Thursday, June 13, 2013

Stila Turquoise Smudge Stick - Festival of Color Summer 2013

Its Summer Makeup time and not just any Summer Makeup Collection, it's the flipping amazing Stila Summer 2013 Festival of Color Collection - ahhhhhhhh.  Deep breaths, deep breaths.....aaaand relax.  I am a child of the summer so summer makeup collections (and clothes and anything summery really) are my favourite collections. They are usually bright and full of colour which I love.  Add that to it being Stila, which you all know by now I am totally in love with, and we are in a happy relationship (sometimes. I'm sure they want to take out a restraining order against me but mostly its sheer bliss).  Excited Me DEFFO.

It was my birthday last week and himself picked me up some things from the Stila Summer Collection as pressies (now this is making him out to be the best thing since sliced bread when the reality is he said go and buy some of that makeup you like - I am a bit of a happy weirdo about my birthday and he told me "don't tell the makeup people it's your birthday" cause obviously he found my excitement about birthday and Stila a little embarrassing).  I'll show you the products as I play with them but one of my favourite things that I got and from the collection is the limited edition Turquoise Smudge Stick.

I am a huge fan of smudge sticks, they are fantastic eye liners that really last all day, they are self sharpening and can also be used as a eyeshadow (which I haven't done with this colour but will do it tomorrow).  I have quite a few smudge sticks in my collection and recently Stila have been introducing limited edition shades with their collections.  As you can see above the packaging represents the colour of the product which is great when you are just grabbing a product first thing in the morning.

The colour is bright and matte with no shimmer. If you're looking for a pop of colour here it is in all its glory.  I am really loving the whole Festival of Color Collection (worry not sweet Stila fans I will post on the other products soon) but the Smudge Stick in Turquoise is the stand out product and if your're looking for proof beyond the swatches below myself and Sile got to join some of my favourite beauty bloggers (Karen from Lovelygirlybits and Rach from Dolly Rouge) (on my flippin birthday how cool was that - I was so excited I jumped up and down outside so much my boobs escaped their bra) to preview the collection with Stila Pro Artist Martin Carter and while I already had this smudge stick both Sile and Karen (Lovelygirlybits) had to buy it - sure you couldn't leave something that pretty there.  Proof of its amazement is three beauty bloggers pushing each other to the till to buy it (we didn't push promise).

When I saw Turquoise Smudge Stick it remided me of Lancome Spring Liner Jade Crush from their In Love collection - as you can see from the swatch below (where Jade Crush is on the top and Turquoise is on the bottom) while they are certainly in the same family there is a difference and the smudge stick is almost more of a mint shade.  If you already have Jade Crush (which was also limited edition) you might not need Smudge Stick in Turquoise but if you're on the look out keep in mind that Jade Crush cost €17.27 and Stila Smudge Stick in Turquoise costs €15.00.

The Festival of Color Collection also has a Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Turquoise but I think that you get more intense colour from the smudge sticks but you can also tone them down or blend them out.  As you can see below I have a soft swipe of the liner on my eyes and this is what I have been wearing into work all week.  Stila have used similar looks on the runways of New York and London fashion weeks where they lined the lid with black liner and double lined with the colored liner, this works great to differentiate between your eye colour and the shade of the liner.  I happen to think a swipe of the liner is very pretty.

Stila Smudge Stick in Turquoise costs €15.00 or £13.00 which is great value for a long lasting product but it is limited edition as part of the Festival of Color Collection so if you want to grab yourself one pop along to the amazing Stila counter at Harvey Nicks Dublin (where I have poor Sue mithered with my madness), Cara Pharmacy in Sligo or where you can get free shipping (you can't beat that).

Above is a picture of me taken by Karen and she said its "Mags at her happy place" - and I was so enthralled by the make up that I didn't notice her taking the picture.  But we all look really happy and that's what Stila does to you.

Just when you thought my birthday couldn't get more amazing I got a Happy Birthday tweet from my beloved which included a picture of me AS A STILA GIRL.  How flipping amazing is that?  I am still gobsmacked and every time I look at the picture it brings a massive smile to my face.  She is even wearing bright pink lippy.  I may be one year older but I am a Stila girl - sure this has me floating on cloud 9.  You can probably imagine what my home screen on my phone is (ooo I could get it as a phone cover) I think its the coolest thing I have ever seen.  Thanks so much Stila.

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