27 July 2010

Eyeliner Face Off: MAC vs Stila

It's funny: in my teens I was always the victim of raccoon eyes, because my liner would always end up under my peepers.

Who'd have imagined there where "higher end" brands that could solve that problem. And longer lasting too? I'd have shrugged it off as a myth. In my eyes all liners where all the same (pun intended).

Over the years I've experimented with a few black ones. Most where drugstore brands (Maybelline, L'oreal, Revlon, you name it) but I don't really recall having had results worth mentioning. That, and the fact that they usually tugged at my delicate eye area.

Imagine the joy when I unexpectedly picked up a MAC liner 3 years back. Looking back that was the first time I even stepped into a MAC store- I was on holiday visiting family in London.

Newho, long story short, I've been hooked on that liner - FYI Technakohl in Graphblack (a matte black kajal) - ever since. A few months back I saw a Youtuber explaining the color Buried Treasure (black/dark brown/grey with gold shimmer which makes it almost look khaki green) and I immediatly wanted it.

Then Kim Kardashian was everywhere spreading her make up advice, and after hearing she used Stila Kajal Eyeliner in Onyx, I caved in and got that too.

A comparisson of the 3 eyeliners:

Top to Bottom: MAC Burried Treasure, Stila Eye Kajal in Onyx, MAC Graphblack

Swatched: (one light pencil stroke)

I did a smear test using one light swipe with my fingers. This was after waiting 5 minutes for them to dry. As you can see the Stila liner smudges immensely. I've seen a few people raving about it, not to mention Kim K. and really don't understand why I can't get it to work or if she's getting paid to advertise. Maybe it needs to be applied with a brush like one would a gel liner, seeing as it's SOoOooo pigmented and just -literally- goes all over the place as soon as I blink. Needless to say my Stila liner gets no luv from me.

My Burried Treasure and Graphblack are a whole other story now. I love both but prefer my technakohl liner.
Burried Treasure is a perfect color if you find BLACK too dark for daytime (e.g. the gym, class, work, etc.)

CON'S of Burried Treasure:
  • Melts a bit as you apply it and the tip loses it's shape rather easy. So I wouldn't recommend for lining the upper lashline.
  • Holds up for a few hours on the waterline, but not all day like Graphblack.
  • I'm picky and like a fine tip on my eyeliners so that irritates me about powerpoint pencils and the frequent sharpening that's needed.


Café Bellini said...

I have both of those MAC liners! Love them!

Join the Gossip said...

Glad to see you're back - you disappeared for a bit!

I have Technakohl in Graphblack and i ADORE it! My only problem, sometimes I twirst too much out and the tip breaks off when I am applying. I was going to wear it today actually. I also have the same Stila liner but in a different color. I like it but it goes on thick.

I really like that other MAC liner shade. Very pretty!

sarah l. said...

Hi! This is Sarah, I am a pro-artist for Stila Cosmetics. I happened to come across this post and just wanted to provide some tips/advice.

First, our Kajal is kohl creamy formula and is meant to be movable to achieve the smudgy, smoky look and to also have the ability to be used as a shadow. A tip to prevent the spillage is to either use less product or, as you mentioned, use a brush to buff it out.

If you are looking for a truly "smudge-less" eye liner pencil, checkout Stila's Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner. That formula is designed to stay put all day long.

Hope these tips help!

- sarah

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