Not a very big Stila fan, I recieved one of these Color Balm Lipsticks as gift. The packaging is a nice silver bullet that looks and feels higher end as it should for the price. Goes on feeling like a light balm but is definite full coverage highly pigmented lipstick. As a bit of shine, not as much as a gloss as Stila claims, I actually wouldn't mind a little less shine but for what it is, this lip product looks really moist and creamy on lips despite it feeling moist but not so much creamy. The thinner texture is not given away in its appearance which is kind of cool.
The color I have, Sonya, is described as a dusty merlot. At least on me, that description is deceiving. It is actually a cool pinky berry shade and is a shade that manages to make teeth look whiter which is an added bonus. It is a very clean and fresh looking color, with no shimmer.
The wear on this particular shade is fantastic. It lasts for hours and once touched up it seems to wear even longer. The color fades mostly evenly when it does start to fade and leaves behind a nice stain.
The downsides of this? A bit pricey. The peppermint scent ( I am just not a fan). And finally the fact that it does get a little drying on my lips as it wears on, which totally negates the whole color BALM thing. After an hour or so the thinner texture starts to feel a little drying.
But overall it is a good pigmented lipstick and I would be interested in trying other shades.
I have the colors Betsey & Elle, Betsey is a gorgeous bright bright pink, with a strong blue undertone, I love it the color, Elle is also a gorgeous corally pink that leans very pink & without any orange, none & seems very similar to MAC's Viva Glam Nicki .....but the shape of these lipstick, round why would you make lipsticks round? my lips are semi full & I have a hard time with precision applying these lipsticks & no I don't like to apply my lipsticks with a lip brush...way to much work + Elle is so dryingggg my lips literally feel & look like raisins after applying Elle, Ugh in summary @ $22 +tax each, I would not repurchase, gorgeous colors...but raisin lips are not cool.
I got this in the shade Elle and the color is really cute! It's the perfect shade of pink (not too bright) and it really matches my skin tone (i have fair-medium skin). I also love the minty cooling feeling it gives my lips. However, I noticed that it makes my lips look quite dry, though i've never had a problem with dry lips before so i normally wear this over lip balm.
I figured this would be a high-end dupe of Revlon's lip butters. It's FAR better! The formula is rich and moisturizing: my lips feel great wearing it! It also has something in it that feels cooling, so I can wear it over chapped lips. The coverage is more than a balm, yet it's not thick or opaque. It also wears pretty well for a balm. And it's not sticky at all!
I have this in Shari and Vivienne. These are both earthy cool colors that look fantastic on my skin tone.
The steep price tag is a bit of a downer, but overall this is worth repurchasing.
Super cute! I use it as my everyday lipstick. Its a little drying tho make sure to wear some lip balm underneath.
I have this in Betsey and I LOVE it!
I'm a huge fan of MAC's Candy Yum Yum but it is so drying and to me, this is a dupe but it's nice and moisturizing and never dries my lips or accentuates flakes or cracks. Love it!
this is without a doubt, a pricey coloured balm but really its stila and a higher price is to be expected. i purchased evangeline wanting a daily kind of colour. it smells minty and feels cool on the lips. the balm glides on smoothly and isnt sticky. it tastes nice and lasts decently. the colour is pretty and natural. the packaging is a slim silver container that is pretty but nothing remarkable. i would repurchase. id like to try the brighter shades soon too
The best thing I love about my lip balm is the color - I got the Valentina (orange poppy, which is a red-orange). My only critique is that I don't feel that it is moisturizing enough. I always combine it with another plain balm. Nonetheless, the variety of "poppy" colors is a winner in my book!
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!