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Stila Artist’s Inspiration Palette

With the exception of the Stila Smudge Pots, I don’t believe I’ve ever owned any Stila eye shadows before. I don’t think I’d ever tried the famed shade, Kitten, before purchasing this palette. I saw this chic palette, the Artist’s Inspiration Palette, on Sephora’s site during their Friends and Family Sale. I figured for $15, it would be worth it to try it out. You may remember that I mentioned it in my Holiday Gift Guide Part 2.

The palette says on the back that it contains 5 eye shadows and one cheek color, Electric Pink, while the Sephora website states it contains 6 eye shadows. I’d be hesitant to use Electric Pink on my eyes because of this conflicting information between the palette and the Sephora site. I couldn’t find this palette on the Stila website at all. Regardless of that, I mostly wanted it for Fluorescent Green, Electric Pink and Kitten.

The colors are all swatched on Aromaleigh Light Primer and the pictures were taken with no flash and a daybulb unless marked otherwise.

The colors are as follows:
Fluorescent Green – shimmery neon green

Ebony – matte black

Electric Pink – shimmery hot pink (cheek color)

GoLightly – shimmery metallic bronze

Dapple – shimmery taupe

Kitten – shimmery nude pink



I believe Kitten, GoLightly and Ebony are from Stila’s core eye shadow color collection and that Dapple, Fluorescent Green and Electric Pink are unique to this palette.

As far as palettes go, I like the colors in it. While I think it would probably be a bit of a pain to use a blush brush on Electric Pink, the rest of the colors are a good size for a palette. The colors also work well together. Ebony is like a little black dress, everyone needs a black matte. The texture is pretty good on it, and it can be combined with any of the colors in multiple ways. You could do a smoky eye with it, Dapple and Kitten. I was surprised that I found GoLightly pretty, but it would also work well with Kitten. Fluorescent Green and Ebony are an inevitable combination.

I felt like the shadows were nicely pigmented. They have a silky, satiny, shimmery texture and seem very smooth when applied. I definitely feel this palette was worth its price!

Have you tried Stila? What do you think of the brand? What do you think of this palette? I hear it’s a very bold and unusual color combination for the company, which is probably why I was attracted to it!

Edited to add: I contacted Stila & Sephora, and heard back from Stila that the pink should only be used on cheeks and lips.

Product was purchased by me because I got distracted by the bright and shiny colors!

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    • http://shopmystash.blogspot.com Darcey

      Very pretty! I’ve yet to own any Stila either. Dapple looks like my kind of color!

      • Phyrra

        I think Dapple would make a great lid shade or transitional color in this palette.

    • http://ladyinatophat.blogspot.com Lady in a Top Hat

      Kitten is such a lovely nude!

      • Phyrra

        It is pretty, I can see its appeal. My favorite color in that vein is probably Urban Decay’s Sellout.

    • http://www.annamaxblog.blogspot.com Annamax

      I think I like Kitten the best, which is weird for me! The only thing from Stila that I own is the smudge stick waterproof eyeliner. I really love it, it stays put all day! I have Blue Ribbon but I’d really like to try some of the other colors.

      • Phyrra

        Hah! Thinking of the many ways you can use Kitten with other colors? :)

    • http://thestudentsguidetonailpolish.blogspot.com/ September Lena

      Weird that the information contradicts each other…but I guess that if it was a cheek product, it should be larger than the rest? *shrug*

      Anyway, nice colours!

      • Phyrra

        Yeah see, I’m not sure. Usually cheek colors are bigger. But, the back of the palette says 5 eye shadows and 1 cheek color, whereas the Sephora website lists 6 eye shadows. I hate contradiction like that.

        I also got annoyed at the most recent Sephora holiday catalog because they used MUFE Aqua Cream in Fuchsia on the lower lid for a look, when that color is listed on their website as being not eye safe.

        I just want the information given to me to be correct.

      • Phyrra

        I got a reply back from Stila that the pink should only be used on the lips or cheek.

    • http://www.lovelyandroid.com Melissa W.

      I ordered this too! Mine should get here tomorrow. Funny that the pink is maybe-perhaps a cheek color. I’ll have to try it on my cheeks and take a picture, lol.

      • Phyrra

        I wish I knew which to believe. The back of my palette says Electric Pink is a cheek color, but the Sephora site says eye shadow. It worked out ok as a blush :)

      • Phyrra

        I got a reply back from Stila that the pink should only be used on the lips or cheek, not the eyes. So I think it’s a mistake on Sephora’s website and correct on the back of the palette.

    • http://www.tiannemarie.blogspot.com Tianne

      I have GoLightly in the full size and it’s the best eyebrow fill shade for dark blonde brows. Love that one!

      • Phyrra

        I bet it looks lovely! It’s such a pretty shimmery shade.

    • http://portraitofmai.blogspot.com Mai

      I really like Kitten but I’m a bit eh on the texture, it seems like mine is just really soft and tends to have some fallout :(

      • Phyrra

        After using the palettes in a look today, I didn’t experience any fall out with the shades I used (Fluorescent Green, Kitten, GoLightly, Electric Pink), but they did seem very soft.

    • Marcey

      This palette is gorgeous – had to check it out on eBay!

      • Phyrra

        It’s on eBay? Heh!

    • Kathryn

      i have a few stila products and really like them. on the sephora and stila website(i found it on there, i was curious) it lists the same as 6 eyeshadows. I think it must be a misprint. other kits the new travel palettes series have eyeshadow and blush, but the blush is much bigger and located on the bottom,i think they have 4 shadows. these are $10 each, there are 4 in the series, tokoyo, moscow and 2 others. i think the kit u have is all eyeshadow. I wonder if all the kits you have say that, how annoying, i agree

      • Phyrra

        What are your favorites?
        Do you think it’s a misprint on the back of the palette? I think I’m just going to email Stila and see if I can get a response.

      • Phyrra

        Hi Katie!
        I got a reply back from Stila that the pink should only be used on the lips or cheek, not the eyes. So I think it’s a mistake on Sephora’s website and correct on the back of the palette.
        It’s just weird because you’re right, normally blushes are bigger than eye shadows!

    • http://silhouettescreams.blogspot.com SilhouetteScreams

      I love the look of all of the shadows, but Fluorescent Green is definitely my favourite ;]

      • Phyrra

        I have a video tutorial with it that I need to edit. I bet you’ll like it :)