First Impression of Stila’s “Eyes Are The Window” Spirit Palette

Ever since Stila pulled out of China in 2017, they have been on my radar. Their packaging is classy and refined, and I have read very good reviews about many of their products. In late 2017, I got one of their best selling products: the Eyes Are The Window eyeshadow palette. I have the “Spirit” palette which, in my opinion, is the most appealing palette out of the four-palette range. I think that it’s the most versatile, and it’s the palette that is made up of twelve of Stila’s most iconic shades (at the time- this range did come out four years ago as part of their 20th anniversary). This isn’t necessarily going to be a review of the eyeshadow palette, but more of an “omg look at what I finally got” kind of post.

I read that the shadows are so well-laid-out, that one could create a perfect eye-look by using the palette horizontally. I thought that was quite a clever observation and it is actually so true. The first column contains the four lightest shades, which would ultimately be used for highlighting. The third column contains the four darker shades and, well, you can guess the second column. I decided to swatch these shades vertically, according to the palette.

Each and every one of these shadows is soft, buttery and intensely pigmented. I expected some of the darker shades to be a bit chalky, but Stila proved me wrong. However, that does mean there’s a bit of fallout, which I personally don’t mind if it means the shadows are buttery. The shades range from warm-toned peaches to cool-toned greys and everything in between. There are only two matte shades, puppy and chinois and the rest have a shimmery-effect (some more than others). The matte shadow, puppy, is one of my favourites in the entire palette as it is the perfect matte transition shade. I have also fallen in love with kitten, which is a beautiful champagne highlight for the inner corner of your eye, although wheat is just as beautiful if you’re looking for a more beige highlight.

Using a combination of a few of these shades, one could easily achieve a large number of different looks, from neutral to dark and smoky. I know that I could use all of these shadows on my pale skin tone, but I haven’t been able to find swatches or a review of how this palette would look on very dark skin tones. Therefore, I recommend going in store and swatching it on your skin if you are unsure. You can find the Eyes Are The Window palettes at Woolworth’s for R535. I would love to add the Mind and Soul palettes to my collection in the future. I’m a complete convert to Stila.



  1. January 29, 2018 / 6:01 PM

    This is such a beautiful palette and has been on my radar for years! I think you have just convinced me – on the shopping list it goes! Loved your review and the swatches.

    • January 29, 2018 / 9:07 PM

      I’m glad I could be of assistance! Their Matte ‘n Metal palettes also look BEAUTIFUL, but they’re slightly more expensive. Thank you! x

  2. January 30, 2018 / 1:13 PM

    I’ve been DYING to get my hands on one of these palettes, for longer than I can remember! They really do seem worth it!

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