Summer Must-Have: Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Bronzing Beauty Balm SPF 30

Stila bottle

I will forgive whoever named this product with the world’s longest name, but ONLY because I like it so much. I bought this after reading Tori from Kiss, Blush & Tell’s glowing review (Tori, you are my biggest enabler and I feel that you should know that). Stila bills this offering as a high-definition, age-defying beauty balm which contains innovative micro-spheres that hide skin imperfections and reduce wrinkle depth by up to 84%. It has also enriched with a particular blend of ingredients which have been shown to reduce inflammation, improve texture and stimulate collagen production. Well I don’t know about you, but I certainly like the sound of that…make-up and skincare in one nifty tube!

When I first used it I was a little alarmed by its colour – for a pale girl like me it looked like it would be far too dark. The balm is very heavily pigmented, and it doesn’t have a lot of slip so it’s quite difficult to blend (well, it was on my parched skin anyway – perhaps if you have oilier skin it will be a bit easier). However, I persevered and blended for a good few minutes and by the time I was finished I was left with a really lovely, healthy glow. I was really impressed by how the colour settled and adapted to my skintone – this is definitely a product that us paler girls can use without fear of looking like Katie Price.

Yikes! You can see why I was a little alarmed by the colour, but as you can see, it blends out beautifully.
Yikes! You can see why I was a little alarmed by the colour at first, but does it blend out really nicely.

As far as coverage goes, it wouldn’t be enough for me for day-to-day wear, as I like something with a medium-to-full coverage, but I would definitely wear it on it’s own if my skin was looking fantastic (mega-lols, that NEVER happens) or if I was going to the beach, as it has an SPF of 30 built in. I like to pop a little bit of foundation over the top to even out my skin tone a little bit more and to cover my blemishes. I haven’t tried mixing it into foundation yet, but I would imagine that that would create a lovely result too.

Longevity? Pretty fantastic. I still had colour after a solid 10 hours of wear, which I think is excellent. It wears really well and doesn’t fade or go patchy throughout the day, AND (miracle of miracles) it doesn’t cling to any dry patches – a real treat for those of us with drier skins.

All in all, I would highly recommend this product: it has skincare benefits as well as an SPF, it leaves your skin looking bronzed for hours on end, and it feels light on the skin – once you’ve applied it you will promptly forget that you’re wearing it. An essential summer staple from now on!

Before - Stila
Before: my bare face first thing in the morning…you’re welcome!
After - Stila 2
After: a subtle, healthy glow. Thanks, Stila!

This little gem retails for R395 and is available from selected Woolworths stores, or online here. It’s also available from Rubybox and Style36.