Ready to Rave: Stila’s “Festival” Collection

Be still my beating heart. Stila’s Festival Collection recently landed on my doorstep (and in stores today!), and I can’t stop staring at the pieces. I can feel a rave coming on…and by rave, I mean a product rave 😉

The Limited Edition collection includes tie-dye multi-use pigments and black light responsive lip colours, and bright turquoise eyeliners. This is by far one of the most coolest collections I’ve seen.

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Made You Blush: Illamasqua’s Dixie, MAC LadyBlush, Stila’s Lilllium

I have a serious problem with blushes. I just can’t get enough of them. How do I stop hoarding? Today, I decided to admire my stash and came across some old favorites: Illamasqua’s Dixie, MAC LadyBlush and Stila’s Lillium — all cream-based blushes.

I like the effect you can create with cream blushes. Applied properly they can give you the most natural looking glowy cheeks, sometimes better than powder in my opinion. I prefer using my fingers to apply cream blushes, tapping a bit of colour on the apples and then blending. To create an ‘inner’ glow, I use the cream blush first before foundation, then apply foundation on top of it — and then another complementary powder blush or bronzer on top of foundation. The layering of colour creates a gorgeous effect but make sure to do with a light hand!

Of the three blushes below, my favorite is the Illamasqua. I find it has the creamiest texture and blends like a dream. It looks like a scary bright colour in the pan but if you scroll down you can see how with a light hand, it can give a very ‘au natural’ glow. At least, that’s what I think.

Illamasqua’s Dixie

MAC’s cream blushes from its permanent line aren’t as creamy or smooth as the Illamasqua. The company recently had some limited edition cream blushes which are definitely a better consistency than the permanent ones. I adore Joie-du-Vivre and Optomistic Orange, both of which I reviewed previously. LadyBlush is a really pretty cool-toned pink from the permanent collection that can also work for warmer-toned girls like me. It applies well but does feel a bit thick.

MAC’s LadyBlush

Stila’s convertible cream blushes are great to work with as well. I have Lillium, which looks similar to LadyBlush in all honesty. The convertible colours can also be worn as a lipstick but this colour on me is too pale. I don’t find this as smooth as the other two but I like the pigmentation.


Stila Lillium

Blush swatches by window with natural light. I swatched this heavily so you can see the colour. On the cheeks you can apply lightly to give a softer glow. 

Blush swatches in a different light


Not sure why I look so serious here. FOTD featuring Dixie blush worn underneath foundation (Revlon PhotoReady). Lipstick is Ella from Mai Beauty, which is a shimmery nude colour. I topped it off with Leela a sheer gloss from Mai. On my lids, I wore Bronze DoubleWear Eyeliner with YSL Faux Cils in Black mascara.