When we were in our teens, my best friend and I used to watch Velvet Goldmine, listen to Roxy Music and T-Rex, and dream about maximum glitter. Well, now I am sixteen times two, and my glam rock dreams have kind of come true… in terms of eye makeup. Last year, the newly cruelty free brand Stila came up with the Glitter & Glow liquid eyeshadows, which allow one to achieve that heavily pasted-on, solar-flare look. I got the color Rose Gold Retro, because I am one of those bozos who like rose gold everything. (Millennial pink ain’t too ugly, either…)
And who would fault me for that? Enjoy the swatches of my rose gold eyeshadow collection (two images in different lighting):
Look at how shiny the Stila is. Seriously, the Glitter & Glow line is a godsend to those who take makeup selfies with their phones (aka me), because FINALLY the eyeshadows show up as lustrous in selfies as they do in real life. That is because the glitters here are huge, irregular shards, as opposed to the delicate specks in something like Urban Decay Moondust. I’d only seen such big chunks once before, in a Japanese gel eyeshadow—Canmake Jewelstar Eyes in Stone Gold. I thought it interesting to compare a few kinds of glitter that I have:
Liquid eyeshadows sound like they have the potential to become crease central, but Rose Gold Retro holds onto the lid like a champ. (Note: I always wear primer.) It’s also very easy to blend with a finger. One issue though: the glitter fallout from that thing is MASSIVE. Which is why I take precautions: I apply Rose Gold Retro only after the rest of the makeup is finished, press it onto the lid carefully and precisely, and blend in small motions.
So far, I have only worn Rose Gold Retro in a halo eye placement. Below is my favorite of those halo looks. I really like to contrast maximum sparkle with morbid purple and greige shadows—I call it my “glitter zombie” style (my husband has another name: “sparkle goth).
The mattes in this look are all from TheBalm’s Meet Matt(e) Trimony palette:
– Matt Lin (light beige) as a base to blend other shadows into;
– Matt Rossi (purply taupe) swirled into the inner and outer crease;
– Matt Moskowitz (dark purple) to define the inner and outer thirds;
– Matt Ahmed (black) blended into Rossi and Moskowitz underneath the eye.
The highlighter in the inner corner is an icy light purple: Hemisphere from the Sleek Solstice palette.
Here is the full face. My blush is Sleek Pink Parfait mixed with a Sigma purple highlighter (Felicity) on top. The lip is Bow n Arrow by Kat Von D—a creamy matte from the “Studded Kiss” line, the one in that (in)famous Hot Topic-style packaging.
Two bonus halo eye looks from my Instagram page. This one is more mauve (Lipstick review here):
Russians call this facial expression "complicated face." As usual, I got everything back asswards: eyes are red (-ish), lips are purple. No more order in this world 🤦🏻♀️ Eyes: @wetnwildbeauty Smoke and Melrose palette, @ctilburymakeup Vintage Vamp palette, @stilacosmetics Rose Gold Retro eyeshadow, @sigmabeauty Felicity highlighter. Cheeks: nars sin blush. Lips: @toofaced Unicorn 🦄 💜 #fotd #motd #makeup #crueltyfree #crueltyfreemakeup #charlottetilbury #charlottetilburyvintagevamp #wetnwildbeauty #sigmabeauty #stila #stilarosegoldretro #toofaced #toofacedunicorn
And this one is unapologetically red. Reds under the beds. (My red eyeshadow reviews live here):
Epic shiny look for a nice day. @lipstickandgalaxies guessed that I am wearing a @stilacosmetics liquid eyeshadow on my lids! ✨ The color is Rose Gold Retro. The matte eyeshadows are from the @anastasiabeverlyhills Modern Renaissance (placement inspired by the recent @karimamckimmie video). Lipstick: @urbandecaycosmetics vice lipstick Trance, a metallic beige. I am also growing out my brows for the first time since I was 16… because I am curious what will come out of it 🤦🏻♀️🐛 #fotd #motd #makeup #anastasiabeverlyhills #anastasiabeverlyhillsmodernrenaissance #crueltyfree #crueltyfreemakeup #redeyeshadow #haloeye #urbandecay #lipstickismyvice #urbandecaytrance #stila #stilaglitterandglow #stilarosegoldretro