Stila Lip & Cheek Stain Review

I got an email from the Stila consultant at Woolworths Canal Walk to say the lip & cheek stains had arrived, so naturally I jumped in my car right then and there – rioting mobs down the road notwithstanding – and went to test them all out. I decided on Coconut Crush and Passion Fruit Crush.

Lip and Cheek StainsAs you can see, the colour of the packaging is a bit deceiving as the colour of the stains aren’t necessarily related to the colour of their packaging. The coconut crush is more of a pink-bronze colour with a shimmer, and the passion fruit is more red than the peachy colour of the packaging.

For those of you who have read my past Stila reviews, you will know I have never had a bad thing to say. These are the first products I’m slightly disappointed in. My problem is the texture, because they are quite watery and sheer, so very difficult to apply to your lips with the brush. You get the same streaky effect demonstrated below in my unblended swatch. I would have preferred these tints in a different packaging to the click pen format.

They work much better on cheeks where you have the surface area to blend it out with your fingers. Their staining power is very good when applied to cheeks, arms and hands (I tested it out all over the place!) but it didn’t last on my lips beyond my next meal. It stained the drier bits of my lips but wore off on the rest, so as a lip product it isn’t my favourite. As a cheek stain, they work. The stain literally lasts all day, but washes off easily.

Lip and Cheek Stains Swatches

These two shades blend to a nice, very sheer colour. You can build them up or have just a light watercolour effect. The cherry one was similar in this respect. I also tested out the raspberry, and that had a much brighter pink stain which seemed a bit more difficult to tone down.

What I do love about them is the amazing smell. The coconut crush smells like coconut and the passion fruit smells like…wait for it…passion fruit. The fruity smell is quite strong, but I find it really cheers me up when I get whiffs of it through the day. Secondly, they contain actual extracts of the fruit they are named for, as well as vitamins and antioxidants.

They retail for R225, so for the price of two I could have bought a Chanel creme blush! Having said that, I’m glad I took the opportunity to test them out and add to the little Stila empire I am building in my makeup organiser. Even though they didn’t work on my lips, I think they will be a fun cheek colour option for summer.

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6 thoughts on “Stila Lip & Cheek Stain Review

  1. Pink Peonies says:

    I love that they smell like coconut and passion fruit! I am obsessed with anything coconut at the moment. These will be great for oily / combo skins too as they’re not too creamy from the looks of it. I was at a Stila counter (Woolworths) this past weekend but they didn’t have these in yet – boo! Will keep a lookout, thank you for the review. 🙂

    • Mother City Mom says:

      They would be great for oily or combination skin. They’re not creamy at all. They’re very liquid and dry down completely, almost like a dye or an ink stain would. Having said that, they are not drying, which is great. So for dry skin like mine they don’t make cheeks look patchy or show up dry areas. They are also not as drying on lips as typical lip/cheek combos. I think it is the benefit of the added fruit extracts etc.

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