect for any coloring, although they tend to pull on the purple side, I think they could work for almost anyone.
Lastly we have California. I really should say LA, because I think if Stila did a palette for San Francisco the colors would be drastically different. It's the whole NoCal vs SoCal thing.
This very sunny beach-y bronze-y palette has a splash of color (turquoise) mixed in with a beautiful bronze-y but very sheer lip and cheek cream.
The colors blended fairly well but I found that the blue didn't show up as bold as I would have liked.
Here is an EOTD picture using an off brand Japanese liquid liner in a copper color and a full FOTD showing the entire look. the only thing on my lips is the Stila lip & cheek cream and I used Armani LSF foundation in 3.75 and MUFE Full Cover Concealer in 3. I finished the look with ITCosmetics Bye Bye Pores finishing powder. The rest was all the Stila Palette.
Do you NEED this? YES! for a quick on the go palette that can work multiple looks and for ONLY $10 how could you resist?! The quality of the shadows is still the same great Stila quality. The shadows are soft and well pigmented. The lip & Cheek creams are well pigmented and easily blendable. It's really a great deal. Pick up all three or just one that suits your taste and heck, you can carry that in your purse with a little powder and concealer and you have your entire makeup kit with you! How cool is that?
Do you shop at The Nordstrom Rack? If so, what beauty deals have you seen recently?