Stila Coconut Crush Lip & Cheek Stain – An Unrequited Love


Hey beauties wanna know a secret? I am cuckoo for coconut. There’s coconut bread, coconut milk, coconut frosting, coconut cake, coconut candy, coconut cream pie, coconut curry, coconut soup, coconut ice cream (especially nutty coconut at Baskin Robbins), coconut shrimp. At the risk of sounding like Bubba from Forrest Gump, you get the picture!!

You can imagine my elation when I finally saw Stila’s Coconut Crush Lip & Cheek Stain ($24) at my local Sephora. Coconut paired with the Stila lip and cheek stains I love? I was prepared to fall for this crush..and fall hard. I’ve have previous crushes–especially last summer’s Yumberry Crush and Raspberry Crush. How does Coconut Crush compare to my former flames? Meh. That’s right I said meh. When swatched at Sephora, it was a lovely pinky bronze with a tinch (my word: cross between a pinch and a teeny bit) of gold shimmer. Stila describes the color as a “beautiful bronzey, rose gold.” Um, no, on my lips it’s brown. Brown and uneven. I see no pink and a terracotta brown that does my skin tone no favors and applies like a blotchy mess. True, my lips are not as smooth as GLASS but the application should be much smoother like it is with Yumberry and Raspberry. It is SO different on the lips than the swatch that I was very disappointed. My crush dumped me! So, to bring out the pink in Coconut Crush, and get at the shimmer I saw on my wrist, I applied Sally Hansen Diamond 12-hour Lip Treatment in Engaging, a very pale baby pink shimmer on top and it did help, but the sad truth is that Coconut Crush let me down. And….the scent….. is nauseating….a very synthetic coconut, kinda like coconut extract on steroids. Yumberry and Raspberry have delicious scents. I fear Coconut Crush is the black (or brown) sheep in the fab lineup of crushes. The collection includes: Raspberry, Yumberry, Pomegrante, Cherry, Mango and Coconut Crush Lip & Cheek Stains. It’s a sad, sad day when coconut cannot make me happy. A moment of silence please for my unrequited love–Coconut Crush……..

top-Coconut Crush, bottom L-R Yumberry & Raspberry

Now, I WAS going to take a picture of Coconut Crush on my lips and cheeks so you could see how awful it looks, but SOMEBODY stole my crush! This somebody is quite clever because I was the only person in the house at the time. I looked upstairs, I looked downstairs, on the bathroom floor, on the bedroom floor, in every garbage can, on my bathroom counter where it was last seen, and yes, I looked under the couch cushions. I looked in the guest bathroom, the window sill where I was taking pictures, the kitchen, my purse. I had thrown my camera on my bed, and YES I ruffled the bedspread and looked there. I even looked in the hamper thinking I may have had it in my hand when I changed clothes and accidentally dropped it there. It’s GONE-vanished.

Ah ha! I knew it! I must have a poltergeist! I thought I could sense an evil presence–I mean you’d have to be evil to swipe makeup!! The only place I didn’t check was here……

Can you blame me?

Can you blame me for not wanting to delve in there? That’s not all of it–there’s stuff in the 3 drawers too! My vanity would scare any wicked entity away in a heartbeat! Therefore beauties, I owe you a pic of Stila Coconut Crush Lip & Cheek Stain…if I ever find it.

Bottom Line: While Stila Coconut Crush did not work for me, it could work for you.  If you are a dark skinned beauty and look good in brown tones, this may look great on you!

From our partners


  1. Funny how it can look so different on different people! It showed very pink on me –

    That’s what I’m wearing on my lips for these blush swatches!

    Best, Lisamarie

    • I wish it looked that pink on me! I swear it did when I swatched it in Sephora. Guess it doesn’t matter now. b/c it disappeared!

      • I had a MAC lipgloss disappear on me like that once – it drove me crazy, I tore the house apart looking for it but never did find it! Of course it was LE too so I had to stalk e-bay for months until I found another one, paid way too much for it and I don’t think I’ve ever even worn it! When I write that out, I sound crazy… 😉

        Best, Lisamarie

  2. I love coconuts too! I just discovered coconut milk and now I’m obsessed with it. And I have coconut oil that I put on toast, etc. And I love coconut-scented sunscreen. So this Stila products is exciting to me!

  3. It does look brown in the photo. Let’s see how it works on me 😀

  4. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    I’m pretty fair-med., but I didn’t notice that it’s overly brown on me (too 90’s), but more rosy/bronzy. I like it a lot, but I ‘ve kind of forgotten about it, to be honest. I don’t remember it smelling very strongly of coconut. I’ll have to check…if I can find it!!! lol…

    • Coconut Crush looks so nice on other people, I’m wondering now if I didn’t get a bad one. If I ever find it, I might think about exchanging it for another one.

  5. LOL! You’ll find it when you stop looking for it. I’m sorry it didn’t work for you as the color description sounds gorgeous.

  6. Colors can look so different on us. I could be put it on a minute after you and I’d have a pink while you have brown. But the scent would drive me coconutty!