Stila Magnificent Metals: Worth the Hype?

The Magnificent Metals by Stila are very much loved by bloggers and as someone who loves shimmer the thought of long lasting, sparkly eyes intrigued me. Magnificent Metals aim to be ultra smooth and give a sequin-like shine with plenty of glitz. For reference the set I am referring to in this post is the 3D Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Set that was released as a limited edition festive trio in 2018. It contains the shades Golden Girl, Perlina and Kitten Karma.

The cost for one full sized shade wasn’t justifiable and the minis were roughly the same price as one full sized shade. They worked out better value for money too as I ended up with more product. One full sized shade contains 4.5ml and the set of minis contains 3 x 2.25ml – a total of 6.75ml.

Honestly, I’m on the fence over this set. I’ve been testing the colours out for four months now and the shades in the set perform differently to each other. I still haven’t found the way I prefer to wear these and the way the shadows perform best. I have tried applying the glitters to the eyelids on their own, applying them over top of a primer or a base shadow and applying a small amount as a glitter topper. I also can’t decide whether it’s more effective to apply and spread the shadows with the applicator or apply them to the middle of my eyelid with the applicator and spread the glitter with my finger. Personally I find the applicator is gentler and the glitters look more pigmented but if you’re applying the glitter over top of another eyeshadow the applicator picks up some of the colour underneath as you try to spread the product.

Top to bottom: Golden Girl, Perlina and Kitten Karma.

I’m going to rank the three shades from my least favourite to the best performing and give a quick rundown of each:

  • Golden Girl – The formula is drier, streakier and less pigmented than the other two shades. There is also less glitter and the shade is a little lacklustre. This would be so much nicer if the glitter was more prominent.
  • Perlina – This formula is more like what I was expecting and is more pigmented than Golden Girl. The formula gives you enough time to spread it without drying down as fast as Golden Girl. This shade is the most unique in the set and it tends to work best over top of other powder shadows. It pays not to wear too a pale colour underneath as the eyelids look washed out. Perlina will move the base colour and make it look like you’re wearing nothing on your eyelids and not in a good way.
  • Kitten Karma – If I could give a piece of advice it would be to forget about buying this set and just purchase the full size of this shade if you’re curious to try the Magnificent Metals. Kitten Karma is a beautiful champagne with silver and copper sparkle and one of the most popular shades in the range. This shade is the most pigmented of the three and performs the best on it’s own without the need for additional eyeshadow.


  • Good value for the three piece set.
  • All shades are wearable and go with a number of looks.
  • Smaller size means less product to finish up and less risk of product drying out.
  • Can easily see how much product is left.


  • Pigmentation of all shades is not the same.
  • Not sure of the best application method.
  • Applicator picks up eyeshadow underneath and can get dirty.
  • Product doesn’t last all day.
  • May not be good for sensitive eyes – the first couple of times I used these I experienced stinging for a few seconds. Thankfully the stinging went away quickly and didn’t cause any lasting irritation.

So, the important question: Are Stila’s Magnificent Metals worth the hype?

In my opinion, they aren’t. That’s not to say all the bloggers that rave about these and swear by them are wrong, products work differently for everyone and we all have our own preferences. I definitely think the shades I tried aren’t a good representation of the rest of the line and I’d hope there are more shades that perform like Kitten Karma in the range; pigmented shades that contain a decent amount of glitter/shimmer and don’t fade throughout the day. I don’t think I’ll be picking up any more of these to try. I am glad I got to give the product a go, even if it’s not something I reach for often. I will endeavour to use up each of these and hopefully by that time I have discovered an application method that works for me!

Have you tried the Magnificent Metals, if so which shades? Are you a fan?


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41 thoughts on “Stila Magnificent Metals: Worth the Hype?

  1. katedaysaweek says:

    Oh sorry to hear you didn’t like them. My friend owns a bunch of them so I’ve tried them out and enjoyed the products. I think people (and I mean youtubers) are mostly impressed by the bolder colours. But, really, who wants to wear blue glitter to work?
    I’ve always been on the fence about these because I’ve always found the price to be crazy high for such a small amount of product.
    That was a super informative and really well done review!


    • Chanelle says:

      I don’t hate these or regret purchasing them, I just wish all shades performed like Kitten Karma haha! The price point for the actual product isn’t the best value for money. Thank you for your comment and for reading 🙂


    • Chanelle says:

      I’m a little disappointed but I’ll still try to use these up. Perhaps I just got a bad batch, I wonder if other people have similar thoughts about this exact set…


    • Chanelle says:

      I was expecting more glitter to be honest, maybe my expectations were too high? Kitten Karma is pretty, I wish the others performed like that one 😛 Do you wait for the product to dry in between coats?


      • littlebeautyloves says:

        They are pretty glittery or at least what I have is. I did a look using them at Christmas and it was really sparkly. That’s not to say that maybe you are looking for more glitter and these don’t deliver.

        I have to wait for it to be dry to apply another layer or open my eyes, haha. I find it transfers like crazy if I don’t let it dry.

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  2. Rachael - Helpless Whilst Drying says:

    I have to say I didn’t end up loving this set – I agree with you on Golden Girl, it was an exclusive shade to this set and it felt like they’d made a formula that wasn’t up to scratch selling as a full size so they whacked it in a mini set as an exclusive to hook in the addicts – like me!
    Kitten Karma is my favourite out of all the Magnificent Metals – but I find that he one in this set doesn’t look as intensely glittery as the last one I have – I don’t know whether they’ve changed the formula, it’s a trick of the eye in the tube or I’ve received a slightly off mix – but I hope when I open it (which will be soon as my other is very close to empty) it looks closer to the original.
    Perlina is an entirely different formula to all the other MM’s I have – I use that one most on the inner corner.
    I tend to apply most of them with the applicator – then pat out the edges with my ring finger to blend. If I need to go in with a second layer I wait 30-60 seconds for them to dry down otherwise I find that they tend to streak the layer below a little. (that’s how I worked with all the looks in this post

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    • Chanelle says:

      I actually like the golden tones of Golden Girl, just needs more sparkle haha! I’m intrigued to hear whether both the Kitten Karmas are the same for you, I wonder if the formula of the mini sizes is different to the full sizes? I will re-read the post you linked too 🙂


  3. Courtney says:

    I have sensitive eyes as well, so I’m glad you mentioned the stinging! I feel like eyeshadows shouldn’t sting, even for a moment lol, so that’s great to know. Too bad they don’t seem worth the hype, especially since the full size is expensive!

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  4. Hunida says:

    Liquid eyeshadows always seem to make my eyes sting at first too. I’m glad it wasn’t anything more irritiating than that! I did want to try these but, maybe not so much anymore. I think the most annoying bit would be how they wipe away/pick up product you place on your eye before it.

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  5. stashy says:

    I have one of these from a Sephora favourites set, in the shade Kitten Karma (which is your favourite so yay!). The doe foot applicator on mine broke off the first time when I opened up the tube. 😳 I ended up just using a small concealer brush to get the product out. I found the colour to be TOO intense, too metallic (and I probably applied too much product). I tried to concentrate the “bling” only to the center of my lid like a bit of a halo eye but it seems to just spread out. I have to play around with it more to find out how to make it work for me.

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  6. danniijane says:

    I got this set and it wasn’t as good ad some other shades. I really like Kitten Karma, Diamond Dust, they seem to pack a load of glitter and colour, whilst the formula and shades of some Magnificent Metals just don’t seem as good xx

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