Stila is famous for their magnificent metal foil eyeshadows – liquid and cream, liquid lipsticks and eyeliner. However, their base products don’t seem to stimulate the excitement among many. Maybe it is due to the packaging which is not very attractive at all. I took a plunge and bought Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD beauty balm. I bought this for my mum but it didn’t reach her somehow. I tried it first time in January but then it didn’t make my daily makeup routine. For last few weeks I have been using it almost every day and it became staple. Sorry mum, I will get you another one xx
Stila stay all day 10-in-1 beauty balm comes in a silver squeezable tube. It is oil-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free and dermatologist tested. It is designed for mature skin. It has innovative micro spheres which hide skin imperfections. Tripeptide-37, bamboo and pea extracts help diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It has tiniest pigment particles for seamless finish. It’s long wearing and high definition formula provides smooth coverage and leaves a silky, powdery finish. It is infused with natural emollients to increase anti-oxidant activity up to 89.7% what?? Very precise figure. Must be legit
All ten benefits are listed at the back of tube. I don’t have the ingredients list because I lost the outer eco-friendly but seriously boring brown carton. But I can tell that it is a silicon based product. However, it doesn’t have that silicon-y slippery feel like porefessional. It comes in only one universal shade. The consistency of beauty balm is creamy which dries to powdery finish. It reminds me of Benefit big easy in terms of texture. It has slightly cooling effect on my skin and I enjoy it when skin feels little sensitive. It smooths on skin surface effortlessly and doesn’t cling to dry patches. I noticed that it turns a tad orange but as the coverage is sheer, it doesn’t look odd on my skin. You can notice in the photos below where I blended it and at the outer edge it is slightly orange after drying and settling.
Now Stila markets it as a beauty balm but it is quite different than usual beauty balms. It has no SPF and the coverage is extremely sheer where it is almost invisible over skin.
However, it instantly evens out complexion. Pores look less visible and skin remains fresh for longer. I notice my fine lines look more smooth. It also increases the wear time of my foundation when I use is as a primer because it sits well underneath foundation. It keeps the shine at bay for longer as well. On a good skin day, a touch of concealer and Stila beauty balm is all I need. What I like about this product is, it does not suck the life out of skin. No tightness and uncomfortable feeling skin whatsoever. Although it is design for mature skin, I don’t see a reason not to be used by younger skin.
So, where it stands in the categories of BB cream, tinted moisturiser and primer? In my opinion it is a glorified primer. It works better than many primers but have less coverage then tinted moisturiser. It has more skin benefits than other bb creams as I mentioned earlier, natural emollients to increase anti-oxidant activity and exclusive complex - whatever it means - helps reduce redness and skin irritation over time but lacks SPF. I personally don’t fancy makeup products with added skincare benefits. However, if you use this every single day, then Stila Stay All Day 10-in1 HD beauty balm is a great product to add in makeup routine due to skin protecting benefits. I enjoy it wearing every day. But if you are looking for a traditional bb cream then it does not fall in that category.
It’s 45ml tube is available at M&S for £26.
In the memory of my brother