Finding a New Liquid Eyeliner- Does Stila Pass the Test?

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I’ve been looking to replace my Lancome Artliner lately. It’s been my go- to liquid liner for the last 5 years at least. I haven’t even considered swapping it out for something else until recently when it hit me- I’m going to be a mom of two here soon, it’s time to reign in the spending a little more. I consider black liquid liner to be a staple in my every day routine so I’ve been searching for something that will allow me to get the same look I’ve been going for but on a slightly smaller budget.

Lancome Artliner in Noir is $30.50, is a super rich black color, and has a precise foam tip pen applicator that allows me to get a thin or a thick line. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Intense Black is $20, also has a super pigmented black shade, and has a thin marker like tip that allows for a thin or thick line. Stila’s formula is also waterproof!

stila liquid liner swatchesI’m getting down to the bottom of my Lancome, so it wouldn’t be a fair comparison to swatch it- it’s applying really light and I need several passes to get a good black line. But above, you can see Stila’s formula swatched on my hand. It’s such a dark and pretty black, I’ve been loving it!

I’ve used Stila’s formula for a couple weeks, and so far so good. I like that it doesn’t fade at all after a full day of use and when I rub my allergy eyes it doesn’t migrate. It’s been lasting in the heat and humidity of a Wisconsin summer like a champ. If I stick with Stila’s formula, I’m excited that it comes in lots of exciting shades too!

During the holidays, Lancome often has a train case as a purchase with purchase- I could see myself repurchasing the Artliner to qualify for that, but for now, I think I’m switching to Stila. $10 cheaper and it works just as well so far. The real test will be to see how long the liner lasts before drying up or being used up. I’ll keep you posted!

What is your favorite black liquid liner? Maybe my search isn’t over yet!




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  1. 6.3.14

    I love pen liners for creating wings!

  2. 6.3.14
    Ann Marie Nski said:

    I love how black it is and the clean line is gives! I think I’m going to have to pick that up and soon!

  3. 6.3.14
    Norah Salazar said:

    I like the NYX curved eyeliner and also the MUFE Aqua pencil. Stila is pretty good though 🙂

  4. 6.3.14

    Oooooh that is a black black with a great tip. I like pen liners and the easy of a perfect winged line. And love that the Stila is basically move-proof. That is super key! Great tips!!

  5. 6.3.14
    Chelsea said:

    Pen liners are my favorite!

  6. 6.3.14

    This liner makes such a clean line!

  7. 6.3.14
    scentednights2002 said:

    I really need to master liquid eyeliner. Love the thin tip on this one.

  8. 6.3.14
    jbrobeck said:

    I actually love my Essence Stay Don’t Stray Liner… it’s under $5!

    • 6.4.14
      Justina said:

      You and Laura have me intrigued!

  9. 6.4.14
    Laura said:

    Essence is my absolute fav!

    • 6.4.14
      Justina said:

      I will have to check this one out!

  10. 6.4.14
    Carly Anderson said:

    Totally want to try this one!

  11. 6.4.14
    Chelsea said:

    I’ve never tried Stila because of the price (I am sooo cheap) but this looks like it could really be worth it for how solidly pigmented it is!

  12. 6.4.14

    That’s good to know about Stila! I’ve been using Jordana’s Fabuliner and somewhere in the middle of use it just kind of poops out on me.

  13. 6.5.14
    kSquaredGlamour said:

    this one looks fantastic, I need a new liquid too!

  14. 6.6.14
    Amber said:

    I don’t use a pen liner daily, so I usually reach for Jordana Fabuliner or L’Oreal. I am not a fan of the NYX liner. I like the look of this, but want to try the essence now that Jessika and Laura both recommended it! 🙂

  15. 6.6.14

    I’ve heard great things about Stila’s eyeliner and that makes a gorgeous line.

  16. 6.9.14
    Anna said:

    I need to try some new eyeliners, I will defiantly check this out.

  17. 6.17.14
    MamaMommyMom said:

    Thank you! I’ve been looking for a liquid liner that will stay put! Wearing contacts means that a migrating liner can be bad, bad news. I need something that goes on smooth and stays put!

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