Stila’s “Cosmopolitan” Palettes–“Stylish in Seoul”

This is not easy for me to say, so I’m taking a deep breath first.  Here goes:  “Hello, my name is Gigi, and I am a palettoholic.”  It has taken me years and the help of many friends to be able to admit this.  This disease is not as rare as you may think.  It occurs when a woman (in this case, me) cannot resist cosmetic palettes.  She generally buys them on a whim or obsesses over them in her mind for days and nights and still buys them anyway.  Yes, I am loving the Tarte “Aqualillies” I reviewed, but Stila, that clever company, is offering limited-edition palettes at Sephora for $10.00 (you read that correctly; this is a $67.00 retail value!).  I saw them and first ordered three, one of each.  I was so pleased the I ordered another three to use when I finish the first ones.

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The Palettes

Each palette contains colors meant to reflect the natural topography and culture of a major city.  There is “Stylish in Seoul”, described below, “Rockin’ in Rio,” and “Vibrant in Vancouver.”  “Seoul” represents a unique cosmopolitan area where tradition meets trend-setting fashion and stylish sophistication.  The shades have a pink/purple theme and are sultry and flattering  “Rio” revolves around lush hues of blue, silver, and ecru because of the beautiful beaches found there, while “Vancouver” combines peach, gold, green, and brown to represent the stunning coastal and mountain scenery of the area.

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“Stylish in Seoul”

The palettes are all packaged in hard cardboard and close magnetically.  They are so sleek and slim that they will fit in the smallest handbag (perfect for evening).  Each comes with a large mirror and a schematic with suggestions as to how to best use the shades.  There are five finely-milled eye shadows (all can be used wet or dry!) and a generous amount of Stila’s revered “Convertible Color,” a creamy lip/cheek color which leaves you luminous and wears forever.    The looks you can create are limitless, from barely-there to all-out-wow.  The “Seoul” palette has a large well of a nude with a faint hint of pink, “Zen,” which works beautifully when applied from eyelid to brow bone.  It has tender glimmer, leaving your eyes sparkling and creating the perfect canvas for additional color.  Next comes “Dynasty,” a rose-infused champagne.  “Palace” is a gently gleaming silver, while “Midnight” is a shimmering taupe.  My favorite hue is “Empire,” an opulent, deep matte amethyst.  In a hurry, I use a good brush to cover my entire lid with “Zen” and simply contour with “Empire” in the crease, smudging a bit under bottom lashes instead of liner.  It looks like I spent a great deal of time on my makeup when it actually takes about two minutes.  These shadows are highly blendable and endure through long days and nights with nary a crease, but I suggest using a great primer like Too Faced’s “Shadow Insurance” to extend wear even longer.

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“Convertible Color”

Stila is know for its luscious, substantive lip and cheek tint, “Convertible Color.”  A mini-compact retails for $25.00 alone.  Coverage is quite buildable.  On lips, there is a cushioned, buttery-soft feel.  This particular palette includes this tint in “Azalea,” which is not nearly as pink as you might assume.  It is more of a tea rose.  Use fingers or a sponge to apply to apples of cheeks and blend upward toward cheekbones for a radiant glow.  On your pout, the color is shiny and sexy, wearable for women of all skin tones.  If you truly want a polished look, use a lip brush to line lips with the tint and then fill in with the color itself.  Of course, you can always use your fingers.

World-Class Colors

Join me in traveling to major cities around the globe and explore subtle and bold shades to enhance your own natural beauty by trying all three palettes.  By the way, I could use your help with my “palettoholism” problem.  Perhaps we can meet and discuss ways to overcome my throwing careful budgeting to the wind and handing over my credit card every time I see a collection of spectacular combined colors.  Afterward, I’ll treat you to lunch, a cool latte, and then maybe we can go shopping at Sephora or Ulta . . .

 

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  • Vicci Brant

    July 1, 2013 at 10:28 pm
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    Hello Gigi, my name is Vikki and I too am a palettoholic! I first noticed the symptoms a long time back. It gets worse. I […] Read MoreHello Gigi, my name is Vikki and I too am a palettoholic! I first noticed the symptoms a long time back. It gets worse. I am also a palette hoarder. I want them all and I want to keep them. I found a beautiful stila set at COSTCO if you can believe it! It was only $10, it was around the holidays. Not only did Stila offer a beautiful eye colour palette it had a lip colour wand. I also saw the $10 palettes at Sephora, they're amazing. I love stila, I love Gigi Sommers DePascale and I love going to Sephora. I hope to take you up on the offer to go out for convo and cosmetics one day Gigi, until then, I'll be connected to you thru our mutual palettoholic disease, see ya at Sephora! Read Less

  • Carole Dennis Cornell

    July 1, 2013 at 10:42 pm
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    Gigi, of course I don't judge. Especially when I also have the same addiction! I am so glad you wrote about these Stila […] Read MoreGigi, of course I don't judge. Especially when I also have the same addiction! I am so glad you wrote about these Stila palettes, since I've been trying to stay away from Sephora.com and the store lately. It's a budget thang. So here I go... back to Rehab, I suppose. I must get the Seoul palette. It's gorgeous and affordable (much like myself LOL). Thank you for the review and showing the swatches. I am rushing over to the website to order at least one! And since my lil sis is from Seoul, I think she deserves one too. By the way, your writing always puts a smile on my face, except for when it goes beyond that and makes my beverage come out of my nose. Keep up the good work! Read Less

  • Marie-Ora de Villiers

    July 1, 2013 at 10:52 pm
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    Well, Gigi, since you have provoked true confessions, let me come on out and admit that I also belong in the PA group - though […] Read MoreWell, Gigi, since you have provoked true confessions, let me come on out and admit that I also belong in the PA group - though I'm just going to sing along with Amy Winehouse "they tried to make me go to rehab, I said no, no, no' :) I will not be reformed - and your posts on all these gorgeous palettes are NOT helping to chasten me. These are so cute - and unbelievably priced. Love them swatches and your tip about the quick makeup possibilities of Zen and Empire. Great review (as always). Let me go to Sephora, yes, yes, yes..... Read Less

  • Connie Connor

    July 1, 2013 at 11:16 pm
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    OH NO! its a bad thing when a bunch of PA's get together----its called a good sales day at sephora! […] Read MoreOH NO! its a bad thing when a bunch of PA's get together----its called a good sales day at sephora! I am also a paletteaholic and I have no chances of reforming. I have literally gone to sephora 2x to look at the tarte one and just keep slobbering all over their display (i keep hoping they will just give it to me to get me to go away). I actually bought one of these cute little stila palletes last year (they put some out) and I bought it for my 13 yo cousin so she could start finding out the difference between good makeup and so-so makeup. She loved it and so did I. I may have to go check out these colors bc lets face it---we could always use just one more........ thanks for being my enabler gigi Read Less

  • Gigi Sommers DePascale

    July 1, 2013 at 11:38 pm
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    SPEAK OUT IF YOU, TOO, ARE A "PALETTOHOLIC!" YOU ARE IN THE COMPANY OF FRIENDS AND WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU...

  • Mary Ferro

    July 2, 2013 at 12:23 am
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    I just love all of these! So sleek and classy! Love the colors and virtually everything about them! Beautifully written and can't think of anything […] Read MoreI just love all of these! So sleek and classy! Love the colors and virtually everything about them! Beautifully written and can't think of anything but great things to say! Read Less

  • Lipgloss and Spandex

    July 2, 2013 at 6:35 am
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    As always, this is a fabulous review, Gigi! I always appreciate swatches, especially when it comes to palettes. I also have a palette addiction... if […] Read MoreAs always, this is a fabulous review, Gigi! I always appreciate swatches, especially when it comes to palettes. I also have a palette addiction... if it's wrong, then I don't want to be right! And for only $10 this is definitely a good emergency palette to have on hand! Read Less

  • Pamela Irene Preston James

    July 3, 2013 at 6:56 pm
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    This is yet another wonderfully written review by you Ms. Gigi Sommers DePascale..The addiction to said palettes could be hard to resist.. but since it's […] Read MoreThis is yet another wonderfully written review by you Ms. Gigi Sommers DePascale..The addiction to said palettes could be hard to resist.. but since it's only makeup why resist? I was glad to see Stila at Costco too.. Great line and the colors are amazing! Read Less

  • Anna Wang

    July 8, 2013 at 11:47 pm
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    Yeah I think these stylish palettes are such a good deal! I've swatched them before at Sephora and I think that they are perfect for […] Read MoreYeah I think these stylish palettes are such a good deal! I've swatched them before at Sephora and I think that they are perfect for travel. Stylish in Seoul is my favorite out of the bunch! Read Less

  • Laura Corebello

    August 18, 2013 at 5:11 pm
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    One day at a time, my friend. Many people suffer from the palette addiction and I wish you well on the road to recovery. […] Read MoreOne day at a time, my friend. Many people suffer from the palette addiction and I wish you well on the road to recovery. All kidding aside, I love your review and the beautiful palettes offered by Sephora. How can one walk away from such a great deal. Read Less

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