Monday, February 9, 2015

Makeup Review: Stila Convertible Color Palette

ProductStila Convertible Color Palette

Review: I bought the Stila Convertible Color Palette as a birthday present to myself, because I can't say no to the pretty shiny new things.  Plus, I've been pretty happy with everything I've tried from Stila. I have some of their eyeshadow singles, their Stay All Day Liner, Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick and a Covertible Color blush already... and probably some other things I'm forgetting, because I do that. Anyway, I like the blush I have, so why not buy a whole palette devoted to cream blushes that double as lipgloss/liptint?

I got my lovely palette on Wednesday and then got horribly sick with the cold/sore throat from hell. I am proud to say I managed to drag my ass to work on Thursday and even looked decent, largely because I combined some of these colors to make me look less like death. Success! People thought I looked normal and were all like WTF when I told them I was pretty sure flesh-eating bacteria was attacking  my tonsils. Seriously, guys. I sounded like one of the people on those scare-tactic anti-smoking commercials.

Aaaand back to being on topic: I think this palette is a solid investment. I love the packaging. It's beautiful and comes with a very nice mirror. All the colors are lovely. I use the brownish colors for when I want to look a little more bronzed and the rest for everything else. You can mix and match them for a custom blush and lip color as well, which is fun.

As for the product itself, I think it's a different formulation from the normal Convertible Color blush, because it's definitely more sheer than the one I owned prior. It kind of reminds me a bit more of the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee (god, that's a mouthful) in terms of how natural they look on the skin, and I don't think that's a bad thing. While they're sheer, they're buildable, and I don't need much to get results on my medium/olive skintone. They are also super easy to apply. The pans are small, so I just use a finger for application, dot on my cheeks, blend, and that's it! Takes a couple seconds. Also, wear time on the cheeks has been great for me so far. Put it on in the morning, still have cheek color when I wash my face at night. Oh! And my skin hasn't reacted to it at all, so that's another good thing.

My only real complaints about this palette are that I just don't like it as much as a lip palette and it smells like No. 2 pencils. The colors are pretty on my lips, but they aren't as long-lasting and they're just not as comfortable to wear. Having a palette of potential lip options is handy,  yes. But it's not something I'd use for lips every day because they're a little drying for me. Also, if I don't like the smell of the product, I'm less likely to put it on my lips, and my whole palette smells kind of like pencil shavings. It's not unbearable, but it's there, and it's not my favorite. Is anyone else having the same issue or did I get a rancid palette? I might do a return and swap at Sephora, just to see if there's a difference. But other than those 2 minor-ish things, I've been very happy with it.

To end my ramblings, this palette would probably be a handy addition to a makeup artist kit, but it's also fun to have and play with if you're really into your blushes or like a lot of variety. I would recommend it as long as you're not looking to use it primarily for lips instead of cheeks.

Rated Beauty Grade: B+

Price: $49 - it's exclusive to Sephora

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