STILA Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush Review
Ok, so when you first see this product in it’s little pot in the store it looks frighteningly bright….
This is the color Shimmering Lotus. I bought this particular one because it was coral and a pretty coral in a cheek color is hard to find, they are usually too much on the pinky side for me. Now, this will apply extremely bright if you just brush on a big swatch of color so that’s a no-no. This particular product must be applied with a light hand, learned that the first time I used it. Looked like I belonged with the Ringling Bros. Circus coming out of a clown car.
The brush I use is a double ended brush by Tarte that I received when I purchased a value kit off of QVC. This brush had sat in my drawer for more than a year unused because I already had multiple foundation brushes and had not found a use for this particular brush until now. The pointed end is more of a stiff stippling type brush so I use that end to dot the blush on my cheek bones and up in to the temple area and then use the soft flat end to blend it in by patting. Start light and build color and let it oxidize between applications because it will become bright if you keep applying before it has had a chance to sit for a second or two.
This is a liquid cheek color and the little pot has a label stating shake well before using and the little screen is genius, I love it. The pointed end is the perfect size to fit in the opening and pick up just a tad of color. I would not recommend using your fingers to apply, I tried and more product stayed on my finger than my face. For $26 dollars I want the product on my face and not my hand. That being said, it takes so little to add the pop of color to my face that it will probably last forever. Also, since it is a liquid I would not recommend carrying this around in your bag as I can see the potential for leakage. Not good 🙁 .
This product comes in 4 more colors but 3 lean toward the pink side and one is in the red family. I have a rather olive complexion so coral really works well for me and I think the other colors would look good on my lighter skinned sisters. I have read some reviews that complain about the glitter in the Shimmering Lotus. However, when I applied it I did not see any glitter, just a light sheen that looks kind of dewy and my husband didn’t mention glitter on my face and believe me, he would have.
So for cheek color I think I have found a new favorite. I have used the Nars Orgasm forever but powders don’t apply well over a liquid on me anymore and if I use powder blush with no foundation it looks patchy and flaky and neither option is attractive. If you decide to use this product with your powder foundations I would definitely recommend the dot and pat method of application otherwise I believe you would end up smearing up your powder and making an icky mess. I personally will be using this either alone over my moisturizer and primer or with one of my liquid, serum or creamy foundations. If I do use one of my mineral powder foundations I will continue to use a powder blush with it and not this.
If any of you have used this product and would like to share your experience I’d love to hear from you and get your opinion. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. So until next time my lovelies have a blessed day and I hope my review has informed, enlightened or added something good to your day.