11.05.2014

Cheap Shadows, Blushes, and Amazing Brushes: Stilazzi






Hey you! So first of all, I just gotta thank most of y'all for your sweet words on this post. Something else that's sweet? Getting shadows, blushes and brushes for practically a steal. I get asked all the time about affordable shadows, blushes, and brushes--and not just inexpensive, but actually good quality. Seriously, these are good and I just wouldn't throw something like that out there. I don't want you wasting your money on something that's not great. These are all from Stilazzi--I first heard of them through one of my favorite beauty stores, Frends Beauty. If you're in N. Hollywood, look 'em up, or check them out here.

pic via my Instagram




I've purchased so much stuff from Frends (check out hauls here and here) including some Stilazzi brushes, so when they asked if I wanted to check out more of the line, I couldn't wait. Stilazzi is a brand for professional makeup artists, but you don't need an MUA to use these products. Not only do they have supplies for makeup artists (think cases, organizers, bags, airbrush, false lashes) but they have some awesome makeup too. There's something for all price points. First up, let's talk about the brushes:

These brushes with the white handles are synthetic and super soft (they do make a line with natural and synethetic bristles). I'm going from your left to right with just a few of the Stilazzi face brushes:

  • S133--I've been looking for a brush like this one for highlighting--works well with loose and pressed powders.
  • DF101--A great dual fiber brush to apply liquid and crème products, blends blush colors easily for a natural glow--love it for cream blushes. It's listed as medium, but it's a bit smaller to me. And it's $9.95!
  • DF105--Apply liquid and crème foundations, flawlessly in a few easy strokes with this dual fiber brush. Also used to quickly apply moisturizers and primers. A larger version of the 101.
  • DF104--Nice dual fiber brush for loose and pressed powders.
  • S107--This domed brush is excellent for buffing foundation.
  • DF106--A dual fiber brush that works wonderfully for liquid and cream products--especially concealers.
  • S128--I love this for blush and contouring the face. It's just the right size.

And now for a sampling of the eye brushes--these are around $5.95:
  • S100--Lovely for eyeliner and brows.
  • S104--The large concealer brush has extremely smooth, yet firm bristles, that allow you to blend and add coverage to problem areas. It can also be used where concentrated color is needed to even out skin tone. Works with all types of products and can be used to apply color to lid.
  • S124--Excellent for blending and shading the eye with either powder, cream or pigment eye shadows.
  • S116--I love this for softening and blending those harsh lines.
  • S117--Another great brush for adding strong color in a specific area or smudging along the upper and lower lash lines for a smokey effect.
  • S111--This firm, tapered point brush has so many uses for Cream, Liquid, & Gel Based Products--This unique shape allows you to control the thickness of your eyeliner by using the fine tip, or the smooth side, of the brush. An excellent tool for creating a dramatic cat eye, or detailed body painting.
Now, let's get into the shadows! Y'all, these Stilazzi matte shadows are $3 each! And they come in 52 shades and are cruelty-free. If you're looking for inexpensive shadows, especially if you're building your professional kit, you need these.

Shadows: 11, 24, 17, 35, 25, 44, 39, 50, 42, 52


I've got arm and paper swatches for ya. If you've ever owned/played around with matte shadows, you'll know it's hard to find good matte shadows. They are usually chalky and not pigmented--one of the reasons shimmer/satin/pearl/glitter are easier to produce and find. 

And the pans are huge. In this pic I'm comparing it to a MAC shadow (Saddle). Look at how much bigger it is! And yes, it is a dupe when swatched, and y'all KNOW I don't throw that word out there unless it's true. Also, if you have a lighter skintone, you know how hard it is to find a contour that doesn't make you look orange or dirty. I suggest trying one of their matte taupe or grey shades for that. 

You gotta have some sparkle, right? Stilazzi also has Pearl Eye Shadows. These come in 44 shades, are cruelty-free, and are buttery soft. And they're only $3.50!

13, 05, 42, 20,
01, 25, 27, 36

Arm and paper swatches for the pearls! The dark purple, dark blue, and dark green are very buttery and do have fall out, but tapping the brush before applying will help that. These remind me of LORAC quality.

Finally, I have some matte blushes to share! There are 20 shades to choose from, and I love the variety.

05, 12, 20, 17

These are $3.00 and can be used for matte bronzer or contouring, and I have used them as shadows.


For my makeup in this look, I used only Stilazzi face and eye brushes, Stilazzi shadows, and a blush. Again, thanks Frends Beauty for letting me try these!

50 comments:

  1. I can't believe all the shades they have and I know that is just a sampling! On a funny note, I saw the S on the labels of the brushes and first thought that was a dollar sign and they were $100+! I had to do a quick double take! Haha!

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  2. my fav cheapie brushes are ecotools!!!! i love them

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  3. those pink colors are so pretty! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  4. What a great collection of neutral shades! Your eyes are stunning in the last photo and the eyeshadow and lip color are perfect!

    xoxo,
    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  5. Love those eye shadow colors!! The perfect neutral shades!!

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  6. Wow, I love all the shades and the price points are so great!

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  7. Wow the color pay off seems awesome for such a small price. I might have to look into these.

    http://accordingtokiki123.blogspot.com/

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  8. Again, I will try and impress my daughters by telling them about products you write about. Eventually, they're going to ask me how I know!

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  9. I cannot believe that the eyeshadows are only $3 each, the pigmentation are amazing! I love the brushes too, all of it is affordable and looks really good.

    Reflection of Sanity

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  10. I have not heard of both of these brands but I love me some cheapies! The shades of the shadows look lovely as do you! Kisses, Sissi www.beauty4free2u.com

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  11. I've never heard of this brand before! Those brushes look super nice and I love all the blush colors!!! Such a great price for those Eyeshadows too!

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  12. Never heard of this brand, thanks for sharing. They look like some great products and some awesome prices!

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  13. They have a huge variety! I hadn't heard of them before this post. The shadows look great on you.

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  14. I've never heard of this brand before, thanks for sharing:)

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  15. I've never heard of this brand before. They certainly have a lot going on!

    I'm definitely on the hunt for new brushes, and ones that are in the affordable range so thanks for the recommendations!

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  16. woow elle..The quality of the eyeshadows and the brushes look amazing,,,I wanted to get some brushes to apply eye makeup..Will check if they ship worldwide. :D And you are right good mattes are hard to find but these look great :D

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  17. love that these are budget friendly. The eye shadow's look amazing.

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  18. this is such a great post! the colors all look so fun!
    kelseybang.com

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  19. I am always on the lookout for new good quality affordable shadows and brushes!

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  20. I didn't know about this brand. The prices are amazing for good quality!
    xoxo Lauren

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  21. I love a good makeup brush and need to remember these when it's time to replace them!

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  22. Ooh those brushes look awesome, and the prices are fantastic! I really need to replace my brushes!!

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  23. You did a great job with these swatches and review, thanks for sharing. I love your makeup, the burgundy lipstick shade suits you perfectly! xoxo

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  24. what a fabulous collection of colours! brushes overwhelm me a bit, not gonna lie. You look fantastic by the way in that photo, that lip colour is fabulous on you!

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  25. Wonderful

    <3
    it takes 2 to fashion
    ps. We really like your blog, would you like to follow each other?

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  26. The brushes are pretty but those Matte shadows are gorgeous!!!

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  27. They also seem to have a vast selection in addition to their low prices. I love a good deal!

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  28. I am absolutely in love with the matt shadows and blushes!!! The colours are simply gorgeous, I can stare at them for a while just to admire those soft hues - so beautiful... x

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  29. Thanks for an informative review -- the pictures of the swatches are really helpful. How awesome to see that these eyeshadows are only $3. That's awesome! Thanks for sharing this brand with us. I've never heard of it before today! :-)

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  30. Not sure if my comment took or not - but I am definitely going to check these out! I am also always on the hunt for great brushes - as I am sooo lazy with washing!

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  31. I've never heard of this brand before but it sounds great. So affordable too! Love the look of the brushes, off to see if we can get them here in the UK too :) xx

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  32. Thanks for sharing. You look really cute in that last shot :-)

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  33. Your eye makeup looks great! I love natural tones. :) Oh, and sorry about your computer - I hope you get back up and running soon!!

    Erica
    www.pumpsandpushups.com

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  34. trying to catch up on my blog reading after my holiday and this post has come at the right time as I'm ready to replace some brushes. I like the neutrals here too. Great selection.

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  35. Awesome! All of them look good!
    (^o^)

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  36. I'm always trying to figure out to spend more or less for make-up brushes??! It kind of stresses me out. Some can be SO expensive??!! I'll have to check these out! Thanks for the post Elle. xoxoShannon
    One Stylish Mom

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  37. OMG the brushes and eyeshadows are so good...lucky u :)

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  38. These brushes and shadows sound awesome! My brushes are getting old, so it's probably time to get some new ones.

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  39. These look great! I've never heard of these, but I'm going to look into them for sure! Those eyeshadows and blushes are gorgeous! Thanks for the heads up!

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  40. Wow the matte shadows look amazing and 52 shades is pretty impressive!

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  41. Lovely pic, Elle! I really need to try some of these shadows! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  42. wow, so many different shades to choose, I love the color of the matte eyeshadow, it looks great!

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  43. Hi Elle
    Thanks for the post. Any chance you could let us know the product # (in order) for the matte eyeshadow swatches please? Also, what lip colour did you have on in the pic?

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