Palette Spotlight: In The Moment by Stila

This week, I’ll be doing an in-depth look at the In The Moment eyeshadow palette by Stila. As a refresher, in order to overcome my obsession with buying palettes left and right, I’m taking a hard look at what I already have in my stash and basically forcing myself to use one palette and one palette only, for a week at a time. Read last week’s post here.

Stila_coverI can’t say the packaging is anything to write home about… smudgy smudge smudge-ster.

In The Moment features 10 shades of eyeshadow in pretty generous sized pans. I’ve had this palette for quite awhile, but if memory serves, I bought it during one of those Christmas flash sales/specials that Sephora will run leading up to the holidays. I think I got it for $15 or $20. It’s no longer available from Sephora, and in fact, I’m having a hard time finding it online at all anymore, other than Stila’s website. I must have bought it in late 2012, and I do remember that there were four versions total (In the Light, In The Garden, In The Know, as well as In The Moment) and I was immediately drawn to this version because ALL THE PURPLE. What can I say, purple always calls my name. Loudly.

Stila’s official description: The In the Moment eye shadow palette is a stunning collection of Stila’s award-winning eye shadows, featuring a mix of pretty purples and ultra-wearable, neutral shades that flatter every skin tone and can be worn wet or dry.

The shade line-up (official descriptions by Stila with additional commentary by moi):
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Instinct – light baby pink with pink & white shimmer [this is a frosty white in my book… very shimmery]
Desire – soft, creamy mid-tone pink [great to highlight those brow bones]
Impulse – pale lavender with lavender shimmer
Wonder – mid-tone flesh pink with shimmer [description doesn’t do it justice – for a neutral, it’s very unique and looks great on the lid. Adds depth and contrast while still being very bright]
Glance – intense violet with shimmer [gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!]
Spontaneous – soft beige-gold with shimmer [again, description doesn’t do it justice – this is a gorgeous, warm, true gold that is so beautiful I can hardly stand it]
Improvise – deep plum with pink sparkle
Whim – soft warm reddish-brown with shimmer
Catalyst – black with pink sparkle
Captivate – mid-tone purple-brown with golden pearl [Interesting to compare the “official” description with my own. I would never in a million years call this a purple-brown. Brown, for sure. Warm medium brown and it actually goes on a little darker than it looks in the pan. I’ve been using it as an eyebrow filler shade and it works great]

A week’s worth of looks from In The Moment:
– Monday: A quickie, because I was tired and grumpy on this particular Monday morning. Took a fluffy brush and swirled Wonder all over my lids and into the crease. Patted Desire on to highlight my brow bone, and used Captivate to fill out my brows (word to the wise, a little goes a long way!).
– Tuesday: Post-primer, used a soft, rounded brush to pat Spontaneous all over my lid up to the crease. Used edge of brush to work the shade into the crease. Took a fluffy brush and did a light application of Instinct on my brow bone and at the outer edges of my eyelid, to soften the gold look. Used a smudge brush to run Catalyst on my upper and lower lash lines.
– Wednesday: Ombre purple eye today, FTW! Applied base/primer of Maybelline’s Color Tattoo Leather in Vintage Plum, followed by a light dusting of Impulse under the brow bone and at corners of eyes. Smudged Improvise along my upper and lower lash lines, and patted Glance directly on my lid, above Improvise but still below the crease. Used a big, fluffy brush with a little bit more Impulse on it to blend away harsh lines and give it that ombre feel. It’s definitely bolder and more colorful than what I usually wear to work during the week, but I’m in love with it.
-Thursday: Another quickie… I wasn’t grumpy, but just up early and pressed for time. Took a fluffy brush and swirled Desire all over my lids up to the browbone. Patted Instinct on to highlight my brow bone, and used Wonder in the crease.
– Friday: Used a small fluffy brush to pat Whim all over my lid, stopping just below the crease. Took a fluffy blending brush and used Wonder to blend it out over the crease. Used a tad bit more Wonder as a brow highlight.

For me, overall this is just an okay palette, but it tips into greatness and I’m glad it’s in my possession because it has TWO of the greatest eyeshadow shades (IMO) in my entire stash – the great and golden Spontaneous, and the nude wonder that is, well, Wonder. It doesn’t seem to be all that popular online and in the blogosphere, and it is also hard to obtain these days. But if you can snag it on sale or at a deep discount, I think it’s worth it. A bold purple eye is not an everyday thing for me, but it is great for that purpose as well.

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Palette Spotlight: Nude ‘Tude by TheBalm

Oh HAAII…. [waves awkwardly and pretends to not have been AWOL from blog for over six months…]

Yeah…real life, man. What can you do? Getting back into the swing of things and thinking about writing for this blog regularly again, I really wanted to “shop my stash” and get super familiar with what I already have, versus buying any pretty new thing on a whim.

Which is tough, because I have to say, I am OBSESSED with palettes. Specifically, eyeshadow palettes. I want all the palettes. ALL. OF. THEM. With Urban Decay promoting the July release of their Naked Smoky Palette, and Laura Mercier re-releasing the Artist’s Palette with all those gorgeous purple shades, my head is spinning. Problem is, I already have a pretty good stash of palettes, and deep down in my heart, I know that I don’t need more. So here’s the deal – every week, I’m going to pick one of the palettes from my stash, and use only that palette for an entire week of looks (well, M-F, because let’s be honest, I don’t hardly change out of sweats on the weekends, much less put on makeup).

And now, without further interruption, let’s shine the spotlight on Nude ‘Tude by TheBalm.

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Nude ‘Tude features 12 shades of eyeshadow. The palette comes in two versions – Naughty or Nice – although both versions contain the exact same shades (the only difference is the packaging). As far as I can tell, you don’t get to pick which version you want when you order online. I bought my palette from Birchbox, forever and a day ago, and received the Nice version. It was $36 (I do believe I purchased it using Birchbox points though) and came with a dual-ended eyeshadow brush. I’m pretty apathetic about the brush – I neither love nor hate it. Side note, I do think the pin-up (Naughty) version of the palette is super cute, and wish I had received that version.

Here is TheBalm’s official description of the palette from their website:
This amazing palette consists of 12 beautiful shadows that make wearing nudes sexy! These satiny smooth colors can be applied naturally, i.e. “let me slip into something more comfortable” or beautifully layered. The wide range gives you light highlighters as well as brazen bold shades that work to add definition and emphasis to your lids. Nude`tude allows you to dramatically dress up your eyes—if nothing else!

The shade line-up (descriptions by moi):

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Sassy: Bright white. Like, ridiculously blinding white, the mid 90’s called and they want their white eyeshadow back white. BUT, once applied, it is a lovely highlighting shade.
Stubborn: Satin medium pink. Great for base color.
Selfish: Shimmery sand shade. Lovely on the eyelid and on its own.
Sophisticated: Darker shimmery brown. I gravitate towards this one as a brow shade (mixed with others to give dimension) and also as a liner.
Sexy: Matte burgundy that leans brown when applied. Absolutely stunning and very pigmented to boot. Not nearly as scary as it looks in the pan.
Serious: Matte true black. A great liner shade and is a very deep and true vivid black.
Snobby: Bright yellow-gold. Great for base color all over the lid.
Stand-Offish: Shimmery beige-pink. One of my absolutely favorite shades and great as a browbone highlighter and a wash of color all over the lid.
Sultry: Matte medium brown. A very basic and versatile shade.
Seductive: Warm medium brown shimmer. Gorgeous!
Silly: Deep brown with burgundy and gold glitter. Really pretty in the pan but disappointing to use… it just doesn’t translate well to skin, gets muddy easily, and the glitter pieces are way too large.
Sleek: Dark brown matte. Great for liner purposes.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t also link to Temptalia’s review here – she always has such great swatches, and whenever I begin to obsessively research a potential new buy (or take a close look at what I already have in my stash), I start with her blog. I also fell down the rabbit hole of watching YouTube tutorials for this palette. I especially liked EssieButton’s take on a shimmery eye look.

Nude Tude quads

It helped me to think of this palette in terms of “quads” (see pic above). You’ve got your lighter, lid/highlighter colors (SassyStubbornSnobbyStand-Offish), your mid-tone browns that are great for lids and/or creases (SelfishSophisticatedSultrySeductive), and your darker colors that are good for liner or smoky looks, if you’re talented like that (SexySeriousSillySleek).

Some looks I did this week with Nude ‘Tude…
– Monday: Just messing around with different shades (the entire point of these palette spotlights) and ended up with a work appropriate smoky eye. Swept Sassy all over the lid and brow – from eyelashes all the way up to my brows. Used Silly in my crease, blending it right into the top of my eye socket. Way too dark and instantly regretted that choice. Used a smudge brush and pushed Sleek in between my lashes on both top and bottom. Grabbed some Sultry and used it as my base brow shade, topping it off with a tinted brow gel to give it more dimension. Decided everything was a little too dark for work and used a fluffy brush and Stand-Offish to blend the heck out of everything.
– Tuesday: EssieButton’s version of a bright, shimmery eye – blend Stand-Offish all over the lid, smudge some Selfish into the crease and blend well, tap some Sassy into inner corners of eye and also under brow bone for a highlight.
– Wednesday: Easy every day eye. Swept Stubborn all over the lid and brow – from eyelashes all the way up to my brows. Did a thin line of Sophisticated on my lower and upper lash lines. Very easy and bright.
-Thursday: Patted Seductive all over the lid. Used Stand-Offish to blend it up into the crease, and a dab of Sassy in the outer corners. Used a blend of Sophisticated and Seductive to fill out brows, and set with a clear brow gel.
– Friday: Used a fluffy brush to swirl Snobby all over my lids. With a small liner brush, pushed Sexy into both my upper and lower lash line. A nice bright look with definition at the lash lines.

Nude ‘Tude by TheBalm is a versatile palette for everyday and/or work-appropriate looks. It has a number of shades that look great on their own, and also paired with other shades for more complex looks (none of which I’ve been yet to master, but good luck!). There is a large diversity of shades, especially when compared to other palettes that do closer variations on a single shade (ie, browns in Naked1; taupes in Naked2). My favorite shades are Stand-Offish and Seductive.


xx – birdie