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Holiday Look: Glitter

Holiday Look: Glitter

As I was pondering sparkling eye offerings in The Beauty Boutique for the holidays, the lovely SA expertly guided me across the aisle to the Stila counter and pointed out the Glitter & Glow Magnificent Metals on display. Oh, glitter for grown-ups.


There were 8 brilliant shades (no wall-flowers here) and I zeroed in on BRONZED BELLa bronze with silver and copper glimmer that was all kinds of gorgeousness but, alas, sold out. Bah, humbug.  Note: This shade is exclusive to SDM. 

KITTEN KARMA, a copper toned champagne with flecks of silver went home with me. It’s based on the company’s popular Kitten pressed shadow. Note To Self: These two burnished shades would look amazing layered together.


You can use Glitter & Glow Magnificent Metals over other shadows, as a liner, or as a solo shadow. They are easy to apply and add incredible dimension and brightness to the eyes.

I’ve never used anything like this before, so it was fun and special to wear glitter Christmas evening. To set off the effect, I highlighted the high points of my face and the cupid’s bow with the Charlotte Tilbury’s Film Star Bronze & Glow and enhanced the eyes further with Marc Jacobs’ metallic shimmer, Highliner. The result was stunning. (If I do say so myself.)

The look is so pretty, you might wear a dialled-down version during the day instead of just keeping it exclusively evening. Right now, I’m eyeing New Year’s Eve.

Having just sampled, and purchased, the Urban Decay Moondust shadow, I have to say, I much prefer Stila’s Glitter & Glow Magnificent Metals.

I like the small square format and the wand applicator, and unlike the Stila, it dries down and doesn’t drop glitter. Moondust is a hard pan of shadow applied with your fingers but is not at all creamy. It has a kaleidoscope of colours within each shade making it a bit psychedelic, and the fallout is significant. The Magnificent Metals liquid glides on, and if you give it half a minute or so, it sets and stays in place. It’s just a more sophisticated sparkler.

Glitter & Glow is far more chic than I expected. It looks feminine and romantic rather than Sugar Plum Fairy, and I think women-of-a-certain-age can certainly pull it off. Mind you, a little goes a long way.


This brilliantly long-wearing sparkle eye shadow combines the perfect mix of pearl and glitter to lavish eyes with incredible luster and shimmer. With its uniquely lightweight, water-infused texture, it glides on effortlessly, then dries down smoothly, locking in maximum sparkle with minimal fallout, for eyes with a real “wow!” factor.

~ Stila


I’m enchanted with Kitten Karma and am dashing out Boxing Day to pick up Bronzed Bell at a Beauty Boutique in the city. Note To Shoppers: Get 18,500 Bonus Optimum Points when you spend $75 or more December 26-27.

So tuck a vial or two of glitter into your makeup trove. You likely won’t wear it everyday, or maybe you will. Either way it’s instant glow and glamour. And it doesn’t have to be Christmas to go for that.


For inspiration, see how Caroline Barnes @ Speed Beauty does a gorgeous, glittery eye using Stila’s Molton Midnight


STILA Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow, $31: The Beauty BoutiqueSephora




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