Review | 2 Iconic Stila Products

Monday, March 21, 2016

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Stila is one of those inexplicably underrated brands even though their general reputation is one of exceptional quality and good performance. Although I already own a couple of their products, I finally got my hands on 2 items of makeup that I have wanted for a long (long, long, long) time, both of which are iconic Stila products that everyone and their grandmother has either tried or wishes to. 

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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick - Patina | £16

It's all about liquid lipsticks these days with lots of brands bringing their own concoctions to the table. This is one of the first ones I had ever heard about a couple of years ago that is still considered one of the best formulas on the market.

Stila Patina swatch NC40

Personally, it was all about the colour. That dusky pink mauve shade that I can't resist! I'd seen enough swatches online to know that I would enjoy wearing this colour especially as it was very similar (if not identical) to my beloved Sephora Cream Lip Stain - 13 Marvelous Mauve (see swatch here). And now that I've tried it I can declare that the colour is so much nicer than I thought it would be. It is beautiful!

The formula too is probably one of the best I've tried. It is a creamy wet consistency on application so it applies smoothly and there is a bit of a window before it sets. And once it sets, it stays put. But unlike some other formulas, this isn't irritating or drying on the lips. It is also pigmented enough to only require one layer which means it is more comfortable than a liquid lipstick that needs layering. There is a slight tacky feeling when I purse my lips but it isn't annoying and doesn't make the colour become patchy.

best liquid lipstick stila stay all day patina NC40 swatch

I am so pleased that they've repackaged these because the gold is so much more elegant and suits the brand much more. This feels like a luxury item to touch and is an absolute delight to use. This is definitely up there as one of my favourite lipsticks already. 

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Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner - Carbon Black | £14.50 

For the last couple of years I've been a loyal believer in gel liners and only straying on the rare occasion. But these days a lack of time and finding my current gel liner (Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel) a tad too dramatic for daily use, has led me back into the arms of liquid liners and more so those in the style of pens.

When I placed my Sephora order (see haul here) I put all my eyeliner hopes and dreams in Kat Von D Tattoo Liner but soon realised that it wasn't quite what I was led to believe it to be. So of course, the next one to try on the list was this one which promises a precise line, long lasting formula that is waterproof and smudge-proof.

And all I can say is:

It is everything I dream an eyeliner pen to be and does everything I need it to do. 

The nib is thick, with as sharp a point as I've ever seen allowing me to build up the thickness of my eyeliner quickly and to create a beautiful, perfect flick every time. The formula glides along the lash line without dragging and with little effort making it a pleasure to use and time-efficient as I'm not having to go back and fill in gaps or create a smooth line. The blackness is sufficient so it doesn't appear grey, blue or washed out and it also isn't so strikingly black that I have to reserve this for special occasions. 

stila patina swatch NC40 stila stay all day waterproof liquid eyeliner swatch

I'm really happy with both products and can see exactly why they are so iconic and renowned. Beautifully packaged makeup that delivers on its promises and exceeds expectations too...what's not to love?!? If you haven't tried either of these, I highly recommend giving them a go because they're well worth the splurge.

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Have you got either or both of these? Isn't Patina the most beautiful dusky pink shade? What else from Stila would you recommend?

Sal xxx
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