Like It, Love It or Leave It: Stila Color Balm Lipstick

Posted Tuesday August 26, 2014 3:03 PM GMT

PRODUCT: Stila Color Balm Lipstick

PRICE: $22

THE CLAIM: "A modern take on traditional lipstick, this creamy lip color provides the full pigment load of a lipstick, yet delivers the nourishing properties of a balm."

OUR TEST: We were turned onto this product by Stila’s Pro Makeup Artist Sarah Lucero. As a woman who doesn’t normally wear red lipstick, Lucero said she wore the brand’s Isabelle shade religiously (a light, flirty pink) and suggested we do the same … and that we did. The shade is great for all skin tones, as it lends the ideal amount of pigment to pop ones kisser, without flaunting the same bold look of a rouge hue — making this a perfect everyday lip color. The product was long lasting, refreshing (thanks to its cooling peppermint oil) and ultra-soothing. The tiny mirror placed on top of the cap also came in handy to help with our on-the-go touch-ups.

THE VERDICT: We love it. This is one cosmetic gem that we plan to keep stocked at all times. At $22 it doesn’t ring up in the drugstore-priced region as many of our other makeup faves do, however, we can say with complete honesty, for the results this balm lends, we’d pay much more — it’s truly a steal. The satin-like finish leaves our puckers looking soft and supple, as do the phyto-emollient properties that deliver endless hydration. Seriously though, what can’t this stuff do?!

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