I’ll tell you this for nothing – I am a sales persons dream.
When I saw gemsmaquillage’s video where she said that Stila “Into the Light” palette is in her opinion better than the Naked Palette, I had to stop myself from ordering it immediately online. I’ve actually swatched palette in Boots and swatched the shadows, and I was really, really impressed with the texture and colour range but I resisted buying it purely because I already have Naked and the NYX Nude on Nude and how many neutral eyeshadows does one girl need?
But alas, I am weak and I caved, so I went and bought it.
I’ll come straight out and tell you what I don’t like about this palette:
– Cheap packaging: the cardboard packaging could be improved slightly – I’ve only had mine a week and its already starting to get a bit battered. I also dislike how it doesn’t “close” properly (like how the Naked palette has a magentic clasp) The palette that I got, the actual shadow pan doesn’t sit properly in the holes – maybe thats just me being anal. I just think when you’re paying a reasonable amount for something, the packaging should reflect that.
– Fall out: these eyeshadows are really quite powdery so I have to be super careful when applying the more shimmery or darker shadows purely because of fallout under my eye.
They are my only two dislikes.
The palette itself is lovely. I wouldn’t go crazy at the minute and say that it’s better than the Naked palette because I’ve not used it enough, but I have found myself reaching for this most mornings. There are 10 colours in total, 6 of these are really wearable “daytime shades” (I tend to adopt a pretty neutral eye for everyday wear) and there are four that I’d use to create more of a smokey eye for evening looks. I love that there are a couple more matte shades as I do feel like that’s what the Naked palette misses. As mentioned before, the pigmentation of these shadows and texture is incredible. To top it all off the palette comes with a Stila Waterproof Smudgestick in Damsel, which is a really wearable dark brown. I’m usually a black liner user, but this smudgestick is ideal for those days when you’re wearing a more neutral eye… once applied you can smudge it in the lash line, but after a minute or so it is completely smudgeproof.
All in all this is a really nice neutral palette – it even comes with a step by step guide by make up artist Sarah Lucero of different looks that can be recreated using the shadows which I think is a really nice touch.