Stila 10 in 1 Illuminating Beauty Balm SPF 30
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"For skin that looks lit from within, add a touch of illumination with Stila's all-in-one, high-definition, age-defying beauty balm with SPF 30."
~~Fair warning! I'm not sure what it was, but my camera refused to focus at all for this product. Perhaps my camera is anti-Stila?
-Hydrates and nourishes skin
-Hides skin imperfections
-Reduces pore size
-Helps fight against acne
-Illuminates and primes skin
-Ideal for all skin types
Butylphenyl Methyl Propional, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Decarboxy Carnosine HCl, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer , Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance/Parfum, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hexyl Cinnamic Aldehyde, Hexylene Glycol, Hydroxypropylcocoate PEG-8 Dimethicone, Isododecane , Isopentyldiol, Limonene, Linalool, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-37, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Physalis Angulata Extract , Phytic Acid, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Propylene Carbonate, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Silica, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Water. May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
The only real trigger I saw from this was Sodium Hydroxide which hit a 5 on irritants. There's also Mica inside this product which I personally have a few friends with bad allergies, so make sure to do a swatch test before slapping all over the face.
I really absolutely love the scent of this BB cream. It's very fruity and almost reminds me a bit of Marc Jacobs' Daisy fragrance. It's a bit on the heavy side but quickly fades away once it settles onto the skin.
The bottle itself comes in the usual Stila paper like boxes, I believe so they can be recycled? The front has a cut out so you can easily see the bottle and how big it is. The tube is very shiny and metallic looking with a black twist bottom. It's just a squeeze tube, but the applicator reminds me of the smaller Missha BB cream tubes. It's not exactly hygienic, but oh well.
When I first swatched it it came out a bright orange color which honestly shocked the bleep out of me. I kept wondering how this was going to even blend into my skin or if i'd end up looking like i'd gotten a horrid fake tan. I know a lot of Korean BB creams oxidize to match the skin tone so I figured this one might do the same.
At first it does make the skin look a bit orange, but as it oxidizes it does leave the skin looking like you've gotten a very nice bronzed glow. It has small shimmer particles to keep the skin looking hydrated and fresh. It gives a very youthful appearance and definitely brightens the skin. It's very lightweight as it should be as a BB cream, but I can't even feel it on my skin and have forgotten a few times i'm actually wearing makeup. Although it lists it as a primer, I felt like that actually did nothing for me. Whenever I applied foundation on top it immediately lost its luster and shine, which is the entire point of this cream. I've mixed it with some foundations and found I need almost a 3-1 to make the glow apparent, but it really didn't help keep the foundation on longer, or help it apply smoothly which is what a primer usually does. As with most American BB creams, it has terrible coverage. It does cover a little bit but not enough to be used as a daily "foundation." I do have smile lines which annoy me and make me slightly panic every day more and more, so I was excited when I saw this helped reduce wrinkles. I've used this baby for a couple of months now and I've noticed absolutely no difference in wrinkles or pore size. I don't break out often so I can't make or break that claim, but since it does contain Mica, I could see how it could easily irritate the skin.
-Lasts very long on skin
-Doesn't do anything primer wise
-No difference in overall skin
-Must be used alone to get the "Glow" effect
I've accepted the fact that this thing will never do anything more than give me a soft glow when my skin looks absolutely perfect (rarely) and I need nothing more than a soft glow. I have to hand it to Stila, it definitely DOES give a lit from within glow, it's just unusable with anything else which is sad. I wouldn't repurchase this, especially with the price when there's so many other wonderful options for 1/3 of the price.
* This product was provided to me as gratis from Sephora as I was an employee. My opinions and thoughts are my own~