New Products from Stila – Cruelty Free Brand

As a make up obsessive, there is very little I can resist when it comes to pretty products. I have got better over the last couple of years, and my no spend experiment that I did last year (my no make up buying month)  did help reign in my spending habits. However, new products from the cruelty free brand Stila, are always going to test my resolve!

I only discovered the brand Stila at Christmas this year, when I received one of their long wear lipsticks in my Marks and Spencer advent calendar. By the way, who knew that good ole Marksies did so many fabulous beauty brands?? Im impressed…. Anyywayyy, I fell in love with its formula and staying power, and that one has been a staple in my day to day make up bag since. I wanted to get a couple more, as the anxiety I feel at the thought of it running out is real…… (its not, but you get my point). I had also been eyeing up their Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow eyeshadows, as the positive reviews Id been reading meant I was convinced that I needed one in my life! Sadly, it was never to be as the colour that I really wanted, I mean really wanted more than chocolate, was always sold out! We never hooked up and I felt bereft ever since……

Welllll, enter stage right Glitter and Glows twin sister, Shimmer and Glow, the newly launched little sass pot of an eyeshadow! The online description told me that these new products had the same liquid eyeshadow formula as its twin, but with more shimmer than glitter. Now, I know what your thinking, someone best call the make up police coz this cheeky 45 year old beauty blogger is wearing shimmery eye shadow! I am. I do. And I blooming love it! You know me by now, I’m not abiding by any make up rules, if I like it, Im slapping it on my peepers. Shimmer on my beauties, shimmer on!

new product launches from Stila

The colour that I had been after in this new range of 6 colours, and finally managed to track down, was Kitten. A champagne/nude colour that I thought was perfect for my spring make up bag. I often like to just wear a light colour all over my eyelids, sometimes a flick of liquid liner (sometimes not) and mascara. Simple, natural and fresh. This colour is perfect for that look. I LOVE the application of these new offerings. I am all about making my life easier, and I have found with these I can use the applicator they come with to literally whack it on my eyelid, then I use an eyeshadow brush to blend it. Job done. It really is that simple. I do tend to apply one eye, blend it in, then apply to the other eye as the liquid sets fairly quickly. Not so quickly that you feel like you have to be like Edward Scissorhands of the make up world, but quick enough that its easier to do one at a time.

Stila shimmer and glow eyeshadow - Kitten
Stila “Kitten” taken in full sunlight

Do you want to talk about the staying power? These stay looking pretty perfect all day long. No creasing, no flaking. I do use a primer under my eyeshadows, (Urban Decay Prime Potion) so this could aid the staying power, but its fab. I found that I got about 9/10 hours before I felt that I started noticing any patches or movement of the colour. Yep, even on my 45 year old crinkly eyes! They are completley comfortable to wear, and I really, really like the shimmer. It just lifts the whole eye and makes me feel brighter. Even my 16 year old son said it looks “well good’ so thats a seal of approval right there. I find the product removes easily at the end of my day with my usual cleaner, no rubbing or pulling on my poor old girl eyes needed. I love this so much that I am going to pick up another. I have my eye on Grace and Jezebel…..Thinking about it, those names could be two ends of the scale of good behaviour, so I will see what mood I am in when I make my purchase as to what name I choose hahaha!

You can get your hands on them all at this link – Shimmer and Glow Liquid eyeshadows

Lets move on to my lippy purchase. The new colours that Stila have launched in the Stay all day Liquid Lipsticks are the same formula and durability as the originals, but have gone a little more sheer on us. They give a slightly more subtle wash of colour with a little softer finish. Again, there are 6 new additions, and I bought the colour Sheer Patina, which is a soft pink, perfect for Spring. Its gorgeous. These dry to a matte finish, but quite a soft matte finish, if that makes sense? They look almost like you have pressed them onto the lips. I really like the finish.

Stila new product launch Sheer Patina

Like all matte lip products, they can feel a little bit drying, especially if you already have dry lips, after a few hours wear. A little tip that I found makes the job a goodun, when I put my morning moisturiser on, I apply some of my Carex lip balm, or my eye gel to my lips too. Then, by the time I am ready to apply my make up, my lips are moisturised. This works a treat with all my matte lip products. I do suffer with quite dry lips, so I dont tend to wear matte lip products everyday. I can get away with about 4/5 out of 7 days.

The formulation of these lippies means that they slightly stain the lips, so you feel like you have a wash of colour in place all day long. I do re-apply once throughout the day, usually after lunch. If I am doing my long work days, (where I work 9am to 8pm) I do apply a little lip balm from early evening onwards, a couple of times. This just refreshes the colour a bit, and gives me a little moisture. I do talk quite a bit in my job, so this does dry me out a little more. I dont tend to have to reapply if I am just out shopping, in doors doing stuff etc. The photo below was after 5 hours wear.

Stil anew stay all day lip - Sheer Patina
Wear after 5 hours

You can get your hands on them at this link – Stay All Day Liquid Lip £16

As the finish of these newly launched shades have a softer finish, I will probably swap to this one for spring/summer from my other Stila lippie. Its just a really pretty look.

So there you go, thats it. What do you think? Have you tried any of these offerings from Stila yet? Anything else in the range that you recommend? Are you like me and a fan of shimmer eye products? Have any of you tried the Glitter and Glow eyeshadows?

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  1. Lise
    April 18, 2018 / 8:07 am

    I haven’t tried anything from Stila yet, but man oh man, I’m very tempted to now because these look so nice. Great reviews Kerry xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 18, 2018 / 8:22 am

      I was the same Lise, I dont know how I had never tried anything from them. Im so impressed. The eyeshadow has literally become my favourite thing in my make up bag at the minute! Thanks for reading lovely xxx

  2. April 18, 2018 / 8:45 am

    I’m the same – I only discovered this brand at Christmas and to be honest I didn’t know that they were cruelty-free. I do have a couple of liquid lippies in my collection, but usually tend to go for the other type. I wonder if they do any of those. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on them XX

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 18, 2018 / 8:47 am

      Yes they have a pretty strict policy with regards to cruelty free, and even pulled out of China because of their regulations. They do have “normal” lipsticks too, have a look. I really like them as a brand. Thanks for popping over xx

  3. April 18, 2018 / 8:58 am

    I really need more cruelty free beauty products. I use to buy a lot of Stila years ago now when it was considered a ‘luxury’ brand and had it’s own counters like YSL etc. The colours are gorgeous and that shimmer is so pretty for summer (well all year round!). xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 18, 2018 / 10:33 am

      Oh did they? I never knew they used to have their own counters. They are so under rated i think. Their packaging and everything feels so high end. I am obsessed with the eyeshadow. Im definitely picking up another one. Thanks for popping by xx

      • April 18, 2018 / 11:14 am

        Yeah they use to be quite high-end and in places like Selfridges. I remember thinking they were one of the best. But the brand went bust due to bad management and years later it got put together with new owners.
        They are really underrated. I just don’t think they are promoted or advertised enough as other brands out there. xx

        • kerrylifeandloves
          April 18, 2018 / 8:49 pm

          Thats so interesting! I like to understand the background of companies. they have a real high end feel to them, i have been impressed. Im keen to try other bits! Thanks for the info xxxx

  4. Sticks and the City
    April 18, 2018 / 9:02 am

    Love the colours! Might have to look into Stila, i need stuff with staying power!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 18, 2018 / 10:34 am

      Oh I would so recommend that you do. The eyeshadow in particular stays put all day long! Thank you for reading x

  5. April 18, 2018 / 9:39 am

    I’ve never tried anything from Stila but I have always wanted too as I love the look of their products and that they are cruelty free. These lip shades are perfect for summer so I just might have to check these out! Great review, lovely!

    Samantha |

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 18, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      Thank you so much! The new shades, the sheer ranges, are just gorgeous for summer. Let me know if you end up with one (and the colour) Thanks for reading xx

  6. April 18, 2018 / 10:00 am

    I haven’t tried this brand but will look for it. Lipstick is something I wear so staying power I want. Also yeah to people over 40 rocking shimmering shadows.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 18, 2018 / 8:52 pm

      I blooming love a shimmer haha! They stay put so well. I have just removed the eyeshadow, it had been on for 11 hours and had very little signs of wear. Well worth the money! Thanks for reading xx

  7. April 18, 2018 / 10:49 am

    I haven’t tried anything from Stila, but I have been wanting to try their eyeshadows since they look so easy to use! Also the lipstick is gorgeous & perfect for Spring!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 18, 2018 / 8:51 pm

      They are literally the easiest thing to use! I love make up that is no faffing about, so these tick all the boxes for me! Im sure you would love them xx Thanks for reading x

  8. Losing the Plot
    April 18, 2018 / 11:48 am

    It’s lovely to see such a range of cruelty free cosmetics now, I remember when it was very much a niche market and if you looked for that you were thought of as weird. It’s such a big deal that it’s now normal

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 18, 2018 / 8:42 pm

      I totally agree. Since I have started my little quest to find more cruelty free brands, I have been amazed at how far they have come. I love that brands are being more conscious. Thanks for reading xx

  9. April 18, 2018 / 11:50 am

    I never tried anything from Stila, but I really like that eye shadow. It’s so pretty. xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 18, 2018 / 8:56 pm

      They are such an under rated brand, I dont know why! If you get the chance to check them out, Im sure youd love them xx Thanks for your comment xx

  10. April 18, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    I’ve never bought anything from Stila but their stuff looks fab from what I’ve seen in M&S! I like the idea of matte but more sheer, probably more wearable for a day to day lippie when you’re out and about doing things. That shimmer on the eyeshadow is goooorgeous, can’t wait to see some photos with it on xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 18, 2018 / 1:26 pm

      It looks like such a more expensive brand than it is I think. I adore the eyeshadows, the other colours that I like are so summery too. I am defo picking more up. As soon as I master taking photos of make up on my face, I will post them. It always washes out on my face when I try to get a picture. Any tips, gratefully received!

  11. April 18, 2018 / 1:28 pm

    Never tried anything from stila yet but really want to try their metal glitters. These shades are pretty & looks super pretty on you.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 18, 2018 / 8:37 pm

      The metal glitters look amazing, let me know if you get one! I still may pick one of those up. I will definitely be getting a couple more of these shimmer and glows. Thanks for stopping by.

  12. Blush and Brews
    April 18, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    I LOOOOVE Stila, and these are gorgeous! Can’t wait to get my hands on that shimmer!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 18, 2018 / 8:39 pm

      Ohhhh its all about the shimmer! Summer shimmer, pretty lip colours, drinking cocktails in the sunshine! Yayyyy

  13. April 19, 2018 / 2:49 pm

    I will always choose cruelty free products whenever I’m buying for my girl. Thanks for posting it here for all of us

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 20, 2018 / 7:06 am

      You are more than welcome, I hope it helps x

      • April 21, 2018 / 11:40 am


  14. April 20, 2018 / 6:57 am

    I live five minutes away from an M&S that stocks Stila and have bought a few of their products. I popped in yesterday to have a look at the two fab products. That shimmer really does shimmer. Did you see the glitter ones? They are so pretty but being a lady of advancing years( or so my mother tells me ) I’m apparently not supposed to wear glitter! The lippy has amazing staying power. I tested it on the back of my hand and after countless hand washes and a shower I can still make it out! The depth of colour is fab too. The only thing that stopped me buying was they were out of stock of my favourite colours! xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 20, 2018 / 7:09 am

      Ohhh the glitter ones really glitter dont they and, you gorgeous lady, if you want to wear glitter then you blooming well wear it. Make up rules schhmalls I say! I know what you mean about them always being out of stock, thats why I had to order online. Hopefully the link on my post should have the full colour range (well it did when I posted it) They usually do free shipping too! Im here for you…….haha xx Thank you for reading xxxx

  15. April 20, 2018 / 6:45 pm

    I love the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks. I got a set of three for chistmas (including patina) and I think they’re great! I am dying to try the eyeshadows but they’re so pricey!x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 21, 2018 / 6:47 am

      Im such a fan of Stila now, I cant believe Id not tried them. I know what you mean about the eyeshadows, and I did think about it, but they will last and last because you need the smallest amount! Maybe they will have sale at some point, I plan on grabbing another few if they do! Thank you for reading xxx

  16. April 23, 2018 / 9:28 pm

    Okay I need both of those!! Like you I was dying to try the stila glitters, I never gave in and got one though.. I’m not sure why.. but the shimmer ones sound like an even better buy as they look like the could be worn for everyday as well as glammed up at night! I have the stila highlight in kitten and love the shade so I’ll definitely be picking up the eyeshadow!
    That lip colour is really gorgeous on you, I’ve never tried a stila lip product but you’ve completely sold me.. bye bye bank balance!!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    • kerrylifeandloves
      April 23, 2018 / 10:14 pm

      Ohhh you slay in the perseverance stakes! I gave up. The shimmers are just gorgeous, Im positive you will like them. You are right, they can be worn in a subtle way for day with no problem, thats how I tend to wear them. Let me know if you pick anything up, being a fellow make up addict, im always keen to hear about anyones make up goodies! Thanks for reading xxx

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