2.08.2013

Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Vivienne Review and Swatches


Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Vivienne Review and Swatches
Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Vivienne

With their new Color Balm Lipstick ($22), Stila seems to be trying to take advantage of the wave of popularity brought on by tinted lip balm products such as the now-iconic Revlon Lip Butters, L'Oreal Colour Riche Balms, Maybelline Baby Lips, and Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments. Unfortunately for Stila, their new offering seems to be missing some of the key characteristics that made those other products attractive in the first place.

For example, the Revlon Lip Butters have a glossy, moisturizing texture that feels and looks great. Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Vivienne, on the other hand, feels fairly dry and not at all glossy. The shine is very minimal and the texture lacks that slick, smoothing feeling that I look for in a lip balm. I suppose some people might not want their balm to have a glossy finish, but why not buy Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm ($6.99) for a third of the price if that's the case?

Another drawback about this product is the packaging. Sure, the silver tube is pretty but the balm stick is quite wide. I don't really have thin lips, but I found the diameter of the balm to be too large for easy application. I feel at risk of going outside my lip line when I use Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Vivienne.

Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Vivienne Review and Swatches
Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Vivienne Swatch

On the bright side, Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Vivienne is an attractive, "my lips but better" shade that would flatter many complexions. It's a terracotta rose shade that I find to be neutral in tone. Vivienne is quite subtle and would be appropriate for daytime wear at school and work.

Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Vivienne Review and Swatches
Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Vivienne

Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Vivienne lasts about 3 hours on me. After it's gone, my lips don't really feel softer or more moisturized. They don't feel dry either, but a product marketed as a lip balm should be more nourishing. Additionally, Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Vivienne starts out with a strong peppermint scent that makes my lips tingle, but that sensation fades within one hour of wear.

Overall, I recommend that you pass on this product. It does not provide enough moisture or shine to be worth the $22 price tag. Besides, the drugstore offers several tinted lip balms that are superior to Stila Color Balm Lipstick in pretty much every way!


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2.04.2013

Tarte Call Of The Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector's Palette Review and Swatches

Tarte Call Of The Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector's Palette Review and Swatches
Tarte Call Of The Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector's Palette

I haven't tried a whole lot of Tarte's products. In fact, I think my experience has so far been limited to the Gifts from the Lipstick Tree Achiote Color Collection (Liked) and the Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer (Disliked). I was eager to try something new to refine my opinion, so I got my hands on the Tarte Call Of The Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector's Palette ($36). After trying it out for about a week, my opinion of Tarte has improved! This palette is nothing revolutionary, but it's still a wonderful selection of basic shades for a sure-fire pretty look.

Tarte Call Of The Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector's Palette is a beautifully selected set of eight complementary shadows. It's got a nice mix of matte and shimmer finishes in shades that are subtle, on-trend and easy to wear. Plus, it's got a good-sized mirror and leopard print packaging that many ladies are sure to love.

Tarte Call Of The Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector's Palette Review and Swatches
Tarte Call Of The Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector's Palette

I love how the colors are organized in the palette. There are three main groupings of light, mid, and deep tones to make it easy for you to craft your look. 

Additionally, I love how the shades progress from warm to cool. The shadows on the far left are very bronze-y and warm, the middle shades are fairly neutral, and the shadows on the far right are quite cool-toned. This organization also helps you to coordinate looks. While shades on either end can be mixed with shades in the center of the palette, the layout makes it more obvious that you probably shouldn't use a shade from the far right with a shade from the far left!

Tarte Call Of The Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector's Palette Review and Swatches
Tarte Call Of The Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector's Palette

As for quality, thee shadows in Tarte Call Of The Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector's Palette are pretty nice. I found some of these shadows to be a little hard to the touch. The pigmentation is hit and miss. Some of the shadows have great color payoff while others are merely good.

All of the shades have adorable, jungle cat-inspired names too, which is pretty fun.

Tarte Call Of The Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector's Palette Swatches Meow, Jungle, Call, Instinct
Tarte Call Of The Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector's Palette Swatches
L-to-R:  Meow, Jungle, Call, Instinct

Unless otherwise stated, I experienced minimal fallout with these shadows. The shades in Tarte Call Of The Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector's Palette include:
  • Meow - shimmery bronzed gold. Good pigmentation.
  • Jungle - deep bronze shimmer. Good pigmentation.
  • Call - light peach with just a hint of sheen and shimmer. Decent pigmentation and some fallout.
  • Instinct - shimmery snowflake white. Decent pigmentation. 
  • Wild - deep burgundy bronze. Stellar pigmentation and softness. 
  • Lynx - greyish taupe matte. Great pigmentation.
  • Primal - light blue grey matte. Decent pigmentation.
  • Roar - navy blue grey matte. Good pigmentation.
Tarte Call Of The Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector's Palette Swatches Wild, Lynx, Primal, Roar
Tarte Call Of The Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector's Palette Swatches
L-to-R:  Wild, Lynx, Primal, Roar

For this look, I applied Call from lashline to browbone. I used Wild to contour in the outer third of my lid and in the crease. I also used Wild for some smudgy eyeliner along my upper and lower lashlines. I used Instinct to highlight my browbone and inner corner. I found all of the shadows in Tarte Call Of The Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector's Palette to be easy to blend.

Tarte Call Of The Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector's Palette Review and Swatches
Tarte Call Of The Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector's Palette

The lasting power is fantastic. The shadows in Tarte Call Of The Wild Palette lasts for 8 hours without primer! I have oily lids, so that is quite a feat. I wonder if that's due to the Amazonian Clay that Tarte's always hyping in their products?

All in all, I think the Tarte Call Of The Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector's Palette is a great buy for a beginner or someone in need of neutral, everyday shadows. The lasting power is great and the quality is good. 

It may seem expensive, but $36 for 8 shadows comes out to only $4.50 per shadow. Plus, the square pans hold 0.09 oz of shadow and the skinny rectangular pans hold 0.10 oz. This is double or even triple the amount that Urban Decay offers in their palettes. Sure, I find Urban Decay shades to have slightly better pigmentation, but you won't suffer with Tarte Call Of The Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector's Palette either. It's definitely a more cost-effective palette.

What do you think of Tarte Call Of The Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector's Palette? Have you tried Tarte's eyeshadows before?