The second Stila Travel Palette I purchased is called Fabulous in Fiji. The colors in this palette are ocean-y, including three different shades of blue and a green. You also get a convertible color called Plumeria in this little fella, which is a very pretty reddish-bronze shade.
Just for a quick review, the eyeshadow pans in this palette are also set a millimeter deep into the cardboard to keep the powder from migrating into the cream. It's a thoughtful touch on Stila's part. The value is the same. You get 0.15 oz of eyeshadow and 0.09 oz of convertible color. For a more in depth breakdown on the value of this palette check out my post on the Adventurous in Aspen palette. Basically, though, you get $30 worth of eyeshadow and $15 of Convertible Color. Not bad for $10, no?
|Left: Stila Convertible Color in Plumeria|
Right (Clockwise From Upper Left): Palm, R&R, Escape, Wave
This packaging is similar to that of Adventurous in Aspen, save for the design on the outside. The cardboard is sturdy enough that I'm sure it'd hold up fine in a makeup drawer, or even in a purse, but you might want to be careful if you plan on tossing it in your school bag. I can imagine this packaging acquiring a lot of scuffs and scratches over the years. The magnetic closure is strong enough to keep it closed unless you want it open.
This Convertible Color is very unlike the one I tried yesterday. It's much creamier and goes on to the lips feeling and looking like a gloss, but with a less pronounced shine. Maybe a luster finish lipstick would be a better comparison? It also doesn't dry down the same way as Rosy. It was dewy and the tiniest bit sticky, almost like having a moisturizing lipstick on my face. It's a beautiful color, and one I see myself wearing on my lips often.
On to the colors:
|Left to Right: Palm, R&R, Wave, Escape|
R&R is a shimmering light blue. It was light and on the sheer side. This is the only shadow in this palette I had pigmentation issues with. Even though it's shimmery and has good slip to it, it took two strokes to get it as dark as it is above, and it still isn't quite opaque. Snow Angel was grey and had more pigmentation. While it was a cool grey, it wasn't blue. R&R was more distinctly blue and sheerer.
Wave is a vibrant, deep ocean blue. Icicles of Adventurous in Aspen is a duller shade than this. This one was fully matte and a bit dry and difficult to swatch, like all mattes seem to be. It was much better in use, though.
Escape is a pretty, shimmery, light blue with excellent pigmentation.
|Left to Right: Plumeria (swatched with a lip brush), Plumeria (blended out with a blush brush)|
|Plumeria, applied with a lip brush|
- You still get an excellent value for your money!
- Good pigmentation on most shadows.
- The Convertible Color makes a good blush for those who enjoy a dewy finish.
- The Convertible Color also makes a good lip tint? Gloss? Tinted balm? Take your pick.
- You can try a Convertible Color at a fraction of the price of a full size.
- Creams and powders in one palette. I still don't like it!
- R&R has okay pigmentation. Definitely not as good as the other Stila shadows I've tried.
- This Convertible color has a dewy finish, so not everyone will want to use it as a blush.
- Cardboard packaging. It's sturdy enough that I'm sure it'd last years in a makeup drawer. While I don't think that it'd break, it would probably get scuffed up on the go unless you're careful.
The Stila's Adventurous in Aspen palette can currently be purchased for $10 at Sephora.com or StilaCosmetics.com.