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I'm a bit of a junkie when it comes to nude / natural shades of blush so when I saw a duo compact featuring two perfect colours of Stila's "Convertible Color" I couldn't say no, even though I hadn't tried anything from that brand before.
This lipstick and creme blush in one claims to be 'irresistable' and is constantly featured in magazines as a 'best beauty buy' or a 'must have product'. With tall claims like those, you don't expect to be let down so I was happy enough to spend the £13.50 on it. (My duo was limited edition and slightly smaller than the regular compacts which retail at £17.64 currently).
This 'versatile favourite' promises brighten both the cheeks and lips with creamy, pigmented yet translucent colour. The sheer tint claims to add an 'inherent glow to the cheeks' whilst giving lips a juicy splash of 'radiant colour'. A must have in every Stila girls kit!
It is currently available in nine different shades, though some shades are seem to be a little harder to come by than others:
Camelia - A Natural tan shade with warm brown undertones. Gives a lovely beachy look once applied. (Especially on tan skin).
Fuschia - Exactly that! A bright, neutral-cool pink shade that looks great on the lips.
Gerbera - My favourite, Gerbera is a bright, flat yet glossy peach shade that brightens my complexion and looks great on the lips for a nude finish.
Gladiola - A true, bright orange shade with some coral.
Lillium - A neutral, dirty rose, nude shade. Probably my second favourite out of those I have tried. Versatile and easy to wear.
Peony - Similar to Camelia, only slightly warmer, lighter and more pink toned.
Petunia - A gorgeous, light coral pink colour. Brightens up warm complexions and looks lovely and fresh on lips.
Poppy - A bright, true almost brick red. Looks great on darker skintones but not for me.
Rose - Another red. This one is deeper with more rosey / plum bases.
They are packaged in cute compacts with a delicate flower pattern embossed on top. The colour of the compact reflects the shade inside and there is a small mirror inside the lid which is great for applying on the go or for touchups.
You can apply in many different ways. Although Stila themselves tell you to 'tap onto cheeks and press onto lips', I much prefer using a brush or wedge sponge when using on cheeks. I tap a large fluffy blush brush onto the surface of the product before buffing into the cheeks. For wedge sponges I apply similarly, but to blend I simply dab the sponge around my cheeks gently until all visible edges are diffused.
For using on lips I line my lips with a matching shade of liner before using my finger to press it onto them. I find it a little tricky to apply these neatly to the lips as they just tend to sit on the surface, settling onto fine lines, so I find myself having to apply quite a lot of pressure to even it out.
So how does it look? On cheeks it gives me a fresh, healthy glow that powder blushes cannot achieve in my opinion. However I do not like the way it stays tacky for a while after applying... it almost makes me feel grubby! But that can be fixed by a very light dusting of finishing powder.
Once I've managed to apply it correctly to the lips it gives me a full coverage lip colour with a creamy, satin finish. It can be a little sticky feeling and drying though so that loses a star for me!
Overall - a nice, easy enough to use, multi use product that saves time and space in your makeup bag. Not the best blush or lipstick out there, but for the price you pay, the amount you get and the time it lasts you I'd definately say it's worth it :-)
On my quest to find the perfect blusher this was another one that came highly recommended from lots of friends and various celebs in beauty magazines. Stila's Convertible Colour is a multi-use make-up item, designed to use either on the cheeks or on the lips, and is a cream based product rather than the traditional powder or liquid cheek stains.
This comes in an adorable coloured metallic compact, about 6cm in diameter, with the lid embossed with the Stila logo and lots of pretty flower, and has a mirror inside the lid. Each compact contains 4.5g of the product. I love the packaging with these - really convenient to carry round to be applied on the go - the mirror means this is easy to do and the product is applied with your fingers so no need to be carrying round a brush with you. So far so good!
These come in 12 different colours all named after flowers - I have Poppy (a dark red, very striking and not for everyday) and Lillium (a soft pinky colour).
Application is easy - simply dab your finger onto the cream and then smooth onto the apples of your cheeks, blending carefully. The colours are very highly pigmented so you only need the tiniest bit. To apply to lips, I apply this and then a slick of clear lipgloss or Vaseline over the top as they have quite a matte finish. The cream blends in easily and has a slightly waxy feel and gives a lovely natural looking flush.
I don't find that these have much staying power at all - the colour will be gone in a couple of hours. This seems to be down to the waxy consistency but I would expect more given the price of this product. I assume this poor staying power is the reason why Stila have come up with such a great design to apply it on the go! I also find that this doesn't work too well on my lips, even with a coat of Vaseline over the top it seems to dry them out a bit and the colour which works so well on my cheeks looks a little odd on my lips. Stila also bill these as being able to use on your eyes - personally I'm a bit loathe to use a pink colour as eyeshadow, but I've tried this with a more brown shade and it was a disaster - the waxy consistency made the product clump around the creases in my eyelid - not attractive.
Stila Convertible Colours cost a massive £23 each - really not worth it when you take into account the fact that they have to be reapplied so often that they don't last long (about 6 months) You can buy them from branches of Space NK, Liberty, or online from www.hqhair.com
this stuff goes on like a dream! its best smudged on with fingers, all over your cheeks.
It seems to go along way- its nearly been a year since I last bought mine, I wear it about 3 or 4 times a week every week, and I still have about half left!
The colour range is fantastic, for best results, visit a Stila Counter as they will direct you to the best counter, its worth it, the colour that suits your skin will really flatter you.
It gives a matt result, though mixed with a little moisturiser can give a slight glossy effect which also looks good- very natural.
It is expensive, around £25 depending where you shop- watchout for people selling minitures on ebay, yu thnk your getting a good deal, then it arrives 10 times smaller then you though it would!
The full size convertable colours have mirrors on one side of the case, this is excellent for application as the mirrors are clear and easy to look though as the hinges on the case allow it to open wide.
I have never been a powder blusher kinda girl - I've always gone for cream blushers - and up until recently I had been using a Mac cream blush. Recently I used this product up and decided I wanted to try something new, and after reading in a magazine that Alexa Chung used Stila Convertible Colour in Petunia, I decided to give it a whirl. Oh, what a slave to celebrity endorsement I am!
I purchased this from my local Space NK store for £18, which is a rather hefty price to pay. However, dooyoo reliably informs me that the product is available online for half of that price.
The product comes in a shiny pink compact - a little girly, but very pretty. There is a reasonable amount of product there so I think that you're getting quite good value for money. I've been using it every day for a month so far and have barely made a dent in it. Depending on how liberal you are with it, I reckon it would last at least 6 months (probably longer).
The colour is a peachy coral pink, and I would say it is best suited to those with olive skin, or those who predominantly have yellow undertones to their skin ; it counteracts the yellow which can often make you look sallow, leaving you with a fresh and perky looking complexion.
It is easy to apply with your fingers and it blends in nicely - not at all patchy. The colour lasts well on your skin, and I've only found myself needing to reapply it when I've been in really warm environments - gigs for example. Because of this, the product is probably more suitable for dry skin; when your skin gets oily, it tends to slip off more.
This product can be used on the lips, too. While I've found that the colour is flattering, it tends to be more drying on the lips. I would recommend that you wear it in conjunction with a lip balm or lip gloss.
Overall I'm pleased with this product so far - the colour is flattering, it hasn't caused me to break out, and it stays on well. There are a few colours available so perhaps you should go to the shops to see which colour suits you best, then buy online. If you do this, you won't have to pay so much.
Stila's Convertible Color is a 'two in one' cream product that can be worn on the cheeks and lips. At the moment, it is available in around 11 shades which include pinks, peaches and brown tones.
The Convertible Color comes in the prettiest circular plastic compact (around 6cm across, and just over 1cm in depth). The colour of the compact depends on the shade of the cream product inside, but the lid of each compact says " Stila Convertible Color" and has pretty flower drawings scattered around in the same colour as the compact. Each Convertible Color compact contains 4.25g of product.
Stila's Convertible Colour really is a great product for when you are on the go. Firstly, because it can be used on the cheeks and lips, it saves space in your make-up bag. Secondly, when you open the compact you will find that the inside of the lid contains a decent sized mirror which is very handy. Thirdly, the product can be applied using only fingers so there is no need to carry around blusher/lip brushes. The compact is sturdy, so there is not much risk of breakage, and as the cream is solid in the compact anyway, there is no risk of the product leaking.
The cream product is very easy to apply. As I have dry skin, I like to moisturise before applying it on my cheeks. To apply, you dab your finger lightly onto the surface of the solid cream in the compact. As the colours are very pigmented, you only need to use the tiniest amount. You then apply to the cheeks using your finger. I like to smile and apply to the apples of my cheeks for a natural flush of colour. The cream goes on smoothly and is easy to blend.
To apply on the lips, I like to apply a lip balm or clear gloss first, and then swipe my finger across the surface of the solid cream. I then apply to my lips for instant natural colour. Again, it goes on smoothly, however, without applying any balm, it can be drying, and the colour will be much more intense.
The staying power of the product is very good on my cheeks (it lasts all day), and on the lips is the same as the average lipstick (it lasts slightly less time if you apply with gloss, as glosses tend not to last as long).
The colours that I own are 'Gerbera', 'Petunia' and 'Peony'.
'Gerbera' is a gorgeous peachy colour. It looks very bright in the compact, but applied lightly gives a subtle peachy glow.
'Petunia' looks like a very shocking pink in the brightish pink compact, but please do not be put off by this - it is a very natural pink when on the cheeks and lips. Remember, you only need to use a light dab - a little goes a long way!
'Peony' is a peachy-rosey-brownish colour, which comes in a mauve/purple compact. Again, it is very natural looking.
I now have my eye on Lillium, gorgeous pinky-peach! (you can never have too much make-up!).
I paid £23 for my Stila convertible colors, but I think the price of Stila has gone down in the UK now, so they should be less than that. They are expensive, but worth it. As you only need to use the tiniest amount each time, they will last for a very long time!
I wouldn't say that they are 'truly all purpose' because they are only recommended for use on the cheeks and lips (they don't claim to be all purpose, but a 'two in one' product).
I definitely recommend Stila Convertible Colors! Stila cosmetics can be found in some department stores.