Review: Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Curacao

Is it possible to hate sparkles? I think  one could get frustrated with them, especially when you go clubbing wearing glitter makeup, and said glitter is still with you when you go on a job interview Monday morning.

Still, glitter has its pretty moments. Like Stila’s new Sparkle Waterproof Liners.

Swatch of Curacao

From the website:

“Introducing Stila’s new Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liners, color-rich, vibrant, easy-to-use waterproof eye liners infused with twinkling multi-pearl micro-glitter that stays on all day and night.

These amazing new pigment-rich liquid liners contain a special polymer that adheres the glitter and pigment to the eyes for all-day, waterproof wear. Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liners are packaged in a uniquely designed long handle, pen-like component for precision and ease. The thin sponge tip applicator also ensures perfect application every time.”

The glitter is very apparent on the eye, and the color is vibrant.

A close up shot

I used the NYX Nude on Nude Natural Look Palette to create a neutral eye look, then applied Curacao.

I wore this eyeliner during a 5 & 1/2 hour photo shoot yesterday. It was a hot day and everyone was sweating. By the end, the eyeliner had not budged. The sparkles were in place. I also wore it the day before to take it on an initial test drive. I even -gasp!- did the unthinkable: I slept with it on to see how it held up during “night and day”. When I woke up the next morning, some of it remained. With an ordinary liquid liner, everything would have been gone by morning, but Sparkle Waterproof has proven tough to remove.

As the company’s description says,  the product contains a special polymer that allows the glitter to stay in place for long periods of time. While wearing this, I noticed one of my eyelashes sticking up a weird way. I pulled it down to fix it, and I ended up pulling off a little of the eyeliner. The dried liner has a consistency very similar to dried eyelash glue, sort of a rubbery texture. This must be a result of the special polymer the website mentioned.

The dried eyelash glue texture of the liner makes it difficult to remove. My Almay Eye Makeup Remover only managed to remove some of it. I wound up dipping a cotton swab in jojoba oil and applying it to the area, then using my fingernails to scrap it off. At one point during the eyeliner application, I got some of the liner in my eye, and it stung for about 6 seconds. If you are using this, try to avoid getting it in your eye.

Here’s another quick look I did.

 The photo is a little blurred, but I wore Revlon Green shadow (from the Illuminance Creme Eyeshadow Moonlit Jewels palette) as an eye base, then applied Stila Jade e/s on top. Stila Azure e/s was swept into the crease and Milani Single e/s in Blue Lagoon was used to darken the outer v.

The brush applicator

I did not use the brush to apply it directly to my eye, but I did use it to swatch the product on my arm. Generally speaking, I like Stila eyeliner applicators. They aren’t too hard or too flimsy, and they deposit the right amount of product.

Overall, I really like Sparkle Waterproof, but I feel that it’s not a very easy liner to use. If you are a novice eyeliner user, you may want to try something simpler before you progress to a product like this.

Pros: Awesome staying power, gorgeous color, great pigmentation.
Cons: Tough to remove, stings if you get it in your eye, a little pricey for an eyeliner.

Grade: A-


About themakeuptrain

Beauty/product junkie hiding behind the title of certified makeup artist (that's the excuse I use for my makeup addiction). I am a human pet to two cats, a full time college student majoring in Cultural Anthropology and an organic food enthusiast (read: organic food freak) who cooks, bakes, and has not burned down the kitchen (I'm waiting for it). New York has put up with all of this thus far, so here is where I reside. I can be reached for comments, questions, complaints, and incoherent babbling at:
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6 Responses to Review: Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Curacao

  1. Appu says:

    I LOVE the color! Most purples don’t show up on me…they look almost black. I think this will. Gorgeous!! 🙂

  2. Jessi says:

    Oooh, that color is absolutely gorgeous! I love how blue it is; I don’t have anything else similar. You’ve just created a lemming for me!

  3. Lord have mercy, how gorgeous is that blue?! ❤

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