Now I know what you're probably thinking...Do you mean Sephora's Blockbuster Palette?
A few days ago, I saw this palette at Costco for only around $20. That looked like a good deal, but I'd never heard of a palette like this being released from Stila before. They still had quite a few of them in stock, so I thought I'd go home and do a bit of research before shelling out for it.
Went home, looked high and low online, and couldn't find anything on this palette - not even a mere mention! What the heck? Is this a Costco exclusive? That doesn't sound right, but how can I explain it not being anywhere else?
Anyhow, I decided to give it a blind shot anyway. Costco has an excellent return policy on everything (even if something has been opened) so I really had nothing to lose. So, $20 poorer, I walked out of the store thinking I might have found something fun to play with. And, if these were true Stila quality, they'd be excellent and a steal at that price.
Ah, well. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is, right?
What drew me in were the shadows - all 30 of them. It also came with 15 lip colors (the last three columns in the photo), but I could easily do without those. At first glance, the only issue I had with this was that the lip colors were right next to the shadows. I'm not a fan of glosses (or any cream products) being next to powders because, inevitably, the powder will get in the cream and be a mess. However, at this point I chock this up as an expected evil in palettes this size.
But the really bad news is that the shadows just aren't good. They're all dry formulations - not smooth and creamy like Stila singles. They don't even have the trademark sheen of a Stila shadow. To be fair, they're not completely unusable; all of them can be built up to look pretty, but why bother? They would require quite a bit of work, and you could get better quality at the drugstore.
Some of the lip colors are pretty, but they are all extremely sheer, and I really believe that the powder will make a mess of them.
The quality of the blushes and bronzer aren't any better. All of them are dry and powdery, and the two larger ones on the left have a strong orange undertone that my camera wouldn't fully capture. There's no way those shades would work well on me (and honestly, I don't think they'd work well on most).
I'll be taking this thing back tomorrow.
If you happen to see this in the store, I'd suggest you just keep going past it and not waste your time.
Thanks for reading.