Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Review

Stila Stay All Day Liquid LipstickStila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso

This is a post from the Beauty Skeptic archives that has been given a facelift, but content and opinions are the same. Favorites are being rescheduled and will appear by next Wednesday.

I don’t always bother with liquid lipstick, but when I do, it’s Stila Beso. I wrote about receiving a compliment on some bold red lipstick that made my morning. In turn, that inspired me to compliment someone else, and an awesome chain reaction resulted. Time to talk about the lipstick itself.

Reeeally Red

My skin is pretty agreeable to reds – so I didn’t have to go on a crazy hunting spree for, “the one,” because my options are plenty. Friday was National Wear Red Day; I opted for a red lipstick, specifically Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in the shade Beso. Stila and Sephora describe this shade as a, “true red,” meaning it has no blue, pink, or orange undertones, and is not particularly warm OR cool.

When I first got this lipstick, I swatched it on my lips not having looked up swatches online or having any idea of how pigmented it was; I exclaimed when I saw it. A little goes a very, very long way. Given how pigmented it is and how quickly the color takes, the doefoot applicator wand can be a liiiiiittle bit difficult to work with. Doefoot applicators are awesome for speed and ease of use, but a bold red lip requires careful application. If you have a lip brush, I recommend keeping it handy to help ensure clean edges.

The Bold Claim

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Stila Stay All Day Liner Giveaway Winner

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner Giveaway

Congratulations, Katlyn – you’re the Stila Stay All Day Liner Giveaway Winner! Glad to hear you didn’t get smacked by snow. I’ll be reaching out via e-mail today with details on getting your prize to you.

As for me, today, regretfully, no post. I had something queued up but the content just wasn’t up to scratch, and I don’t want to post something I’m not happy with. Regular posts will return on Monday.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner GIVEAWAY

Stila Stay All Day Liquid LinerStila Stay All Day Liquid Liner

In winter, when I’m not just trying to get by with my makeup, I tend to go for light neutral eyes and sharp black liner ending in a flick or small wing. I normally use gel liner for this purpose simply because it is what I find easiest to use. Everyone’s preferences differ; some pencil, some like liquid. I don’t tend to use liquid liner often because I hilariously suck at it. Every now and then, I need to be reminded that I need to sharpen my liquid liner skills, so I pick up the best felt-tip liquid I know of, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner.

Giveaway info after the jump…

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Autumn Gold and Violet Eye Tutorial

I’m not some YouTube vlogger goddess, but occasionally I like to throw up a tutorial for you. Because I more-or-less missed summer anyway, I’ve been ready to embrace Autumn for a while though we don’t actually hit Autumn for almost two weeks. Last Friday, I did a nice warm Autumn Gold and Violet Eye look (trust – it works) and liked it enough that I wanted to share.

What I used (feel free to adapt based on what you already have!):

  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (BONUS: Nyx Milk)
  • Virgin, Naked, Buck, and Half Baked eyeshadows from Urban Decay’s Naked palette:
  • Violetta, Fine Wine, and Violet Echo eyeshadows from the Coastal Scents 252 Palette:cs252
  • Desired black liner of choice – on Friday I used Stila Stay all Day, for this, I used a L’Oreal gel
  • Lash Curler
  • bareMinerals Flawless Definition mascara or whatever makes you happy
  • Flat Shader Brush (or two, if you like)
  • Crease blending brush – something with a fluffy dome to place and blend color in your crease (or two, if you like)
  • Precision blending brush – doesn’t have to be special, just something to help blur any harsh lines

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Stila Stay All Day Liner Review

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:

Stila Stay All Day Liner - 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:

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner - 10:30AM

Not bad, four hours is fair. Let’s try another four hours later, 2:30PM:

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner - 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:

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner - 6:30PM

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:

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner - 8:00PM

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?