Review: Stila 24kt Luxe Lip Gloss Collection

By Voxy  

I have always thought that there isn’t much in this world that can’t be improved by the addition of sparkly rhinestones. (This includes toenails, by the way, and a summer pedicure is not complete without the application of a little toe bling.) And so when this little package of Stila goodness arrived from the fine people at HauteLook a few weeks ago, and I opened it up to find that the lip glosses were not just sparkly on the inside, but on the outside too, I squealed like a twelve-year-old girl who just won free tickets to a joint Miley Cyrus/Jonas Brothers concert. No, seriously, I did. You have no idea. Rhinestones are like girly crack to me.

Stila has carved out a loyal following (hmm, somehow that sounds more violent than I intended) for their various lip gloss products. Their signature Lip Glaze was one of the first products to use the clicky-pen delivery mechanism, in which you twist the container to make the lipcolor flow up through the brush-head applicator. This is not my favorite applicator style, but it seems to have caught on with lots of different brands, because now they’re everywhere.

This little set was a holiday item, but you can still find them around, and now for greatly reduced prices! Unless, that is, you buy it directly from Stila, in which case you will still pay full price. Don’t do that.

There are four colors in the set: Golden Charm (pale gold), Precious Coral (very pale peach), Radiant Sunset (bright reddish coral) and Vintage Merlot (rich berry). The two palest shades don’t have enough pigmentation for me to wear on their own, but they look great layered over matte or satin lipcolors. The two darkest shades are better able to stand alone, but I prefer to wear these as topcoats over other lippies as well. Each shade has some shimmer, but the particles are fairly finely milled and the gloss is not gritty. They are slightly sticky but not unbearably so, and wearlength is about average for a gloss. All told, these are fun ways to add a little shimmer to your spring/summer look, and at roughly $5 per gloss (if you end up paying $20 for the set, which Stila estimates is an $88 value), it’s a pretty low-risk investment. And if there’s a color here you don’t like, it would make a great stocking stuffer for the holidays…

Swatches!

Left to right: Golden Charm, Precious Coral, Radiant Sunset, Vintage Merlot

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Stika 24kt Luxe Lip Gloss Collection: $30 at Stila, but I bet you can find it for less elsewhere

Provenance: Purchased.

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): $88 price: Poor. $30 price: Good. Cheaper-than-$30 price: Excellent.

Purchase again? Are you kidding? It’s lip gloss with rhinestones! Bring on the bling, baby!

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

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