Battle of the Dupes: Starlit Studio vs Stila!

On a perfectly normal Target run, I found a cool new product: liquid eyeshadow! Of course, I had to try this new product out and see how it compared to the well known Stila counterpart.

I found the Starlit Studio Mythical Liquid Lid Shadow in Gold Coin for $6 at Target. In contrast, Stila’s Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadows are $24. I didn’t have an exact match to compare, but I did do side by side swatches and I’ve used the Stila ones on many different occasions.

Shadow Pigmentation and Quality

Left: Stila in Dreamer
Middle: Stila in Sea Siren
Right: Starlit Studio in Gold Coin

As you can see in my swatches, the Starlit Shadow doesn’t swatch well. It’s not a particularly pigmented shadow overall really. I wasn’t as impressed as I wanted to be. It feels more like a topper than anything else. The formula is very thin and it’s hard to build up- almost impossible really.

Again, I was really hoping for this to be more impressive than it is, it just ends up looking like a thin dusting of gold glitter.

Using Starlit Studio Shadow

Despite my misgivings, I did give this eyeshadow a try on my lids. Here’s my ‘before’ with my lid shade being “Top Story” from the Makeup Revolution Emily Edit Wants Palette.

I layered this shadow on thickly to see how well it performed. The answer? Not very.

As you can see, there’s barely any difference between the two. Which is unfortunate, given that I already own gold glitter.

Final Thoughts

So unfortunately, we yet again have a dupe battle where the high end is markedly better than the drugstore alternative. From what I can see, you’re better off to get yourself a Stila shadow if you’re wanting to try liquid eyeshadow. However, sometimes you can get Stila eyeshadows at TJ Maxx for around $8!

Have you found a good dupe for the Stila liquid eyeshadows? If so, let me know in the comments!

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