March 10, 2011

Stila Road To Radiance Across the U.S.A. (collectible travel palette no. 1) - Swatches & Review

Hello, Beautiful!

Awhile back I picked up the Stila Road To Radiance Across The U.S.A. Collectible Travel Palette No. 1 - which was just $10. It was the first of their $10 palette's to come out and I jumped on the opportunity to buy it, thinking it was some great special deal.

They say these palettes have a $65 value, but I don't believe that at all. I would never pay more than $10 for one of these palettes, but I could see it selling for $20 - but not $65.

You can still pick up this exact palette on Stila's website for just $10.

Here's what it looks like on the front:

And on the back:

On the inside...

(eyeshadow) Snow Bunny: a shimmery silver champagne.
(eyeshadow) Valley Girl: a lilac pink shimmer.
(eyeshadow) Southern Belle: a purple pink shimmer.
(eyeshadow) City Chick: a muddy plum shimmer.
(convertible color) Hibiscus: a cool toned pink.

So what do I think?

Honestly I haven't used this palette much at all. I think I used one or two of the shadows one time and besides that this hasn't been touched except to swatch. I found the shadows lacking in pigmentation (for the swatch I had to use a lot more shadow than normal) and I'm not a fan of the Convertible Color (I don't like creme blushes anyway and I don't like the consistency to use on my lips).

I originally bought it for the eyeshadows and that's the only use it has gotten, but it's not a palette I reach for, or want to travel with for that matter. Not a bad buy for $10 and great for someone who likes the Convertible Color and wants four purple pink shades to shadows.

Now let me break down the value of this palette, since I love breaking down values of things!

I'll start with the eyeshadows... The total weight of the eyeshadows (for all four) is 0.15 oz -- divide that by four and each shadow is 0.04 oz.

A regular, full sized Stila eye shadow is 0.09 oz (@ $18 each) - making the size of each shadow in this palette valued at $8. Times that by four and the four eyeshadows are valued at $32.

Then there is the Convertible Color - which in this kit is 0.09 oz.

A regular, full sized Stila Convertible Color is 0.15 oz (@ $25) - making the size of the Convertible Color in this palette valued at $14.97.

If you're following along that brings the value of this palette to $46.97.... where is the other $18.03 in value they say this palette is worth? Maybe I did my math wrong, or maybe I'm right in saying this palette does not have an original value of $65.

With all that said, it is a good value - only paying $10 for $46.97 in product - that saves you a little over 75% off! So to me, it's still a good value, but not what Stila is saying this palette is worth. If I had seen this in person (without swatching it) I would have bought it, but really, these palettes are not that great.


  1. thanks for the swatches, hibiscus is gorgeous!

  2. I have this palette and i wore it on valentines day. i love this palette!


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