Stay All Day Sheer Liquid Lipstick
Stay All Day Sheer Liquid Lipstick is a spinoff of Stila’s cult-favorite Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, and it shares some of the same great qualities. It’s a top-notch option for long-lasting color that melds with lips.
Applied via a standard doe-foot applicator, this liquid-cream lipstick has a thin, lightweight consistency that functions similarly to a lip stain. The sheer color dries down to a matte finish that stays put for about five solid hours of wear—even through eating and drinking.
We particularly love the way the Stay All Day Sheer Liquid Lipstick enriches your lip color without looking heavy. The vibrancy of the sheer pigmentation varies by shade, most of which are in soft, pink and beige tones, but there are a couple of bolder hues as well (we love the black cherry shade Sheer Morello).
A couple things to note: The liquid color can saturate lips a tad unevenly and feel somewhat drying. We found prepping lips with a light layer of a well-formulated balm helps minimize both issues. Just keep in mind that doing so can shorten the wear time a bit.
We also have to mention that because the formula is flavored, it carries a slight risk of irritancy—however, we aren’t overly concerned since the flavor is only minimally perceptible.
The final verdict? Stay All Day Sheer Liquid Lipstick deserves our highest accolades due to the unique combination of staying power + sheer color, all with a weightless feel.
- Delivers pigmented yet sheer color that allows your natural lip color to peek through.
- Sets to a matte finish that stays put for hours, even with eating/drinking.
- Looks more natural than your typical liquid lipstick.
- Flavored formula poses a slight risk of irritation.
Stila's iconic Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick goes sheer! It's your bare necessity, Stay All Day Sheer Liquid Lipstick has the same all day staying power as the original, but now with softer, sheerer coverage. Lips are tinted with a light wash of color for a natural, softer appearance.
Makeup artist Jeanine Lobell has been at the helm of Stila since its inception in 1994, and her creations have an impressive history of blending innovation with eye-catching, fun packaging. Of course, this innovation is not without its price, and you will find some rather ordinary products where the packaging or dispensing method is the only thing that's exciting. Where Lobell struck gold is with her superlative collection of foundations. Weve examined hundreds of makeup lines for this and previous editions of this book, and Stila has had and continues to maintain one of the best collections of truly neutral foundation colors. For anyone confused about what we mean by "neutral tones," you need look no further, though we are pleased that more mainstream lines (including L'Oreal, Revlon, Clinique, and even Cover Girl) are now creating wonderfully neutral foundation colors. Stila's foundations aren't inexpensive, but it's critical to get a foundation that's right for you, and that may mean splurging. Other stellar categories include concealers, blush, eyeshadows, brushes, and much better mascaras than in years past.
Once an independent brand with a first-to-market approach to clever cardboard packaging that was sleek, urban, and utilitarian at the same time, Stila's presence and product lineup and distribution expanded (with mostly favorable results) when it was acquired by Estee Lauder in 1999. It was a bit perplexing when Lauder announced in late 2005 that it would sell Stila to "optimize our portfolio of brands" and put more attention (read: financial resources) into their M.A.C. and Bobbi Brown brands (Source: The Rose Sheet, April 17, 2006, page 4). Ironically, of those three brands, Stila has the most compelling collection of products. M.A.C. and Bobbi Brown are no slouches, but Stila always had a slight edge, at least in the complexion-enhancing categories.
An affiliate of Sun Capital Partners (naming itself Stila Corporation) bought the brand from Lauder in spring 2006 and has been at the helm since. Lauder's no longer owning Stila led to the brand's hasty exit from department stores, a move that left many shoppers wondering what the heck happened (and, at least in the stores we visited, the sales associates were vague about the line's future). Luckily, Stila still has a home in Sephora stores worldwide, and is randomly distributed in select department stores. That's great news, because there is much to love about this line, and the most recent crop of products proves that Stila has every intention of remaining a competitive player in the compelling game that is the cosmetics industry.
For more information about Stila, visit www.stilacosmetics.com.
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