First Impressions with Stila

I absolutely adore drugstore makeup. With brands like Makeup Revolution and Sleek on the Superdrug shelves, I think it’s awesome that amateurs and connoisseurs alike have access to high quality yet affordable bits and bobs. In the (not too frequent) past when I’ve been a little flush, I’ll admit I’ve avoided the high-end counters out of principle. Why should I pay £20 for something I can get for a couple of quid, right?

Well, I’m still human and I do have my weaknesses… and a girl’s gotta treat herself once in a while!

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I went for a little circuit round East Midlands Designer Outlet recently with my mum and ended up in the makeup outlet (because of course I did). Amongst the shelves and shelves of W7 products I’ve never even heard of before, I spotted a decent selection of Stila stuff in the corner, much to my delight, including a lovely little giftset of miniatures and a CC cream, something which has been missing from my makeup bag!

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I got:

  • Color Correcting Cream SPF 20
  • Convertible Color Cheek and Lip Creme in the shade ‘Camellia’
  • Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in the shade ‘Dolce’
  • Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in the shade ‘Spice’
  • HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara

I really like all the products I picked up, especially the Color Correcting Cream. It’s been an absolute godsend these last few weeks when it’s been so hot and humid and I haven’t wanted to wear a fuller coverage foundation. It’s a thin texture but reasonably buildable and gives a really natural, ‘second skin’ kind of look. It’s definitely a dewy finish, though, so I like to set it with a bit of pressed powder, which adds a little extra coverage as well.

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The Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is a really lovely colour, a kind of toasty cinnamon shade with a shimmery golden finish; it doesn’t really dry though, but it’s not sticky and it doesn’t dry to matte so it avoids that cracking that other liquid lipsticks can get after a while of wearing them. The Convertible Color is also a nifty little product to have as it doubles up for lips and cheeks; it’s a pretty, natural colour and the ideal shade for my particular colouring. It’s perfect for popping in your clutch bag for a top-up on a night out, and lovely for a “no makeup” makeup look.

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Admittedly I am a little less impressed with the eye products. The eyeliner pencil is handy to have if I ever need it but I’m not really a kohl kinda gal, so I probably won’t be using it that much. That being said, its’s beautifully soft and a lovely deep colour without being too harsh: it could smudge out really well for a softer, smoky kind of eye.

The HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara I was very excited about, and the immediate impression was that it didn’t disappoint. It’s very black, the formula is like silk, and the massive fluffy brush clings to every lash and makes them look wonderfully thick. However, it’s not waterproof so I can get that “slept in my makeup” panda-ish kinda look, particularly in higher humidity.

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Overall I’m pretty pleased with my purchases, not least by the outlet price cuts! It’s been really good to try out the high-end products, and I know I’ll definitely be repurchasing the CC Cream at the very least!

What’s your favourite high-end brand?

Juliet

I'm Juliet and I'm a twenty-something Creative Writing graduate based in the U.K. with a love of books, cats, and cosmetics.

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