Cult Classics: Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten

Stila Kitten10Like most cult classic products, Stila’s Kitten eyeshadow claims to have mass appeal, flattering any skin type and being neutral enough to complement any complexion or eye color. Stila eyeshadows also tend to have the high quality characteristic of cult classic products.

The Product

Stila Kitten9A single Stila eyeshadow contains 2.6 grams of product, which is a lot considering a MAC eyeshadow single only contains 1.5 grams of product. Stila’s eyeshadow singles are in a round pan housed in a slim, round pot with a clear lid so the product inside is visible. Stila’s pans are held in magnetically, not with glue, and each pot has a little hole in the back where you can pop out the pan and replace it.

Ingredients: Talc, Triethylhexanoin, Zinc Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Nylon-12, Magnesium Carbonate, Boron Nitride, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, May Contain (+/-) Mica,Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).

Kitten is a shimmery, frosty, nude shade. It has a slight peach undertone, but for the most part is a light, neutral, wheat-colored nude. When applied very sheer it looks like a soft champagne shimmer.

The Review

Stila Kitten8I love Kitten. Love it. It’s very brightening when used as a highlight, around the inner corner of the eye, or in the middle of the eyelid to make lashes appear fuller and longer. Used lightly, it’s also a great highlight for just about anywhere: the cupid’s bow area, center or tip of the nose, atop the cheekbones or just above the eyebrow. There’s a huge amount of product in each pan, which is awesome. I also love that the pots are slim and don’t have any extra bulk.

I’m not sure if this shadow is as universal as the hype says it is. It’s extremely shimmery, even frosty when applied very heavily, which may not be flattering to aging skin as it has the potential to accentuate fine lines. The shade itself is definitely universal, it’s the finish that concerns me.

The quality of the shadow is among the best of any brand; I love this formula. It feels buttery smooth, almost creamy, applies effortlessly, blends easily and doesn’t have any issues with fallout. The formula is also incredibly pigmented, but can be sheered out to almost nothing with ease.

The Skinny

Stila Kitten7I completely understand why Kitten is such a cult classic. The shade may not be the most unique color, but it has nearly universal appeal, great quality, and it’s very versatile. $18 for 2.6 grams of product is a great value for a high-end shadow.

Have you tried any cult classic products? Have you tried Kitten? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

The PicturesStila Kitten6

left to right: applied lightly, applied heavily, applied very sheer
left to right: applied lightly, applied heavily, applied very sheer

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~ Fairly Girly

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