Maybe it’s a winter blues or the abundance of winter holidays, but this past month I purchased so many glitter and metal beauty products, that it’s not even funny. Honestly, I don’t have that many occasions to wear all this glitter, but somehow I still continue expanding my collection. Well, it’s so #BeautyBloggerProblems that I will not even continue. Instead, let’s jump right into the comparison of two recently launched glitter eyeshadows: Make Up For Ever Star Lit Liquid in #3 Gold Champagne and Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Kitten Karma.
First and foremost! Make sure that you are not allergic to metallic and glitter eye shadows before you start testing this product. While you might not see it in pictures, my eyes immediately get irritated from the Make Up For Ever product. I continued using Stila product and guess what? Both of my eyes are on fire now and I’m taking allergy medication to sooth the situation. I rarely allergic to makeup and I’ve been wearing metallic liquid lipsticks every single day for the last weeks or so and I didn’t see any irritation at all. Same goes for testing these glitter eyeshadows on my wrist—no allergic reaction whatsoever. In other words, definitely be careful if you know that your skin gets irritated from glitter and perhaps test the product at home for a few hours before going out in public wearing metallic glitter eyeshadow.
The Package: Both products come in standard paper boxes. The construction of each product is very different though: Stila Eye Shadow package looks like a standard liquid lipstick tube (with identical applicator), while Make Up For Ever Package reminds me of nail polish.
Consistency: There is a difference in consistency of both product so these are not exact dupes, but just similar products. Stila eye shadow contains is not only a metal product, but also contains glitter. Saying so, Make Up For Ever product is more liquid than the Stila one.
The Applicator: Personally, I prefer the Stila applicator as it allows to apply more product at the same time. While the fabric base applicator does absorb a lot of product, in a situation with glitter and metals it’s actually a plus as it helps to stick the pigment to your skin. While Make Up For Ever applicator is a more budget-friendly way to apply glitter, I felt like it required too much work and didn’t allow to deliver as much pigmentation as the competitor.
Pigmentation: Take a look at the above photo where I applied products with the original applicator on clean skin, with the original applicator primed with Urban Decay Eden Eyeshadow Primer Potion, and with a blending brush. Overall, I would say that Stila glitter performed better, but it was too difficult to blend compared to the Make Up For Ever product.
Durability: Again, I can’t say much about durability because I had to remove the products from my eyes as soon as I can due to the allergic reaction.
The Verdict: If you are not allergic to glitter, I think these products are fun to play with! Personally, I enjoyed Stila product more as it provides more thicker and pigmented coverage. I also felt that the applicator is much more convenient to use on the lid. However, if you are looking for a multi-purpose glitter, stick to the Make Up For Ever one and it’s easier to blend and the product could be used on cheeks too.