January 23, 2014

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer Review & Swatches

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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer

Heads up oily lids time to haul yourself some Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer! You NEED this eyeshadow primer if you work with pigments, shimmer shadows, sparkle ones, or metallics as it creates the longest most crease-free wear evers!

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer seems a little gimmicky at first. You know seems like the brand decided they were going to set out and re-event the wheel to make it seem more interesting….ya know, cream eyeshadow primer is so last year let’s make a liquid elixir to make it even more interesting!

I admit it, it sounded unique but it also sounded like it wouldn’t work.

Originally Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer was bundled up with Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow because let me tell you those bad, bad boys need all the help they can get during application and wear.

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Recently, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer became available all its lonesome and a stand alone purchase for use with sparkle and metallic eyeshadows. It’s basically a nifty tool for creating a foiled eyeshadow look but let tell me you it actually has a ton of uses and it seals eyehadow on like nobody’s business.

Housed in a small jar with a dropper you can use this in a few different ways. It’s best paired up with shimmer or metallic shadows but you can use it with powders as well. If you’re using loose pigment, metallic, shimmer, or sparkle eyeshadows simply hold out the back of your hand, drop to drops of the primer on it, and take some of your shadow and mix with it. Now use the back of your hand as a palette of sorts to mix stuff together and from here you can “paint” color onto your lids. At first it creates a beautiful foiled look and you can be finished that’s it. However, if you like you can build and gently tap your lids so it dries down and doesn’t foil. This creates a super sparkly effect. I’ve used the primer with products like Bobbi Brown Sparkle Shadow, MAC Pigment, and L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow and it creates a really solid finish to the shadows so they stay locked on and crease-free all day and they look as marvelous after eight hours as the first time I applied them.

For powders you can actually gently tap a small amount of the elixir directly on your lids, it’ll set in a few seconds, now follow up and apply your eyeshadow. It basically acts as any eyeshadow primer would just in a different texture than you might be used to with other primers you’ve used in the past.

It doesn’t feel uncomfortable, sticky, or strange. It just creates a smooth workable canvas for your eyeshadow to adhere to. It really seals eyeshadow in place well which leads me to believe it’ll work a treat for oily lids.

It’s a very versatile tool as you can use it to foil with, mix pigments, and just to act as an excellent base between your lid and shadow!

I thought it was a bit gimmicky but Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer is worth a look at! A solid 12 hour wear here without creasing or losing intensity, yeah, that’s a good day in eyeshadow wear land for me!


Available now at Sephora and Sephora.com.

Tried it?

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  • The Beauty Alchemist

    Dear God I need this. My eye makeup melt is legendary. I’ve even had makeup artists shake their heads . Oily eyelids doesn’t begin.

  • Erin

    I’m curious about this. I’m still upset they discontinued my prime pot, which is the only primer that ever worked on my oily lids! I have a stash of about 8 of them squirreled away!

    • Maggie

      I’d like to know the answer to this too! It almost sounds like She-Lac–except I never tried to foil shadow with that.

  • Julie

    I wonder if you paint a bit of this under your eyes, let it dry and then apply a pencil eyeliner it will help the eyeliner stay on longer without fading…. Have you tried it this way???

  • Sara

    It seems a little similar to Pixie Epoxy from Fyrinnae, but that is more of a thin gel than a liquid. That stuff works amazingly well tho! I pair it with UD’s primer and my shadows come out vivid and bulletproof for the day.

  • Kairi Yi

    I equally love this as you do! my only complaint is that it is TOO DARN small!

    • Kairi Yi

      Actually, never mind! I didn’t know they came out with a stand alone primer! the one I have came with the magnificent metals foil eyeshadow

  • Tara

    Sounds kind of like e.l.f. Studio Makeup Lock & Seal, just bought it the other day but haven’t tried it yet….

  • Iris

    The liquid format looks slightly intimidating but it sounds promising and I’m glad it’s in a dropper bottle. I once used liquid from a clear clamshell pot. It was intimidating and I stopped using it.

  • Mandy

    I might have to give this a try. I was quite devastated when they discontinued the Prime Pot…it’s the best for oily eyelids.

  • Kelsey Reid

    Have you all found that liquid eye primers work better or creams? My eye lids are so oily by the end of the day. I have had a lot of luck with the Aquatique by Lancome because it is more like a paste instead of a cream. It fills in the crease in my eye. Nothing stays better than cream to powder shadows on me interestingly, but I don’t work with them often. Suggestions?