Product Review – Stila Convertible Color in Lillium

I’ve really been getting into wearing cream blushes this year, I find they just add a little something ‘extra’.  Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE wearing powder blushes but I’ve noticed I have been reaching for my cream blushes a bit more than usual the last couple of months.  I even bought my mom a cream blush a couple of weeks ago – glowing skin is a must for ageing ladies.

I took these pictures before I started using the blush (I was just so excited and after reading numerous rave reviews I knew I would be doing my own review), that’s why it still looks perfect.

What Stila says:  Stila’s ingenious lipstick and blush-in-one proves to be irresistible.  This versatile favourite brightens cheeks and lips with creamy, translucent colour. Tap onto cheeks and press onto lips. The sheer tint adds an inherent glow to the cheeks while lips bloom with fresh, radiant colour.

My review:   This was my first cream blush I ever owned (a bit late to the party, I know…) and it’s because of this blush that I fell in love with the idea of cream blushes.  I used to be terrified of cream blushes, the idea of adding a cream product to my oily skin sent chills down my spine.  The secret is, you need to have a light hand when applying it and make sure you blend well.  I have combo skin at the moment and find this blush adds the perfect amount of colour with the added bonus of a gorgeous glow.  I must admit, I haven’t used this as a lipstick yet so I can’t comment on the longevity.  But the staying-power as a blush, is great!   I’d say it gives a good 8 – 10 hours of wear.  The colour of this blush is a versatile pinky-nude shade (it looks a bit darker and more brown in the pan) and contains no shimmer / glitter.

The pro:  The whole idea of adding colour on the cheeks is to mimic a healthy glow and this blush does a great job of that!  It doesn’t sit on top of the skin like some powder blushes, but rather melts into the skin – the result is flushed cheeks with a dewy finish.  It comes in a sleek compact with a mirror inside, I love that the packaging is not bulky and fits quite easily in my makeup bag.

The con:  Cream blushes tend to accentuate enlarged pores.  Mine aren’t too bad, so I don’t find it’s a problem for me.  Girls with very oily skin may also feel like this could make their makeup slide around, if this is the case, I would suggest maybe setting it (pat, don’t sweep) with a powder blush in a similar shade.

The tip:  Apply this blush after your foundation but before your powder (and try not to powder the sections where you have applied the cream blush).  Layering cream and powder products (i.e. liquid, then powder, then cream) causes the dreaded cake-face.   As mentioned above, if you really need to set the cream blush with a powder (whether it be powder blush or translucent powder), use stippling motions and not blending / sweeping motions.  Also, use a brush with synthetic bristles (it doesn’t absorb the product into the hair surface as much as a natural bristled brush) or you can also use your fingertips (the heat of your fingers will help with the blending).

The price:  R 229,95 (available from Style36 or selected Foschini, Woolworths and Truworths stores).

The swatch:



  1. Chicara 7 August 2013 / 13:03

    I love the packaging! Also such a pretty colour. Fab review! :) x

    • Luzanne 7 August 2013 / 13:23

      Thank you! :) It really is such a pretty colour, it looks waaaay better in person!

  2. CharlieW 7 August 2013 / 13:59

    I haven’t tried any cream blushes before (I know, also a ‘agter os’!). Your review convinced me to get this one! It looks awesome x

    • Luzanne 7 August 2013 / 15:42

      LOL @ ‘agter os’!!! I’m glad you’re getting this cream blush, you won’t be disappointed! :) xxx

  3. Tjoppie 7 August 2013 / 14:01

    Cream blushers are great, thanks to my lovely and helpful daughter I now also own one!

    • Luzanne 7 August 2013 / 15:44

      Thanks, Nicole! xxx Can’t wait to see who the winners are for your giveaways!

  4. Bronwyn 7 August 2013 / 17:19

    Convertible Color is my favourite! I have Peony and I love it. Haven’t tried Lilium yet but it looked quite similar to Peony. I am also a huge fan of cream blush, that’s why I am running out and getting the Chanel one as soon as it comes out!

    • Luzanne 7 August 2013 / 21:05

      I compared Peony and Lillium when I bought this one and they are very similar, I think Peony is just a tiny bit darker.

      The Chanel blushes are to die for! I’m looking forward to seeing a review on your blog! :)

  5. Charlene 7 August 2013 / 19:34

    Love this! It is so important to wear blush.

    • Luzanne 7 August 2013 / 21:07

      I always wear blush, I can still skip a bronzer and highlighter but I need some colour on my cheeks…

      Thanks for checking in on my blog! xxx

  6. Bianca 8 August 2013 / 10:54

    I LOVE this one. Just purchased it a few weeks ago – am also a bit behind the curve but SA has been a bit slow to come to the party with cream blushes 😉

    I have oily skin too and I find that if I set it with a very light dusting of translucent powder it works great for those days when my skin is shiny. Otherwise this is so great to give you that healthy glow – a great colour.

    I have tried it on my lips and the staying power isn’t great, will rather save for my cheeks.


    • Luzanne 8 August 2013 / 16:04

      That is true, cream blushes are definitely not as accessible as normal powder blushes. The NYX cream blushes are also really good quality but only certain Clicks stores stock them and they’re double the price here in South Africa compared to the US!

      Thanks for the heads-up on the staying power on the lips! :) xxx

  7. hb13 8 August 2013 / 15:51

    I use the Bobbi Brown cream blushes and find myself reaching for them often – especially during winter and now that my skin has become drier. I just find it so effortless to use and easy to blend to a natural look! I will be looking out for the Stila cream blushes.

    • Luzanne 8 August 2013 / 16:10

      I haven’t tried the Bobbi Brown blushes, I actually don’t own a single Bobbi Brown product! I’ve been dying to try their correctors and concealer duos but I’m getting off topic now… :)

      Let me know what your fave Bobbi Brown cream blush is, I’ll go have a look at Edgars and might just get it! :)

      Thanks for subscribing to my blog, Hanneri! x

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