Stila’s Waterproof Smudge Stick collection review

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  • Manufacturer: Stila Cosmetics
  • Availability: through the web store and channel partners
  • Description: 30 waterproof non-retractable eyeliners
  • Cost/Amount: USD$20.00 for 0.01 oz
  • Would you purchase again: yes
Stila’s Waterproof Smudge Stick collection

I started out getting two of these. Then I got a set when it was on sale. Then I got a few more colors, also in sets that were on sale. Then in 2013 when the collection exploded (adding 22 shades)...well, I was safe for a while, because I didn’t notice. Then, I started stacking coupons and Ebates and soforth.

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Stila’s Waterproof Smudge Stick collection

I love these, because they have some shades that other lines don't seem to have. Rimmel has a collections of waterproof liners that are not pencils, but they have a pretty limited color range. These also apply very nicely, very evenly, and very easily. And once applied and set (which takes just a little bit longer than Urban Decay's 24/7 pencils, so you have a little bit more time to adjust/smudge/play) the color stays put all day long on me. It will transfer to my upper lid if I forget to apply lid primer, but it won't vanish from the lashline. I also like the superslim packaging, and the tight fit of the cap. The cap won't come loose in your purse (like so many of the various pencil-liners) and the product won't dry out. The point of the product is also great for slimmer lines, even without any need for any kind of sharpening.

On the not-so-great side of the fence...these do not retract. Once that product is extruded, it's use-it-or-lose-it (or smush-it-against-the-cap, which is what I've done on a few occasions.) Stila's web site has added a warning sentence about this in the past year, but no other retailer has this information...probably because, with so many liners like this on the market that do retract, everyone kind of assumes that Stila's will retract too. Rimmel's retract. Jordana's do too. So why don't Stila's? Hey Stila, instead of just adding the warning notice (which would have been nice to see when the line was launched,) why not just tweak the packaging a bit so that they retract? Another word of warning: it can take a bit of work before these will start extruding. I don't know why that is...but the first few that I got, I returned because I twisted and twisted and wasn't able to get more product out of the tube. I thought they were broken. A third note: look at the cost versus the quantity. These cost more per ounce than Urban Decay's Glide-On Liner Pencils. I know it's not exactly the same, it's comparing apples to oranges; and since these don't need sharpening you don't "lose" as much product as you do with pencil liners...but still. If you're on a supersharp budget and can find an equivalent color in another liner, the overall cost is something to consider.

As of February 2014, this collection includes:

  • Alpine — bright white creme
  • Black Amethyst — blackened violet creme
  • Blue Ribbon — dusky dark slate-blue satin (part of the original lineup)
  • Bluefin — slate-blue creme (part of the original lineup)
  • Canary — midweight yellow creme
  • Cobalt — bright teal blue creme (part of the original lineup)
  • Damsel — medium-deep brown creme
  • Deep Burgundy — brown-burgundy creme
  • Deep Fuchsia — cool violet-red shimmer
  • Empress — white pearl
  • Espresso — medium-dark brown creme
  • Gilded — metallic copper-gold shimmer
  • Graphite — dark cool grey creme
  • Jade — medium-deep cool green creme
  • Lionfish — medium-deep brown creme (part of the original lineup)
  • Metallic Umber — metallic medium-light cool brown shimmer
  • Midnight Blue — blackened dark blue creme
  • Midnight Green — blackened deep olive creme
  • Mint Julep — cool mint-green creme (formerly released as limited-edition color Turquoise)
  • Moray — gilded olive green satin (part of the original lineup)
  • Peacock — teal-green satin (part of the original lineup)
  • Purple Tang — blackened violet sparkle (part of the original lineup)
  • Sepia — metallic deep golden-beige creme
  • Sienna — medium browned burnt-orange shimmer
  • Spice — dark red-brown satin
  • Stingray — jet black creme (part of the original lineup)
  • Tetra — (part of the original lineup)
  • Triggerfish — medium neutral grey satin (part of the original lineup)
  • Ultramarine — navy shimmer
  • Violet — warm fuchsia-violet satin

Other smudge sticks that have been released but not added to the permanent lineup include:

  • Aubergine — burgundy-violet creme
  • Emerald — medium-bright green creme
  • Koi — metallic silver shimmer
  • Ladyfish — blackened metallic fuchsia-violet shimmer
  • Navy — deep blue creme
  • Oscar Fish — gilded medium-dark brown pearl
  • Periwinkle — medium-bright lilac-slate blue creme
  • Sand Dollar — metallic gold shimmer
  • Stargazer — silvered black pearl
  • Turquoise — bright aqua-green creme

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