Beauty Review: Stila versus Maybelline Eyeliner

As a reform beauty junkie, I am currently trying to save money and focusing on only the items that truly work for my skin. I am over trying different products and throwing money down the drain hoping to fix some supposedly imperfection that I have. This leads me on my review on the best eye liner so far.

I started wearing makeup in college and I got obsessed with the “cat eye” trend and I am currently still rocking it but with less flare. I am currently 39 years old (turning 40 in December, yay!) and I have finally figured out what best eye liner works best for me and hopefully for you too.

In college I discovered the Maybelline Ultra Liner (waterproof). Used it without fail and has always been relatively inexpensive.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive: $4.99 to $10.99 depending on where you purchase. The link I provided is $4.99.
  • Lasts a long time: Up to 6 to 8 hours on my oily lids
  • Smudge proof
  • Washes off with facial cleanser
  • Does not irritate eyes
  • Can wear while swimming
  • Easy Application with small fine tip
  • Do not have to purchase frequently. With daily use, one 0.25 FL OZ. can last a few months.

Cons:

  • Need to be standing upright in medicine cabinet or will clump.
  • May need to apply after 6 hours
  • Can get clumpy
  • If you”cry it out” you may have to reapply

As I have gotten older, I turned to the idea that “what costs more and what is trendy is better” mentality. So with that idea in mind I was advised that Stila Stay All Day WaterProof Eye Liner was the way to go. This began when I was in my mid 30’s. I liked it for the most part.

Pros:

  • Easily application
  • Can be bought at any Sephora
  • Can be placed flat or standing upright
  • Long lasting wear: up to 6 to 8 hours
  • Can “cry it out” and most of it will still be there

Cons:

  • Expensive: $22 for 0.016 OZ.
  • Lasts up to 2 to 3 months
  • If you have oily skin, you will get raccoon eyes particularly in the summer
  • If you are trying to create a “cat’s eye” look, the ends never stay on if you have oily skin

So which product do I recommend? Well recently I have gone back to the Maybelline Ultra Liner because it has never really failed me. I don’t need an expensive brand to look “hot to trot” and I actually save $$ in the long run. If something works, don’t fix it and why try to find something else when you have something that already works?! So love you Stila brand, but I am gonna go with my pharmacy bought eyeliner. – Peace and Love

Read my other beauty/skin reviews below:

  1. Pore Vacuum Cleaner: Lonove
  2. Benetint Lip & Cheek Stain

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