I really like this product. I bought it for about $45 (which is a little steep for a coloured lip balm in my opinion but I thought I'd give it a go anyway) and was attracted by the colour Pink Violet because I've been looking for a lipstick like that. It is very moisturising like it claims, just like a lip balm, with a nice amount of pigmentation which can be built up, quite bright, and easy to wear throughout the day. The only thing I don't like is that it bled a little bit on my upper lip. Otherwise a really nice product.
Stila has upped its game on lipstix since the 90's. Many of you MUA'ers remember the lipstick whose package looked like Pillsbury dough and went bad in a year. I had one of those in a great nude color called Pixie, and it broke my heart to throw it away, even though I had to admit the silver paper case wasn't worth $16.
So out comes the Color Balm for $22USD, and it clearly purports to be a high-end answer to Revlon Lip Butter. I'm a big fan of the Pink Truffle Lip Butter, so I tried to find an equivalent in the Color Balm lipstick. I went with Vivienne.
--The color is indeed very close to, if not exactly the same as, Pink Truffle. That means it's a MLBB brownish rose. Who doesn't love that?
--The days of the Pillsbury tube case are over. This case is heavy chrome, and has the stila brand name cut out on the side of the tube with a plastic underlay indicating the product color. It feels expensive in the hand.
--The color does go on fairly smoothly and is well-pigmented, more so than a balm would be.
--The color goes on smoothly, but not as smoothly as Lip Butter, nor as smoothly as my dear departed smooth lipstick holy grails, EL Perfect Lipstick and EA Lip Spa...the gold standard against which all lipstick textures are measured.
--The formula contains peppermint oil, which some users may like but which I find irritating and unnecessary.
To the tube designers, I would make the suggestion to reverse the cutout and the name, perhaps on a rectangular block, so we can see the plastic underlay more clearly and therefore judge the color.
I'm taking a half-lipstick off for the peppermint oil and another half-lipstick off for the price. But still, four lipstix is quite enough to make me want another color!
This is now one of my HG lipsticks. It's very comfortable, color pigmentation is great, wears for quite a while and moisturizes really well. I prefer the rosiness of Vivienne but I want to try the other colors as well. If they were not $22 I would buy all of them!
These new lipsticks by Stila are amazing. I spotted them while browsing at my local Ulta yesterday. The packaging is adorable. It's a silver round tube with the word Stila printed in the color of the lipstick. There is actually a small mirror on the cap to apply your lipstick with. The color goes on ultra pigmented more like a lipstick than a lip balm. It has a cool minty taste and smell. I got mine in Valentina which is an orange poppy color. It's so bright and smooth! LOVE THESE. Look forward to buying more soon.
I love these new lipsticks from Stila. I never got to try their former lipsticks from the 90's, but when I was browsing Ulta I stopped to check these out. The tube (and lipstick) is large, shiny silver, and feels expensive. The Stila logo is etched onto the side of the tube, and inside of that it's the same color as the lipstick you've chosen. I think the shades are great, the tingle of peppermint is cooling, and they last a very long time. I don't notice a scent. These go on incredibly pigmented like a full on lipstick instead of a tinted balm. The shade I tested wore for hours and never faded or moved. Some people think the price is steep, but this performs like a higher end lipstick and not something you'd find at the drugstore.