I’ve always wanted to get something from Stila because, well, it’s Stila! I’ve been hearing rave reviews about the brand for some time now. Since I was looking for a convenient finishing powder that could give me a nice glow, I went with their Illuminating Finishing Powder in Rose Gold.
It’s very pretty on the pan. As promised, it does look like a golden rose, so I was excited to see how it looked on my skin. Truth be told, it didn’t look like anything. The baked powder is hard - you have to scrape the domed surface with your brush to get a decent amount of powder on it! The glitters are too obvious for my taste. I was expecting a subtle shimmer but there was nothing like that once you get the powder on a brush. It just looks like gritty powder with gritty glitter.
I’m really disappointed. I was stumped on how to use it since the powder was quite hard to scrape off with a soft powder brush. To salvage the situation, I used my NARS bronzing blush and poof! It worked. The brush hairs are stiff and the brush head is dense, so I picked up a decent amount of powder.
I’m not sure if the powder does illuminate my face, but it will do. I use messy, loose mineral powder which is quite inconvenient to apply when I’m in a hurry so I think this is ok for my purposes. Still, I’m very disappointed. I expected more from Stila, since the brand is so respected.
I won’t buy this again, and I suggest you don’t either since you won’t get your money’s worth. Sad face.