Bases #1: Stila stay all day 10 in 1 beauty balm

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If you was to ask me which part of the makeup application I enjoy applying…it would be the base. I love a flawless base before doing my eye makeup or lips and so I have so many foundations to review. I have a crazy amount of foundations and concealers as I’m always on the hunt for the next best one out there….

And so today it’s all about the Stila stay all day 10 in 1 beauty balm. I usually tend to prefer foundations as I’d rather wear a base that evens out my skin properly than wear something that does nothing and so because of this I’ve always steered away from Western bb creams and especially because I didn’t like the stila sheer colour tinted moisturiser, I wasn’t too keen on purchasing this.

The beauty balm claims to have 10 in 1 benefits: Here are some claims:
Size: 45ml (1.5 fl. oz.)

Age is nothing but a number with Stila’s Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm, a luxurious, priming beauty balm that seemingly turns back the hands of time by visibly improving the look and feel of skin and creating an impeccable canvas for flawless makeup application.Luxurious beauty balm glides onto skin and leaves a silky, powdery finishHigh-definition formula helps reduce pore size and provides oil and blemish controlContains innovative micro spheres, which have been shown to hide skin imperfections and reduce wrinkle depth by up to 84%Features an exclusive complex, which helps reduce redness and skin irritationEnriched with Tripeptide-37, bamboo and pea extracts, which help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinklesInfused with natural, skin-protecting emollients which have been shown to increase anti-oxidant activity by up to 89.7%Uses the smallest particle size of coated pigments for seamless, smooth coverage Ideal for all skin types.

However when I stumbled across this at Tkmaxx at a superb price of £3.99!! I very hesitantly STILL picked it up and quickly checked for reviews online and saw some people mention that it was pigmented and creamy and thought I being a beauty blogger (#excuses#excuses!) should give it a go.

Finally after the poor little guy sat in my drawer for a couple of days, on one fine day I randomly slapped it on before dropping my daughter to school, set it with some powder and left.(NB: I’m usually the type to swatch and try allthe make up I bought in the car/bus and will wear it the very next day or in the evening if I’m going out!#beautyobsessed😣!!) Anyway back to the review, It blended in nicely and didn’t feel heavy or greasy on the skin.I came home and looked in the mirror and was in awe of how beautiful my skin looked.  The beauty balm gives a light-medium coverage but some how blurs out the skin too. At the same time, it looks very natural, yet super flawless. I have used this consistently since I have purchased it and am soo impressed by it that I think I may need purchase another if I run out.
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It is of a thick creamy consistency and blends out nicely on the skin. The shade of this is unknown, maybe a 1 fits all shade and although initially it seems too light for my skintone it adjusts perfectly to the skin without a grey cast. I used very little ( a little blob) and just used that over the face. I find one layer to be sufficient (but can be built up if required). 👌

It lasts very well on the skin; not sure about all day but definitely about 8 hours and with powder and concealer and the finished look is a light-medium coverage. During application it doesn’t seem like it’s covered the way a foundation would but because of the way it blurs and brightens the skin,  it looks amazing. It doesn’t really need to be set as it isn’t tacky but I do like to as it sometimes can increase longevity and set it into place…

The only down side this product could have for some people is that it smells of some sort of herbal or ayurveda scent.  I can’t quite describe the scent but I find it quite pleasant. However I can also see some people detest the sent too!- a point to note.

Also I do think that it’s quite moisturising and so better for normal to dry skins.However I do have normal to combination skin and sometimes can get an oily T-zone and this beauty balm has worn well on the skin. It does claim to be ideal for all skin types!

And a few more points to add; If your one that loves pigmented full/high coverage foundations that covers everything on your face ( even freckles) then this isn’t for you. If you like your light weight cc creams or tinted moisturisers like bare minerals gel tinted rescue- like bases then this is for you.
Also even if this is not the base for you then I still think this would be a great primer due to the blurring effect this product provides, all in all a fab product. I do think this maybe dark for paler skins and too light for deeper skintones so that’s something to remember! ( for reference I’m am NC35- NC40).
I also do think this product is ideal for mature skin as it claims to blur out fine lines and wrinkles and will also feel light weight and blend beautifully on the skin.

A great (western) beauty balm although I must admit that I would have hesitated if paying the full price as it’s quite steep at a whopping £26!!! But on a good note you have to take into account that your getting 45ml of product which is quite a good amount ( 1 and half amount of a normal bottle of foundation!!-fantastic!)

I also do have a a Top 5 beauty balms post too so if you haven’t seen that then go have a look here.

Any other recommendations? Let me know please   😊

Thanks for reading

SabZ 👍

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