Thursday, September 25, 2014

Stila Magnificent Metals Eye Liner in "Metallic Navy": Review and Swatches

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Stila Magnificent Metals Eye Liner in "Metallic Navy": Review and Swatches
A while back, I reviewed Stila's Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow and today I am back with a review of the liner version of what Stila describes as "pure rock and roll in a pot". These Magnificent Metals Eye Liner ($33 CAD) are individually hand-pressed and are formulated with a special carbon black base that gives intense opacity yet allows the shimmers to shine through. To see some swatches and my thoughts on this eyeliner, click......
Stila Magnificent Metals Eye Liner in "Metallic Navy": Review and Swatches
Packaging:
The liner comes in a simple twist-up jar. Unlike the Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadows, the eye liner does not come with the Stila Liquid Eye Primer or a mixing plate. For application, Stila suggests that the liner be applied directly to the lashline using the brand's own special silicone tipped liner brush but I just used an ordinary angled liner/brow brush.
Stila Magnificent Metals Eye Liner in "Metallic Navy": Review and Swatches
Left: "Metallic Navy" heavily swatched;
Right: "Metallic Navy" heavily blended out.
Formulation:
Like the shadow version of these, the liners are lightly packed into the jar and thus have a squishy texture when you press down into the pot. Compared to the shadow, these liners have a much finer shimmer/foil texture and blends quite nicely. "Metallic Navy" is a gorgeous dusty dark blue that's super opaque and buildable. Interestingly, the product actually works quite well as a shadow, especially compared to the Magnificent Metals Foil Shadows because unlike the shadow, it isn't chunky and actually has a lot of base color.
However, as a liner, I had a bit of a hard time trying to make very opaque, thin lines. The solution? I mixed the shadow with a bit of Stila's Liquid Eye Primer and the liner applied a lot smoother and way more opaque. The color looks very intense and very metallic but the formulation is not at all waterproof and depending on how your eye is shaped, it might smudge/crease. For me though, I didn't experience any of those unless I directly touched the liner with my fingers.
Stila Magnificent Metals Eye Liner in "Metallic Navy": Review and Swatches
Overall:
The liner creates a very unique and foil-like effect but I dearly wished the formulation had a better wear (ie. was water or smudge proof). But with that said, I truly feel that the Magnificent Metals collection is geared towards makeup artists for uses on the runway and in editorial spreads so waterproof-ness and a long wearing-time are not huge concerns.

Availability:
Stila is available online and in stores at Sephora, Shoppers, and Murale.
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