7.17.2012

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Tesoro Review and Swatches

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Tesoro
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Tesoro

I'm going to get straight to the point: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Tesoro ($22) is a gorgeous shade, provides great coverage, and is one of the most impressive long-wearing lip colors out there. However, this brand new product is not without its imperfections.  

I got a free, full-size sample of Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Tesoro from a Sephora VIB promotion. I was so excited when the product arrived at my door that I immediately swiped it on my lips and started taking pictures.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Tesoro Lip Swatch
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Tesoro

When first applied, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Tesoro has a very light, creamy texture with a yummy frosting scent. The coverage is opaque in a single coat. I'm really happy with the shade I selected, Tesoro, which is a medium bright orange-red shade. The tomato-y pinup color is pretty, on trend, and flattering on warm or neutral skin tones. 

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Tesoro Swatch
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Tesoro Swatch

After a few moments, the initially creamy texture of Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Tesoro sets to a matte finish. I found that the matte texture feels more and more dry over time, to the point that it accentuates lip lines and feels similar to a clay mask on your skin. Bleh. This lipstick definitely needs a balm or gloss on top for both appearance and comfort.

I can handle the dry finish though, because once this lip color sets, it doesn't budge. Unlike most other long-wear lipsticks, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Tesoro actually lasts through eating and drinking! I looked in the mirror after lunch and my lipstick looked almost freshly applied. 

As I continued with my day, I noticed that the lipstick left some smears on utensils and glasses. It still looked pretty good, but some areas began to fade to pink over time. After about 7 hours, I was left with an allover pink stain with a greater concentration of pigment around the edges of my lips. I like pink, but watch out for this color change if you want red and only red. 

Ultimately, I've decided to recommend Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Tesoro with a few warnings. You should be aware of the drying finish and expect the color to fade to pink by the end of the day. Additionally, do NOT apply two coats at once -- I did this and it caused the lip color to flake completely off. I got my best results with a single coat.

Problems aside, I am impressed overall with the wear time of Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Tesoro. I see this product as a step forward in the quest for the perfect long-wearing lipstick. Way to go, Stila!


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