Price: $16 (0.32 oz), $9.99 @ allcosmeticswholesale
Overall Grade: A-
I purchased the Stila Contouring Trio months ago (like earlier this year I think) and realized that I've never reviewed it! I use this on a daily basis as it's one of my favorites to use for contouring/highlighting so I figured it's about time I share this super sweet deal with you all.
I bought mine on Ebay but I know that AllCosmeticsWholesale has it for $9.99 and Stila has it for $16. I believe it used to be sold at Costco (not positive) but they don't sell it there anymore.
The Packaging: The silver cardboard packaging is rather ugly and bulky -not my favorite for travel. But because it's so ugly, I don't mind getting it dirty and scratched up. It's what's inside that counts right?!
On the upside, there's a mirror inside and some LED lights that frame the mirror. I can't comment on the lights as I haven't pulled the tag (to turn on the LED lights) yet because I really don't want to be bothered with the bright light everytime I use the powders.
The LED lights (above)The Product: Now for the good part. The palette is only $16 retail ($10 and lower at other places online) so this is a great value even though we have to suffer and put up with ugly packaging. The powders are all finely milled, blend easily, don't irritate my skin, and last for about 5 hours on bare skin.
Flash (top middle) does feel a tad bit gritty due to its silver shimmer but I can deal with it. Flash is best used as a highlight for going out or mixed in with another blush. Dark, the shade I use most, is great for contouring without being obvious. It's fairly matte although there are little specks of (barely noticeable) shimmer. Light is a nice highlighting shade -I switch off between this and my other highlighters. Sometimes I want more shimmer and sheen but Light is great if I want something more natural.
- Flash (top middle)- Soft neutral tan with silver shimmer
- Dark (bottom right)- Satin warm brown with the slightest bit of shimmer that looks more like a nice "sheen." It looks overall matte once it's applied.
- Light (bottom left)- Satin pale ivory highlight with a nice sheen.
Above (with flash) from left: Stila Contouring Trio in Dark, Light, Flash
Overall: This is an excellent palette for all your basic highlighting needs. It's cheap, efficient, and works like a charm without all the fuss. I used to have the Coastal Scents Contour palette (which I hated!!) and this is 100 times better. I highly recommend scooping this us -the only downside is that you'll have to order it online.
Where To Buy: Stila, All Cosmetics Wholesale, Ebay