May 12, 2010

Stila Raspberry Crush Lip and Cheek Stain Review and Swatches

Ahh a new season, a new Stila Crush shade. Life is good. I’m a fond fan of Stila Crush Lip and Cheek Stain so I’m always quite excited when they release a new shade. They have consistently had a new shade for the past several seasons and it always falls into just the right season for simple, fuss-free, fresh makeup.

Have a little jump to experience the new Stila Raspberry Crush Stain!


What is it?

Stila Raspberry Crush Lip and Cheek Stain is a raspberry rich formula in a click style pen that delivers a personal shade of pink to lips and cheeks!

The Good….

I’m a fond fan of lip stain in any format so of course I’m instantly a lover of this. The shade is a vibrant fuchsia raspberry with a hint of shimmer (barely visible). The formula like all the crushes is a moisturizing gel-like consistency which blends fairly easy. The click style pen makes for easy application as you can easily click and brush on for an instant glow. A little goes a very long way so do be aware during application. I feel like the formula is smooth enough that it applies without looking streaky or patchy plus the gel is very slow to dry down so you have a bit of time to blend out and create a perfectly flushed look.

The shade is simply stunning and isn’t quite like any of the other shades as it falls into a more vibrant shade of blushing pink on cheeks. Unlike Yumberry which is a softer baby pink and Cherry which is a louder shade of red this falls in between the two with a crushed raspberry-like look.

Like most stains this wears until you take it off which makes it virtually waterproof, sweat proof, and sun proof. Once it’s on your face, it’s on for good making it ideal for warm, humid weather.

The Bad….

I’m not keen on the click pen as I have little success with Stila when it comes to these. They sometimes break down half way through a product or even in the beginning of use…not sure why but I seem to be lucky enough to always get a stain or a gloss from Stila with a faulty pen applicator and Raspberry Crush happened to have the same prob as product fails to flow after only using it three times.

Although I simply ADORED the shade, I think it’s safe to say it’s a pretty outrageous shade of fuchsia. This isn’t necessarily bad as you can blend it out but if you’re a little scared of bolder more vibrant shades I’d suggest testing it out in store and not ordering online when possible.

Although Stila deems it as the perfect pink shade which will react to your PH level and create that “custom” shade, I feel this doesn’t always work well….? Maybe it’s me but applied on myself, my sister, and my best friend Jai we all pretty much consistently seen the same shade of pink.

Who Might Like It?

  • Pasty skin types in need of a little color!
  • Anyone who wants a super long wearing cheek color!
  • Anyone seeking to lighten the makeup load for the humid weather but still wants a bit of beautiful color on cheeks!
  • Anyone who likes simple, fresh, naturally blushed cheeks!
  • Anyone who adores pink!

Who Might Not Like It?

  • Anyone who has a fair bit of red in their cheeks already.
  • Anyone who isn’t keen lip and cheek stains particularly ones that multitask and use the same brush to do so (from face to mouth and from mouth to face..potential bacteria problem).
  • Anyone who doesn’t like vibrant shades of pink on their cheeks!

(Stila Raspberry Crush on my lips and cheeks)

Final Thoughts….

For me it’s a total win. I’ve enjoyed all the Stila Crushes and I think this may be my favorite of the moment (I say the moment as I guarantee they release another that will become my favorite! ha!). The long wearing formula makes it ideal for lighter Summer wear when I’m all about embracing fresher, lighter makeup. The color is just too pretty and reminds me of crushed raspberries.

Overall, a Muse Approval for purchase if you love the Stila Crushes or haven’t yet tried them.

Loves it!

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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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  • auroragyps

    I have the Pomegranate & the Mango and I love them both. I don’t really use them on my cheeks, but I think they’re great on my lips. I’m hoping Sephora or Stila has a good deal on the other colors eventually (I got the two I have as an Xmas gift, when Sephora had them $10 for both), because I can’t afford to get all the other colors at $22 each.

  • Lorraine

    It looks lovely on your lips! I would never put it on my cheeks…I’m sure that it has nothing to do with your applying skillz, but it doesn’t look that great.

    I agree with you, I think that it’s the stupid idea of using the same clicker-pen and tiny brush for your cheeks. They should have just called it a lip stain. We’re going to buy separate cheek stains anyway! 🙂

    • the Muse

      hey lorraine def do not like going from lips to cheeks tbh. I wipe with a mac cloth inbetween since I’m so skeevy about it 🙂

  • Lillian

    This looks great to me! The colour is beautiful and i love it on you. I also like the gimmick of it changing colour on everyones lips.

  • Marilyn @ Lipgloss and Spandex

    That is gorgeous… it’s definitely bright, but good for summer! I think you’ve got it right, Muse–it really seems like it works better as a lip product than on cheeks.

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    • the Muse

      hi maria so glad you enjoy my site 🙂 Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Effect is fab so glad you’re enjoying it 😀