Last week, Stila landed in Vancouver and hosted a distinctly West Coast fete at OPUS to celebrate the launch of their newest products. Guests enjoyed sushi, succulent raw oysters and Vancouver-themed cocktails as they waited their turn for makeup touch-ups and checked out Stila's latest. Among other offerings, fans can expect an all-new 'In the Moment' eyeshadow palette containing 10 day-to-night shades and a waterproof eyeliner ($50), as well as an HD beauty balm ($49) that reduces pore size and minimizes fine lines. Ardell was also on-hand to provide faux lash applications--a flirty complement for the natural, lit-from-within glow for which Stila is known.
The best part of the evening: getting our personalized "Stila girl" sketches done by Mei Yu. I was so tickled by my stylized portrait, I may have to frame it for our new den.
The star product of the launch, of course, was the limited edition 'Vibrant in Vancouver' palette ($21) featuring five eyeshadows and a convertible lip/cheek colour. I'm kind of in love with everything about the palette: the sleek compact size, so perfect for travel; the eyeshadow names inspired by Vancouver (Cypress, Coal Harbour, Granville, Sea Plane, English Bay); the palette art featuring a stylish Vancouver gal strolling around Canada Place with Harbour Centre and the city skyline in the background.
The carefully chosen shades are pretty and wearable from day to night, and fit right in with this city's notoriously casual vibe. Although Stila has done city-inspired palettes in the past (Tokyo and Saluyita, Mexico), Vancouver is the first Canadian city to get one of its own. It's obvious that Stila loves us, and after seeing this city's media personnel and beauty lovers go gaga over their products, I'd say the feeling's mutual.