Monday, May 20, 2013

Stila Color Balm Extravaganza

Hello My name is Mags and I am a Stila-a-holic, you already knew that though didn't you.  That's why I attend the weekly meetings that are held in my head.  I visit like most people Facebook stalk their exes - in an unhealthy and slightly creepy manner.    A couple of weeks ago Stila launched their new and rather wonderful Color Balm Lipsticks (you might have read a post I already did about Valentina* here).  Well as the weeks passed I have manged to collect a couple more of these amazing lipstick/balm/stains and when I say a couple I mean 5.  In fact you could call this a bit of a Color Balm Extravaganza. 
I love the Color Balm lipsticks, I even got them their own little house (in Homestore & More and don't worry these €2.99 holders are always in stock, none of their emotional blackmail "when they are gone they are gone" business).  This range consists of 18 fab shades so in the words of Jaws - I think we're gonna need a bigger boat. 
Color Balms feel lovely and moisturising on the lips, they have a balm texture but with intense colour, they also have a minty flavor.  The colour on the inside is reflected by the name Stila on the side of the tube and the top of the tube has a nifty little mirror which is great for me cause I tend to pop my lippy in my jeans pocket.

As you can see above the lipsticks are beautifully pigmented and leave a shine.

Gemma - which Stila describes as a Pink Violet- this is different than anything I own, I like to use a lip brush to finish off the cupids bow of my lips with Gemma because the colour is so intense.
Valentina - Orange Poppy - is a stunning Orange red, it's like a flame on your lips, I find this easier to wear than most reds because it's a moisturising product and my lips can be quite dry.
Elle - Pink Coral- If you're looking for a more wearable version of MAC Viva Glam Nicki (which is an impossible to wear tone on me) this is the way to go. It's a bubble gum pink shade. 
Amelia - Pink Taupe - this shade surprised me most of all, if you know me, I go for the most obnoxious and vibrant shades of lipstick but I find myself reaching for Amelia, for me it's a neutral lip that just looks so pretty.
Betsey - Fuchsia - My heart belongs to Betsey,  I had to wait a while before getting my hands on this baby.  I stalked the counter (and of course at this stage that when I mean stalked I mean I would greet the counter with "Hi I am stalking the Color Balm in Betsey, is it in yet"  - sometimes there wouldn't even be a sales assistant (Hi Sue) at the counter I would just speak to the other products) and stalk the site until finally it came into stock and boy it was worth the wait.  It's the kind of shade that brightens the whole face.  Below doesn't really show its full glory - it's a stunning shade.
So what else do you need to know about these amazing lipsticks?  Well they are a part of the permanent collection (woo hoo), there are 18 shades and well they are flipping great - cause I am not that much of a weirdo to have gone out and bought that many if  they are crap.  Color Balm Lipsticks cost £16.00 or €19.00.

Something interesting to note is they are a little bit shorter in length than other lipsticks but that's cause they are a bit chubbier - which is great for quick application but if you have very thin or narrow lips it might make you feel a little inadequate,  I find them grand and I am no Angelina Jolie.  This is one of the reasons I like to use a lip brush around the cupids bow on the more vibrant shades (I should possibly do this with all lipsticks but really.... ain't nobody got time for that).

Here is Amelia looking all pretty - if you look at the picture above you will see that the lipsticks are now ahem... well loved.
If I was to recommend one shade it would be Betsey because its a FAB- U- LOUS shade which enlivens your face.  It really was worth the wait, I never take it out of my bag.

Stila have a wonderful new Summer Collection called Festival of Colour. I am on a bit of a shopping ban until my Birthday in June but be warned there will be some major self gifting ahead. The collection looks like an amazing 70s tye dye festival, but you know, prettier and less need for Vicks when you use the toilets - to be honest with you I love the idea of being a bit of a hippy in Ibiza on a beach and that's what this collection conjures up for me (although my mother tells me that I like my sleep too much to be a hippy and if I was to be a proper Ibiza type hippy I would have to stay up all night doing cool hippy things - I simply say "If I was a hippy I could do what I like, cause I am a hippy").    Soon my pretties.

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  1. Gemma looks a lot different on the lips to what I thought it would look like, fabulous colour though!

  2. I have a few Stila lipglosses, but now I have serious lust! Gemma & Betsey are amazing... I think I need them!

  3. Love the colours! Stila is one of my faves too, so glad to see it's easily available again.

  4. I have Valentina but also have my eye on Betsey and Amelia..they're just so pretty! The shades are fantastic for summer.

  5. LOVE Betsey! There are so many gorgeous colours here though. Each picture I thought: "Oh I'd like that!" then saw the next one and it was even nicer. Massive Stila lust now :)
    Sara at BelfastBeautyLove xx

  6. I have bought two of these and cannot wait for them to arrive, great post!


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