On Sunday mornings I love watching Indian music videos on Namaste America. I have absolutely *no idea* what the performers are saying, but I love the costumes, choreography and Bollywood style.
Indian-themed makeup has been all the rage lately (Givenchy Sari collection, anyone?), and now it’s Stila’s turn.
With shades of gold, bronze, pink, plum and teal, Stila’s Summer 2009 collection goes on sale this May.
My girl Saniya at I Heart Makeup has more of the deets on the launch. From the few items I’ve seen so far, Summer 2009 is rockin’ my boat.
The Charmed Eyeshadow Quad and the 24 KT Smudge Pot in Golden Noir are my favorites, but I also like the 24 KT Glosses, Mango Crush Lip and Cheek Stain and Marigold Duo.
Charmed Eyeshadow Palette, $28
Isn’t Charmed Eyeshadow Palette’s packaging cute? How about the bindi appliques and matte gold compact?
The four shades of deeply pigmented and shimmery bronze, dusty rose, eggplant and teal look just as elegant on the inside as the packaging looks on the outside, and I think Stila thought ahead because the colors go well with the Smudge Pot in Golden Noir.
Yesterday I layered Golden Noir beneath the bronze and eggplant shades and got a surprise compliment from a makeup artist at the Nordie’s MAC counter. 🙂
Be prepared to handle the quad with kid gloves, though, as the bindi decorations fall off easily with just normal handling. It’s just as delicate as it looks.
24 KT Smudge Pot in Golden Noir, $20
Golden Noir applies as a deep, true black infused with golden glitter — sooo pretty!
As I sit here thinking, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything like it before. I wouldn’t be surprised if it sold out early.
The Stila Smudge Pots are creamy gel liners that double as eyeshadows. I can easily see myself wearing Golden Noir daily in the summer.
Convertible Color Duo in Marigold, $25
Like the eyeshadow quad and Golden Noir, the creamy bronzer/highligher duo is packed with rich color. The bronzer end is a warm, matte orangey brown that totally reminds me of a cream version of MAC Saddle eyeshadow. The highlighter is a shimmery coral gold.
I layered the bronzer beneath Mango Crush Lip and Cheek Stain on my cheeks yesterday. It was a bit streaky, but the highlighter was a little smoother when I used it on my upper cheek bones.
I like the duo, but I think I’ll need a lot of practice with it.
Mango Crush Lip and Cheek Stain, $24
Mango Crush surprised me. I’ve tried both of Stila’s other Lip and Cheek Stains, Cherry and Pomegranate, and neither one has shimmer, so I expected a simple orange stain from Mango Crush. Instead, it’s a shimmery, peachy coral.
I wore it on my cheeks and lips yesterday and HOLY WOW — a little goes a long way. It looks *very*pigmented on my brown skin.
Like the Marigold Convertible Color, though, I can tell it’s going to take me some practice to use it well. Maybe I’ll fall more in love with it after trying a few more application techniques.
24 Kt Lipgloss, $22
I really wanted to like the new 24 KT Lipglosses because of the cute caps, but again the decorations break off easily. Some of the little beads fell off in my hand as I held onto the tube.
The glosses come with a brush applicator. When you turn the cap, gloss moistens the brush at the tip.
I tried Merlot first (a shimmery wine), and the twisty tube worked well, loading the brush with gloss, but when I tried another shade, Brilliant Pink (a shimmery hot pink), nothing happened. I turned that sucker all ways ’till Sunday, but it was clogged or broken or something. I don’t know if it’s poorly constructed or if I just got a rare bad one.
As for the gloss itself, Merlot reminds me of Stila’s Lip Glazes. It feels non-sticky on my lips, has medium-to-light pigmentation and smells faintly of vanilla.
I like it, but I’m concerned about my tube of Brilliant Pink. I hope the jamming isn’t something that’s going to happen often with these.
Swatches of Merlot Lipgloss and Mango Crush
All of the swatches
Yesterday’s look with all of the products
LOL! I don’t know what was going on here!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,