Product Type: Stila makeup
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Stila Lip Glaze
Member Name: redhead78
Stila Lip Glaze
Advantages: Great range of colours, gives nice colour and shine, non sticky
Disadvantages: Difficult to control amount used, have to apply accurately and evenly, cost
One item I found lurking at the bottom of the drawer was a tube of this Stila Lip Glaze which I've had for years. Since I found it I've been using it again and I can't really understand why I relegated it to the drawer. I can only assume that I bought it before I discovered my Mac lipgloss which rapidly became my favourite and took the number one spot in both my makeup bag and handbag. But now that I've found this Stila one again I could well be tempted to buy another in future...well, put one on my christmas list maybe!
As it's so long since I bought this I have no idea where it came from but in those days I did buy most of my beauty products from a large city centre Boots and a quick look on their website shows that they do sell Stila Lip Glaze so I will assume that I bought it there. As it is quite a well known brand of cosmetics it is quite widely available though and, obviously, with the days of the internet it is very easy to get hold of, although this is one product that I think would be difficult to buy online due to colouring issues, but more of that later.
The Boots website, and several others, have this selling for £15 currently so at that price I'm pretty sure I would have waited for a triple points weekend to make the most of my purchase. It's available in a staggering 29 shades so there should definitely be something to suit every skin tone and taste.
The lip glaze comes in a pen type style. It's in a clear plastic tube with Stila Lip Glaze written across it in black and also some details for the company. I hesitate to say contact details as it's really just a list of cities they have offices in. On the base of it there is a little sticker which tells you the name of the shade (star fruit in my case) and that's pretty much it as far as product design goes. I like it though, it's simple and yet stylish and has a quality feel about it.
The lid pulls off easily to reveal an applicator brush which you use to apply the glaze. To get colour onto the brush you have to twist the bottom of the tube and this pushes colour up, coating the bristles of the brush. The brush makes it easy to apply the glaze accurately and it's not so small that it ends up taking you ages to apply it.
One thing I don't like about this method of application is that it's very difficult to control the amount of glaze on the brush and several times it's looked like nothing was coming up through the tube only for me to find out that when I put the brush on my lips there was actually loads of glaze hiding in the bristles and consequently my lips ended up coated really thickly. Once the glaze is on the brush you have no choice but to use that amount really and numerous times I've ended up having to actually blot my lips (not what I would expect to have to do with a lip gloss) and so have wasted quite a lot and for such an expensive product this is very disappointing.
As I said, the glaze is available in 29 different colours ranging from barely there nudes through the entire pink spectrum through to browns and purples. Most of them are named after fruits (eg berry, guava, mango, watermelon) or other food products (vanilla, bubblegum, praline) and the one I have is called star fruit. Online this looks like quite a pale pink colour with quite a lot of brown in it, but in actual fact it's actually quite a vivid bright pink (not one that I would ever choose nowadays), hence why I said earlier that it's probably a product you're best buying in person rather than online, unless you already know which colour you want.
On application the colour of star fruit is actually nowhere near as bright as it looks like it will be judging from the colour of it in the tube, which is a relief as I tend to prefer much more neutral shades with makeup, especially on my lips. It adds quite a lot of colour to my lips but it's a natural looking colour which just makes them look healthy and rosy rather than fake and caked in product. You do have to take care with this glaze to apply it evenly as it does give coverage bordering on that of a lipstick rather than a lip gloss, so if you apply it unevenly it is really visible.
I really like how this glaze makes my lips look really shiny and normally with things like this that would mean that your lips felt sticky and gooey, but not with this one. Immediately after applying it they do feel slightly tacky, but after a few minutes this wears off and they're left just feeling glossy. I find that once applied it lasts a couple of hours on my lips before I have to think about giving them another coat, which is quite decent for a product like this and is also quite useful as it's not like a lip gloss that you can just sweep across your lips without really thinking about it - I, personally, have to pay attention when applying this and use a mirror to make sure it's applied evenly and accurately.
Overall I'm really happy with this lip glaze and can't understand why I relegated it to the overspill drawer. Although I would hesitate to buy another purely based on the cost of it, I would definitely have it on my christmas list should some generous person want to buy it for me as a gift. I like that there is such a good range of colours, I like the way it makes my lips feel and look - giving colour and shine without giving a sticky feeling or a really heavily made up look and I like the simplicty of the packaging. What I don't like is the lack of control with the applicator brush and the fact that you can't apply it very quickly and easily, it almost needs applying like you would a lipstick. For these reasons I don't think it quite deserves the full five stars but it's a well earned 4 from me.
Summary: A very nice lip "glaze" that gives colour and shine in a natural looking way