Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma - review and swatches


I've been meaning to review this eyeshadow for ages, it's just that other reviews took precedence and I also hadn't used it that much until recently because it's more of a night product for me and I wouldn't wear this to the playground or kinder run.

I was very keen to try it though because I'd heard so much about these, and I'm pleased to report that they're very pretty products and I can see why people love them so much. Having said this, they don't gel well with hooded eyes so I get fallout, and lots of it. Foo. More on that below.

Stila claims/product details:

  • It's all about bold, glitter-drenched lids with this collection of long-wearing liquid shadows, infused with a blend of pearl and glitter for next level sparkle
  • Take your shadow game up a notch with this liquid glitter formulation, developed to completely saturate lids in unparalleled sparkle
  • This ultra pigmented shadow delivers the ultimate disco ball lids in a single swipe and dries almost instantly to lock in weightless shine
  • The best bit? No fallout in sight! 
  • Kitten Karma is described as 'champagne with silver and copper sparkle'
  • RRP $37 AUD

There's the applicator:

Light and heavy swatches, direct sunlight:

Indirect sunlight:


I think this is a really stunning product and I can see why so many people love these, although note that they don't stay put on my hooded eyes so I do get fallout (and quite a lot of it), meaning I wouldn't buy more because of course I don't want glitter all over my face.

It's a liquid product that comes in a plastic tube with a doe-foot applicator. The texture is very thin (albeit gritty from the glitter) and I find it easy to apply: I just whack some on with the applicator and then use my fingers to blend it out.

Do note that the shadow sheers out a lot so I don't get a lot of base colour from this, and I've heard that some of the darker shades offer more pigment so that's something to note. I don't mind that it sheers out because I think the effect of these is more about the glitter than strong colour, but perhaps that's just me.

While this dries down and sets nicely, I do need to work a bit harder because I have hooded eyes. So I'll apply some to my lid and then keep my eye closed until it sets - otherwise I end up with sparkle all over my hood, which isn't what I want. Once it has set, I'll go ahead and do the other eye.

What I find with this product is that although it sets nicely, not long after I start to get glitter fallout under my eyes and the fallout continues throughout the day - so it's not really wearable for me unless eg I'm going out for a short dinner and don't need it to last more than an hour or so. I guess what's happening is that my eye hood is causing the glitter to dislodge and shift, so I would be careful with these if you have very hooded eyes like I do: it may be better to have one applied in-store and then see how it lasts on you before committing to buying one.

As for effect, it's a lot prettier than I expected it to be. I'm not a glitter person, but something about this product is so gorgeous that I can see why people are obsessed with these. Yes the glitter is a little on the chunky side, but it looks so nice that I don't care. It's a great product for a night out or for a special event like a wedding.

Overall I think these are stunning products but I can't use them because the fallout is too much, so things look very messy, very quickly. I think if you don't have hooded eyes then you'll probably be fine, but they don't work with my eyes so there goes that.

Gorgeous, but too much fallout for me.

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