Friday, January 18, 2013

Stila - The Best of Stila

More Stila you say, hell yeah, how exciting is it that they had a sale? yes it's very exciting indeed and I had to buy ALL THE STILA.  (Check out their other sale items here). 


I was quite restrained in the sales. Well sort of.  I kinda blew the lot on this little beauty, a train case filled with makeup called The Best of Stila.  I had been eyeing this before Christmas but I couldn't really justify it then but as it was reduced from £175 to £125 it was mine.  This is currently sold out on Stila.co.uk (if want to look at it click here) but give Harvey Nicks Dublin (or your local Harvey Nicks Stila Counter) a buzz because they have them on sale for €145.00 (I'm letting you know the details here because there are about a million pictures below).


So what do you get in the box?  I have listed below the products and their Sterling price cause I don't have euro prices to hand.
  • Stay All Day™ Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black (£13.00)
  • Passion Fruit Crush Lip & Cheek Stain (£16.00)
  • Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Stingray (£13.00) 
  • Lip Glaze Grapefruit (£15.00)
  • Lip Glaze Gleam (exclusive shade) (£15.00)
  • Major Major Lash Mascara in black (£15.00)
  • Convertible Color in Lillium (£16.00)
  • Long Wear Liquid Lip in Muse (£15.00)
  • Long Wear Liquid Lip in Caprice (£15.00)
  • In the Garden Eye Shadow Palette (includes a how-to look book & smudgestick in starfish ) (£25.00)
  • Stay All Day™ 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm (£26.00)
  • Custom Color Blush in Self-Adjusting Pink (£13.00)
  • All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Bronze Shimmer (£16.00)
  • Smudge Crayon in Midnight Blue  (£14.00)
  • Smudge Crayon in Pink Violet            (£14.00
  • Jewel Eye Shadow in Blue Sapphire   (£13.00)
  • Jewel Eye Shadow in Black Diamond (£13.00
Total Value £267.00

I never value the bag or box a set comes in because to me that's always an added bonus and not something I would buy alone, it's my special prize for buying the makeup - however I have seen a similar style case in my local chemist and it cost €34.00.

The box is faux suede with silver details and hot pink interior.  All in all it's simple, classic and the case is very sturdy.  Ill so you pics of the products and do the quickest review ever on them.



On the top row neatly encased in protective foam is the Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Stingray. I adore smudge sticks - they make lining your eyes so simple.

Passion Fruit Crush Lip & Cheek Stain - these are so handy for throwing in your bag and perfect for summer.

Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Line - I was supposed to do a post on these liners (there will be one coming up when I locate my other colours from the "safe place" where I put them). If you like to line your eyes you need one of these in your life, it's really as simple as that.  They create a perfect thin line on my titchy lids but you can also create a thicker line -marker style liner perfection. 

Stay All Day™ 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm  - Victoria Beckham is a huge fan of this product and if it works for her notoriously dodgy skin I can see myself becoming a fan, I am only testing this out but it's basically a BB cream, so perfect for very light coverage but I deffo need something stronger for under my eyes and for the many odd spot or two- it smells divine.

Convertible Color in Lillium - beauty editors rave about Convertible Colours for a reason they are flipping brilliant, I love to dab some on my cheeks and lips for instant perfection.  Not my favourite product for winter but generally not off my face during spring and summer months  AH MAZ ING

Custom Color Blush in Self-Adjusting Pink - I am not really sure if this adjusts to every body's skin like it promises (it adjusts to the skins ph balance) but it is pink, really pink. What's lovely about it is the blush can be applied quite sheer or layered for a pretty and vivid pink - very pretty and a new favourite.



The second layer is kind of special - really special.  It has the In the Garden Eye Shadow Palette (which also includes a how-to look book and a Smudge Stick in starfish). Now if you have been living on the moon or under a rock you might not realise that Stila have some pretty impressive shadows, not only are they incredibly pigmented they are also smooth and buttery soft - basically they rock.

If the palette wasn't enough there are also two of the Jewel Eye Shadows in Blue Sapphire and Black Diamond.  If you like a bit of sparkle and glamour these are they way to go, they add sparkle and shimmer.
All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Bronze Shimmer is beautiful natural highlighter which will perfect for the summer - gives you a beautiful Victoria's Secret style glow.


The final layer starts off with two of Stila's award winning Lip Glazes in the shades Grapefruit and Gleam, these are pretty easy to use products which have a subtle flavor and amazingly the Grapefruit actually tastes like grapefruit. 

Next up is two of the Long Wear Liquid Lip in Muse and Caprice - Muse is a beautiful neutral shade and Caprice is possibly one of my favourite lip colours ever (of all products in the world).  These are long wear lip products and they manage to do this without being drying or harsh on the lips.

Even more eye products with two Smudge Crayons in Midnight Blue and the simply stunning Pink Violet - these can be used as a liner or as an eyeshadow - be careful not to over apply the product because that can go horribly wrong.

Last but not least is the Major Major Lash Mascara in black-  mascara is the only product from Stila that ever leaves me underwhelmed so I am excited to put this one to the test. 



So it's a pretty massive amount of products which I am having great fun playing with and thoroughly enjoying - some of the products are already favourites but I am finding new favourites and lets face it that's what buying a set like this is all about. 


Now in case that wasn't enough pictures I have a few more below of specific products.

AHH there is a reason why Long Wear Liquid Lip in Caprice is my favourite lip colour EVER just take a look at it ...... I'll wait.  Are you back? Isn't it pretty? It's bright and pigmented and has a pretty gleam, the shade lights up my whole face and I think it's stunning (So much so I bought one for my pal for Christmas - see if you're a friend of mine I press Stila products on you, its what I do)


Long Wear Liquid Lip in Muse  - sorry I am a bit washed out in the main picture - I usually don't like natural or nude type lip colours but I really like Muse.


Eagle eyed peeps out there will realise that I already have the In The Garden Palette- (fear not I have a great home planned for this palette) so if you would like to read my original post (here), but I have included some pictures and swatches.





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