Containing “moisturizers infused with vitamins and whey protein to encourage supple, healthy skin”, Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation ($35) is one of my favorite liquid foundations to brighten up a pale complexion during the winter.
The foundation comes in a heavy glass bottle that is cute but not very practical. For my MAC NC30 skin, I use 30 watts, a yellow-based shade suitable for light to medium skin tones.
The texture is slightly thick for a liquid foundation and can feel a little heavy, even on my dehydrated combination skin. But it is packed with tiny shimmer particles that create such a pretty yet natural-looking glow! Coverage is also light to medium and plenty enough for me.
Definitely a great foundation for the colder months!
When I saw pictures of the Asian exclusive Stila Angel Light Whitening Powder Foundation (~$47), I could not resist the super cute packaging and ended up going through great lengths to get my hands on it.
The foundation came with SPF24+ and whitening properties to brighten your skin. Although I did not notice any brightening effect on my skin, the high SPF was definitely a plus. The finish was also very matte yet did not accentuate any dry patches.
The one thing that needed improvement though, was the color range. While I got the foundation in my usual Stila shade (C), it was very yellow – even on my Asian skintone. Plus when it oxidized throughout the day, it got darker by almost a shade!! As much as I loved the cute packaging, I will not repurchase.
Stila Smudgepot was my first gel liner and used to be my holy grail until I tried MAC Fluidline.
Compared to the Fluidline, the Smudgepot comes in your everyday conservative colors like black, brown, dark plum etc. and is more suitable for those who are color-shy.
The texture is also different. While it does apply smoothly, the Smudgepot feels drier and firmer. Mine dried up in less than a year even though there was still a lot of product left. I will not repurchase this.
Stila Smudgepot is available at Sephora and Beauty.com for $18.
Stila Eye Concealer ($18) boasts a creamy formula that glides on easily to neutralize uncomely blue or red discolorations and make the eyes look fresh. It comes in a cute little pot that is great to travel with and is available in a variety of colors to match fair to dark skin. I use 2 Medium for my NC30 skin.
Although the concealer is meant for the undereye area, I find it too dry – even with an eye cream underneath. It is also really thick so you MUST apply sparingly to avoid looking cakey. Save this for blemishes and freckles instead!