Thursday, July 11, 2013

Stila After Glow Lip Colours | Review & Swatches

This post is as I promised in my Stila Haul Post  I wanted to do the review before I go away especially as they are limited edition & I have no idea how long they will be around for!

The Stila After Glow Lip Colours are not really lipsticks, not really lip stains but like a jumbo lip pencil with a balmy, lipstick-type texture. Something that makes them different to other lip products are that they glow in UV light, which is what suckered me into them in the first place. Although I don't go clubbing as often as I used to, this would make for a nice surprise once the UV lights go on!

I was going to have to wait to take a pic under black light but then I remembered that I had a UV light that was in an "invisible pen set" many years ago so I could test it out sooner rather than later.
 Packaging: Black chubby stick-like wind-able pencils, with writing on tube corresponding to the colour of the lipstick that also glows.
Texture: They apply smoothly like a lip pencil & are very moisturizing. On application they start off sheer so you could leave it like that or you can build up the colour for a brighter look.
Colours: Electric Pink is basically that, a bright barbie pink & Festive Fuchsia is a gorgeous fuchsia (surprisingly). The other colours available are Party Pink, Rave Red, Tangerine Dream & Vivid Violet (check out Pang's blog to see her swatch of VV)
Longevity: Without eating I've found it to last around 4 hours but as it fades it leaves a stain behind. When eating & drinking it comes off almost straight away, but if you're careful & you use a straw it should be ok.
Electric Pink, Festive Fuchsia
Electric Pink Lip Swatch & Comparison
Electric Pink in normal light, with UV light.
I've found a couple of similar looks in my collection to see how the colours would compare, However the formulas are completely different, the Stila Lip Colour is hydrating & glossy where the other two are matte & drying.
Stila Electric Fuchsia, MAC Candy Yum Yum, Sleek Amped
Festive Fuchsia Lip Swatch & Comparison
Festive Fuchsia natural light, under UV light
Stila Festive Fuchsia, Revlon Fuchsia, Sleek Pinkini
The Revlon & Stila texture & colours are very similar, Pinkini is too much of a hot pink but I didn't think they would be an exact match anyway.

Overall I'm really loving the feel of the Stila After Glow Lip Colours, I think it's ingenious that they glow under UV Light (obviously all over, unlike mine where I only had a tiny light) which goes with the Festival theme, and I can't wait to wear them out to a club, but I love that they are so wearable for daytime, too.

These are limited edition so if you were wanting to get your hands on them you can buy in store or online from Sephora (only has 4 shades but includes these two), online from Beauty Bay where the prices range around $18 or directly from Stila. At time of writing Beauty Bay has the most colours available.

Would you ever try out the UV aspect of these lip colours or prefer to wear them normally?

No affiliates, everything bought with my own money & this is not a sponsored review.


  1. The UV aspect is very thrilling but I already own MAC Candy Yum Yum, so I can't justify the purchase of another bright lipstick... I suppose I'll have to make do with my China Glaze Pool Party. That thing just glows!

  2. I've heard such great things about these and the UV pic is so exciting! Definitely want to get Vivid Violet x

    p.s. have a great time away!

    Jodie Marie | à la Jode

  3. Love the pink shades!! I've never had any glowing products but I remember you ordered a glow in the dark pink polish from China Glaze and I want that!

  4. The colours are very pretty :)

  5. That's so cool that it glows!!! I don't go clubbing anymore, but this would have been great! :)

    Eyeshadow Addicts Anonymous

  6. This is so pretty ! I love the shades

  7. Super cool! Have a great vacation btw ;)

  8. I almost got Electric Pink too but I'm pretty happy with Vivid Violet. It looks so cool under UV light. Thanks for the shout out and have an awesome vacation!

  9. These would be cool to wear night clubbing! Festive Fuscia is my favourite :)

  10. Ahh that looks so cool with the UV light! I really love the Festive Fuchsia one! Can't wait to see a look with this one :)


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