Thursday, 30 May 2013

Stila Colour Balm Lipstick: Valentina

After spotting Valentina on Emerald Eyeliner, I added it to my wishlist (post HERE) along with Stilas Convertible Colour trio..neither stayed on the wishlist too long. I hummed, I hawed and I eventually bought both. I'm delighted I did as the Convertible Colour Trio (cream blushers- post coming soon!) have been a permanent fixture on my face since and this gorgeous little tube of brightness is now my go-to lipstick for when I need a bit of a pick-me-up, you know, visage wise. 
The idea with the Colour Balm lipsticks is that they provide the full pigment that a matte lipstick would but with the added nourishing properties of a balm. I expected this to be similar to the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine (Review HERE) or indeed Revlon's ColorBurst Lip Butters but in reality this to me feels like a creme finish lipstick but slightly more glossy. 
Stila Colour Balm Lipstick: Valentina
The packaging is beautiful, that's a little mirror on the top- dinky!
Stila Colour Balm Lipstick: Valentina
The Colour! One swatch only.

Stila Colour Balm Lipstick: Valentina
This is again, just one coat lightly applied so you can see how pigmented it is. I just threw it on before leaving the house but it can be built up by properly applying two coats or using a lip brush.
Stila Colour Balm Lipstick: Valentina
And here t'is with two coats applied. Lovely.

The colour is just outstanding with this, a super bright orange/red, it really lifts the complexion and if it looks well on me with my pasty face then I'd imagine it'll look fantastic on those with a darker skin tone too. Being a glossier finish, this will need reapplication if you're going anywhere near food or drink but generally I have to do that with any lipstick this bright, unless I lash on a layer of LipCote, which I probably wouldn't do with a consistency like this. 
There are 17 shades in the range and are priced at £16. You can pick them up in Harvey Nichols or HERE on Stilas website, which offers free delivery to Ireland. Asos also sell the brand.

14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous colour looks amazing on you!

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    1. It's lovely, isn't it?! Such a great colour :)

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  3. Oh my that's soo nice!! Beauty Bay usually sell stila stuff and slightly cheaper than in store, also free delivery to Ireland x

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    1. Oh, great tip, thank you! I'll definitely be checking that out! x

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  4. OMG I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE! So so so so pretty.

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    1. Yes, yes you do. I'm also quite tempted by the crazy bright pink in the range!

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  5. Happy to inspire you this looks stunning on you ;) can't wait to pick up a few things from the summer collection

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    1. Thanks Mags! I'm really interested in the new countless colour pigments- so pretty! x

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  6. I <3 Stila! Lovely colour on you.

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    1. Thank you! I love stila too! Such a lovely brand! x

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  7. So, so pretty on you! It's a colour I'd see and be scared to buy because I'd figure I'd never wear it, but it's lovely on!

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    1. I'm just addicted to those super bright colours! I generally wear it with just black eyeliner and mascara so it balances it out a bit! :) x

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