Monday, February 6, 2012

Stila for Nordstrom Rack Cosmetic Palettes - Review, Pictures, Swatches



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?

25 comments:

  1. Very Chic and work-friendly! I could imagine having you as my IT recruiter!!

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    1. I am available for hire Ms Jamilla! And yes...very work friendly. Does Stila make non work friendly colors? They are pretty tame, yes?

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  2. Wow. I never gave much thought to Stila palettes, but the colors are pretty and pigmented. Thanks for the swatches!

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    1. My pleasure. I'll be honest. I never gave much thought to Stila Palettes either. If these were not sent to me for review I'm not sure if I would even have tried them....but now I'm glad I did!

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  3. Hey fellow green-eyed lady! I've been trying to stop collecting these Stila girl palettes... you're terrible for enabling me! ;)

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    1. Hola! The peach tones of the eyeshadow & my peach colored shirt made my eyes look extra green that day. They usually alternate between grey/blue/green. Are yours a true green? If they are I'm jeluz!!! How many of these Stila palettes do you have so far?

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  4. Love your blog! I live in the DC area too and couldn't agree more about the lack of makeup-wearing- I know you have ain international readership but I always really enjoy your local references.

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    1. Hello Anon DC reader! What is it with this town? I don't get the women here some days. They are missing out! But on the other hand...more makeup for US!

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  5. I just went to Nordstrom Rack on saturday and picked up 3 sets of Ardell's falsies. I wasn't really interested in any of the Stila products there though

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    1. I hear ya. To be honest. If they were not sent to me for review I probably wouldn't have given them a second look if I was a Nordstrom Rack. Glad I got to test them tho. I miss being able to find inexpensive Shu Uemura at my local NR. :-(

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  6. Great palettes at an even better price! You look beautiful in the last pic too :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm usually not a fan of full face pics for me on the blog. but I felt that I had to show the whole look. :-)

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  7. We share a love in taupe and many blushes; however I cannot agree with you that Stila $10 palettes are a need. I bought 5 and I never touch them (and threw the Moscow one away)... and I find the shadows vanish/smudge/leak even with UDPP primer in a few hours.

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    1. Lisa: It's OK. We don't have to love all the same things. I hear you about the wear of the shadows. It's a Your Results Will Vary kinda thing I think. I found that the shadows wore well through the day but they certainly didn't last as long as Bobbi Brown or Shu Uemura or LMdB. As for palettes being untouched...well that just means you a) don't travel enough or b) have too much makeup. BTW both A & B apply to me!

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  8. I picked up Ravishing on Rodeo Drive
    and it's fabulous! :-)
    I love how sleek the palettes are!
    It's a must if you travel!

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    1. ITA. if you travel they are perfect. even in an overnight bag for those one night stan....um I mean for an unexpected night out.

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  9. I hate to tell you this Elvira, but you have some sort of brass handle growing out the side of your head...
    Heh, that being said, I really like the 5th Av version of this palette!

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    1. I know. The Doctors said they can't remove it without doing damage to the taupe love center of my bairn, so I decided to keep it in.

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  10. These swatches look beautiful. I'm incredibly tempted to pick up the Michigan Avenue palette! Great review!

    -Anna
    prettymuchreviews.blogspot.com

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  11. I totally agree with you about DC women. I am also in the DC area (most of my life) and I still don't get what they are thinking. If you spend on lingerie, makeup and accessories, you can make your clothes look better and mix up your look.

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  12. You look gorgeous!!! That's really cool that The rack has this now! I will have to go check it out!

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  13. I stopped being a fan of Stila a long time ago. I may have to check this out next time, I'm at "the rack" haha. Yes, you are right - if there was a NorCal palette the colors would be a lot darker.

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  14. I live in the DC area (Arlington) and I agree with you about DC ladies and the lack of makeup. What is the deal? (in my best Seinfeld voice). Mascara never hurt nobody! As far as these palettes, I own 4 and sadly, they are probably my least used makeup items. The shadows are stiff and I find I have to pack it on to get the color to show up :(.

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  15. That palette was made for you! At first I thought the close up was disappointing, they blend a bit muddy to my eye. But the full face? Wow! You're eyes look gorgeous. I guess muddy is the look for you! lol

    I've heard these little palettes kinda suck, that Stila didn't put their usual quality into the eyeshadows. You might want to pick up a single or two for comparisson...I might too since I don't own any Stila except a couple of eye liners...

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    1. Muddy is the look for me? Yikes!
      And yes. I heard the same thing that the quality is not the same as Stila Singles.

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