Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow Review and Swatches
Comex Platinum, Titanium, Comex Gold, Vintage Black Gold, Metallic Laurel and Metallic Cobalt.
See my thoughts on their pros and cons, as well as substitutes for that teeny tiny bottle of priming liquid when you run out! (And you probably will.)
What they are:
These are neither cream shadows nor loose pigments. They are very interesting and unique. These are intense metallic pigments suspended in a light fluid silicone/wax/crosspolymer base. It’s more like curdled milk than a cream shadow, because the dry pigments are not soluble in the silicone base.
The pigments and silicones both dissolve in the priming liquid thpugh, so they blend and smooth out once you mix all 3 things together.
Without getting too technical, I’ll just say they can be used on their own without the “primer”, but they can flake, look uneven, and won’t set and stay in place. With a tiny bit of the liquid primer, they smooth out like Chanel or Dior cream shadows, build up and apply more evenly, and last much better as well.
You get a little box including:
A pot of metallic pigments
A tiny dropper bottle of the confusingly-named “primer” liquid (it’s more a liquid sealant because you don’t use it to prime your lid)
A small flat metal pan for blending the 2 together
Definitely not recommended to wear the pigments on their own without the base because they can smear, flake and crease quickly. While the instructions are for you to add a drop of priming liquid to some shadow and blend on the metal pan, I find it hard to control the proportions and and leads to a lot of product wastage.
Tip: My preferred method is to dab a tiny bit of sealing liquid onto the center of your lid, then use a finger to apply pigment over, and blending right on the lid.
It takes some fiddling to know the right proportion of priming liquid to add to pigment. You might end up with sheerer application on one day, and more opaque application on another.
There is very LITTLE priming liquid (2ml to be exact) in the tiny eye dropper bottle. It’s only about half filled. Many people end up using too much the first couple of times they try it, and run out of the primer long before they run out of pigment. The liquid is not sold separately either, so you can’t buy more if you run out. Remember to use just the tiniest bit possible.
(If you’ve already run out, I have a tip at the bottom of the post!)