Due to the unprofessional, deceitful and hurtful conduct of select employees at Stila Cosmetics' Canadian distributor (3 years ago), on personal principle, I refuse to buy ANY brand distributed by the company, but particularly Stila.
It's not the brand or the products which I dislikeStila makes some great products! However, Stila is part of the brand portfolio of a specific Canadian distribution company, and I REFUSE to financially support or contribute to sales figures, endorsing the the distributor's western account executive, or the national sales manager of Stila, Canada. Nope! Furthermore, I do my best to avoid spending money at any Shoppers Drug Mart. SDM and Murale: sell Stila in Canada. Sephora also sells Stila in Canada, but as I am uncertain of whether Sephora Canada receives their inventory via ACI Brands in Canada, or if Sephora Canada stores receive all inventory from a Sephora warehouse, with inventory via Stila Los Angeles ... I won't buy Stila at Sephora's Canadian stores either.
I love Stila eyeshadows, but as per my disdain & revulsion for the aforementioned, as well as a traumatic experience involving Stila Canada and SDM, I WILL NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM STILA within Canada.
My two favourite Stila shadows: "Sun" and "Oasis". Both are buttery, beautiful, highly pigmented shades of gold. "Sun" has a lot of pink in it, while "Oasis" is more of a warm, champagne gold. I've managed to find a high quality dupe for "Oasis" in Urban Decay's "Easy Baked".
Whilst in the nearby London Drugs last month, I walked by their meagre selection of Prestige cosmetics, and did a double-take when I noticed two shade dupes for ... Stila's "Sun" and "Oasis"!
Swatching both shadows onto the back of my hand, I was DELIGHTED to see that the formulations were ALSO dupes! High pigment, buttery, high impact, wet/dry formulations!
Prestige shadow price: $13.99 regular, $9.99 on sale. Stila shadow cost: $23 CDN, never on sale. Prestige pan: slightly smaller, but less than half the price of Stila's product!
Prestige "Spellbound": a 100% dupe for Stila's "Sun".
Prestige "Crave": a 100% dupe for Stila's "Oasis".
I purchased "Spellbound", and upon comparing it to the remainder of Stila's "Sun" at home ... I'd scored a 100% winnercolour wise, as well as quality! I'd saved a lot of money, and not one cent went to Stila, Canada or Shoppers Drug Mart!
All of the gorgeous shades in Prestige's Total Intensity range appear to be HIGH IMPACT.
I've given the packaging 4/5 lippies, because I would prefer to see the products sold without compacts, as individual disc pans of shadows, so that I may eliminate the plastic compact, perhaps have a bigger pan, and place it into my Z-Palette.