Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

For a long time, I wanted a liquid lipstick that dried matte and was long wearing.  Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick was regularly recommended but a bit out of my price range. However, this year Mecca Cosmetica, the exclusive New Zealand stockist of Stila reduced their prices – YAY! On my recent trip to Wellington, I discovered that these were only $34, down from $47. For such a good brand, and only about $10 more than similar inferior products like the Chi Chi Creamy Matte Liquid Lipstick, it is such a bargain. I purchased one in the shade Aria which is described as a magenta plum but on me it looks closer to burgundy.

Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick Aria


Like most similar products the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick comes in a tube with a doe foot applicator. It is small enough to be precise when applying it which is great because this dries matte very quickly. I lined my lips, specifically around my cupid’s bow with the edge of the doe foot before filling it all in.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick aria swatch

In the picture below it does somewhat look like my lips are very dry with the lipstick on, but from a normal viewing distance it looked fine. It felt like I had nothing on my lips, they weren’t dry or greasy at all.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick aria lip swatch

Now for the big question – did it stay all day? My answer to that is, not quite. First, bear in mind that lipstick wears off a lot quicker for me than most other people, likely due to unintentional lip-licking. If a lipstick lasts through a snack, to me, that’s awesome. This lipstick lasted longer than any other lipstick I’ve ever worn, so top marks for that! Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick full face

I absolutely am going to be buying more of these, there are such beautiful colours.

These are sold through Mecca Cosmetica in New Zealand and Australia. Further afield, I know Stila is stocked at Sephora and Ulta in the US and perhaps Canada also. Online, you can buy them from BeautyBay for $22.50 USD with free shipping worldwide. I’ll continue to buy from Mecca as I want to reward retailers in NZ who charge reasonable prices, not two or three times the international price, and I like instant gratification and being able to swatch in store too.lena x




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  • Alina Bostan

    This is such a gorgeous colour and the shade really suits you. I haven’t tried anything from Stilla yet but I’m now intrigued x

    Beauty with charm

  • oooo..This is such a beautiful shade Lena! I love deep reds 😉 Its almost like Lime Crime Red Velvet but looks more forgiving on lips! I’ve never tried anything from Stila before…

    • Me too – it’s stunning. I think it would suit you too. I’m so glad to know they’re a reasonable price now, I’d always had them written off as out of my price range. Same with NARS Sheer Glow, it used to be $120 and now it’s $69. I want that too.

      • You’ve taken the words out of my mouth! I Want no.. I NEED NARS sheer glow in my life! I’ve heard far too much about it…it makes me impatient.

        • I tried it on in the weekend, when I bought this and it’s stunning!! I just have no need for another foundation.

          • Do you know if NARS is available duty free? I might pick it up during my upcoming travels.

          • Not at Auckland, but I’m not sure where else it might be.