Stila’s Waterproof Smudge Stick in Empress

Posted on Saturday, at bought • 68 views


  • Manufacturer: Stila Cosmetics
  • Availability: from the webstore and select channel partners; part of the Waterproof Smudge Stick collection
  • Color Range: soft white pearl
  • Cost/Amount: USD$20 for .283 grams / .01 ounces
  • Would you purchase again: yes
  • Similar shades: Stila's Snow
Stila’s Waterproof Smudge Stick in Empress

White and bright eyeliners seem to appear in waves: first they're all the rage for three or four years, then they fade back into obscurity for a decade or two and you can't find one for love nor money. I like white eyeliners, though - both for putting on my waterline, to brighten my eyes, and occasionally for adding to my top lash line. I was thrilled when Stila added Empress to its Smudge Stick collection! It's a nice color, good weight, not semisheer…but it isn't the easiest thing to get a smooth, even application. It's not as patchy as some other eyeliners I've used, but it's not as even as I'd prefer, either. I had to go over the swatch-area a few times to get the solid-looking sample I photographed.

Stila’s Waterproof Smudge Stick in Empress

When Empress and Snow were added to the lineup originally, it was temporary. Empress has become permanent, but Snow has…well, faded. I'm glad that I got backups of Snow when I did, because I prefer its application to this waterproof smudge stick. It's just a touch smoother and more even.

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