No surprise that I have another review coming at you from my Boxing Day Haul. Heck, I bought so much I have enough products to not buy any more for quite some time and still post plenty of reviews! One of the sets I picked up for a total steal is the Stila Backstage Beauty Icons Set, which only cost me £20 in Boots and contained many of Stila’s top products – none of which I’d tried before. It would’ve been rude not to try out some more products from a brand I truly love!
Containing a full sized mascara, a cream blush, a full sized pencil eyeliner and a liquid lipstick, it’s a great starter set to introduce you to the brand. I flipping love everything I’ve tried from Stila so far so for £20, it was meant to be (still available, but back up at the full price of £45).
The Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara (RRP £18) is an all-in-one lengthening, volumising and curling mascara. I love fibre mascara wands and this has just that, along with an hourglass shape. I have relatively long lashes but they’re thin and very straight so require a lot of work to make them look like something. Urban Decay Perversion is my favourite mascara at the moment, but this has a similar effect. With this mascara, my lashes fan out, they look fuller and they hold a curl for a decent length of time.
If you own the Stila In The Light Palette (one of my all time favourites, and I’m so sad that this has been discontinued), you’ll have also received the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Damsel (RRP £14.50). I unfortunately didn’t get to try mine as the deal was that if my mum bought me the palette, she got to keep the eye liner as she was after a brown eyeliner. It was a great deal for me! However, since I own the Stila In The Garden Palette and the Stila In The Moment Palette, I have tried the smudge sticks in Starfish and Tetra. From experience, whilst the smudge sticks are beautiful to begin with, they dry out very quickly and therefore I wouldn’t pay full price for them. However, this will be a great back up for when I run out of my current brown pencil liner.
If you read my posts during blogmas, you’ll know that I am in love with the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks (full size RRP £16) which comes in a deluxe miniature in the shade Dolce. I’ve previously written about these lipsticks here and here, and the quality of this shade is no different to the others that I’ve tried. Dolce is described as a nude cinnamon sheen, and that’s a great way to think of it. It’s a deep dirty peach which dries down to give a slight sheen due to teeny tiny glitter particles. Some liquid lipsticks can make your lips look flat, but these liquid lipsticks do not have this effect at all! They last all day and are superbly comfortably, and I can’t wait for the weather to warm up just a little so that I can get more use out of this.
The final product in this set is a deluxe sample of the Convertible Colour Dual Lip & Cheek Cream in Camellia (RRP £16). On the lips, this leaves a your lips but better sheen, and on the cheeks this gives a natural flush. I never wear cream blush but this year I want to try to get into it, so I’m sure I’ll give this product more of a chance in the warmer months when the colour is better suited to the season.
I think Stila is an amazing brand that doesn’t get enough love in the blogging community outside the liquid lipsticks. Treat yourself to some Stila and give it the recognition it definitely deserves.