13 May 2013 10 Comments
When I first laid eyes on Stila’s Color Balm Lipstick in Betsey*, I knew we’d be fast friends. What’s not to like? She’s bright and she’s pink — two of my favourite qualities in a lipstick.
The friendship became even better once I tried Betsey on.
I’ve tried many of the hybrid lip balm/lipstick/gloss combinations coming out in the market, and thought this would just be the same. But there is something special about this formula that makes my lipstick-loving heart sing.
First, the colour pay-off. It is highly pigmented almost like a regular lipstick. I haven’t seen such colour from any hybrid, even my beloved Revlon Lip Butters. But don’t fear if you’re afraid of too much colour. You can definitely build this up, and wear as little or as much as you want. On most days, I tend to like to pack it on for maximum impact. And when I mean packing on, it’s one swipe. To get less, I would just dab it on and then blend with my finger or a brush. That’s what I did in the look above. I was out running errands with the fam, and wanted just a bit of colour.
Once on the lip, there is a nice sheen. The colour is not flat. Staying power is fantastic too. I wore it a good four to five hours without having to reapply.
The best part for me is just how comfortable it is to wear. It feels like I was just wearing a lip balm though I knew that it had much more impact than a typical balm.
The colour Betsey is a cool toned fuchsia but works for warm-toned gals like me. It’s the perfect bright spring lip.
We are now BFFs.
Available at Sephora and wherever Stila is sold.