Monday, June 9, 2014

Stila - Convertible Colour in Petunia - A Review

Lately I've fallen back in love with my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser, the dewy finish it gives my skin just goes hand in hand with humid showery evening. The SPF is obviously just an added bonus here. What I have not been loving however, is how the humidity has been affecting my pores ergo, the finish of my make-up.

It seems that lately whenever I wear my go-to Soap & Glory blush, by mid-afternoon it has taken to sinking into my pores leaving me looking as though I've gone a little crazy with the old blusher brush. Not really the most attractive of looks.
As such, I set about on a mission to find a reasonably priced cream blush. I'd never used a cream blusher before so had no idea how to go about applying and/or blending. As such, it needed to be something that would allow me a bit of time to work with it before setting ONTOP OF my make-up, not into my face.
As M&S were doing a 20% off beauty voucher, I headed in to see what I could spot, I'm normally a Boots girl but it's good to step outside of the old comfort zone every now and then.
They've recently installed a huge Stila stand in my local store and thought I should have a wee poke around.Their Convertible Colour Dual Lip & Cheek Cream was the first thing to catch my eye given it's super bright packaging. It actually reminds me of the Tarte blushes in that the colour of packaging matches the colour of the product inside. This in itself is pretty handy, sometimes it's a pain to open up lots of different containers to check what colour is actually inside.
Moving on, the texture seemed to be pretty blendable whilst I was swatching in store so I headed home with Petunia which is a pink coral shade and exactly what I was looking for. I think there were around 9 shades in total within the collection ranging from colour popping brights through to darker contour shades.
Having had a nose online, I noticed that you can apply this with fingers (win) and gently tapping the colour into your cheeks for a sheer pop of colour. Don't try dotting big blobs onto your cheekbone and then blending out like I did , it looked like I'd smudged something on my cheek as I don't think I worked it out quickly enough. The colour itself is highly pigmented so a little goes a long way, I clearly went a little crazy when a lighter touch was all that was needed. It's my first time, cut me a break.
Whilst it did take me a couple of attempts to get used to how to use this correctly (work the colour between your ring finger and thumb before applying GENTLY to your face), I really do like the colour pay off. When applied in the appropriate manner, one is left with a natural looking flush which sits nicely with products (such as the Laura Mercier) which are designed to give the skin a more luminous finish. Sometimes powder does look a little unnatural with luminous finishes and cream finishes just seem to sit nicer with dewy skin.
This didn't sink into my pores and was long lasting, despite things feeling pretty sticky up in London. There's nothing worse than make-up melting off your face. Oh, and in case you hadn't noticed, there's a wee mirror built into the lid making this ideal for touch ups on the go!
As this is a dual purpose product, I feel I should say that on the lips the shade was very sheer, but I did find it to be a little drying. Nothing that a lip balm wouldn't cure. Given that this isn't why I bought the product, I don't feel like this is the end of the world.
Have you used the Stila Convertible Colours? What did you think?


  1. I have just discovered cheek cremes and am in love! Of course, mine is a cheapo brand from the drugstore because I didn't want to splurge on a nicer product without seeing if I liked the creme method first. I really love the flush of color and that I can do a sweet sort of dollface cheek with them. The one I have is quite matte, so I like that you mention this one has a luminous finish. I also appreciate your pseudo-tutorial, as I've been smearing it on my cheek and then blending, blending, blending. I will most definitely look at the shades of this one next time I'm in Sephora or ULTA. I love a Barbie pink blush, and I've found I definitely prefer the creme to the powder. Thanks! :-)

    <3 Liz

    1. I really need to learn to give drug store products more of a chance, I reckon it'd save me a fortune, however, I needed something that I knew would withstand the heat and be up to the challenge.

      I've been reading a lot of positive things about a Revlon cream blush that's meant to be pretty long lasting.

      I think perhaps the only down side to cream products is that you need to blend very very quickly or you're left with a stain, I tend to be pretty slow and steady.

      I am finding the Barbie pink shades are really growing on me for the summer, they do look super scary in the pan but on the cheeks they look beautiful. I've stocked up on face wipes so I can go on a giant swatching session in Boots sometime soon.

      Feel free to let me know if you find any good drug store versions that I should check out! I'm always game for saving a $ or two.


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