Friday, November 30, 2012

REVIEW of Stila's Convertible Color Blush in Poppy

Hi chickadees!

So I don't know how long you've been a reader, but longtime readers will know that the first blush I fell in love with was Tarte's Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface. Since then, I've also picked up Glisten and Exposed though I never really use Exposed. Well, since it came in my recent order, my new go-to blush has been Stila's Convertible Color Blush in Poppy. I have very dry skin, especially when it gets cold outside, and especially when I'm lazy/busy and keep forgetting to put on moisturizer. Poppy is perfect for that. Since it's a cream blush, you don't have to worry about using a brush that will cause you dry skin to flake and peel. Not attractive.

Also, I'm just kind of in love with the color. I've been wanting to try a darker blush for a while and though I wouldn't call Poppy a dark blush, it is a nice change from Dollface. Poppy looks a little scary in the container. It is not that dark when you apply it. It goes on as a bright red. If you're paler like I am, you run the risk of looking like a porcelain doll if you apply it in the wrong spot or too heavily. But it's very easy to blend out to something subtle or even to build up if you're going out for a costume party... or in a bad community theater production. Whatever. I don't judge. :) Blended out, it gives cheeks a nice, healthy flush. You're going to keep that red tone but I think if you're wearing blush and someone else isn't wearing blush, it's going to be pretty obvious you're wearing blush regardless of if it's pink or red.

I like to use a makeup sponge to apply it. The girl who helped me at Sephora gave me a demonstration. You pick up a little bit of product on the makeup sponge. Don't scoop it up or anything. A few firm taps/swipes across the top should be more than sufficient. Then press it into your cheeks where you want it. I like to apply my blush on my cheekbones, so I start near the apples of my cheeks (but not so far down) and then fade the color upwards. Then take a clean part of the makeup sponge and use it to lift off some of the pigment and blend it out. It takes a few tries but once you get the hang of it, it's really easy.

I usually don't go out for the whole day so I'm not sure about its lasting power. It definitely lasts for a few hours. I like that it has a mirror so you could always keep it in your purse and use it as a compact if you are worried about the color fading.

Ignore my skin. No moisturizer, sunscreen, foundation, concealer, nothing.


This is what my makeup sponge looks like when I'm done.