Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
Last Updated:04.02.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

The clear bottle packaging of Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is easy to confuse with Stila's lip gloss products, but this most definitely is different. The liquid texture is applied with the included doe-foot wand applicator, which imparts rich, opaque color. The formula sets to an ultra-matte finish that stays put for hours and even holds up (in most cases) through eating and drinking.

Some may find this so mattifying that it overexaggerates lines on the lips, but that can be lessened by applying a gloss over it. However, doing so means you're also giving up some of the staying power, so consider that trade-off before slicking on the gloss.

If you're looking for a long-lasting, rich lip color, Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick fits the bill and comes in hues of pink, plum, mauve, beige, and reds (a couple of which have a sparkly finish). For rich, riveting color and nearly worry-free wear, this earns our highest recommendation (You'll likely feel compelled to touch up out of habit, not because you really need to.)

The formula contains some fragrance ingredients discussed in the More info section.

  • Liquid formula imparts rich, opaque color.
  • Ultra-matte finish stays put for hours.
  • Exaggerates lines on lips.
More Info:

This product contains a small amount of the potential skin irritants linalool, cinammic aldehyde, and benzyl alcohol, but in these low concentrations they aren't likely to be cause for concern.


Isododecane, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polybutene, Petrolatum, Cyclohexasiloxane, Kaolin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Flavor (Aroma), Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadidate, Propylene Carbonate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopherol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Tin Oxide. May Contain (+/-) Mica, Titanium, Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 6 (CI 15850), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 21 Lake (CI 45380), Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxide (CI 77491). Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Iron Oxide (CI 77499).

NOTE: Ingredients may vary by shade from the above listing.

Brand Overview

Stila At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive for a department-store/boutique line; the foundations are remarkable in most respects, especially shade selection and texture; bronzing powder with sunscreen; very good options for blush and eyeshadow; the Brow Polish and Lip Shine are standouts; several attractive, versatile shimmer products; great makeup brushes.

Weaknesses: Convertible Eye Color and Kajal Eye Liner have too many weaknesses; some problematic lip glosses; the lip pencils are average at best. Skin care that means well but contains fragrant irritants.

Makeup artist Jeanine Lobell has been at the helm of Stila since its inception in 1994, and her creations have an impressive history of blending innovation with eye-catching, fun packaging. Of course, this innovation is not without its price, and you will find some rather ordinary products where the packaging or dispensing method is the only thing that's exciting. Where Lobell struck gold is with her superlative collection of foundations. We’ve examined hundreds of makeup lines for this and previous editions of this book, and Stila has had and continues to maintain one of the best collections of truly neutral foundation colors. For anyone confused about what we mean by "neutral tones," you need look no further, though we are pleased that more mainstream lines (including L'Oreal, Revlon, Clinique, and even Cover Girl) are now creating wonderfully neutral foundation colors. Stila's foundations aren't inexpensive, but it's critical to get a foundation that's right for you, and that may mean splurging. Other stellar categories include concealers, blush, eyeshadows, brushes, and much better mascaras than in years past.

Once an independent brand with a first-to-market approach to clever cardboard packaging that was sleek, urban, and utilitarian at the same time, Stila's presence and product lineup and distribution expanded (with mostly favorable results) when it was acquired by Estee Lauder in 1999. It was a bit perplexing when Lauder announced in late 2005 that it would sell Stila to "optimize our portfolio of brands" and put more attention (read: financial resources) into their M.A.C. and Bobbi Brown brands (Source: The Rose Sheet, April 17, 2006, page 4). Ironically, of those three brands, Stila has the most compelling collection of products. M.A.C. and Bobbi Brown are no slouches, but Stila always had a slight edge, at least in the complexion-enhancing categories.

An affiliate of Sun Capital Partners (naming itself Stila Corporation) bought the brand from Lauder in spring 2006 and has been at the helm since. Lauder's no longer owning Stila led to the brand's hasty exit from department stores, a move that left many shoppers wondering what the heck happened (and, at least in the stores we visited, the sales associates were vague about the line's future). Luckily, Stila still has a home in Sephora stores worldwide, and is randomly distributed in select department stores. That's great news, because there is much to love about this line, and the most recent crop of products proves that Stila has every intention of remaining a competitive player in the compelling game that is the cosmetics industry.

For more information about Stila, call 866.784.5201 or visit www.stilacosmetics.com.

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it stays... but it will transfer

I have this in the color "Tesoro", a really vivid red with an orange tint. There is no need for a lip liner... this stuff really stays. However, it will transfer to fingers and fabric, so be careful. Because it's so vivid, you have to be really careful when drawing the outline of your lips. Any little wiggles become quite evident, so try a tiny flat brush for the edges, then fill in the rest with the doe foot applicator. The formula is drying, so be prepared for that too.

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