Thursday, April 11, 2013

Convertible Convert

Remember that night I was trying to resist buying another cream blush? Well I failed. Miserably. After months of holding out, I gave in to the allure of finally adding a Stila Convertible Colour to my blush collection. I'm not sure I could even count myself as a cream blush aficionado without having at least one of them in my stash. I knew that I wanted to get Gerbera after seeing it on Louise and Jennie May, and I was debating whether to get Lilium as well. In the end, I thought Lilium might be too close to Illamasqua Zygomatic, so I did well in settling for just Gerbera (not that I'm lacking shades similar to it).











l-r: NARS Deep Throat, Benefit Coralista, Stila Gerbera, Bloom Coy

Since it arrived, Stila Convertible Colour in Gerbera has become my go-to cheek product. It's effortless and goes with everything. I love that I can apply it with either my fingers or a brush (I've been using the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush) without any issues. Sometimes cream blush can be a little daunting if it's overly pigmented or goes on a little patchy, but Gerbera simply sinks into the skin to give a softly luminous, healthy-looking, natural flush. Pigmentation is excellent (you really only need a small amount each time) and the texture is non-sticky and a little bit thick, but easy to sheer out and blend. It does fade by the end of the day, but it's also perfect for popping into the handbag for any touch ups you might want to make, especially transitioning from day to night makeup.

Gerbera strikes the ideal balance between peach and pink and has a pastel quality while still remaining relatively bright. NARS Deep Throat is more pinky-red with a subtle gold sheen, while Benefit Coralista is more orange with a slightly frosty, luminous gold pearl. Swatched alongside Bloom Sheer Colour Cream in Coy, it's hard to tell the two apart, except that Coy is perhaps a fraction more red and not as pastel as Gerbera. On the cheeks, Coy appears slightly darker and more red-toned, and isn't as smooth and uniform in application as Gerbera, perhaps due to a drier texture that doesn't blend as evenly.

Although the Convertible Colours can be used for both lips and cheeks, I found Gerbera much too pale and very unforgiving and drying on the lips. On the cheeks however, this is probably the best cream blush I've tried, and if the staying power were longer for this particular shade, it would be faultless. It's definitely exceeded my expectations and I'm looking to pick up one or two more shades in the future, especially the newly released Sweet Pea, thanks to Tiffany's extremely convincing post.

52 comments:

  1. I really want some of these blushes. I am holding out until I go to the States this year to see of I still want them (which will probably be a yes). Btw, what nail polish are you wearing? It looks great!

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    1. China Glaze It's a Trap-eze! Just did a post on it :)

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  2. Aw, this is so pretty! If I didn't have too many peach-y blush, I'd definitely go for this too!

    http://norwegianelephant.blogspot.com

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  3. Such a lovely shade :) Would love to give these Stila blushers a go! xx

    belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Looks lovely on the pan and on you Lena, seriously, very pretty. It's the perfect peach/coral for the cheeks, so flatering. The packaging is also beautiful. Enjoy it without guilt then ^^ xx

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  5. Was waiting for this post: it's gorgeous and it looks so good on you! The packaging is adorable and the colour is SO you! I kept seeing on Alix from icovetthee and it looks great on her too. I'd love to get one but they cost so much from Mecca- did you get it from BeautyBay? :) xx

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    1. Aside: those CoverGirl polishes look so much like CHANEL! I thought they were CHANEL in the sidebar! And good job on completing the Korres lip butter collection! I want Mango next but can't bear the wait of delivery. Have you seen the new Priceline beauty bag promo? Are you thinking of getting it? I really don't need anything but the Bourjois Rouge Edition lipsticks look really nice and I could do with the RT Starter Set... Hehehe.

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    2. Don't buy from Mecca, it's like $39 or something. Ridiculous. BeautyBay all the way - bought mine for around $21. I've never experienced any issues with that site except for the time I ordered around Christmas/New Year's and it took longer than usual to ship out. I recently ordered some skin care (I'm terrible, I know) from Beauty Emporium - one week later, they haven't even shipped out my package and haven't managed to offer any explanation/apology/follow up despite a few attempts to contact them. Never again.

      And yeah, I thought so too with the CG. Too bad I bought them literally one week before they were buy one, get one free from Priceline :p I prefer Mango to Quince actually, it's a better colour in my opinion :) I have seen the new Beauty Bag - but I'm thinking of not getting it this year. Trying to limit my spending on beauty stuff (believe it or not, haha) and I just can't justify the initial $60 spend for items that I'm not particularly thrilled by anyway. The RT Starter Set I wouldn't mind though ;)

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  6. I love my one in Lillium, but never liked it on the lips either!!
    I was so surprised by how good it was, glad you like yours too :)
    Also, everytime I read a post by you I grow even more curious on how much make-up you actually own haha!

    xoxo

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  7. oh this is beautiful! The packaging is cute too!
    it might be a bit too pale for my liking, but it looks natural and pretty on you.
    I don't have a lot of peach pastel blushes mainly because they usually don't really show on my skin..T.T

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  8. Stila has more convertible colors now? Oh my! I remember they had two very bright ones and they weren't that appealing, but this is definitely a color anyone could love! It looks so nice on you and I love that it looks so healthy! Beautiful blush!

    - Jess
    The Mod Mermaid

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  9. I think I may have to pick some of these up! I never really gave them a chance, but they look great! Especially loving this colour x

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  10. I just bought a trio palette of these on Saturday (for only £23) and I'm in love. I can't believe I didn't pick one up sooner because they are so nice on the cheeks!

    I have to agree with their unsuitability on the lips though, found them far too drying!

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  11. I love my Josie Maran cream blush stick. I am a huge fan of cream blushes because they seem to just sink in effortlessly. If I'm going for a cream blush, I am going to splurge. I don't think I could get by with a cheap cream blush. I'd fear them being too pigmented and difficult to blend.

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  12. What a strange idea, convertible color... I mean I know Benefit does this with benetint but it's liquid! Lol I'm too square to figure out things like this.

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  13. such a pretty color! I actually just ordered one of these in Peony, can't wait to use it (:

    http://alanaburkebeauty.blogspot.com/

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  14. I always wanted to try out one of these stilla blushes!

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  15. Really love these colors. Cream blush is soo easy to apply. I have some by Revlon. I also love how natural it looks on the skin.

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  16. Ahhhh, you make it look so beautiful! I have Peony and really like it but can't ever wear it on the lips either. The one I want next is Poppy. :D

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  17. I want one of these so bad! Whenever I see them in Boots I always end up with a million swatches on my hand. This shade is really pretty :) x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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  18. I'm so glad you like it! Gerbera is such a stunning color. It looks lovely on you!

    xx Louise
    A Little Beauty Luxury

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  19. That looks so nice and pretty :)

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  20. I just got a mini of this and can't wait to finally try the CC formula. I love cream blushes and this looks like such a pretty color xx

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  21. This is such a lovely color! Perfect spring blush.

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  22. Such a lovely, natural colour. I really need to pick this up to keep in my bag!

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  23. I love the look of this colour, I really want to try it but my nearest Stila counter is a good bit away from where I live, definitely going to try it the next time I'm there.

    Emma x

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  24. I've been wanting to pick up one of these for the longest time, but I'm trying to hold out until I've finished my samples and reviewed all my 'new' makeup products. Anyways, the colour of this looks lovely! :)

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  25. This color is sooo pretty! I've been going back and forth between getting Gerbera or Gladiola next but I can't decide. I know what you mean about how it wears on your lips though. I have Lillium and Peony and they both look much paler on my lips than they do on my cheeks. Shame this one doesn't last longer on the cheeks though. Great post! I clicked on it immediately after seeing it was about a Stila Convertible Color...I'm obsessed :)

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  26. I am not the biggest fan of cream blushes but this color is gorgeous!!
    I have an issue with them not lasting long enough but I might give the stila convertibles a try
    Great post!

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  27. I was literally JUST swatching these in Sephora today... how I held back I have no idea but now that I see this post of yours I regret not getting one T__T So so lovely!!

    Cassie
    thriftthick.blogspot.com

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  28. I really want to try these blushes! They seem like the perfect cream blush formula. Gerbera is definitely on my wishlist, along with Lillium!

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  29. OOOH This is great on you! I am seriously loving these convertible colors lately!

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  30. i remember when i saw someone blog about Gerbera for the first time, i thought i had to have it but everytime i went to mecca to check it out, i just got so turned off because it was always in a hideous condition but after seeing this post...ahh must resist.. :3

    à la foliee

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  31. I have one of these in petunia and I must confess I haven't used it in a while, I'm definitely pulling it back out again after this post!

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  32. I've been lusting after a Stila or Tarte blush and this looks so nice!
    The color is right up my alley :)

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  33. This looks so gorgeous, I'm definitely going to purchase one of their cream blushes! Such a pretty colour, it looks amazing on you. xx

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  34. I have been thinking about getting one of these for ages and I think this post has pushed me over the line! Gerbera is such a pretty shade!

    Laura
    www.whitewintersblog.com

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  35. How beautiful is this colour! You make me fall in love with all blushes on your blog. First I was taken over by your Illamasqua Zygomatic and now this. Ah!

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  36. ooh, the color is just so sweet and lovely ^_~

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  37. Such a gorgeous colour, I recently picked up gladiola and love it, it looks quite orange in the pan but translates beautifully on the skin :-)
    http://wwwclairabelle.blogspot.co.uk

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  38. This looks like it would be such a natural looking blush! I would love to see a fotd with you wearing it. I used to own petunia and I absolutely loved it!

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  39. I just recently picked this up and I love it! Cream blushes are my favorite and I would definitely recommend these!! :) ♥

    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk/
    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk/

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  40. The texture of good cream blushes are amazing and blend in so beautifully on the skin! This shade is so pretty, and it does look very similar to Bloom's Coy! Convertible Convert really does give that lovely, glowing flush to the cheeks and now I want to get it...

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  41. Oh I am absolutely obsessed with this blush too! I really want to get all the other ones

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  42. I'm always a little skeptical about convertible colours, but this looks like such a pretty shade, I'd definitely be tempted! But then pretty much every shade looks lovely on you xx

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  43. what a gorgeous shade! it's like the perfect peach colour :) i'd love to get my hands on that, although i still think Tarte blushes are so much better :)

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  44. Everyone seems to love these!

    I always check them out at Mecca, but never buy. *sigh* One day! haha

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  45. I thought about buying this one a while ago and forgot about it..
    But now you reminded me of it and I'm tempted to have it again!
    It's such a pretty shade!
    x

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  46. That's a great color! I use the same blush color since forever....wonder how this one would look on me!
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    eve

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  47. I LOVE the look of this blush! I've been lusting after a Stila convertible for ages now, but have yet to just buy one! I saw it at Sephora in KL but I'd already spent too much money on other stuff so I forced myself to forgo it. :P Kinda regret that now!

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  48. So chic! Thanks for the heads up. Got my eye on your next posts.

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