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Battle of the stila Liners: Stay All Day vs. Smudge Stick

If you read this blog regularly, you already know a few things about me, like the fact that I’m obsessed with Blake Lively’s hair and that I have a weakness for Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Invisible and Jouer’s Luminizing Moisture Tint. What you might not know is that I’m actually a Birchbox subscriber. This month was particularly exciting for me; I received VMV’s Re-Everything Lotion, an Origins face wash, and my favorite, stila’s smudge stick

I was excited about this waterproof liner long before I got my box because Katia used it in her Easy Winter Makeup video. I fell in love instantly. The thin crayon gives you an immediate pop of color and you can smudge it out with your finger to easily create a shadow effect that’s super long-lasting. 

Since getting my Smudge Stick, I’ve added it into my regular rotation, alternating it with my other stila liner obsession, Stay All Day. I like how I can get dramatically different results with each product. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Use stila’s Smudge Stick when: You’re looking for a chalky line that’s imprecise. This will give your eyes definition without looking perfectly made-up. It’s is a great day-to-night product because as the day goes on, the more it smudges, the sexier it looks. 
  • Use stila’s Stay All Day when: You want a precise line. The point is very fine, which makes it easy to get a kitten or cat eye. It’s easy to create that sharp triangular end and fill it in. 

And for anyone else who got the Smudge Stick in their box this month (you lucky ducks), just remember, it operates like toothpaste. What does that mean? It means that once you twist the color up, it can’t go back down. Keep this in mind when you’re trying to get the liner to come out for the first time! 

—Meredith

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