I’m not sure what it is that sparks my desire to challenge, well, everything that I challenge. But like the lipstick, if I see something that claims to Stay All Day, I can’t help but want to prove whether or not it is true…you know, for science.
In the same holiday set that I received the aforementioned lipstick by the same name, I received a smaller-than-normal tube of Stila Stay All Day Liner. Though more favorable than my initial reaction to the name of the lipstick, I still couldn’t believe it without seeing it. Since receiving it, I have worn it with success but I never really documented how long it lasted – and, “more or less all day,” isn’t enough for me.
Yesterday, I slapped some on my face before work. I finished my makeup around 6:15AM (contrary to my programming, I am the early bird at work). This is what it looked like at 6:30AM:
Well of course it looks decent, freshly applied. Why wouldn’t it? Also, I am an airhead and haven’t even slapped on mascara, yet. Let’s check back around 10:30AM:
Not bad, four hours is fair. Let’s try another four hours later, 2:30PM:
So that’s almost my whole workday, there, including half of my commute time. By 6:30PM, or twelve hours later, it looked like this:
I decided to take my final photo around 8:00PM so I could shower and whatnot. I can’t imagine any situation where I would actually need a full 24 hours of wear; “Oh no, I can’t sleep without my cat-eye!” nope. This is about fourteen hours of wear:
This is after my usual removal attempt(s) but before actual cleansing. I remove my makeup with a Ponds wipe beforehand to make the most of cleansing – this shows how much of the Stila Stay All Day Liner stayed even after that! I had to snap an (actual) final picture:
I was able to remove the remainder with the same Ponds wipe without scrubbing intensely; I just held the wipe in place for a moment and then wiped away, similar to how you would treat the removal of pesky glitter nail polish.
Though I did not leave it on longer, I feel confident in saying that it would probably have lasted much, much longer. After fourteen-ish hours I experienced no fading or flaking, which is pretty nice. Intense Black is exactly that – a dark, inky black – my only real complaint is that I wish it was slightly more matte than it is – it is not glossy, but it has a bit of sheen to it and I prefer normal liners to be matte. If you share this with me, you can always make it matte by applying a matte black shadow over top with an angled-bristle brush.
As for the application itself – I’m new to felt-tip liners, but it was not particularly difficult. I recognized that it is very different from other mediums – gel liners, pencil, other liquids, so I know my lines need work – that’s my own error in not realizing how fast the product dries. The ink flows with ease but does not pool up and cause a mess. Stila Stay All Day Liner is pretty easy to use and I would recommend it to a newbie before I would recommend a traditional liquid. I like it and will likely re-purchase when I run out, but I don’t see myself running out quickly because it has not won me over enough to replace my gel liners. You can purchase the full-sized version this product for $19.50 from Amazon or at Ulta and/or Sephora for $20.
Have you used this product? What did you think?