Review: Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Liners

The eyes are the windows to the soul. And every window needs  a good frame. This is how eyeliner was invented. Someone decided that going to a KISS concert barefaced wasn’t the coolest thing around. So he mixed up a vat of black tar-like goop and smeared it around his eyes.

Actually, I’m lying. That’s not how eyeliner was invented. The earliest evidence of eye kohl was found in Ancient Egypt. People would mix animal fats with galena ore to create black kohl, and malachite ore was used to create green kohl. The wealthy folks would store their kohl in ornate boxes. Kohl served as a protection against the glare of the Egyptian sun. Kind of like what Capt. Jack Sparrow did in Pirates of the Caribbean.

So that’s how were started with our eyeliner fixation. From Sophia Loren to Joan Jett, David Bowie to Adam Lambert, eyeliner is one of the easiest ways to alter a person’s looks. But alas, not everything is golden and perfectly black-rimmed. Eyeliner enthusiasts have been struggling with the challenge of keep liner smudge-proof, to avoid the dreaded raccoon eyes.

No, we're not wearing Revlon Colorstay.

So that brings us to this review I’m doing today on Stila’s famous Smudge Sticks.

I bought Stingray, Peacock and Lionfish.

From Stila’s website:

“This highly pigmented, waterproof eye liner glides on to deliver intense, vibrant color with staying power.”

A list of their claims:

  1. Long Lasting
  2. Waterproof
  3. Easy to apply
  4. Several shimmer-intense shades to make eyes stand out
  5. Vibrant colors
  6. Self sharpening propel pencil

I agree with the final four claims. I found these liners easy to apply, their shades are intense and pigmented, colors are vibrant and the pencil easily twists up.

Does it last long? Is it waterproof?

I got about 4-5 hours of wear time when I wore it on my lower lashline or waterline. The upper lashline had no problems with smudging or fading, even after 8 hours of wear time. But it lasted a shorter time on my lower lashline. What I thought was good about it was that it faded a little but not entirely. Most liners are completely MIA after 3 hours, but enough of Stila Smudge Stick remained to make it look like I was still wearing some eyeliner.

I walked home through the rain (damn broken umbrella) and got soaked. All while wearing Stingray. Happily, it was mostly still there by the time I got home. It hadn’t completely washed off as I thought it would. It wasn’t as perfect as it was when I first applied it, but it didn’t look like an atrocious mess after walking through the rain.

Pros: Pretty colors, vibrant shades, very pigmented, lasts for quite some time, applies easily with no tugging.
Cons: Not exactly waterproof, would need a touch up after 4 hours, a little pricey.

Grade: A-

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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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4 Responses to Review: Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Liners

  1. You guys have access to so many brands its just not fair . Hmph.
    These look good- the blue is prettyyy!
    I like yr nail polish!

    • It’s really not fair to us either, because it makes us spend our money and then we’re broke! LOL. The blue is extremely pretty. Maybe you can try Ebay for Stila liners? My nail polish is China Glaze For Audrey.

  2. vijiis says:

    For that price I prefer a product work *perfectly* for me. That’s the only reason I’m willing to shell out crazy cash for UD liners. They just suit me well!

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