Stila Illuminating Beauty Balm, Review

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Sephora says: An all-in-one, high-definition, age-defying beauty balm enriched with broad-spectrum SPF 30. Add a touch of illumination with this revolutionary, oil-free formula that uses the smallest particle of coated pigments for seamless, smooth coverage. Ideal for all skin types and skintones, this beauty balm gives skin a lit-from-within glow. The formula is infused with innovative micro-spheres, which have been shown to hide skin imperfections and reduce the appearance of wrinkle depth by up to 84 percent. It also contains natural, skin-protecting emollients, which have been shown to increase antioxidant activity by up to 89.7 percent. Enriched with a proprietary blend, this balm helps reduce skin inflammation, improve texture, support collagen production, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles by up to 67 percent.

Upon seeing the word “Illuminating,” I thought my oily skin would hate this product.  Generally anything that adds luminosity to the skin is a nightmare for us naturally shiny skinned gals.

I tried this product on its own, with no moisturizer and no foundation over it.  It did manage to slightly camouflage some redness and unevenness in my skin (more coverage than the Urban Decay BB), but still not by itself (for me).  Now, if you have near perf skin and just want a little somethin’ somethin’, then I think you’ll love this.  For me, however, I need a little more.

I also noticed it made my face shiny within 30 minutes.  Now, if I had a dry skin and needed a bit of a shine boost, then that would’ve been great news.  I, however, don’t need help in that department.  My face will shine bright like a diamond on its own.  I tried using this under my foundation, and what do you know?  It worked fabulously as a primer.  I was really surprised that I wasn’t shiny-faced by mid-day.  It lasted a full 9 hours underneath my makeup, just as I would expect a primer to do.

If you have dry skin and you’re looking for a low maintenance light coverage product, this is exactly what you’re looking for.  If you have oily/combination skin, this will work great as a primer underneath a foundation (liquid or powder).

Glitter Rating: 3 / 5

Where: Sephora, Stila, Amazon. Price: $38.00/1.3oz.
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Where: Sephora, Stila, Amazon. Price: $38.00/1.3oz.

Have you tried the Stila BB?  What’s your favorite BB cream?

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Drink water. Wear SPF.

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