Stila Cosmetics Light Up Compact Solar Powered

Out for a big night on the town, and don’t want to take the time to duck into the ladies room to powder your nose? Fear not, green-minded gals, as there’s now a powder compact designed to address needs you didn’t even know you had, courtesy of solar power.

That’s right, “live from the red carpet,” it’s Stila’s solar-powered, light up, refillable compact, which comes equipped with a duo of translucent powder and an all-over shimmer powder designed to give you that polished, radiant “red-carpet glow.”  Established by a celebrity make up artist in 1994, the brand has been featured in Allure and InStyle, with signature colors spotted on the runways of designers during New York fashion week.

Stila solar-powered compact

image via Stila Cosmetics

While the company doesn’t make eco-friendly ingredients a top focus in its products, it does make a point of eco-friendly packaging: the compact is made from (undisclosed) recycled materials and designed to be refilled with pressed powders (rather than tossed in the trash, the way so many compacts are designed to be when the powder within them is gone).

Stila’s solar-powered compact comes partially charged. Just expose it to sunshine (nine hours in direct sunlight is best), and the green star display will indicate that your compact has reached full charge and is ready for your big night out. Don’t live in L.A? The compact can also charge in ambient room light, but make sure you’ve got something other than fluorescent light for it to work with. According to Stila, the solar panel on this compact lasts around five years and can be fully charged up to a thousand times.

The Stila Cosmetics solar lighted compact prices for around $50.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.