stila lip glaze

Happy Review Day babes! And what a day it is!

This week I was torn between two glosses, as I thought I had a lock on what I wanted to write about. Until, that is, I actually got to Ulta and started poking around.

I was originally going to write about Smashbox’s Heartbreaker line – just in time for V-day – but I decided against it because when I was asking the Ultababe about it, she said the line was only going to be out through the end of February, and I didn’t think that would be the best use of our time together, ya know?

So, anyhoo… I puttered around for a while. Saw some great stuff, tried on some new stuff, and eventually found myself in from of the Stila display. Now I love Stila. I love, love, love their eyeshadows (hmmm, that gives me an idea – Ooh, I’ll have to work on that one… ).

Anyhoo-squared, Stila makes an eyeshadow shade called Kitten that is amazing. It’s won all kinds of awards, including and Allure Editor’s Choice Award in 2008. I’ve been using it for a few years now and I love it.

So when I saw that they started making a Kitten Lip Glaze, I knew I had my answer. I scooped it up and headed to the register along with another product that I may want to write about at some point.

I tried it on as soon as I got home, but not before I was a little put off by the packaging. It comes in a pen-like tube that, in my glossy, yet humble opinion, is way too big for the amount of product that actually comes in it. The picture above is what it looks like right out of the box – only half-full and lookin’ like a lot of extra plastic. I love being green, as well as being glossy.

The bristles are long, and were of decent quality. The product is dispensed through the tube and into the brush by turning a dial at the end of the tube. At first, it was kind of hard to tell how many clicks – loud clicks – it would take to get the first slather of gloss to enter the brush, and I wound up overturning it and too much gloss wound up coming out of the tube onto the brush. Essentially it was wasted as I wound up having to wipe some of it away in order to apply. And at $22.00 for the tube, any waste, or potential for waste is not a good thing in my book. I actually thought I had spent $14.00 until I double-checked my receipt, and when I realized I had spent that much, I wasn’t too thrilled. Not very glossy.

To be honest, I also wasn’t too thrilled with the color or the level of lustre this glaze provided. Kitten eyeshadow is very shimmery, and provides really good coverage on your eyes. It lasts, and is heavily saturated with a shimmery nude-pink color. A little goes a very long way, making it worth its $18.00 pricetag. It’s claim to fame is that it flatters any skin tone and flatters any eye color. The lip glaze, not so much. I wound up spending ten minutes or so looking in my magnifying mirror waiting for the shimmer that I had expected to appear. It never did.

Now, I will say that I am commenting particularly on this one color this time around. In all, Stila offers their lip glaze in 29 shades, so I am sure that there are good, even great ones in the bunch. But, what I am having a hard time with – aside from the disappointment in how Kitten performs – is the high pricetag, the small amount of product for a too-big”pen” applicator, and the seemingly dated, wasteful, crank turn dispenser mechanism.

Babes, it hurts me to write this, but I am here to be honest. And maybe I am being too harsh. But I was excited you see. I was excited to own a product for my lips that made my eyes look as good as the eyeshadow does.

On the brighter side, it does feel pretty good on your lips, and the staying power is decent. It doesn’t have a flavor or fragrance, although the web site features highlight both. If this glaze wasn’t $22.00, I would say go for it, try it, but to me, that is a bit of a pricey risk. Although you can always hit up Ulta or Sephora and try them out first.

You may love this product, you may own one, or two, or three. You may think I am nuts. But I just wasn’t feeling the Kitten love. And for that I am giving Stilas’s Lip Glaze in Kitten two out of five smacks: a little glossable.



s&s, gg

Originally published 1/28/10.



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