Fellow Stila fans, I just let out a big ol’ MEOW! Guess what? The company has just introduced two new products in Kitten, their cult classic shimmery shade of pink.
Kitten is one of those pinks that looks good on a range of skin tones. Kitten’s flexibility helped make Stila’s original Kitten eyeshadow the company’s best selling product.
Both of these new Kitten products appear light on my skin, delivering just a hint of color. On lighter skin, they’ll look a little more pigmented than this.
While I adore both the shimmer gloss and the eyeshadow wash, I fell hardest for Kitten Silk Shimmer Gloss.
A light makeup look with Stila’s new Kitten lip and eye products…
Stila Silk Shimmer Gloss in Kitten
Subtle color and smells yummy!
I’m a little touchy about scented and flavored glosses, but Stila got the fragrance perfect with Kitten Silk Shimmer’s really sophisticated, non-cloying vanilla scent. It’s rich and smells almost good enough to eat.
And because it smells flat-out delicious, I thought it might taste pretty good, too.
It doesn’t. Matter of fact, it doesn’t taste like anything at all, and now that I think about it, that’s a good thing.
As for the packaging, Stila deserves props for including a handy brush applicator with the wand. They also did a great job with the texture, as it doesn’t feel sticky at all on my lips.
How do you feel about the tiny multi-colored flecks of glitter? I think they give my lips a subtle, natural-looking sparkle. In these pics I’m wearing the gloss without liner or lipstick, and it feels like that was just enough to show a little color without trying too hard.
Silk Eye Shadow Wash
A lil’ challenging to work with, but makes a great cheek highlighter
Like the gloss does for lips, the Silk Eye Shadow Wash delivers a subtle, there-but-not there shimmer on the eyes. Not long ago I tried and fell in love with Clinique’s Quick Eyes Cream Shadow. I praised Clinique for including a doe-foot brush applicator. Maybe Stila heard my cheers because they included a doe-foot brush with Silk Eye Shadow Wash, yes!
But the doe-foot applicator is where any comparison to Clinique Quick Eyes Cream Shadow ends. Being water-based, Silk Eye Shadow is thinner than Clinique Quick Eyes, making it a bit more difficult to apply.
I layered it directly onto my lids with the doe-foot applicator, and then used a finger to smooth it around. Unfortunately, it ran all over my eyelid and resulted in uneven, splotchy color. Eventually, though, after trying several different eye brushes, I worked it out.
How to Apply Stila Kitten Silk Eye Shadow
- First, I swiped a good clump of liquid shadow on the back of my hand with the doe-foot applicator.
- Next, I pulled out my trusty MAC 239 Eye Shading Brush (any other small-headed eye brush designed to work with emollient-based products will do).
- Then, I loaded up my brush, swiping it along the edge of the shadow clump, and gently wiped away the excess onto the back of my hand.
- I stippled the shadow onto each eyelid in sections, first applying it to the lid, and then slowly working upwards to the browbone until I achieved a single, even layer of color.
- Stop there. DO NOT PASS GO!
Why no step 5? Well, because when I tried to add a second layer of shadow after the first layer had dried, instead of intensifying the color, I got blotchy, uneven, caked-on color. Not good.
Even though I think Silk Eye Shadow Wash looks lovely, the fact that I can’t layer with it annoys the beejebus out of me! I like flexibility, ya know?
While driving to work today, I realized that I can also use Silk Eye Shadow Wash to highlight my cheeks. When I got to the office I placed a few small dots of Silk Shadow Wash onto my cheeks and wooty-woot-woot! — instant pink and golden glow. It’s the product’s extra-credit saving grace and saves it from makeup oblivion.
Stila Kitten Silk Shimmer Gloss
Use: A subtle lipgloss in a lovely shade of pink
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
Stila Kitten Silk Eye Shadow Wash
Use: A subtle wash of eye color; doubles as a cheek highlighter
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
Still life with cat and two Kittens
I hope Monday treated you kindly. Mondays can be rough. Today’s been a crazy one for me, but we’re on the home stretch now!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,