I promised a review, with photos.
Did I deliver?
I totally delivered. Check out this goreous shimmer.
If you say “Stila”, the first thing you (well, the first thing I think about) is the infamous Kitten. Attatch the phrase “lip glaze”? Vanilla springs to mind.
Product: Stila’s Vanilla lip glaze
The nitty gritty bits: Like all Stila glazes (with the exception of this one), this smells terrific. They’re all on the thick side, verging on “thicker than creamed clover honey in the winter when the heater’s been turned off by accident and I haven’t put it in my Typhoo tea yet”. And the stickiness is similar to the hard honey as well – sticky, but not annoyingly so. The stickiness is the tradeoff for staying power, as I’ve often said! The same review that I wrote for the Brown Sugar lip glaze applies.
The shade: Very sheer, which means it’s going to work on all skin types – seriously! All it’s going to be is shimmer and shine, with a tiny touch of nude. Your lips will shine through, but with a sheer gold glaze over them.
Seriously, I mean “tiny touch” and “sheer”. If I get an email about how I raved about this and there “wasn’t any piiiigmentttt!!” I. Will. Lose. It.
The Verdict? Stila has to be doing something right with these, because this is my third lip glaze! It’s mini (as was the raspberry), but that’s not because the product isn’t worth it – it’s because I know I’ll never use up an item! Still, though, it’s not worth the price, so buy it in a set or swap for it.
Stila’s Raspberry Lip Glaze is probably one of the most pink things I will ever own, and I don’t think I like it. Unlike the Brown Sugar glaze I tried, this one smells like sweet plastic (ew) and gives a really unnatural finish (I should have expected that one!)
Like the others, this one is fairly sticky as well, and has a medium-amount of pigmentation (nothing special but not too sheer.) I have to admit that I hate the colour on me, and the smell drives me crazy, but if you’re a total Lip Glaze whore you might like this one too! It doesn’t perform differently from the rest of them, save the fact that it has no shimmer (whoo!)
Now: pictures! (lots of ’em)
This one’s a mini – size comparison:
Told you it was pink!
And on tissue – holy crap!
Mmm, brown sugar. How could we bake without you?
Erm, I’m really not feeling the creative juices right now, but I wanted to have a fresh post out tomorrow. So, here is the awkward version of a real review!
Product: Stila Brown Sugar lip glaze. This one’s easy to find brand new on MUA, and I think it’s one of their most under-hyped lip glazes.
Wait, under-hyped?: Yup, you read that right! I know the picture above is pretty washed out (real sunlight! Good lord!) but this does look very blah in the tube – dark brown with glitter. I’ll do a post on the Raspberry lip glaze later, and you can see what it actually looks like in the tube then. But anyhow, back on point: this is more berry than it would seem to be in the tube, and gives quite a pretty colour!
The following picture is pretty accurate:
Any bad points?: well, it’s a little on the sticky side, but because I love the colour and the fairly fine shimmer, I just gloss my lips with this and then top with some Vaseline. On its own it’s too sticky and not hydrating enough for me, but with lip balm underneath and Vaseline over, it’s perfect!
- Smells and tastes pretty good :P
- On the pricey side, but as I said it’s easy to find this on MUA (in mini sizes or brand new, even!)- I think it’s sometimes given out as a GWP, and if bought in a set I can see why many people would assume this would look bad on them.
- The colour is layerable – it can be a sheer layer for just a bit of sparkle or a heavier one for major shine, sparkle, and colour.
See? Told you it was gorgeous. It darkens up my lips a bit, almost giving them a plum/mauve tint – it can definitely be layered past this, to a more berry/brown, but this is the comfortable consitency in my books! The verdict: Definitely get your hands on a click-pen of this (I like the concept of the applicator, but it’s hard to get the right amount of product out. It’s always either too much or none at all), but I would do so on MUA if possible.
(is it just me or was that review actually pretty okay?! Hm…)
Stila’s got a few great deals this holiday season! They’re offering a free Spiced Rum lip glaze with a purchase of $30 or more with the code GLAZE4U.
To get to $30? Here are the great deals, from the cheapest to the most expensive! (You’re welcome!)
- The lip pots and high shine lip colour? On for $8 each!
- The holiday lip glaze special (a few select lip glazes are on for $10 each – full sized!)
- The polish your pout set (three lip polishes for $12!)
- The shimmer and shine trio (three It Glosses for $12)
- Any one of four brushes for $15 – that’s right, $15 for a short-handled brush! Blush, all-over eye, blending, and concealer are all marked down.
- A perfecting foundation set – three shades for $25, plus a lip glaze! Get it in light, medium, dark, or deep. Idea: if you’re the third “light” shade in the summer, and the first one in the winter, this set gets you ready for the whole year! Alternately: split this with a similar-toned friend.
- A flare for drama is $28 and includes mascara, an eyeshadow, a brush, and a liner!
- The celebrate and shine set is $40 but a great deal – mascara, two eyeshadows, a lip glaze, and tinted moisturiser.
Now go finish your Christmas shopping!
Stila is on sale at HauteLook right now. Membership is free and the prices are pretty good; check it out if you’re a Stila fan! Compared to BeautyCrunch prices, though, they’re nothing spectacular – however, the current selection is different from BeautyCrunch’s, so I think it’s worth a look.
30% off Vincent Longo products for all of June with vlfamily
A really cool sounding Stila competition-thing, if you’re into that. (Until June 15th only)
15% off all Nail Paint at Peacekeeper Cause-metics and a free Paint Me Eternal Base/Top Coat.
Free 2.oz Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Body Lotion with the code WELCOME603. (Add to cart, the code will deduct the price)
Free US and Canada shipping at MAC until the 15th with TENDER8. (Hate the tendertones promo photo, but the product looks fab!)
Free mini face wash (men’s) with any men’s Body Shop purchase until the 15th.
Body Shop sale!! Yay!! (Canadian shoppers click here) (Also, we FINALLY got a proper website, almost identical to the US one! I’m so, so, so thrilled, I hated the old one SO MUCH.)
Get a chance to win a bunch of stuff (or a gift card) with Sephora’s Best of Sephora 2008 sweepstakes.
That’s all for now. Enjoy the deals!!