There's something quite sad when you see a brand you thought was great lose its way. Back in its heyday the Stila brand was unique, it wasn't just about the quality and design of the products but the brand had a very strong identity that made it stand out. Once the brand was sold everything that had made it special started to diminish. I've bought bits here and there from the brand since, perhaps for nostalgic purposes, but the Stila of today is miles away in some aspects from its original creation in my opinion.
It was with hope then that I eyed the
recent Ice Cream collection, which in celebration of their 20th
anniversary, revisited the vintage product design.
I ordered two of the eyeshadow trios, Mocha Chip (which I actually
ordered in error, meaning to select Neapolitan) and Rocky Road. The
packaging is similar to the old style, though the actual design on the
lid is disappointingly very generic.
Mocha Chip contains a frosty cream, shimmery bronze and brown with a
touch of gold sparkle.
Rocky Road contains a satin pink cream, shimmery
taupe and a matte cool brown.
Priced at £18 each I think these are quite good value, they have a
smooth texture, a very high pigment level and are easy to blend. However
if I were to be picky (which you know I will be) and compare them to the
original trios, these are more powdery, don't adhere as well to the
lid and the finish of the shadows just isn't as good.
I was really hoping this would be a return, albeit brief, to the Stila
of old but sadly that's not quite the case.
I bought these from http://stila.co.uk/