I actually won this eyeshadow palette through an Instagram competition which was amazing. I’d seen and admired Stila palettes from afar for ages so to receive one as pretty as this was such an surprise.
This is a twelve pan palette featuring six matte and six shimmer shades, hence the name Matte ‘n Metal. It also has a huge mirror which I really appreciate.
When I first opened the palette I was struck by how interesting of a neutral palette this is. The mattes allow for a soft, blended look and the shimmers can take that soft look into a stronger effect with their greater pigmentation.
However, I can’t talk about the mattes without mentioning how close the top three appear. Even in their pans I thought that they were too close in shade. While they have varying undertones they’re so close that I could keep one and have the same range in the palette. That did disappoint me but I thought I would see how they swatched as maybe there would be a significant visual difference then.
As you can see in the photo below there is a difference in the shades once swatched however I would still be happy to keep one of the first three shades and get another two mattes in their place.
The shimmer shades are really pretty however they’re not the most metallic eyeshadows I’ve used. Stila calls them stand out metallics and while they do swatch very nicely, I can’t truly replicate that effect on my eyes.
So, when it comes to wearing these shadows on my eyes they have unfortunately been disappointing.
The formula of the mattes is one of the best I’ve worn for blending and getting that soft effect however the six matte shades while all different in the pans will become one on my eyes.
I have to layer and layer to get any kind of gradient with the mattes as they all just mellow into one single shade when I try and blend the edges. The mattes also fade throughout the day so any gradient I can create never lasts very long before it all looks the same.
If I want to make a lasting smokey eye then I need to use the dark metallic shades which isn’t what I want to add if I’m going for more of a business look.
As for the metallics, they swatch beautifully but like the mattes, they are hard to build up on my eyes. This need to be applied over a glitter base to get the same pigmentation that you can see in the swatches above. If I apply them over a primer that’s not sticky then they sheer out to just a wash of shimmer.
The shimmers will also fade throughout the day if they’re over a regular primer. If I apply them over a glitter glue then they will last fairly well with only light fading.
I will also experience a fair bit of fallout with these eyeshadows. More than my other palettes so I have to be careful when applying the metallics in particular as they can leave glitter particles on my face.
I’ve inserted some looks that I have made from this palette below. As you can see I can get a variety of effects however as I mentioned before, I do need to layer these shades to build them up to the pigmentation below.
Overall while this looked like a fantastic little neutral palette it has been very disappointing in practice. I can create really nice looks with these eyeshadows however it takes a lot more effort and layering than what I can get from many other neutral palettes.