When it's the holiday season, it's the time to be merry — especially when you do your makeup. Stila Cosmetics' Snow Angel holiday palette ($39) looks like a giant snowflake and is filled with 12 cheek colors and 18 eyeshadows to be worn wet or dry.
It also contains a Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara to complete the eye look, and as with any Stila product these days, also has a detailed step-by-step artistry look book with instructions.
The idea behind this giant palette was to create as many holiday looks as you want, and I love the idea of mixing and matching the shades, which include the following:
peace, love, gold, sleigh, cookie, dashing, eggnog, icicle, dance, merry, kitten, jingle, gingerbread, truffle, chestnut, cool, clove, fairy
shimmery snow angel, shimmery coral, shimmery apricot, shimmery peach, shimmery pink, shimmery plum, matte pink, matte plum, matte berry, matte melon, matte clay, matte bronze
What I love about the eyeshadows is their staying power: You can easily blend them over the lids without using primer, and they go on beautifully dry. If you want to use them with a wet brush, these will help your holiday look get depth and sparkle without you looking like Dame Edna. The cheek colors give you shimmery options as well and are ideal if you want to achieve a soft, ethereal look (shall we say, snow angel?) while providing everyday matte options.
In other words, this palette can help you get a day to glam look in no time, and it's beautifully priced as well. If you're thinking of giving one makeup splurge to a junkie who will appreciate it, this is a good bet! This is what I would call a "young" palette though — I'd be more inclined to gift it to the teenager or 20-something who loves to wear shimmery and frosty shades.
Since this palette does not come with lip shades, you can complement your look with the delicious lip glazes that this brand is known for.
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