Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Stila Kitten Dupes

Warning: Long post and picture heavy!

If you are a makeup addict like myself, then you probably have heard of the Cult-fave eyeshadow by Stila called Kitten. Ring any bells? Anyways, kitten is one of the most coveted eyeshadow colours around, but to get it comes a price. I purchased it for $23 CAD, plus an additional $3 for the eyeshadow tin. That's right you heard me. No matter how good the quality it is and how much you pay, it only comes in pan form. Kitten is the most famous shimmery pearl champagne colour, but today I'm going to show you many alternatives, some high end and some more affordable that are extremely similar to Stila's Kitten.

But first, this is what Stila's Kitten looks like with the tin.

The first dupe is a shadow by Clinique called South Beach. It is a little darker, with less shimmer than Kitten, but still pretty close. I'm not sure if it is still available but if you are able to find it, it should cost around $16 CAD. Here is what it looks like, haha notice my finger in the picture:
 Next is a high end dupe but a dupe nonetheless, at least in my opinion. It is Urban Decay's infamous Midnight Cowboy Rides Again. Known for its extreme chunky silver glitter with lots of fallout if you're not careful. But the base colour is similar to Kitten. It retails for $22 CAD with a pot. (*On a side note, Stila's eyeshadow's have a lot more product in it, so in that way, it has better value.)

Next is a colour from a palette that I talked about in one of my first posts: the eye palette by Kimchi Blue at Urban Outfitters. The original price for it was I think $18, but I paid $2 CAD on clearance. The dupe is called Lace and is the most similar colour to Kitten. But of course, the pigmentation of Stila is much more softer and silky but this one is definitely a good alternative:

A drugstore dupe I picked up recently was Cover Girl's Shimmering Sands. The colour on the farthest right is a shimmery pearl colour as well. Again, the pigmentation is not comparable to Stila's, but is the most affordable and attainable as you can usually pick it up, and on sale might I add, at any local drugstore. I paid $5.79 CAD on sale:

Lastly, is from a discontinued palette that you'd probably be able to find on Ebay or allcosmeticswholesale.com. It is the Too Faced Naughty and Nice Palette. Out of all the dupes, I'm most disappointed with this colour, even though this is technically a high end product, as the shadow was not very noticable as you will soon see. I paid $12.99 CAD for this at Winners:

Now that I'm done showing you all my dupes. You can decide for yourself which one is more appropriate for you. Of course, there are manyyyyyyyyyyy other options for dupes of Stila's Kitten but this is just what I have in my collection. Overall, Stila's Kitten has the highest quality and pigmentation, there IS a reason why it is a cult favourite. But if it's not in your budget, or you just can't justify spending almost $30, including pot, for it, there are many other alternatives. Here is a swatch of each shadow on my arm so you can see the comparison and quality of the shadows. The picture may alter the true colour but at least you have a better idea.
Left to right: Stilas Kitten, Clinique South Beach, Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Kimchi Blue Lace, Cover Girl Shimmering Sands and Too Faced Naughty and Nice Palette (which barely shows up).

I really hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or want me to elaborate on any shadow further, let me know. As well, I'm always open to requests!

Talk to you soon!


  1. very cool
    i am loving this post
    i like the comparisons
    perhaps i will invest in stila's kitten myself!

  2. Love Stila Kitten- thank you for the dupes.

  3. Also the eyelid color from the Wet n' Wild "Walking on Eggshells" trio is a pretty good dupe.