Stila, Too Faced and TheBalm: A Wednesday Sephora Swatch-O-Rama

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stila too faced the balm sephora swatch o rama

I got a nice surprise when I stopped by Sephora after work today. Sometimes the store near my house takes a while to put new stuff out on their shelves (they also had holiday items out until MARCH), so I couldn’t believe my eyes when I spotted fall makeup from Stila, Too Faced and TheBalm (YES!).


Were they just a mirage? I wondered. I pulled out my camera to capture the photographic evidence. πŸ™‚

Stila Long Wear Lip Color ($22)

stila long wear liquid lip color

stila long wear liquid lip color

stila long wear liquid lip color swatches
Swatches from left: Firey, Caprice, Patina, Petal, Coral, Mauve

Stila Backstage Eye Shadow Palette ($28) and Stila Custom Color Blush ($20)

stila long wear backstage palette
Top row: Chiffon, Flamingo, Pacific; Bottom row: Luster, Poetic, Coal

stila custom color blush
Custom Color Blush

stila long wear backstage palette swatches
Swatches from left: Chiffon, Flamingo, Pacific; Bottom row: Luster, Poetic, Coal, Custom Color Blush

Too Faced Naked Eye Soft & Sexy Eye Shadow Collection, $35

too faced naked eye soft & sexy eye shadow collection

too faced naked eye soft & sexy eye shadow collection

too faced naked eye soft & sexy eye shadow collection swatches
Swatches from left: In The Buff, Pillow Talk, Like a Virgin

too faced naked eye soft & sexy eye shadow collection swatches
From left: Birthday Suit, Satin Sheets, Unemntionables

too faced naked eye soft & sexy eye shadow collection swatches
From left: Pink Cheeks, Lap Dance, Stiletto

TheBalm TimeBalm Liquid Concealer ($20)

the balm liquid timebalm

the balm liquid timebalm swatches
Swatches from left: Light, Light/Medium, Honey

I didn’t intend to leave with anything when I entered the store, but resistance was futile (isn’t it always?). I ended up exchanging Touche Eclat for the Stila Backstage Palette and a tube of TimeBalm Liquid Concealer in Honey… Let’s hope at least one of ’em moves makeup mountains (I’ll let you know).

Onward to Thursday! Hang in there. From here to the weekend, as Tabs would say, “it’s all gravy.” πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Vanessa H says:

    So many swatches!! I can’t wait for the concealer review πŸ˜€
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  2. Liz! says:

    Thanks for all the swatches! I was very intrigued by the Stila Custom Color blush….it looks super bright in the pan, but on your skin it looks like the Lilium color that I already have. But the Backstage palette looks beautiful!

  3. Karen says:

    Wowww after seeing your swatches of stila’s long wear lip color, I think I’m going to have to check them out. That’s bad news for my wallet =/

  4. Melissa W. says:

    Yay! Swatch party! The Stila long wear lip color looks soooo awesome. Man, I want all the new Stila makeup. How as the blush? Did it change color on you like mood lipstick? I like bright pink blush though, so I’ll probably try it. Can’t wait to hear what you think of your new items! πŸ™‚

  5. Glosslizard says:

    Very excited for your review of the new Balm concealer!

  6. Jennifer says:

    Can’t wait to read the review of TheBalm liquid concealer…just switched to the original, on your recommendation, of course! πŸ™‚

  7. recy says:

    can’t wait for the concealer review… πŸ™‚

  8. ohh man those Stila liquid lipcolors look gorgeous, especially the red one. I hope the liquid Time Balm is as amazing as the original. I’m a bit miffed that my skin is too tan to use my Time Balm right now. Gotta hurry up and pale down because I am not going to buy 2 shades of that. no no no
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  9. Lisa S. says:

    Oooo I have the Stila eye palette and the long wear lip color in Mauve. I also have the Two Faced palette. Love, love the eye palettes, jury is still out on the lippie. It has weird mask like feeling to it, but it could be my fault. The color is so matte that I threw some gloss over it which I think hurt the texture a bit.

    • Karen says:

      I was wondering how they’d feel on the lips. Do you do a thin or thick layer?

      • Lisa S. says:

        Well I didn’t think I put on that thick of a layer, but I’m gonna try again with a bit more of a careful application. I’m usually just a slap it on and go girl when it comes to lip color.
        I’m also gonna see if I like it a bit more just going without the gloss, which I really just dabbed onto the center of my lower lip anyway.

      • Karen says:

        Eek! So I ended up going back and getting a few tubes. I tried a very thin layer and it seems okay. I just hope it doesn’t dry out my lips, because the finish very matte!

  10. Celine says:

    I just picked up the Stila backstage palette today too. Really pretty colors!

    What did you think of the Custom Color Blush? I swatched it today and thought it was chalky looking. It’s supposed to interact with your skin pH for “custom blush” but I doubt such minor differences in everyones’ skin pH would change the color so drastically from person to person!
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  11. I have a couple of the new stila lip colors, but haven’t had a chance to try them out yet…been busy packing and cleaning…im moving to the east coast!! crazy!!
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  12. Rae says:

    *send e-hugs* Thanks for the swatches, my dear! I’ve been anxiously awaiting the Canadian release of the liquid timeBalm, so I’m quite excited for your verdict on the product πŸ™‚

    (And those Stila lip colours? Tdf! Mauve is just absolute perfection.)
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  13. Nika says:

    The watches are sooo beautiful! I really wanna try some of that Time Balm liquid concealer. Review soon please πŸ™‚

  14. Rachel says:

    Liquid TimeBalm?!? Can’t wait for a review of that. I’ve been using the potted one for the past few weeks and it’s fantastic. =)

  15. Agnes says:

    thanks for the swatches! those stila lip colors look amazing! SOOO pigmented! and i cant wait until your review for the liquid time balm!! i have the concealer and its the best ive used so far! but sometimes i get a tad dry so a liquid one would be perfect! πŸ˜€
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  16. Tiffany says:

    I, too, can’t wait for your review of the concealer!

    Love the swatch fest!

  17. Van says:

    I LOVE the Stila Eye Shadow Palette! I totally want that!!!
    Love all the colors, so bright and fun πŸ™‚ can’t wait to see the look you’ll rock with these shades Karen πŸ˜€

  18. Lee says:

    Hey Karen,

    I sooo want 2 try the Time Balm concealer…wait…i NEED 2 try it lol
    I was wondering do u know if its available in Australia anywhere? cos i cant seem 2 find it online anywhere πŸ™ unless im having a total thick moment lol

  19. Appu says:

    The stila liquid lipsticks look great Karen..waiting for your review on the concealer! πŸ™‚

  20. Lee says:

    Oh by the way heres a site u might find cool πŸ™‚
    its done every yr here through a couple of mags with readers choice and judge awards πŸ™‚

  21. Kim says:

    Good luck with Time Balm – I hope it works well for you!

  22. Kymberlee says:

    I can’t wait to hear your review for TimeBalm liquid. I am so in love with their original formula so I’ll be excited to see if the liquid measures up!

    • Karen says:

      The original is my fave too!

      Have you ever tried Bobbi Brown’s Corrector with it? It’s great for those uber bad dark circle mornings!

      • Kymberlee says:

        No, I haven’t tried it! I have tried a few things from Bobbi’s line and have been happy with them. I may have to try the corrector also.

      • Karen says:

        It’s great! I haven’t been sleeping well lately and mine have been pretty bad. I like to use it (I use Peach) in the inner corners before applying theBalm concealer on top!

  23. lo says:

    My mom was loving the Too Faced shadow collections during our last Sephora trip… I’m thinking Christmas present πŸ˜‰ I wish I hadn’t passed by Stila this time, though… those lip colors are amazing!

  24. mkdallas says:

    I love the look of the Stila lipgloss in the tube, but they look hella dry on your arm! Anyone out there done an actual test-drive on those? I’m all about super-pigmented lippies, but only if they feel good. Completely unrelated…after your review of the Wet N Wild Mega Last, I felt the need to hit Walgreens and purchase one. I got 902C “Bare It All” and darned if it’s not a great little buy! It looks fairly dark in the tube but is actually a great peachy nude shade. On the flip side, I also grabbed 900B “Pink Suga” and it was terrifying, lol…total dead person concealer lips on me. At 2.99 a pop, that’s OK, though.

    • Karen says:

      I couldn’t resist going back for a few tubes and ended up trying one this morning. It’s not as dry on if you use a thin layer. I’ll do a full review soon!

      I’m so glad that you found a WNW lippie to love. Not bad for $3, right?

      Let me know if you find any other awesome colors. πŸ™‚

  25. eileen says:

    those stila lip colors are gorrrrgeouss! and im totally diggin that too faced palette.. must.. resist… 😑 puahahaha

  26. Keener says:

    Yeah, I think I’m going to try a different Sephora on the weekend. See what goodies they have. I really don’t need anything but I’m still trying to track down the Naked Palette.

    I checked out the Custom Colour blush while I was there last and I wasn’t too impressed, thought it would have been the perfect matte pink. It was just a little underwhelming on me, but I’m sure it would look lovely on others.

    The palettes look good, I’ve swatched the Too Faced one last time as well (had my own swatch-fest) and it was very nice, but your swatches makes me want the Stila one.

  27. jenn says:

    woah, so many swatches! I’m really diggin’ all these awesome pinks for fall especially stila!
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  28. Redhead says:

    I can’t wait for the review of Stila’s long wear lip colors πŸ˜€ Fiery might be the perfect shade for show choir, since it’s a bright, opaque red and will last under hot lights, but I won’t know until YOU review it πŸ˜‰

  29. kali says:

    OMGosh -I must have Petal & Coral!! I have a Sephora gift card so hopefully my store has it in tomorrow.

    I wasn’t too fond of the Too Faced Naked palette -too many shades that I already have.

    P.S. Girl, you wrote Cora instead of Coral.

    Have a great Thursday! =)
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  30. Roxy says:

    OMG the new stila glosses look SO pigmented! I feel like Too Faced is trying to compete with UD’s Naked Palette but its not even close!
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    • Alison says:

      Funny you should mention that… I went to Sephora a few days ago to get the Naked palette, and they were sold out, so the SA tried to sell me the Too Faced one! I like Too Faced, but everyone has been raving about Naked so much that there was no way I was accepting any substitute!

      • Roxy says:

        The naked palette is definitely worth the hype! I heard Ulta has it in stores and online too! The Too Faced naked palette is defintely cooler and since I have a darker complexion I feel like it would look chalky on me =[ Plus it’s only $9 more for UD and like 3X the shadows!
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        • Alison says:

          Yep, I got mine in the mail yesterday from Ulta, and I also saw a few in one of their stores the other day. So far, I love it!

    • Karen says:

      There seem to be a lot of good nude palettes out for fall!

      The Too Faced one feels a touch cooler than Naked!

  31. knownever says:

    TheBalm’s powders are always so lust-able. those stila lipcolors are a close OMG second though!
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  32. Arianne says:

    I am sooo looking forward to your review of theBalm’s new concealer. πŸ™‚ I hope it’s just as awesome as the cream concealer.
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  33. Nina says:

    Eagerly awaiting your verdict on the TimeBalm Liquid Concealer … if its as good as the TimeBalm Concealer then count me in! πŸ™‚

  34. I love stila glosses,I see mauve & caprice in my future!
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  35. Sam says:

    Absolutely love the Stila glosses! Gorgeous, bright colors.

  36. Tana says:

    I absolutely hated Too Faced Soft & Sexy Palette.
    Fallout is terrible, and color payoff isn’t good even with primer πŸ™
    But I am ok with it consedering the fact that I am going to get UD’s Naked Palette right now πŸ™‚

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