Archive for June 2011

Stila Cosmetics is a prestige consumer brand founded by celebrity makeup artist Jeanine Lobell in 1994.  The company has had its share of rocky times, but since being sold to Lynn Tilton of Patriarch Partners in 2009, the brand seems to have achieved some stability and has been adding new products to its line.

Stila is probably best known for its eyeshadow Kitten, a sparkly, warm, neutral light beige/peach shade that is now available in its original powder form and in a long-wearing cream.  I admit to using the cream Smudge Pot in this shade when I’m in a hurry and just want a quick swipe of a neutral color on my lids.

My new fave product from Stila is its Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, available in black, indigo blue, and brown.  I bought it on a whim while perusing products at my local Ulta store, and was pleasantly surprised to find that it is near-perfect, particularly in black. 

Black, my favorite shade, is a rich, dark shade with great coverage power — have you ever used a liquid eyeliner that you felt you had to apply multiple “layers” of the pen to get the dark line you want?  Not with this product!  I am so pleased that they got it right with the delivery pen — shake it gently, pop off the cap, and apply.  TIP:  for a thicker line, tilt the pen so you’re using the side of the applicator; for thinner lines, angle the pen so you’re using just the tip.   If you’re like me and don’t have the steadiest of hands, apply your line in smaller strips or dots and then join them together.

I’ve had zero problems with the eyeliner and my sensitive eyes.  Best of all, it lives up to its promise to “stay all day” — just note that you will need eye makeup remover to get it all off when you’re ready to do so. 

The Indigo shade in this eyeliner is a pretty, dark turquoise color that is great as a layer color — apply a thick line and then follow with a thin line of the black at the base of your lashes.  I will say the blue does give the same “coverage” as the black so you may find you need to apply more to get the intensity you want.  This eyeliner is also available in Dark Brown, which would work on medium-toned skin but is not really dark enough for my taste.

For a quick summer look that will hold up in the heat and humidity, try a shimmery neutral eyeshadow like Kitten, followed by a line of liquid eyeliner starting extra-thin at your tear duct and getting thicker as you go to the end of your eye, with lots of waterproof mascara on the top lashes only.  Then go to town with a bright lip or gloss and some bronzer or peachy blush!




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  • lilmakeuptips: Thanks for your comment! I got your note on the smoky eye and will do a post on the topic soon!
  • Wicked Red: You look REALLY good in those Lil. Thanks for sharing.
  • lilmakeuptips: Thank you so much Emil! I hope to have a New Year's makeup blog entry posted tomorrow ... maybe even a webcam if I can get it done ...