Stila is one of my favourite makeup brands, and I absolutely love their Color Convertibles. When I saw the Stila Christmas Collection, I immediately fell in love with the Stila Color Me Pretty Convertible Color Lip & Cheek Palette £19.50. A long metal tin, containing five shades of Stila Convertible Colors in the style of a paint tin. The whole Stila Christmas Collection is artist inspired, which I think is really cute as last year it was snowflake inspired.
The tin Stila Color Me Pretty palette is very light, and quite thin with the Convertible Colors set within a plastic insert. Each of the full size Stila Convertible Colors retail for £16 individually for 4.2g of product. This tin costs £19.50 and contains five different shades with a net weight of 9g which means each of the five pans contain 1.8g of product per shade. So for gram for gram, this palette has a value of in excess of £34, which is undoubtedly fantastic value.
The shades which are included within this Stila Color Me Pretty palette include; Kitten (a palette exclusive), Peony, Gerbera, Rose and Petunia – all of which I don’t already own. I love the convenience of having all five shades lined up like this as I can flip the palette open and choose which shade I want each day, so it’d be perfect for travel as it’s so incredibly lightweight and reasonably compact.
I also think having a variety of shades in a palette like this is a great way to be able try the shades out like a sample, so you know which shade/s you like before purchasing the full size. The Stila Convertible Colors are described as being a dual-use product, for cheeks and lips. However I prefer to use them as a cream blush personally.. they do work well as a lip balm, but on the lips they’re not very long lasting whereas on the cheeks – they are.
I love cream blushes as they’re so much more forgiving on my dry skin, but also for those with pores, fine lines and wrinkles too. To apply the Stila Convertible Colors I love to use my Real Techniques Stippling Brush, which works perfectly or my Real Techniques Contour Brush.
Kitten is Stila’s best-selling eyeshadow, so I like that they’ve created a Convertible Color in the shade. Just like the eyeshadow Kitten is a champagne, pale gold shade. Kitten is exclusive to the Stila Color Me Pretty Convertible Color Lip & Cheek Palette. Due to how shimmery Kitten is, I wouldn’t ever wear it on my lips or as a blush.
I prefer to use Kitten with my fingertip and dotting it along the tops of my cheekbones and browbone. Just like the colour shades, they’re all so massively pigmented so only the tiniest amount of product is needed. It is so pretty and shimmery, and can be built up should you want a more intense highlight. I would love for Stila to release Kitten as a permanent shade as it’s really quite stunning and reminds me of the Jemma Kidd Radiance Creme.
Peony is described as a brownish rose by Stila which I agree with completely. This is the shade I initially thought I’d get the least use from but I really like its warming effect on the skin – almost like a bronzer with a rose tint. Whenever I wear Peony, I feel that it doubles up as both a blush and bronzer which I love.
Gerbera is a rosy, peachy pink shade and is definitely my favourite shade from the palette. I have wanted the full size of Gerbera for a while now, and now I’ve tried it within this palette – it’s made me want it even more. It’s such a pretty, pale shade which can be worn subtly or more intense depending on your preference.
I like to tape Gerbera onto the apples of my cheeks, which gives such a natural, healthy but radiant glow. Gerbera on the skin reminds me of Lime Crime’s Babette lipstick, as they’re both the perfect peachy pink shade that I seem to have an obsession with. I really love this shade, and I imagine it will be the one I use up first.
I’ve seen some reviews and swatches of Rose and to be honest it wasn’t a shade I liked as it just looks red on the cheeks which isn’t a look I particularly want. I’m much more of a peachy pink kinda girl. Having Rose within this palette is a good way for me to go out of my comfort zone occasionally and use a shade I wouldn’t ordinarily look twice at.
Rose is (surprise surprise) a rose pink shade according to Stila, however I don’t see any pink.. it’s very much a reddy brown sort of shade – bordering on berry. It’s my least favourite shade from the palette, as it’s a little too garish against my pale skin so I might just use it as a lip colour.
The last shade within the Stila Color Me Pretty Convertible Color Lip & Cheek Palette is Petunia which is a coral peach cream. I think Petunia and Gerbera are quite similar except Petunia is a touch more coral, whereas Gerbera is more pink. I really love Petunia, it just looks so stunning on the skin and on the lips.
With Petunia I find that I need only the tiniest amount of product as it’s more pigmented than the rest which pleases me as I like it so much. From the five shades, as well as Gerbera, I’ll definitely be purchasing this shade in the full size as I love it and think it’d look gorgeous during the Summer months especially.
I am so pleased I managed to get my hands on one of these before they sell out, which they seem to have done on most places online except Boots. I think £19.50 is such a fantastic price for such a beautiful dual-use palette. The Convertible Colors in the Stila Color Me Pretty Palette are by far my favourite cream blushes, as the shades and formula are amazing. I love the artist tin style packaging too, which protects the product inside perfectly in addition to looking cute.