As a huge blush fanatic, I'm always really excited to hear about a new, revolutionary blush formula. Stila's new Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush formula definitely had my intrigued, and I think that I actually squealed when the shade Water Blossom* ($34 CAD) landed in my mail box! However, my excitement was short lived, as unfortunately this product was a bit of a disappointment, in my opinion.
"This weightless, water-based blush, in an exclusive netted pot delivery system, provides a sheer splash of color to the cheeks with a rejuvenating cooling effect. Its luminous finish adds a healthy-looking, fresh glow to the skin.
- Water-based gel formula has an immediate cooling and hydrating sensation.
- Mesh-touch color dispenser delivers a single splash of color per application.
- Buildable, color-true pigments.
- Long-wear, non-transfer.
- Application is compatible with Stila #33 One Step Complexion Brush." - Stila
The packaging of Stila's Aqua Glow Watercolor Blushes is really cute - a little pot with a gold lid. When you twist off the lid, you'll see the mesh barrier. This product is actually a liquid - not a cream. I chose to apply this blush with Real Techniques Stippling Brush, as it's the brush that normally works best with any cream or liquid blush that I've tried. The first thing that I noticed about this blush is the cooling sensation - it feels a bit cold and wet on your cheeks. And that sensation doesn't go away quickly either!
I couldn't get this blush formula to fully set - even after 10 minutes, I was able to completely remove the blush with just one stroke from my foundation brush. I don't like to spend a lot of time on my makeup - I want my products to be quick and easy to use, and this blush just didn't fit the bill. The shade Water Blossom is also incredibly sheer - you really have to pile on the product to get any colour payoff at all. Of course, using multiple layers will mean that you have to wait even longer for the product to set. Most times, I was left with a really splotchy application, & I'd give up, wipe off this formula, and the reach for one of my powder blushes instead. Water Blossom looks like a really pretty Barbie pink in the pot, which is normally a blush shade that I absolutely love!
Unfortunately, I'm not going to love every single product that I test out, and this new formula from Stila left me wanting more. I have read a lot of positive reviews on this formula, so maybe it's just the shade Water Blossom that's a miss? Have you tried any of Stila's Aqua Glow Watercolor Blushes yet? I would love to hear your thoughts on the formula, and whether or not you had better luck with them!