October 15, 2008

Stila Holiday Collection 2008: Stila Step Out and Shine Color Collection and Handbag Gift Set Review

Stila’s Holiday Collection 2008 is turning out wonderfully well so far! I really love when Stila releases kits for the Holidays as they are always filled with great items and have a super sweet price tag attached!

One item in particular that grabbed my attention is the Stila Step Out and Shine Color Collection and Handbag Gift Set. The really awesome thing about Stila Step Out and Shine would be the fact that it includes the brand new, not yet debuted Stila Pomegranate Crush Cheek and Lip Stain! W00t! Score!

You know how much I loved Stila Cherry Crush? Take a trip down memory lane…CLICK!

Well, take Stila Cherry Crush and amp it up a little bit, deepen it, darken it, create a more intensely flushing shade and you’ll have Stila Pomegranate Crush!

Excited? I am but you can chalk that up to my great love of stains!

Stila Pomegranate Crush multitasks as a cheek and a lip stain and as per my earlier review of Stila Cherry Crush I have beef with using a product on my face that has already touched my lips! The Muse is anal about germs to say the least. So I highly recommend using the mini size that’s available with this gift set for your lips and later, when it debuts, grab yourself a full size for your cheeks!

Pomegranate Crush is a deeper shade of red than Cherry Crush which was much more pink. The color is ideal for Fall as it has a certain cast of maroon to it which is delightful!

This morning I was trying to locate my Stila Cherry Crush as I wanted to compare the two but sadly I couldn’t find! Swatches to follow later today!

The kit includes a slew of other goodies to create a quick, simple, flattering Holiday face! Aside from Stila Pomegranate Crush you’ll also receive the following items:

Stila Convertible Color in Orchid
Stila All Over Shimmer Luminize
Stila Multi-Effect Mascara Black
Stila Pomegranate Crush (as mentioned above)
A cute silver clutch with purple lining and a Stila emblem tag inside!

The Stila Convertible Color you’ll get is not available in the regular line up which makes the kit extra special that it included an item you normally can’t get. The color is a reddish maroon shade which adds just the right flush to cheeks and lips. A lighter hand will get you a blushing look while a heavier hand will create a deeper pop of color on cheeks! Convertible Color is appropriately named as it can easily convert from a cheek product to a lip product. How you use it is entirely up to you! I’ve reviewed Convertible Color prior to this and it’s one of favorite products from Stila as I adore products that multitask and allow for quick application!

Stila All Over Shimmer Luminize is a shimmery, light wear cream that can be used on lids, cheeks, or lips for an added touch of sparkling highlight! The is my first experience with the All Over Shimmer Luminize and I liked it! I tried it on my eyes as an all over color wash and it worked a treat at creating a rather natural highlight to my eyes.

This is my first experience with Stila Multi-Effect Mascara and it’s quite good. This is a nice volumizing mascara that gives a brilliant feather effect to lashes. It separates perfectly while creating a full look, plump look to lashes!

Before Mascara:

After Mascara:

For the look I created below I used everything in the kit and only added a bit of Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero and some gloss to bring the look together.

With Gloss:

Without Gloss

I started my look by applying the Stila All Over Shimmer Luminize on my lids and following up with two layers of Stila Multi-Effect Mascara. I followed up by applying Stila Convertible Color in Orchid to my cheeks and completed the look by applying Stila Pomegranate Crush to my lips!

The results: A simply, classic flushed look that was both simple and elegant.

I recommend the kit for cooler and warmer skin types as the kit is plenty pigmented to suit any tone. The kit is ideal for those who are super busy during the Holidays and want a quick, easy, and fun look on the go! It doesn’t take a ton of work or time to apply and the results are beautiful and natural!

I liked this one alot so I’m Muse Approving it for purchase!

I did notice an interesting fact about this kit. The one Stila is offering includes all of the goodies I listed however Sephora has an exclusive kit that also contains an eye quad which I thought was really nice as well!

Whichever Stila Step Out and Shine Color Collection suits you, rest assured your Muse loved this one!

It makes a killer gift but you know you want it for yourself anyway so why bother right? Hehe!

Love this?

Loving anything from the Stila Holiday 2008 Collection?

Any of the items on your wish list?

Tell the Muse!

Stila SPF 20 Shine Lip Color Review

Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder Review

Stila Convertible Color Review


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Starchild

    That is a great look on you. I haven’t purchased any Stila in a while and this kit might change that. The colors look very suitable for my skin tone. And not to mention I LOVE pomegranate…

  • the Muse

    hi again starchild!

    Thank you kindly 🙂

    It’s been a while for me too but last year, after the re-introduction of the stila girls I noticed I purchase alot more Stila! I always look forward to the Holiday selections as they are great bargains 🙂

    ugh the pomegranate is so yums..have you tried cherry crush yet by chance? it’s fab!

    Thanks for the comment 🙂

  • Citrine

    Hey the Muse!

    I am so excited about the pomegranate crush (I love the cherry crush too!…well, I sorta bought that because if your review ) and the package is so cute!

    The convertible color look nice too!

    I think I am heading toward sephora right now…


  • Laurie

    I like this set a lot! I can’t wait to get it – the bag is so pretty and so are the contents:) That is one of my favorite mascaras.

    Wasn’t there supposed to be the Montmarte quad with this as well?

  • the Muse

    Hiya Citrine!

    I adore cherry crush too! Aw shucks I’m flattered you brought it after my review 🙂 Cheers mate!

    LOL…this kit is too hard to resist..I like the simplicity. It’s such an easy holiday look 😉 That really appeals to me right now when I’m SO swamped!

    Let me know if you get it 🙂

  • the Muse

    Hey Laurie!

    First time user with the mascara and I likey 🙂

    Very natural finish to my lashes 🙂

    Yes indeed there is a quad…it seems the one I got from Stila is a tiny bit different from the one that Sephora has.

    One has the quad and the other didn’t!

    I like the quad version as well as this version 🙂

    I actually just love it for the pomegranate sneak peek lol although the other items included are frosting on my cake 🙂

  • Dancinggal

    Oooooh, the stain looks awesome on you. May have to check these out, love stains too!

  • Aline

    ooOOoo.. im loving that all over shimmer!! very pretty..

    and that lip color looks incredible on you with the gloss!!

    and kinda off topic… i would love to be able to visit NYC around this time of year.. everyone gearing up for the holidays, the city must be abuzz.. i love L.A., but i sometimes wish i could live in NY..

    stay gorgeous muse! and tons of hugs back to you =)


  • Sher

    hi muse! I was just checking this out today at sephora! It looked so cute and the clutch you can use for things other than mu which is good 🙂 didnt purchase it though.
    I was eyeing the new CK makeup. I;m planning on purchasing one of the blushes called desire. you should check it out. its gorgeous!

  • ???

    Oh gosh, this is pretty! I love liquid blushers, they are just so natural! Hm, might get this pomegranate lip & cheek stain along with Cherry one! ^_^

  • Starchild

    Hello there Muse,

    I have not tried the Cherry Crush yet. Maybe I’ll give it a go on my next haul. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • the Muse

    hi dancinggal!

    Thanks hun I love stains too with a passion 🙂 they were my 1st serious love affair with makeup 🙂

  • the Muse

    morning aline!

    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =-)

    I love LA, truly I do, but there isn’t anywhere like NYC during Winter/Holiday 🙂

    You guys get the beautiful sun but sometimes snow is lovely too hehe!

    You should come one Holiday season to experience it 😉 I’ll be your tour guide hehe!

    Aw shucks thanks *huge hugs*

  • the Muse

    morning sher!!!!

    I was thinking the same about the clutch..it would be nice to take out as well for a party, etc..

    desire you say….I’ll def check it out if you like it I’m sure I will. The only thing that prevented me from getting into CK is the lousy packaging 🙁 Just not my style 😛 but I’ve been wrong before to judge a book my it’s cover 😛

  • the Muse

    morning plue!

    I love natural looking blushes too 🙂 looks like I just got in from the cold!

    Cherry is SO awesome and it’s tasty too 🙂

  • veronika

    Hi there !!! Another beautiful color !!! Stila CONVERTIBLE COLOR ! I was kindly wondering if this Stila CONVERTIBLE COLOR in orchid is the same as this one on ebay? they have different packaging ,what do you reckon? need your advice!!!

    • the Muse

      I’m not sure veronika it looks the same! they have diff packaging b/c this set was LE but I’m not sure..the colors look the same but this one looks more purple and mine is more red! Hope this helps!