Monday, August 24, 2015

Review -- Stila Custom Color Blush in Coral

I try to avoid gimmick-y products -- because how many of them actual live up to their gimmicks? -- so I haven't been particularly interested in Stila's Custom Color Blushes.

They've been around for a few years now, but if you're not familiar with them, they're blushes that are supposed to react to each wearer's pH levels to create a custom perfect shade. 

I don't know about you but that sounds like a pretty neat marketing ploy -- but personally, I don't buy into it.

Maybe it's because I feel like blushes always tend to look a little different on different people -- your natural skin tone and coloring always affects the way a shade appears, doesn't it? 

So what's the big deal with these Custom Color Blushes?

Still, I checked out the Coral one a few times when I was at Sephora, and I was really drawn to the color, so when Stila recently had a sale, I decided to pick it up.

The blush comes in a small black plastic compact with an adorable star design embossed on the lid. Inside, there is a small mirror for touch-ups.

As its name makes clear, it's a bright coral-y shade with equal parts orange and pink, I'd say. It also contains gold micro-shimmer that do show up a little on the skin, but not quite as much as they do in the pan.

Stila Custom Color Blush in Coral

Stila Custom Color Blush in Coral
The blush has a very lightweight formula that blends into the skin very easily. It's nicely pigmented as well, and while it blends perfectly into my fair skin for a natural look, I think it would also work well on darker skin tones.

In terms of staying power, I find the Custom Color Blush to last a while on the skin. I can typically get five to six hours of wear out of it, which is at the higher end of the scale for me with blush.

The blush retails for $20 at Stila's website and Nordstrom.

I happen to like it quite a bit. It really brightens up the skin, blends in well, and has a nice, natural glowy look.

That said, it's a pretty dupe-able shade so you may already have a blush like it in your collection -- or may be able to find a similar one at a lower price point.

Have you tried the Stila Custom Color Blush in Coral or one of the other shades? Are you a fan? Do you really think it adjusts based on your skin's pH?


  1. Have you tried putting the blush on someone else? Because I also do not believe in those skin adapting products - especially when it comes to foundations it always ends up being waaaay to dark and the same shade of dark on anyone I try it on.

    1. I did let my mom try it and it looked a little lighter on her, but that's likely because she has medium skin while mine is so fair. I agree about the foundations too. The only "adjusting" one that actually works for me is the Josie Maran, but that's just because it's fairly sheer and on the shade is pretty light and would be on anyone. :P


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