Stila's annual mini Lip Glaze set has arrived. It's a Holiday 2011 collection item, but it doesn't seem particularly wintery or Christmassy or even holiday-themed at all. Apart from the one use of the word 'holiday' on the back of the package, they could probably get away with selling this all year. This year's set contains four best selling permanent shades and four limited edition shades exclusive to the kit.
The shades are: Fantasy, Kitten, Believe, Dreamy, Starfruit, Kaleidoscope, Grapefruit and Apricot. Note the caps on Fantasy and Apricot. This is the first time I've ever seen it happen, but those ones leaked in shipping.
The packaging is the standard Stila Lip Glaze click pen design, just in a smaller 0.05fl oz / 1.5ml size.
Swatched with flash and without (please click to enlarge): Fantasy, Kitten, Believe, Dreamy, Starfruit, Kaleidoscope, Grapefruit and Apricot.
I thought that Kaleidoscope looked extra pretty so I took a bigger picture of it to show you the tiny pastel multicolored sparkle in it. There's blue!
Stila Lip Glaze normally has a sticky formula and these are no exception. They're sticky and actually a little dry feeling, but somehow the formula on these feels different than other Lip Glazes I own. This set is made in China and normally Lip Glaze is made in the USA, so that might explain the different feel of these. They smell a little different, too. Lip Glaze has a very distinct base scent that you can always smell over the added scents, but it's not present in these.
What I liked:
- Nice, inexpensive way to try a lot of different colors.
- Set can be broken up into individual gifts.
- They didn't put the ugly paper stickers on the tubes this year.
- The shades are all scented.
- Kaleidoscope and Believe are very pretty.
- Packaging is nicer looking this year, not just a plain cardboard box.
What I didn't like:
- Formula on these feels slightly uncomfortable on my lips. It's the combination of grit plus sticky with lack of moisture.
- The shine and color aren't long lasting, but the stickiness stays on your lips long after the shine has worn away.
- Apricot, Grapefruit and Starfruit seem to be in every Stila set, so lots of duplicates.
- Some of the tubes leaked during shipping, which is something I've never seen a Lip Glaze do before.
- The colors in this year's set aren't as interesting as in previous years. Mostly sheer nudes/neutrals with only a little sparkle or color.
Overall, a cute little set but nothing too exciting. Lots of repeats of popular shades, so if you collect Lip Glazes or buy Stila frequently, you probably already have four of the eight colors in the set. You could always give them individually as gifts, especially since they didn't put those big ugly stickers on the tubes like they did last year. The four limited edition shades are definitely the standouts in this set.
This is limited edition and retails for $25 at Sephora, Ulta or on Stila's website.
(This was sent to me for review.)