Note: This palette also comes with a Stila smudge stick eyeliner in halfmoon (dark grey). I used it a handful of times and disliked it. The eyeliner does smudge, but didn't set well on my eyes, resulting in transfer to my lower lashline. If you like the smudgy lived in eyeliner look, you might like this product, but I passed it along to a friend.
Stila In The Know is packaged in the same way the other "in the " series palettes are - solid colored cardboard exterior that flips open and an interior mirror. This packaging is purely functional, but doesn't feel especially nice or luxurious. The palette has held up pretty well over about a year of solid use and is sturdy. I don't like the flip open cover and would prefer a snap or hefty magnet. If you buy makeup for collectible packaging and love the thrill of feeling fancy when you use products, pass. If you like functional packaging that travels well and does its job stoically, you won't find any problems with In The Know.
I (clearly) haven't depotted mine, but I don't think it would be too challenging. The area around the eyeshadow pans is a foam core with a thin cardboard cover, so I think it would be pretty quick to pry out the pans if you wanted.
All of the shades are pure mattes, with absolutely no shimmer particles (looking at you, cheater Lorac Pro mattes)
- Air - neutral ivory
- Wind - yellow toned beige
- Desert - warm toned camel
- Clay - warm toned medium pink
- Earth - neutral medium-deep brown
- Driftwood - cool toned medium-deep brown
- Fire - burnt orange red
- Rain - cool toned medium brown
- Smoke - charcoal grey
- Ebony - black
All swatches were done on bare, unprimed skin.
- Wind is unusually opaque for a skin toned base shade
- Clay is a unique shade in my collection - it looks beautiful worn sheerly, built up, or as a transition shade
- Fire is a welcome addition to an otherwise neutral palette
- Earth takes a little work to blend
- Driftwood is very very very similar to Earth, but with a slightly better formula (Rain is smoother and easier to blend than both Earth and Driftwood)
- Smoke is the only real dud of the palette for me - it doesn't apply as smoothly or blend as easily as the others