12.04.2015
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Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush
0.21 fl. oz. for $25
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Last Updated:12.04.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes

Stila's Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush has a fluid, liqu-gel texture that melds with skin (rather than seeping into pores or clinging to dry patches), creating a naturally flushed appearance. The shade range delivers beautifully is on its promise to impart a sheer wash of color, while making skin pop with vibrant hues or a dewy glow. Some may find the dispenser a bit annoying, but if you can overlook that, Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush is worth checking out.

Let's start with the packaging. One of the unique things about this jar-packaged blush is its "mesh-touch color dispenser." Once you unscrew the cap, inside you'll find a layer of flexible mesh, which you press with your fingertip, sponge, or brush to release the color. We didn't exactly find this design helpful and can only imagine you'd have to take it apart to get the last remnants of the formula, but it's not a deal breaker considering this product has a lot else going for it.

Although the colors are limited to just a handful of shades, what's there is attractive and suitable for a variety of skin tones. Some of the colors add a hint of luminosity via shimmer (totally appropriate for daytime—no obvious sparkles), and others have a vibrant hue to make skin pop. The level of pigmentation varies by shade, but the lightweight, thin, fluid formula is buildable if you want more color, and blends smoothly whether on bare skin or over foundation.

The wear time varies a bit depending on your skin type and how richly you apply it, but eight hours is pretty standard—a little less if you apply this in an ultra-sheer manner or have very oily skin.

The bottom line: We'd recommend Stila's Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush for anyone looking for an alternative to powder blush. It's ability to blend in with skin (rather than look like it's sitting on top of it) is one of this blush's finer qualities, and the fact that it comes in adorable colors that give skin a naturally flushed appearance sweetens the deal.

Pros:
  • Liqui-gel formula blends in with skin rather than seeping into pores or clinging to dry patches.
  • Imparts a naturally flushed wash of color.
  • Some shades add a hint of luminosity via shimmer; others have a vibrant hue that adds a pop of color to cheeks.
Cons:
  • None (well maybe the packaging).
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Stila's Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush has a fluid, liqu-gel texture that melds with skin (rather than seeping into pores or clinging to dry patches), creating a naturally flushed appearance. The shade range delivers beautifully is on its promise to impart a sheer wash of color, while making skin pop with vibrant hues or a dewy glow. Some may find the dispenser a bit annoying, but if you can overlook that, Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush is worth checking out.

Let's start with the packaging. One of the unique things about this jar-packaged blush is its "mesh-touch color dispenser." Once you unscrew the cap, inside you'll find a layer of flexible mesh, which you press with your fingertip, sponge, or brush to release the color. We didn't exactly find this design helpful and can only imagine you'd have to take it apart to get the last remnants of the formula, but it's not a deal breaker considering this product has a lot else going for it.

Although the colors are limited to just a handful of shades, what's there is attractive and suitable for a variety of skin tones. Some of the colors add a hint of luminosity via shimmer (totally appropriate for daytime—no obvious sparkles), and others have a vibrant hue to make skin pop. The level of pigmentation varies by shade, but the lightweight, thin, fluid formula is buildable if you want more color, and blends smoothly whether on bare skin or over foundation.

The wear time varies a bit depending on your skin type and how richly you apply it, but eight hours is pretty standard—a little less if you apply this in an ultra-sheer manner or have very oily skin.

The bottom line: We'd recommend Stila's Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush for anyone looking for an alternative to powder blush. It's ability to blend in with skin (rather than look like it's sitting on top of it) is one of this blush's finer qualities, and the fact that it comes in adorable colors that give skin a naturally flushed appearance sweetens the deal.

Pros:
  • Liqui-gel formula blends in with skin rather than seeping into pores or clinging to dry patches.
  • Imparts a naturally flushed wash of color.
  • Some shades add a hint of luminosity via shimmer; others have a vibrant hue that adds a pop of color to cheeks.
Cons:
  • None (well maybe the packaging).
Ingredients
Water, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Isododecane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Silica, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Isostearate, Mica, Propylene Carbonate, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylyl Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Tin Oxide, Aluminum Hydroxide. May Contain:Titanium Dioxide, Red 28 Lake, Iron Oxides, Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Yellow 5 Lake, Carmine.
Brand Overview

Stila At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive for a department-store/boutique line; the foundations are remarkable in most respects, especially shade selection and texture; bronzing powder with sunscreen; very good options for blush and eyeshadow; the Brow Polish and Lip Shine are standouts; several attractive, versatile shimmer products; great makeup brushes.

Weaknesses: Convertible Eye Color and Kajal Eye Liner have too many weaknesses; some problematic lip glosses; the lip pencils are average at best. Skin care that means well but contains fragrant irritants.

Makeup artist Jeanine Lobell has been at the helm of Stila since its inception in 1994, and her creations have an impressive history of blending innovation with eye-catching, fun packaging. Of course, this innovation is not without its price, and you will find some rather ordinary products where the packaging or dispensing method is the only thing that's exciting. Where Lobell struck gold is with her superlative collection of foundations. We’ve examined hundreds of makeup lines for this and previous editions of this book, and Stila has had and continues to maintain one of the best collections of truly neutral foundation colors. For anyone confused about what we mean by "neutral tones," you need look no further, though we are pleased that more mainstream lines (including L'Oreal, Revlon, Clinique, and even Cover Girl) are now creating wonderfully neutral foundation colors. Stila's foundations aren't inexpensive, but it's critical to get a foundation that's right for you, and that may mean splurging. Other stellar categories include concealers, blush, eyeshadows, brushes, and much better mascaras than in years past.

Once an independent brand with a first-to-market approach to clever cardboard packaging that was sleek, urban, and utilitarian at the same time, Stila's presence and product lineup and distribution expanded (with mostly favorable results) when it was acquired by Estee Lauder in 1999. It was a bit perplexing when Lauder announced in late 2005 that it would sell Stila to "optimize our portfolio of brands" and put more attention (read: financial resources) into their M.A.C. and Bobbi Brown brands (Source: The Rose Sheet, April 17, 2006, page 4). Ironically, of those three brands, Stila has the most compelling collection of products. M.A.C. and Bobbi Brown are no slouches, but Stila always had a slight edge, at least in the complexion-enhancing categories.

An affiliate of Sun Capital Partners (naming itself Stila Corporation) bought the brand from Lauder in spring 2006 and has been at the helm since. Lauder's no longer owning Stila led to the brand's hasty exit from department stores, a move that left many shoppers wondering what the heck happened (and, at least in the stores we visited, the sales associates were vague about the line's future). Luckily, Stila still has a home in Sephora stores worldwide, and is randomly distributed in select department stores. That's great news, because there is much to love about this line, and the most recent crop of products proves that Stila has every intention of remaining a competitive player in the compelling game that is the cosmetics industry.

For more information about Stila, call 866.784.5201 or visit www.stilacosmetics.com.

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Stila At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive for a department-store/boutique line; the foundations are remarkable in most respects, especially shade selection and texture; bronzing powder with sunscreen; very good options for blush and eyeshadow; the Brow Polish and Lip Shine are standouts; several attractive, versatile shimmer products; great makeup brushes.

Weaknesses: Convertible Eye Color and Kajal Eye Liner have too many weaknesses; some problematic lip glosses; the lip pencils are average at best. Skin care that means well but contains fragrant irritants.

Makeup artist Jeanine Lobell has been at the helm of Stila since its inception in 1994, and her creations have an impressive history of blending innovation with eye-catching, fun packaging. Of course, this innovation is not without its price, and you will find some rather ordinary products where the packaging or dispensing method is the only thing that's exciting. Where Lobell struck gold is with her superlative collection of foundations. We’ve examined hundreds of makeup lines for this and previous editions of this book, and Stila has had and continues to maintain one of the best collections of truly neutral foundation colors. For anyone confused about what we mean by "neutral tones," you need look no further, though we are pleased that more mainstream lines (including L'Oreal, Revlon, Clinique, and even Cover Girl) are now creating wonderfully neutral foundation colors. Stila's foundations aren't inexpensive, but it's critical to get a foundation that's right for you, and that may mean splurging. Other stellar categories include concealers, blush, eyeshadows, brushes, and much better mascaras than in years past.

Once an independent brand with a first-to-market approach to clever cardboard packaging that was sleek, urban, and utilitarian at the same time, Stila's presence and product lineup and distribution expanded (with mostly favorable results) when it was acquired by Estee Lauder in 1999. It was a bit perplexing when Lauder announced in late 2005 that it would sell Stila to "optimize our portfolio of brands" and put more attention (read: financial resources) into their M.A.C. and Bobbi Brown brands (Source: The Rose Sheet, April 17, 2006, page 4). Ironically, of those three brands, Stila has the most compelling collection of products. M.A.C. and Bobbi Brown are no slouches, but Stila always had a slight edge, at least in the complexion-enhancing categories.

An affiliate of Sun Capital Partners (naming itself Stila Corporation) bought the brand from Lauder in spring 2006 and has been at the helm since. Lauder's no longer owning Stila led to the brand's hasty exit from department stores, a move that left many shoppers wondering what the heck happened (and, at least in the stores we visited, the sales associates were vague about the line's future). Luckily, Stila still has a home in Sephora stores worldwide, and is randomly distributed in select department stores. That's great news, because there is much to love about this line, and the most recent crop of products proves that Stila has every intention of remaining a competitive player in the compelling game that is the cosmetics industry.

For more information about Stila, call 866.784.5201 or visit www.stilacosmetics.com.