Stila Lip Glaze in Kaleidoscope

Stila Lip Glaze

I swithered about whether to write about this lipgloss for months and I’ve finally decided that I should. I got this in my Latest in Beauty advent calendar last year and didn’t think much of it. That and there’s a lot of controversy surrounding Stila as a brand (I won’t get into it here), so I cast it aside. When I was clearing out my stash I stumbled across it and decided to clean the brush and give the gloss another go.

On the lips, excuse the bad photography. It's super hard to photo your lips

On the lips, excuse the bad photography. It’s super hard to photo your lips

Kaleidoscope looks very pink in the tube, but this doesn’t really translate onto the lips. On the lips it looks more of a sheet pink with sparkle and can actually look fantastic layer over a pink lipstick for a bit of shine and sparkle. I’ve been teaming this with my favourite Benefit lippie and I have to say I am impressed so far. The colour is fantastic. The texture is quite sticky, but not in that horrible thick and sticky way that lipglosses can so often be. Your hair will stick to your lips with this one, but isn’t that the case with every lipgloss? In terms of longevity, I got a couple of hours max from this before another application is required. The flavour and scent of this is somewhat fruity, making it a joy to apply. What I really don’t like is the brush. The brush and twist mechanism sucks. You twist the base of the gloss to allow it to flow onto the brush, but I find it just pools and you get a massive blob on the brush. I don’t like it at all. I don’t really like lipglosses with brushes. The packaging is quite chic looking and sturdy though, so if you can get past the awful brush and throw it in your bag it will survive.

You can buy a 2.4ml tube of this in a massive 36 shades from Stila for £15. It is rather expensive for the tiny amount of product and I don’t think I would repurchase it. I will mention that the controversy surrounding stila has been in the animal testing department, which will put a lot of people off. I’m not here to pass judgement on a brand, I will leave that up to you.

What do you think of this gloss? Do you rate brush applicators or hate them like me?

International Box Swap Item 1 | EOS Lip Balms

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It’s been an absolute age since I blogged and I’ve really missed it. I was working loads of hours and just couldn’t face it. Some nights I didn’t get home until after midnight and would be back in at 8 the next morning, so finding time was difficult. I also had a little spell of feeling unwell, so figured a break would do me good. Anyway, it’s our compulsory 2 week holiday now, so I am going to enjoy blogging, nail painting and maybe a bit of cycling if my bike gets fixed today. I should probably get out of my pyjamas and take it to the bike store, but blogging is way more fun! I’m starting off with a short post today, so I can get back into things.

What better way to start off than with one of my box swap items from Brittany from the beauty deputy! If you want to see my full box swap, you can find the post here. I still haven’t finished all the food she sent me yet. I was super excited when I opened the box and discovered not 1, but 2 EOS lip balms. These aren’t the cheapest lip balms in the UK and I had always wanted to try them, but the price and the fact I could only find them online put me off. I’ve been using both of these everyday since I got them and they are a firm favourite in my stash. I must say that the passionfruit is definitely my favourite of the two.

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Out of the packet

The packaging of these is really odd, but eye catching. The balm comes housed in a small plastic ball in a colour relevant to the scent or flavour. The plastic is that matte rubberised stuff, which is my only complaint as it does collect dirt, dust and loose makeup in your bag. You can wipe it pretty easily though, so no biggie. I absolutely hated the blister pack these came in – it initially looked pretty, but I broke a nail getting them out of the really tight packaging. It did look pretty though didn’t it? The way they had designed the packaging to look like the lip balms were flowers. Very cute.

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The ball shape initially scared me, but it works well

Packaging aside, lets talk lip balms. These are fantastic. The smell is not too powerful – personally the passion fruit is my favourite of the two and the taste isn’t strong either. Once applied to the lips, these don’t leave you feeling greasy and nor do they dry my lips out. I find that these pack a good hit of moisture for around 3-4 hours and the design makes them super quick and easy to apply.

Told you it would be a quick one today 🙂 I just want to say a massive thank you once again to Brittany for sending me these and you should look out for more posts with mybox swap items in the coming weeks.

I really want some more EOS in my life, so what flavours can you recommend? Has anyone tried Balmi as they look similar?

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The Lip Product Addict TAG

 

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I was tagged by the lovely Soph from A Little Bit Soph to do this TAG and it sounded like fun, so I thought I would give it a bash. I’m not too much of a lipstick addict, but I love my balms 🙂 I put together most of my collection and took a photo and it’s pretty crazy how big it is. There’s a few balms and glosses missing, along with all my benefit tints. Maybe I am an addict? I thought I would include a few pictures in the post of my stash for interest 🙂

FAVOURITE LIP BALM / TREATMENT

Hands down this has to go to my L’Occitaine Lip Balm. I got this one as part of a gift set and I am gutted that they don’t seem to have it on their website? They have a slightly different version, so will be trying that out for sure. The balm makes a great base for under other lip products and is very moisturising beacuse it contains shea. It doesn’t smell or taste of much, making it great for men too.

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BEST EYE-CATCHING RED

Red lipstick does not suit me, so I don’t really own any true red lipsticks other than in palettes. I’m going to say my Urban Decay Scandalous Lip crayon from the anarchy face case. It’s more pink than red, but it does pack a punch and it quite bright. I’ve done some swatches here if anyone is interested.

BEST LUXURY & BEST DRUGSTORE

In the best drugstore category I am going to say The BodyShop. I adore their lip balms and lip butters and the tinted ones are not too bad either. In the drugstore category I have to also mention Maybelline. Over the years I have had so many products from Maybelline that I have loved, including the watershine gloss.

Best Luxury has to be Mac. I’m new to Mac, but I am in LOVE. So pigmented, creamy and doesn’t smell like playdough.

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BEST MAC LIPSTICK

I only have 2 to choose from, but I’m going to say Angel. This was my first ever Mac lippie and the colour is just so wearable. Swatches here.

THE MOST DISAPPOINTING

Oh gosh, this has to be makeup revolution. Okay, the lipstick was only £1 but it is horrible. The formula is just so dry and snags on the lips. I really didn’t like it, but I think I maybe got a dud as other bloggers seem to be raving about the lipsticks? Maybe it’s the shade I bought? Has anyone tried Makeup Rev lipsticks, comment below and let me know if you have.

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LINER – YES OR NO?

I tried lip liner twice. Once was from a now defunct brand and the other was from Inika. It was a disaster. I looked awful. Now I just don’t bother.

BEST GLOSS

Oh uhm gee. Too many. I love smashbox and I’m currently working my way through their minis, but I also love Bareminerals too. They are sweet and sticky, so not to everyones taste, but I love them.

SOMETHING EXTRA!

I thought I would mention Lush Lip Scrubs in here. I previously had the Bubblegum and now I’m giving the Popcorn version a whirl and although these are expensive, I love them. They really do help to smooth my lips. An honorable mention must of course go to the original nipple balm for lips. When you have mega chapped and dry lips, this stuff sorts them out!

I’m tagging:

Steph – Think Love Make Up

Effie – Stephanie Wright

Elegant Ageless Beauty

Tarika – CherryBlossom 15

Kavi – Kavi Chick 2000

Brittany – The Beauty Deputy

Victoria – Randomness I Like

Jordannah – Cats for Lifee

Let me know if you do this TAG, so I can read it. Would love to hear anyone elses thoughts on Makeup Rev? Does anyone else have as big an obsession with lipgloss as me?

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Bargain Alert|Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case|Swatches and Review (Picture Heavy)

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The Urban Decay Anarchy Palette

Every now and again, my other half will surprise me by doing something really thoughtful and sweet. It makes up for all the times he just thinks of himself, I don’t think he realises he does it sometimes. You may remember I posted about the Urban Decay Shattered Face Case a few months ago and how much I loved it. I really wanted to rush out and buy the Anarchy Face Case too, but refrained. I went for 5 years with just one handbag palette, so I couldn’t really justify buying this one. Fast forward a few months and I have the Anarchy Face Case, Shattereds edgier sister. I have now also convinced myself that I need all the Naked palettes and probably the electric palette too. I can’t see myself ever buying the electric palette as my raver days are long behind me (I still have a little rave to myself every now and again, especially if I am in the house alone). Anyway a few weeks ago I went shopping in Leicester with my other half and he took a blooming age in House of Fraser and I mean an age. Probably over an hour. I was patient and waited while he tried on a million t-shirts and pairs of shoes. Passing through Debenhams, I really wanted to look at the beauty section but normally he moans so I didn’t. In some twist of fate, we ended up leaving with a Mac Lipstick and this palette. I’m not sure what got over him…

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The Urban Decay Anarchy Palette

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The gorgeous logo on the palette

What Urban Decay Say…

‘Anarchy Face Case the all-in-one palettes for the most discriminating beauty junkies. The LIMITED-edition Face Case includes colors for your eyes, lips and cheeks, giving you all the essentials for a range of looks. Perfect for quick getaways, rushed mornings and last-minute invites to stay the night, this travel-size palette fit stealthily into your bag – making it easy to create a hot look no matter where you are. The double-layer compact keeps everything organized and prevents the shadows from mixing with the blushes and highlighter. Lift the lid to reveal the first tier, which houses the shadows, the lip color, the eye pencil and a big mirror. Delve into the lower tier and you’ll find the blushes and highlighter, along with another mirror.’ – Urban Decay

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Showing the 2 Layers of the palette

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The loose middle shadow

Packaging

When does Urban Decay ever get their packaging wrong? Although this isn’t quite as impressive as the Shattered, it is still pretty with the logo detailing on the front. I’m not sure if it is just me, but the plastic case doesn’t feel as sturdy as the Shattered and is slightly easier to open. It comes in a double layer layout, with two massive mirrors making it extremely great fro on the go application. I feel like this palette is definitely one for parties – the Shattered one does have shades that could be a day to night transition but this one is very sexy. The case is a bit more sophisticated than the Shattered, so I guess UD have anticipated that people will be carrying this around while all glammed up. Nice one UD, very well thought out. It is also really compact for the amount of stuff UD have packed in there: five eyeshadows, 2 powder blushers (which aren’t sold individually), a highlighter, mini eyeliner and full size lip crayon. Big thumbs up.

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The top layer of the palette

Eyeshadows

Crammed into this little case are 5 shadows, most of which are packed with glitter and a travel 24/7 eyeliner pencil. One gripe I have with these palettes is that the middle shade of shadow is loose in both this one and the Shattered Face Case. I figured it was just my Shattered Face Case and my bad luck before, but now I am starting to think that they just aren’t gluing the middle shades down properly. It’s not a big deal as it can be pushed back into place, but still annoying. Inside you get 5 powder eyeshadows:

Redemption: A deep gunmetal satin. This is a true dark grey and the texture is very smooth and silky. Pigmentation and wear time was excellent and I experienced minimal fallout with this one. This does have tiny particles of shimmer in it, but it is quite subtle.

Fray: A warm mauve matte. I wouldn’t necessarily refer to this as mauve, it’s more of an off pale pink if you know what I mean. This one takes a few layers to build up any sort of colour and I imagine on very dark skins this could look a bit ashy. The texture is really buttery and it applied like a dream. Makes a great all over shade.

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Redemption and Fray

Vaporize: Deep metallic grey-taupe shimmer. This leans a lot more brown than grey, but had really cool undertones in it and quite  a bit of glitter. This one was awful for product fallout and application was not as smooth as the first two. Pigmentation was very good and wear time with a primer was still 8 hours.

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Vaporize

Provacateur: Light metallic mauve with multi-dimensional metallic glitter. This one is jammed full of glitter and as it is pink kinda reminded me of something Barbie might wear? It’s quite a pale pink in itself, with the glitter being much darker. Pigmentation was great, but fall out was ridiculous. The glitter just goes everywhere and wear time suffers as a result. I think this one might benefit from a wet brush and I can’t see myself using this often except maybe for a party.

Revolt: Bright metallic silver shimmer with silver micro-glitter. This is a true silver colour, much like the colour of 10, 20 and 50p coins in the UK. Even in the pan it looked like a total glitter bomb and it did make a bit of mess, with some fall out, but nothing like it’s pink sister. Pigmentation of this one was a bit poor – I needed 3 or 4 swipes to get the pigmentation shown in the swatches. It is buildable, but I think I would use this over the top of a more muted shadow to add a little bling.

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Provocateur and Revolt

In comparison to its sister palette, the eyeshadows in the Anarchy Face Case are a little disappointing. I can see me getting a lot of use from Redemption and Fray, but the other 3 just had too much fallout to make a regular appearance on my face. Let’s hope the rest of the palette doesn’t disappoint!

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The pencils in the palette

Pencils

Perversion: Blacker than black matte 24/7 glide on eye-pencil. Wow. This certainly packs a punch. It is so incredibly black. The pencil in itself glides onto the lid without dragging or pulling and can easily be smudged out for a softer look. Wear time on this is incredible – 12 hours plus. The swatch on my arm has been there for a few hours and didn’t budge with soap and water so it looks like a cleanser job for that. The pencil is really really soft and easy to work with. I really like it and would probably buy this in full size when this runs out (it’s a mini and is 0.8g).

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Perversion eyeliner

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Perversion Eyeliner

Scandal: Bright metallic raspberry shimmer. This is definitely raspberry coloured and contains a little shimmer but nothing too noticeable. The pencil is really hydrating and can be built up for full coverage . I like to apply lip balm first, then this pencil and blot it off for a subtle hint of colour. I then top it with a gloss as I love a glossy lip. Wear time on this alone is good – around 4 hours and it partially survives eating and drinking. This shade is exclusive to this palette, but normally these pencils retail at £14 so if you like it, it’s worth buying the palette. Note that if you wear this alone it does stain the lips slightly – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if your out and about.

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Scandal lip crayon

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Scandal lip crayon

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The bottom layer in the palette

Cheeks

Fetish: A mauve-pink. This blush is a bit meh for me. It’s a peachy-plum colour with shimmer in it and the formula was quite dry and difficult to work with. I tried blending this out with little joy so be wary if your applying it to use a light hand. Wear time is not great, but not bad either. I got this to last for around 6 hours on my skin with a primer, but I really didn’t like it so have only worn it 3 times.

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Fetish Blush

Quickie: A bright pink. This colour looks gorgeous in the pan, it is so vivid and I was initially a little apprehensive that I would end up with clown cheeks. This blush has cool undertones and is completely matte and the pigmentation was amazing. This blusher is really, really soft but blends easily and wore for a good 8/9 hours. I’m really impressed with this one.

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Quickie blush

Craze: A pale gold shimmer. Me and highlighters don’t get on so I didn’t expect to like this one but I did. I love it! It is a yellow toned beige, with the shimmer we have come to expect in most highlighters. As with any shimmer, it emphasises pores if you use too much. It is very soft in texture and blends well. Where this really stood out for me was used on the cupids bow and brow-bone. Wear time was in excess of 8 hours for this, which I thought was impressive.

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Craze highlighter

Swatches

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From L-R: Redemption, Fray, Vaporize, Provacateur, Revolt

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Out of focus to show shimmer. From L-R: Redemption, Fray, Vaporize, Provacateur, Revolt

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Left: Perversion 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil
Right: Scandal Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Colour

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From L-R: Craze, Quickie and Fetish

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Showing the shimmer better. From L-R: Craze, Quickie and Fetish

Final Thoughts and Where to Buy

I definitely don’t like this as much as the Shattered Face Case, but I do like more than half of the palette so I guess it’s not too bad. For me the stand out products are the lip crayon, eye liner and the bright pink blusher. The eyeshadows are pretty disappointing by UD standards, but I think they will get some use come the party season.

This is currently on sale at Debenhams for £21 and they are offering free delivery on orders over £30. The shattered Face Case is also reduced to £21 and I would say buy it over this one, unless you love glittery eyes or really like the lip crayon (it is gorgeous).

What do you think of this palette? Are you tempted to buy it? Would anyone like to see side by side swatches of this and the Shattered?

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