Stila Stay All Day HD Beauty Balm Review!

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Hey everyone! Tomorrow on Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty, the deal is Stila’s BB cream, which you can get for $20 instead of $38. Since I had a sample tube, I decided to write up this review, which is very favorable! I loved this BB cream right away and have a few thoughts about how it performs and lives up to claims, plus some swatches and comparisons to other BB creams.

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION (from Sephora)

Lighten up! Add a touch of illumination with this revolutionary, oil-free formula that uses the smallest particle of coated pigments for seamless, smooth coverage. Ideal for all skin types and skintones, this beauty balm gives skin a lit-from-within glow. The formula is infused with innovative micro-spheres, which have been shown to hide skin imperfections and reduce the appearance of wrinkle depth by up to 84 percent. It also contains natural, skin-protecting emollients, which have been shown to increase antioxidant activity by up to 89.7 percent. Enriched with a proprietary blend, this balm helps reduce skin inflammation, improve texture, support collagen production, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles by up to 67 percent.

Formulated without – Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates

Wow, that’s a lot of claims! I wish my job was to write up these fancy schmancy beauty product descriptions. 😉

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Above, you can see a comparison shot of me without makeup and me only wearing the Stila BB Cream. I am freshly moisturized so I look pretty dewy in the first shot, but I also look incredibly tired (because I was at the time).  I don’t have any major skin issues that I am concerned with; I’m prone to some redness (especially around my nose because I do wear glasses in the morning and at night), but overall I am happy with my skin, so I prefer products that are sheer to medium in coverage and very lightweight.

Let’s take a look at the claims!

Ideal for all skin types and tones: I’m not sure if this would be good for all skin tones, but this did suit my normal to combination skin just fine.

Lit-from-within glow: My skin is definitely brighter, so I’d say this is true.

Hide skin imperfections: I think that for me, this is true, but I can’t say how it would perform on someone with severe imperfections (I hate that word) like scarring. I think it did cancel out the natural redness on my face.

Reduce the appearance of wrinkle depth by up to 84 percent: I don’t think I have enough wrinkles to test out this claim, but I felt that my face looked smoother.

Regarding the last claims, I would definitely need to use this for an extended period of time to honestly comment on their performance.

How it feels on my face: I love this beauty balm. It is not too heavy and blends perfectly (I used the Real Techniques buffing brush to apply). After a few minutes of “sinking in” this cream is incredibly natural. I wore this once alone and once with a foundation on top, and I prefer it by itself. It is definitely enough coverage for me, but note that the coverage is light and I prefer sheerer foundation type products (like NARS Sheer Glow and MAC Face and Body).

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Comparison to other BB creams:

Tarte- Tarte’s BB cream has more coverage and feels oilier and heavier on my skin.

Urban Decay- UD’s BB cream has a more ‘silicone’ type texture and is warmer in color.

Missha– Missha’s BB cream is the only true BB cream of the bunch. It is also a lot more gray and cool toned than the other beauty balms. It has more coverage than Stila but a similar texture.

One con of Stila’s beauty balm is that it does not contain SPF; this won’t be a con for all people though, and can easily be remedied by wearing another product with SPF (I wear a moisturizer with SPF).

Overall, I absolutely love this stuff! I love the color, the texture, the way it feels (meaning it isn’t heavy at all), and how it brigtens my skin. If you want heavy coverage, you will most likely not like this product, but if you prefer something lightweight and on the sheer side, this will work for you.

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