Review: Stila Convertible Color (cheek and lip)

By Voxy  

Hey there vixens,

Work is eating me alive this week (unlike other weeks when it merely nibbles at me? … hmm, no, there are none of those weeks; I’m pretty much Prometheus with the eagle at this point) so I am a little off my blogging schedule. But I wanted to grab a second for a quick review of Stila Convertible Color, which I picked up the other day and really like a lot.

Theoretically, you can use these as either cheek or lip colors (hence the “convertible”-ness), but I find that on me they work better as cheek colors. OK, that’s skirting around the truth — the one I purchased looks terrible on me as a lip color. Really bad. Run-away-from-the-mirror bad. Because it’s lighter than my natural lip color, it looks more like I’ve put foundation on my lips. Maybe that wouldn’t happen with some of the darker shades, or on someone whose lips are less pigmented than mine. The texture of this product is basically that of a cream blush; you can apply with your fingers (which I don’t really recommend; too easy to make it spotty), with a sponge, or with a brush. I use a brush and then blend out the very edges with my fingers; it’s unlikely to spot there and the warmth of your fingers helps melt the product enough to blend it out nicely.

Here’s what I really like about them:

1. Just about any shade would have looked good on me. I ended up with the Lillium shade, which is a dusty coral-pink, but I tested all of the shades and I could have pulled any of them off. For a fair-skinned gal, this is unusual, so those of you with darker skin tones would probably be even more pleased.

2. The color lasts a long time. I would say it does not quite retain the intensity of a cheek stain, but it does last the whole day. It removes easily with cleanser but going out in the rain will not cause it to spot or wash off like powder blushes sometimes do. Nothing like coming in from the rain and seeing a pale streak running down your cheek where your blush used to be.

3. It is easier to apply than cheek stains, which is a big plus for anyone who is interested in this type of product but afraid to use cheek stains because of how quickly the color sets. So this is a really good intermediate option for someone who wants to try cream and gel blushes but needs a user-friendly product that will let you play with it a little before the color sets on your cheeks. It can also be layered nicely with powder blushes or finishing powders for an extra dimension of color or a soft-focus finish.

Definitely something you should check out if you want to start playing around with this kind of product. Swatch, showing color at its most concentrated at left, and then blending out to meet skin tone:


Stila Convertible Color: $25

Provenance: Purchased

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Fair. It’s pricey and I have a feeling I’ll go through it much more quickly than the Tarte cheek stains, which are $5 more but which will last forever.

Purchase again? Maybe. Something else may have caught my attention by then, and we’ll see how well it performs as the weather gets warmer (which, surely, it will do at some point?). At any rate, I have no objection to buying it again; I just might like something else better by then.

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)

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  1. avatar Inthelab
    Posted February 25, 2010 at 8:51 am | Permalink | Reply

    Aha, found it: Lilium. Yes, looks great as a soft, natural blush. Too light for the lips on me as well (even with lip liner).


  2. avatar Inthelab
    Posted February 25, 2010 at 8:25 am | Permalink | Reply

    OK, after looking at them on Stila’s site, I want Lillium, Gerbera, Peony, and Camellia. I have yet to find the one I have (I think one of my daughters may have found it first).


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted February 28, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I want all those colors too! I will be strong and wait. I’m glad you found your Lillium and still like it, though! What do you think of the wearlength? They do seem to lose a little bit of color as the day goes on, but they don’t disappear — but maybe your experience is different?


  3. avatar Inthelab
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Someone gave me one of these, I forgot the color. I should try it. I like the way it looks on you a lot. A natural blushtone.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted February 24, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

      They all seemed like you could make them look natural, and I seriously could have bought any of them, which impressed me a lot. In the end it came down to this one vs. one that was more definitively dusty coral, and I picked this one because I wanted a little bit of pink in there. I think the more coral one might be Gerbera? They all have flower names.


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