Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Review and Swatches

The latest stick version of Stila’s famous Smudge Pot, Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner, is handsdown every girl’s dream eyeliner. Find out why after the jump!

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Purple

With the Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner, all you have to do is twist and apply. There is no need for a sharpener and the tiny tip gives great precision. The buttery texture also allows smooth and easy application with zero tugging.

The 8 super gorgeous colors are all so intensely pigmented I never have to go over the same line twice to get the color I want.

* Blue Ribbon – navy grey
* Koi – metallic gold
* Lionfish – deep bronze with shimmer
* Moray – golden olive with shimmer
* Peacock – vibrant teal with shimmer
* Purple Tang – dark purple with shimmer
* Silver Dollar – metallic silver
* Stingray – jet black

Top Moray, Lionfish, Koi, Silver Dollar, Blue Ribbon, Peacock, Stingray and Purple Tang

The best part is how long-lasting it is. Once the liner sets, it will not smudge or fade even if it comes into contact with water. I even broke a beauty rule and tried rubbing my eye to see if it will come off but the liner simply will not budge. Seriously, what more can you ask for?

My Picks: Peacock, Purple Tang, Stingray

Overall Rating:

The Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner is now available at Sephora for $20.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Angelina,

    The MAC Greasepaint Stick is more of an eyeshadow/base and this is like an eyeliner (the tip is a LOT thinner and unlike the MAC, you don’t have to sharpen this). They both stay on really well tho.

  2. Sounds so nice!love how ‘lionfish’ ‘blue ribbon’ and ‘peacock’ look!!! I’m going to have to save up for this! Wish I could I’d have all! Thanks 4 the review nice reading it, as always :)

  3. Sounds so nice!
    love how ‘lionfish’ ‘blue ribbon’ and ‘peacock’ look!!!
    I’m going to have to save up for this!
    Wish I could I’d have all! Thanks 4 the review nice reading it, as always :)

  4. I am gonna have to check these liners out! I am still in the search for an HG liner that won’t fade and smudge super fast. I’ve been using MAC Blacktrack for the waterline as well these days but I would much rather use a pencil liner. Thanks for the review!!!


  5. Yay I love it when you guys get excited about products that I love =) I’m going back for Peacock later this week!

  6. Leah,

    I bought the Smudge Stick at Sephora. If the product was sent to me, I always put up a disclaimer (you will see it right below the rating).

    • Yes it does!! You can always run a Q-tip over your waterline to soak up some moisture before you apply the eyeliner as well.

  7. Hey I know I am late to the stila smudge stick party. Not because I did not want to get them, but I got distracted. LOL I ordered the Moray color and I hope that it will show up as a liner or I will use as shadow base.

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