Stila Mango Crush Lip and Cheek Stain Review and Swatches

I can’t believe I’m about to say this but this morning when I was test driving Stila Mango Crush I realized I was too pale to use it. Gasp! Outrageous right? Although it looks mighty nice on I think it’ll look way more flattering, gulp still can’t believe I’m saying this, on sunny skin. Obviously Stila’s intention was to make a shade that was flattering on tanned skin and in this case I’m in agreement with them.

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You’ve been reading Musings long enough by now probably to realize what an advocate the Muse is when it comes to brightening, whitening, and remaining as pale as possible. I’m a medium fair skin and I do everything in my power to bring my skin down to, at the very least, a fair shade without looking too ghastly. I think I blend out well enough that you’d never realize my skin was a shade or two darker than it actually really is. This morning I was having a test run with Stila Mango Crush and I realized that it’ll actually be way more flattering if I simply sat in the sun for a while or used a tinted bronzer or bronzing powder prior to applying.

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I’m loving the shade. It’s a gorgeous deep coral color that has a hint of a pearly shimmer that’s very pretty. It’s plenty pigmented to give a nice pop of peach to cheeks. I think the idea was for it to taste like mango as with the other stains in the line they taste and smell like their namesakes. However, I thought it tasted like cucumber and not mango.

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The stain comes in a click style pen and with a brush applicator. Simply click for a squirt of color and brush on. A per my rantings in my prior reviews I’m not a fan of using the product on my lips and following up on my face so I’ve taken to simply wiping it clean with a MAC Cleansing Cloth after each use. My first venture with Stila Cherry Crush I ended up purchasing one for my lips and one for my cheeks but I’ve become economy friendly now and just wipe down the brush after use with the cloth and I’m good to rumble. I like the style of packaging as it’s travel friendly and mess, fuss-free.

As mentioned above it gives a rather lovely pop of peach to my cheeks but I think it would look even better on a tanned face. Tomorrow I’m going to try using a bit of a bronzing powder to see how it looks on. The shade is quite pigmented and should work well on most skin types however it may not be deep enough for a darker skin tone. It looks quite nice and natural on lips as well.

Overall, I really loved Stila Mango Crush and must say I love that they keep extending this line and growing it with new shades. It’s a wonderful color for Summer and it’ll work well into the Fall. The stain is long wearing with no touch ups between so it’s virtually sweat proof, rain proof, and sunny day proof. Even when the rest of your makeup has well worn away you’ll still be sporting a sunny shade of sunset on the apples of your cheeks!

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Well done Stila! Keep crushing and the Muse will keep buying! Stila Mango Crush Lip and Cheek Stain is Muse Approved for purchase. This was a little sneak peek review so you’ll have to wait a little longer for Mango Crush, she’ll be available in May from Stila and Sephora. For now check out Cherry Crush and Pomegranate Crush for cure your lemmings!

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  • 4/18/11 13:27 Lorraine ER:

    I’ve never used any of the Stila lip&cheek stains but I’ve played around with them at sephora and they seem super bright and also difficult to blend. How do you apply these and do you think they are difficult to work with or that they end up super bright or garish looking?

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    • 4/18/11 13:31 the Muse:

      i like them alot lorraine but they do occasionally prove bitchy to use. One problem is that dry down really fast so you have to blend out quick or end up with patchy, spotty colored areas on your cheeks. I normally click it up and swipe the brush across my cheeks and proceed to blend out fast with my finger tips. It really depends on the bright/garish part. I’m so heavy handed I prob look clown-y in my photos ;-D however you can easily do a very subtle touch of the color and build up slowly. I think they give a natural flush but some folks feel they are TOO pigmented.

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      • 4/18/11 21:25 LorraineER:

        Actually you make them look nice and subtle, it was swatching them that made me wonder if they may be a bit too bright. I actually love bright but not for summer because It’s sooo humid and nasty here I end up sweating off my makeup and if all that’s left is a super bright lip it can look odd, lol. For winter when my foundation stays put I am more daring with color! I think my verdict is that I want them but I’ll wait till it gets cooler. I think they’ll be great for layering lip products!

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        • 5/13/11 14:23 the Muse:

          hey lorraine sorry delayed reply girl trying to get myself to reply to backed up comments aw thanks, I always feel I am too heavy handed. You should also try vincent longo’s stains. those are equally as good!

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