Now HERE’s a makeup trend I can totally get behind: $10 department store makeup palettes!
Who knew that when Urban Decay launched their $14 Face Case earlier this year it would be the first salvo fired in a budget beauty battle for eyes, lips and cheeks?
Um, can I just say that as far as makeup trends are concerned…budget-friendly travel palettes are like a billion times cooler than vibrating mascara wands? They make my inner bargainista want to raise the roof (1998-style)!
The limited edition Stila Road to Radiance Across the USA palette is the first of five new limited edition $10 Stila travel palettes visiting over the coming months, each one inspired by the fashion, people and colors of different Stila girls around the world (the company plans to release one more of them every month through November).
Road to Radiance (that’s her above) comes with four smallish cool-toned powder shadows and a neutral pink cream product for cheeks and lips. Bought separately, the full-size versions of these same products would normally cost $65, which makes the $10 price tag look even better.
Swatches from left on NC35 skin: Hibiscus Convertible Color (a matte pink), Southern Belle Eye Shadow (a shimmery mauve), Snow Bunny Eyeshadow (a shimmery champagne), City Chick (a shimmery purplish taupe) and Valley Girl (a shimmery purplish pink)
A natural look with Road to Radiance
The eyeshadows in Road to Radiance remind me a lot of Clinique’s in pigmentation (medium) and how easy they are to blend. If you know someone who’s just starting to get interested in makeup, there aren’t many better $10 deals out there than this.
The creamy Convertible cheek/lip color, far and away my favorite thing about Road to Radiance, lends a flushed, healthy punch of color to my cheeks; I think it makes ‘em look like they do after I finish a long run.
If cool-toned mauve, pink and purple shades work well with your skintone, you’re in luck, but if you prefer warmer colors, you might want to wait to see what Stila comes up with next month (or just take the $10 chance!). Available exclusively online at stilacosmetics.com.
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A UPDATE, 7/12/2010: Grade revised down to take into account the high cost of shipping ($7.95). Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
You might like the Stila Road to Radiance Across the U.S.A. palette ifâ€¦
- Your eyes POP when you wear cool-toned shades
- You like slim palettes and think this one’s cute
- You’re a Stila girl
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,