Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Review: Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

As I was walking through IMATS, I passed by the Stila booth.  I didn't really plan on buying anything, because I knew Stila was sold in stores near me, and I was mostly shopping/testing companies that I couldn't find in stores.  But, I tried these out, and I really liked them!  Since it's been over a month since I've had the product, I might as well write a little review, especially now that I see it featured in online stores.

I'll start by copy&pasting some of the company info from the Stila 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. Key Benefits:
  • Perfect blend of pearls and intense pigment
  • Waterproof and long-wearing
  • Easy-to-use, long-handled pen-like component with soft sponge applicator

   Well, I have to agree.  The colors were very rich, vibrant, and twinkling.  At first swatch on the back of my hand, the colors seemed a bit watered down and thin, but it actually dries fairly pigmented, and the micro-glitter really stands out, but not in an overwhelming way.  I only bought one in the color Royal, which is a hott purple shade. 
   When I decided to wipe of the swatch from my hand with a makeup wipe, it did not come off easy!  It is definitely waterproof and smudge proof.  After working at it, I kind of had to peel it off, almost like dried up eyelash glue.  That can be both a good thing and a bad thing.  Once you put it on your eyes, you know you're safe for long lasting wear without any problems until the end of the night. But when you're done and it's time to take the make up off, well, you'll be wishing it came off easy, lol.  I had to press my make up removing wipe on it, and slowly and carefully, kind of rolled it off.
   Other than that, it is pretty easy to use.  Most liquid liners I have used were always awkward for me.  The handle would be an awkward length and shape.  The applicator, whether it be a felt tip or brush, would either be too long, short, thick, thin, flimsy, or stiff, and just overall difficult to control.  Not the case for this eyeliner.  I have to say, of all the things I can possibly be picky about with a liquid eyeliner applicator, I have nothing bad to say about this one.  I never even really thought about it until I read the product description "easy-to-use" and I thought, "Wow, it actually is!"

Since I bought this at IMATS, I got a pretty good discount on it.  It retails at $22 on both Stila Cosmetics website and (I also wrote a review there, giving it 4 stars) which is a little much for my budget.  The product, however, does live up to the company's claims.  It is very pigmented, sparkly, easy to use, and long-wearing.  The fact that it is waterproof is both a good thing and a bad thing: you don't have to worry about smudging while you wear it, but when you want to take it off, you will need to work a little hard to remove it. I'll probably buy more when I want/need another glitter eyeliner.

Stila Cosmetics Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Royal
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