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.
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.
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.
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!
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.