Living the Life in Laguna is a palette of warm, pinky neutrals. As with the other beach palettes, it contains four eyeshadow and two cheek colours: one blusher, one bronzer.
I shall start with the eyeshadows. Sand Dollar is a medium pink with quite a lot of shimmer. Although it's quite pigmented it is possible to sheer this one out to use as a wash. Sunset is a shimmery russet colour. Of all of the eyeshadows this has the best pigmentation and the smoothest texture. Cove is a mauve taupe colour and contains a discrete amount of shimmer. Bonfire is a chocolate brown with russet shimmer.
I had expected to really like both Cove and Bonfire. Unfortunately their texture means they are tricky to work with. The powder is tightly packed, it picks up on a brush or a finger with a bit of effort but I find it hard work to transfer the colour to the lid (I tried the back of my hand too with a brush and had the same problem). In the placement guide inside the palette it suggests using Bonfire with a damp brush. It's possible that it would work ok like this as a liner. It might be a bit fiddly though if you were using this as a travel palette.
The cheek colours have been my surprise favourites in this palette. Although Pacific Coast Highway is supposed to be a bronzer I find it pulls quite peachy on my skin rather than tan. I think both of these make nice cheek colours. You can see how Pacific Coast looks when worn as a blusher at the bottom of this post.
I had a go at creating an eye look with the palette today. I'm very sorry to say that I failed to execute something I was happy to share because of the issues mentioned above. I found I couldn't get Cove to transfer onto my lid and Bonfire was too patchy to use as a crease colour. I tried with a variety of different brushes but had no success. Unfortunately the standouts shades, Sand Dollar and Sunset, are not flattering on my colouring without using other colours alongside them. If you would like to see how all of the colours look when applied, I can recommend taking a look at Lipglossiping's beautiful look.
I think how much value you would get from this palette depends on your colouring and also somewhat on your patience when it comes to applying dampened eyeshadow. If you enjoy pinky neutrals and could wear Sunset with confidence, I think this would be a worthwhile purchase. If you gravitate to more cool neutrals or wanted it just for the mauve and brown eyeshadows, I think you might want to pass on this.
The Stila Beach palettes are available from Escentual.com and Beautybay.com, as well as several other online retailers.
Disclosure: PR Sample.