|The rest of my pictures are in the preview post.|
The boxes these come in are a decidedly non-holiday orchid shade of purple. They seem pretty standard for mid-price range cosmetics. The compacts are sturdy navy blue plastic with clear covers.
|The lighting washed out the palette's colors in this picture, but the size is easier to understand next to the MAC lipstick tube.|
As for the quality of the eye shadows, Kitten for one is not at the level of Stila's single eyeshadow or a larger pan in other palettes (such as the Stila Artist Palette). The shadows are harder but still fairly velvety. You don't really get a luxury experience from the texture on your fingertips, but I think they are as smooth as Dior quints I've tried.
I've decided to break down the palette by shadow color so you know what I found to be hit and miss, and weigh for yourself if you think it's a good value for the money.
|Top Row, Left to Right: 1-kitten, 2-day (matte), 3-bloom, 4-tranquil (matte), 5-aspire|
Bottom Row: 12-fancy, 13-ambition, 14-admire, 15-stellar, 16-paradise, 17-illusion
|Top Row: 5-aspire, 6-wish, 7-yearn, 8-lotus (matte), 9-desire, 10-crave, 11-hope (matte)|
Bottom Row:17-illusion, 18-celestial, 19-night, 20-spark (matte), 21- whim, 22-trance
The Dream in Full Color palette, $39, doesn't have a turquoise or much green, but it does have a larger variety of finishes so if you were only planning to get one or the other, I'd say the Dream in Full Color palette is the better value. It comes with a full-size Smudge Stick in Stingray, which is $20 on its own and worth every penny. It lasts on the waterline better than UD 24/7 pencils. I had been planning to buy another one of these when I ordered this palette, anyway! The remaining $19 divides into 53 cents per palette pan, AND seven of the pans are medium-pigmented, smooth blushes. I had no trouble getting my regular-sized blush brush into the blush pans to swish side-to-side. These don't pack the pigmentation of NARS or MAC, and I've never owned an individual Stila powder blush, but I found these comparable in pigmentation to the Stila Beach Girl Palettes of Summer 2011. I do think they are smoother and apply more evenly, however. They give a natural, sheer flush to cheeks that intense blush lovers or darker-skinned beauties will not be happy with. I love my pigmented blushes like Illamasqua Lover, but sometimes it is nice to be able to just pop on a blush with no fear of overdoing it (clown cheeks). If you're fair to medium and like a natural blush look, you'll really like these. Two of the blush shades (11-bud and 16-fairy) are very, very light but don't pack shimmer so can only work on the extremely fair as blush or daytime highlighter for others.
|Left to Right: 6-tickle, 11-bud, 16-fairy, 21-sizzle, 26-coral, 31-cozy|
Most likely to get used by me: tickle and coral, with sizzle to contour
|Far Right: 36-raspberry|
I think all these blushes are neutral and will look nice on cool- or warm-toned skin
1-kitten, sheer and not soft like the full-size, lacking full-size kitten's dimension (same issues as Daydream palette)
3-stargaze, chalky and applies patchily even when built up
4-sky blue, sheer
14-lottery, sheer and chalky, applies patchily even when built up
35-dreamcatcher, applies unevenly/patchily
|Top Row: 1-kitten, 2-inspire, 3-stargaze, 4-sky blue, 5-twilight, 7-ebony, 8-espresso|
Bottom Row: 17-mystical, 18-peace, 19-dream, 20-oasis, 22-surreal, 23-twig, 24-copper
|Top Row: 5-twilight, 7-ebony, 8-espresso, 9-infinite, 10-fable, 12-delight, 13-muse, 14-lottery, 15-imagine|
Bottom Row: 22-surreal, 23-twig, 24-copper, 25-mirage, 27-vision, 28-whimsy, 29-reverie, 30-rosie
|In full sunlight - Top: 32-cassis and 33-supernatural|
Bottom: 34-wisteria and 35-dreamcatcher
|The same swatches in shade|
8-espresso (matte), 9-infinite (gorgeous taupe with gold shimmers), 10-fable (lighter version of infinite), 12-delight (amazing pigment-dense black with multi-color sparkles my camera couldn't pick up), 13-muse (pigmented antique gold-brown), 15-imagine (would make a great highlighter on browbone, inner eye corner, or cheekbones. It has sheen, not shimmer), 17-mystical (pigmented with beautiful tiny peach sparkles, 18-peace (lighter version of mystical), 19-dream (potentially a UD Naked Dupe, matte and velvety), 20-oasis (smooth peach/gold DUOCHROME), 23-twig (pigmented burgundy brown with so much depth and nuance), 24-copper (a perfect copper, aptly named), 25-mirage (a pink and gold duochrome, potential dupe of MAC expensive pink?), 27-vision (black with pink sparkles), 28-whimsy (light matte plum, so smooth), 29-reverie (pigmented peachy-pink), 30-rosie (weird name as it isn't rosy, it's a pigmented silvery taupe), 33-supernatural (warm purple with silver sparkles), 34-wisteria (light grape with silver sparkle)
Whew! I hope you're still with me :) See how many of the colors are just gorgeous? (19 of them). My pictures are not doing them justice, I guarentee it. The best photos I had to demonstrate this are of the purple quad; I think it's easy to see how cassis and dreamcatcher are patchy, but supernatural and wisteria are so rich and vibrant. Even the shades I found lacking are not that hard to work with (if you MUST use everything in the palette equally).
There is also a pretty lookbook included. I may try these looks, so stay tuned for EOTDs featuring these. I'm not a novice with eye makeup, but sometimes it's nice to have a guide when faced with this many beautiful choices.
I think Stila was strategic in offering the smaller palette at a lower price but lesser value. The Dream in Full Color palette is a total steal in my opinion, just considering how great the Smudge Stick is (I believe it's Xsparkage/Leesha's HG? Correct me if I'm wrong). Then so many of these shadows just knocked my socks off with their nuances I failed to photograph. Such a pleasant surprise after the just okayness of the Daydream Palette.
I'm still going to get some more of the Holiday Palette releases out there (Too Faced Sweet Dreams, you will be mine ASAP!) but I think I'll still get a lot of use out of this Stila Dream in Full Color Palette.
Do you have loads of MAC shadows, or is your eye shadow collection lacking? Trust me, get the Dream in Full Color Palette before you consider something sub-par like a Sephora blockbuster!