So it got sunny and mild. Gloves languish in the porch, flowers appeared and the thought of going sockless was not completely abhorrent. I mean, it was fleeting. It’s baltic again now. But the merest hint of Spring has me reaching for bright lippie and rushing out to buy tulips.It was the Spring vibes that made the Stila Bright & Bold Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set, £18, so appealing. Three minis, like the Naturally Nude set (review here) that I’ve worn all Winter. These little sets are super. Great to test out a bunch of shades, good value and perfect clutch bag size.
This set is not for the faint-hearted. When Stila said bright and bold they weren’t kidding. This is as bright and as bold as lipstick gets. Lovely, loud, look at me lips. The anti-nude.
And Stila’s liquid lipstick formula is pretty good. Very smooth, very matte, very opaque. But as with all brands, some colours are better than others.
A classic red. This one is a stand out formula-wise. Even colour pigment, no transfer. Dries down a touch darker than the in-tube shade. Fades like a dream.LUME
Dries down to a deep magenta, rather than the vivid fuchsia it appears in the tube. Still a fab colour. Feels drying on application but actually gets more comfortable as it wears. Virtually no transfer. A tiny bit patchy. Similar in formula to the shade Serenata, if you know that one.VIOLA
This one is bold. I can’t tell you that I’ve worn it outside of my house, but I can tell you that the formula is similar to Lume. Less patchy maybe, but prone to the inner lip tide line as it fades.
I will wear Lume, on good lip days. But if I was spending £18 again, I’d skip the set and get a full size Beso.
Til next time,