Stila’s Smudge Pot collection review

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  • Manufacturer: Stila Cosmetics
  • Availability: webstore and channel partners
  • Description: eight gel liners
  • Cost/Amount: USD$20 per 0.14 oz / 3.68 g gel liner/shadow
  • Would you purchase again: yes
Stila’s Smudge Pot collection

My first cream shadow-things were MAC’s paint pots. Then I branched out to Benefit’s Creaseless Cream shadows, then started trying other brands when I figured out how to use these. This past summer I picked up a few Smudge Pots from Stila. Most of them are a little too dark to use as a cream shadow base, but Kitten is the one exception: because it’s such a light color, it works better as a cream shadow base color than as a liner. (Most of these are targeted as eyeliner colors.) I now own all but two of them: Bronze, and Black. I don’t know if I will pick up Bronze, but think I’ll just leave Black. (I have other black liners, and I tend to use the other shades more anyway.)

This collection contained:

  • Black — rich black creme
  • Black Cat — black with multicolored sparkle
  • Bronze — metallic medium-light brown shimmer
  • Brown — medium-deep brown creme
  • Cobalt — metallic bright deep blue shimmer
  • Grey — cool medium-deep grey creme
  • Jade — metallic olive shimmer
  • Kitten — metallic champagne-peach shimmer

These are gel liners, so they're a little softer than most cream shadows. These are also not marked as being waterproof, though I haven't noticed any transfer or running once it's applied and has dried. They do have more of a tendency to dry out in storage than other creme or gel liners that I've used - I've had to return two because they were a bit dried out when I purchased them - so make sure to keep the lid on tightly (and regularly check them to make sure the lid is still tight!) My favorites are Kitten, Jade, and Cobalt, though all of the colors are excellent.

Your best bet to get a good price is to wait for something like Sephora's or Stila's Friends and Family sale, and use something like Ebates, Mr. Rebates, or another shopping-rewards program of your choice. At $20 for .14 ounces / 3.68 grams, these are comparable to MAC's paint pots in terms of cost (though, unlike MAC's paint pots, they're not limited edition!!)

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