Stila In The Know Palette Swatches and First Impressions

Today, I've got swatches of the Stila In The Know Palette. I went to Ulta undecided between this and the Lorac Pro Palette, but since the Lorac palette is half mattes/half shimmers, and I have so much shimmery shadow already, I decided to pick up the all-matte Stila palette.

I've really been loving mattes lately. I get a lot more use out of my Naked Basics palette than my Naked 2, but it's really all browns. The Stila In The Know palette has a beautiful range of earth tones. I was particularly drawn to Fire, the matte orange shade. It's unlike anything else I own or have even seen. Remember in Catching Fire, when Peeta said his favorite color was sunset orange? That's the best way I'd describe the shade.

Stila In The Know Eye Shadow Palette
The palette is a bit larger than the size of my outstretched hand, and has an inner mirror and a magnetic closure. It's thin and lightweight, and could probably fit in your purse if you really wanted to take it with you. Of the 10 shades, the lightest four don't show up that well on my skin (I'm a MAC NC30, for reference, and a 5.0 in Urban Decay's Naked Skin Foundation), but they do seem buildable, with Desert and Clay showing up a bit more and Air and Wind making good highlighter and inner corner shades. Clay, the pinkish shade, is my favorite of the lighter ones. It's what I'd hoped Urban Decay's Walk of Shame would be — on me, that one reads more beige than pink.

One of six looks in the included lookbook
The tiny lookbook has some nice, simple combinations. Nothing groundbreaking, but I love that it gives specific, numbered steps about what shadow to apply where. I am not a fan of other visuals that just have a numbered diagram.

Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Halfmoon
Another plus about the palette is the included eyeliner, seen above applied regularly and smudged. I haven't tested it out on my lids yet, but it glided on smoothly and it's a lovely dark gray shade, I'd say a touch darker than MAC's Grey Utility.

Top row, from left:Air, Wind, Desert, Clay, Earth.
Bottom row, from left: Driftwood, Fire, Rain, Smoke, Ebony.

Top row, from left:Air, Wind, Desert, Clay, Earth.
Bottom row, from left: Driftwood, Fire, Rain, Smoke, Ebony.

The shadows were easy to apply the first time I worked with them, and fallout wasn't an issue. I'll have to report back once I've used them a few more times, but right now, I'm glad I picked this one up first and decided to go back for the Lorac Pro later. The center three shades in the bottom row of the picture above are so gorgeous. Like I said, I had yet to see a good matte palette that had any sort of vibrant shades, and I can't wait to play with different combinations.

This baby will set you back $39. If you've got to have your glitterbombs and shimmery shades, the Stila In The Moment and In The Light palettes look pretty cool, too. I'll report back once I've played with this palette more, and once I decide to go back for the Lorac Pro (from what I swatched in-store of the Lorac palette, the colors are buttery and majorly pigmented. So many palettes, so little cash on hand!)

Pick it up at Sephora, Ulta or Stila Cosmetics.

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