A few months ago I asked for some liquid eyeliner recommendations and one which kept cropping up was Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. It had big boots to fill, I became a huge fan of the Illamasqua Precision Ink liner but I’d wanted to try something to find something to compete with it. One of the things I really loved about the Illamasqua one was it’s longevity, for a liquid eyeliner that I used virtually every day it lasted well over a year, so whilst expensive at £21 – it was worth it in my eyes.
If you’ve been around my blog in the past year you’ll know that I’ve been becoming a bit of a Stila obsessive, it’s a range I’m fast falling in love with. I’m a good 3 months into using this now after I finished Precision Ink up in December – one thing I will say is that I don’t think this is going to have the same shelf life as my Illamasqua which was a liquid dip pot with felt nib compared to a felt nibbed pen. I think this will naturally dry out within around 6 months of using daily and at £14.50 it’s likely over time that it will work out more expensive than Illamasqua’s.
The packaging of this as usual is Stila’s sleek gold box which inside contains a simple black pen featuring their gold lettering. At first swatch I was already getting pretty dubious with this liner, if you see below that it’s not a complete smooth line, it sinks and settles into cracks in the skin. However first impression is that as long as you don’t have wrinkled eyelids if you’re applying this over an eyeshadow it doesn’t bleed and needs a shadow to soak up the moisture, by itself with no eyeshadow I find it bleeds a little and is more prone to transferring. The formula is quite watery and liquidy and benefits hugely from a powder to soak into.
The nib of this is long and tapered, it’s not as flexible as I’d been used to, but I soon got rid to the amount of flex in this brush, it’s easy to control, but does need a firm hand – you almost have to boss it about. The size of the nib makes it easy to create a nice thin line from the inner corner before tapering out to be wider towards the outer corner. The pigment of this is decent, over a normal eyeshadow I find this works really well, it settles and drys quickly before it has chance to transfer. I do find over more textured shadows or glitters such as the magnificent metals I find that I have to go over the line more than once as it soaks in too much and loses pigment as it does. It needs that second layer to create an obvious black line.
The liner is incredibly long wearing and doesn’t budge all day – I’m not convinced it’s fully waterproof, especially as I’m currently trialling a MUFE liner which claims to be waterproof, on my hand that lasted three days of hand washing and showers. This one wouldn’t stand the test of time to that extent on my hand, but water-resistant yes, shower proof no, pool proof – maybe, lightly.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Applicd
I don’t think this beats Illamasqua to the top spot, but it’s a very close second for me, I spotted a really good discount on a travel sized version of this eyeliner a few weeks ago, so much so I decided to pick up a back up of it – the real test as to whether I would repurchase it at full price is how long it lasts using it daily. I think the key is storing this upside down to make sure the nib is constantly getting a good flow of product.
This liner has been featured, but not mentioned whilst I was testing it out in several posts over the past few months, so if you’d like to see some more examples of it in eye looks you can find it in the following posts;
Have you tried this from Stila? What are your favourite eyeliners?
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