Review: Makeup: Stila Smokey Eye Palette – Original

by Paris B on · 12 comments

in Eyeshadow,Product Reviews

The smokey eye trend that started towards the end of the 1990s doesn’t seem to be waning but in fact seems to be picking up pace. Almost every makeup brand has a palette that is “perfect for a smokey eye”. I already have two! One by Guerlain which I will be reviewing soon (I love it!) and another by Stila which is the Stila Smokey Eye Quad in Original.

Stila Smokey Eye Quad

I said before that I really like Stila eyeshadows but I did gripe a little about how its hard to find a truly dark colour in the single eyeshadows. Well, the Smokey Eye Quad takes care of that! The quad comes with 4 eyeshadows that are perfect for creating a smokey eye.

The packaging of the Smokey Eye Quad is sturdy although I found it a little thick for travel. It is cardboard but sturdy cardboard, and the 4 eyeshadow pans in it are slightly smaller than the normal sized single eyeshadows. Still, you do get a lot of product. The eye on the cover is slightly holographic, opening or closing depending on how you angle it.

Stila Smokey Eye

On a slightly gimmicky front, the Stila Smokey Eye quad talks you through how to apply your eye makeup to create the smokey eye look. Press the button on the cover and a tinny voice walks you though how to apply the eyeshadow. Unfortunately, it isn’t very loud and it makes references to Stila brushes which I don’t have so I was a little confused. Fret not however, because the same instructions are repeated in the leaflet included in the box! There are pictures of the Stila brushes in question and you can duplicate it with your own similar looking brushes if you don’t have them.

The Stila Smokey Eye Quad comes in 3 colour schemes – Original, Greens and Bronzes. This simply tells you that a Smokey Eye does not have to be black but can be created using any colour scheme you wish. In fact, I’m surprised there is no purple quad because purple is the other favourite smokey eye colour I have seen created.

Stila Smokey Eye Original

The colours in the Original Smokey Eye quad are – Champagne (shimmer), Slate (Grey-taupe with shimmer), Kettle (Dark Grey matte) and Ebony (matte black). I find the texture of these Stila eyeshadows a little different from the single eyeshadows. The texture is harder which means it is less easy to pick up the colour.

However, I will not be docking points for this because it actually makes it easier to create a smokey eye! I’ll explain. Because it is harder, the colour you pick up with your fingers or brush is less. So, you have a lower risk of spilling it down your cheek or having colour dropping everywhere. Also, I am not very good with a smokey eye, so I find it easier applying sheerer colour then building it up with layering. This way, I don’t end up with too dramatic a look if I’m not up to it, and I can create a more dramatic look, if I feel like it.

I have to confess that I did not quite follow the instructions on the leaflet and the talking voice. I simply applied the colours the way I would usually apply to create my own look and it works well. Here is how the Stila Smokey Eye quad looks when applied for a less dramatic look or for a daytime smokey look (yes, I get away with it at work! 😉 )

Stila Smokey Eye look

I’m not very good at this LOL… It somehow looks better in real life than it does photographed but there you go! The eyeshadow is done using all the colours of the Stila Smokey Eye Quad in the following manner:-

  • Champagne all over as base from lashline to brow
  • Silver-taupe from lashline to crease
  • Dark Grey on outer edges of the eye and blended into crease
  • Black on lashline and on outer edges
  • Tightlined and lined with Guerlain Kohl Pencil
  • Mascara – Guerlain Le 2 Mascara

You might be wondering why I don’t line the bottom lash as most people do? Well, I just don’t because my eye has a wide expense of skin at the edge. When I line the bottom lashline, I find that it makes my eyes look smaller than when I don’t. So, I don’t for vanity purposes 😉

The Stila Smokey Eye Quad retails for RM190 at all Stila counters in Malaysia or US$40 in the USA. I like this quad and I can see myself using it quite often since I’m still in my grey eyeshadow phase. I would probably team up just 2 or 3 colours next time for a darker or lighter look as I like it. Half the fun is in experimenting! I wore this today and got complimented – yay! :)

Pros: Nice smokey eye colours, Colours can be layered for intensity, Flexible

Cons: A little pricey, packaging is a little thick


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jojoba September 2, 2008 at 5:49 pm

how funny that you posted this picture as I just tested all three quads recently and i thought it was strange that stila made 3 smoky palettes. i thought that they tried to grab as many buyers as they could.

i think you look good with this quad. but don’t bother with the other two. even that green one was a bit tacky IMO.

i also tried guerlain but you know i think that’s not black enough. :)

waiting for your review!


ParisB September 2, 2008 at 5:58 pm

@jojoba : LOL… I did check out the other 2 quads – not really my cuppa tea but I have read reviews of people liking them. The Guerlain isn’t very dark, that’s true but that makes it great for the day! Review coming up 😉


Monstro September 2, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Ooh just what I was curious about! nice job on your smokey eye!
I have yet to try one with success. Maybe I just “need” this palette huh?
Heh. I refuse to pay the Malaysia price though. So will find a way to get it somewhere else!


ParisB September 2, 2008 at 6:07 pm

@Monstro: You can try with others. I was doing “smokey eye”-ish looks before I got this palette and if I can, so can you! 😉


MisSmall September 3, 2008 at 12:39 am

The look you created is pretty subtle and you can definitely get away with it as a daytime look.

I’m actually looking for a not-so-shimmery champagne colour to use as a base or highlighter. And I like how this one appears in your photo. :)


Nikki September 4, 2008 at 11:23 am

oohh someone created a LOVELY smoky eyes!!!!!! but it’s really weird with the pressing and someone talking for the instructions lol i find that..weird ! lol but I love the color on yoU!!!!


ParisB September 4, 2008 at 12:19 pm

@Nikki : Thanks Nikki! The talking thing is really weird but fortunately it stays quiet until you press the button which is something I’m not planning to do frequently!


September 5, 2008 at 6:49 pm

Not the usual way people would do their smokey eyes, but I love your look! Not over-the-top, but still smoldering enough 😉


September 7, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Hmm… I wonder if I can recreate this look for myself? Time to experiment! Hehehe.


ParisB September 8, 2008 at 9:49 am

@rinnah : I’m sure you can! Just play around :)

@Tine: I can’t do the usual smokey eye. I look like a panda that got punched in the eye!


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