Review: Stila Convertible Color Lip/Cheek Tint in Orchid

By Voxy  

Since I mentioned AllCosmeticsWholesale the other day, I thought I should follow up by telling you about something else I recently purchased from there, which is Stila’s Convertible Color for lips/cheeks in Orchid.

AllCosmeticsWholesale is a great place to look for not just standard, permanent-collection items (like the aforementioned Sigma brushes) but also cosmetics from older collections that are not available anymore in-store, on-counter, or via the brand website — and sometimes at below-retail prices. Case in point: this lovely convertible color, which is from Stila’s Holiday 2008 collection but which is still oh-so-worth-getting.

Like most cheek stains, Orchid looks pretty frightening in the pan, as in “excuse me, did someone accidentally fill this compact with grape juice concentrate instead of cream blush?” It looks way too dark and way too purple to be wearable on any but the darkest skin tones, but as with most other creams and gels, a light touch and blending can make this wearable for almost anyone.

I’ve really been on a cream/gel/stain blush kick for the last few months, mostly because I’ve been amazed by their lasting power and by the way you can build up pigmentation without looking like a bag of pink flour exploded in your face. Stila CC’s perform exceptionally well in this regard — all-day wear, sheer but buildable color, smooth finish, easy to blend (a brush is recommended, though).

On skin, Orchid is a deep, sheer raspberry color, similar to Tarte’s Blushing Bride cheek stain (so if you like the color of Blushing Bride but want something a little creamier or with a different finish, Orchid is worth checking out). Even though this is a product from 2008, its condition is as good as my more recent CC purchases — smooth and creamy, not dry, cracked, or separated.

The annoying twist here is that although this was in stock just a few days ago, it is now *out* of stock on ACW, which made me think about scrapping this post entirely. However, ACW’s stock changes often and I imagine it will be back in. At least, I hope it will, or I will look like an idiot. In the meanwhile, here is the link to the Stila page on ACW. They do have the full-size CC in Camellia, which is a permanent Stila product (not a LE holiday item or anything) for a mere $9.99 instead of the $25 you will pay for it at Sephora or on Stila’s own website. And I don’t have the receipt to hand, but I think $9.99 is what I paid for Orchid as well. So ACW is definitely worth checking out from time to time. They ship quickly and the packing is no-frills — bubble mailers with products wrapped in tissue, but I’ve never had any problem with product damage.

Swatch!

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Stila Convertible Color in Orchid: $9.99 via AllCosmeticsWholesale

Provenance: Purchased

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): I think I gave Stila’s CC’s a “fair” at regular prices. At this deeply discounted price, Excellent.

Purchase again? Yep.

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

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3 Comments

  1. avatar marigolds
    Posted July 26, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I agree, Relationalista. I wish I DID NOT KNOW about this place.

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted July 26, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Oh, well then I should *definitely* not tell you about —

      Nope. For your own good.

      (I’m kidding; I have no store or website in mind, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity!)

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  2. avatar Relationalista
    Posted July 26, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Permalink | Reply

    This is sooo dangerous! ACW will ship worldwide and prices on some items are really good. They have a lot of the MAC Slimshine lipsticks which have recently been discontinued and which I love (though not my favourite shade, Prudeaux, which I managed to snatch an extra of before complete disappearance, so I’m probably set for life). And I thought that trawling eBay for makeup deals couldn’t be beat as a time-waster…

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