With Halloween behind us (shoot!), it’s a straight shot from here to the holidays. For me that spells two things: 1) stretchy pants and 2) cute makeup mini-gift sets at Sephora.
I’d always wanted to try Stila Lip Glaze lipglosses before but never got around to it. Then, I saw the six colors featured in Stila’s new Shine On Gift of Glaze (special to Sephora, $28).
A regular, full-sized Stila Lip Glaze regularly sells for about $22, but the smaller mini-tubes that come with this six-piece set average out to $4.67 apiece — not a bad deal. Four of the shades are some of Stila’s currently best selling Lip Glaze colors; the other two are newbies, Raisin and Gumdrop.
- Grapefruit: a shimmery pink
- Apricot: a shimmery pastel peach
- Vanilla: a shimmery beige
- Brown Sugar: a shimmery golden brown
- Raisin: a shimmery golden plum
- Gumdrop: a creamy coral pink
Stila Lip Glaze in Grapefruit
Stila Lip Glaze in Apricot
Stila Lip Glaze in Vanilla
Stila Lip Glaze in Brown Sugar
Stila Lip Glaze in Raisin
Stila Lip Glaze in Gumdrop
Click Pen Casing and Brush Applicator
Full-size and mini-Lip Glazes come in click pen tubes with brush applicators. Twisting one end of the pen pushes the gloss up into the brush. I found the act of twisting the pen weirdly satisfying and got a little twist/click happy (it clicks as it’s twisted). Color leaked all over my desk, oops!
But as long as you resist the urge to over-twist, the gloss is really easy to apply with the included brush. I was even able to do it without looking at myself in the mirror.
Sheer Color, Great Scent and Shine… But a Little Drying
Being very sheer helps make these colors easy to apply, but some of them, like Raisin and Brown Sugar, barely look like anything at all because they’re so lightly pigmented.
While you have to look closely to see the color with some of these shades, you also have to sniff really hard to catch the scent. I think that’s a good thing, though, because I don’t like strongly scented or flavored lip products. Each one of these has a very light scent that matches its name (my favorite being Vanilla).
As for texture, the Lip Glazes have a shiny, thick texture, not sticky, that lasts about two and a half hours per application.
I’d give these an A if it weren’t for one thing — wearing them tends to dry my lips. The cooler weather may have something to do with it, but I think the Stila It Glosses are considerably more moisturizing and more highly pigmented as well.
Stila Shine On Gift of Glaze
Use: Affordable lip gloss and shine
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
Stila Good Deal
If you’re a fan of the Stila Lip Glazes, this set works out to be a great deal. The $28 set gets you six shades that would have otherwise cost $132 if bought individually at $22 per full-size tube.
Um, why are you staring at this empty jar?
Guess what? For first time in almost nearly 20 years of wearing makeup, I *finally* finished a jar of loose powder, yea! The honor went to Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($34). I dunno… I feel a weird urge to bronze it like they do with baby shoes and put it on display in my bookshelf like a trophy.
Have you ever finished an entire jar of loose powder before? Which one was it?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,