Review: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

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Stila Liquid Lipstick Review and Swatches

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Details:

  • $22 per 0.10oz tube
  • Avaialble at Ulta, Sephora, and Nordstrom
  • Formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates
  • Free of synthetic dyes

The Claim

“The creamy, full-coverage lip color provides intense hydration with bold, long-lasting pigment that stays put for up to six hours of continuous wear. […] Enriched with vitamin E and avocado oil, Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick hydrates and softens lips so they look and feel beautiful.” (via Sephora)

Stila Liquid Lipstick Swatches Aria and Amore


  • Gorgeous range of matte and shimmer colors
  • Doe-foot applicator
  • Slim, pretty packaging
  • Stays all day (6 hrs)
  • Dries quickly after application


  • Extremely drying (and feels like it)
  • Settles into fine lines
  • Overpriced for the end result
  • Messy Applicator – the full wand of the applicator catches product rather than just the doefoot portion
Liquid Lipstick in Amore

Liquid Lipstick in Amore

Liquid Lipstick in Aria

Liquid Lipstick in Aria

Additional Thoughts

I really want to like this product. I’ve tried two different methods with this product to get it to work, but both have their hindrances. On its own, Stila Stay All Day is extremely drying. The plus side is because it’s so drying and practically clings to your lips, it stayed on throughout both eating and drinking. By my lunch hour, I couldn’t take the feeling of prune lips, but I didn’t want to reapply since I was testing how long the color would hold up. As an alternate, I decided to put Chapstick on top of the lipstick, which actually did help a little. The downside is it caused the lipstick to crumble as it faded. This first method started with a Chapstick base.

The second method I tried was using a different lip moisturizer. Chapstick is my go-to because it works so well with my lips, but it just doesn’t agree with this product. I have a few EOS lip balms that I haven’t thrown out yet, but I don’t reach for them because I find that they make my lips dry over time. In the meantime, I found a good use for them with this product. The waxy texture of the EOS balm keeps they overly drying feeling of Stila Stay All Day at bay. While this method eases the dryness, it decreases the staying power. It starts to transfer while eating or drinking, unlike the staying power when paired with chapstick.

Whichever method is used–minus the applying chapstick overtop the lipstick–Stila’s Stay All Day fades beautifully so that even when the color isn’t highly pigmented, it’s not necessary to reapply more product if you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy touching up their makeup.

Lastly, while I understand this is a high-end brand, I still think the lipstick is overpriced. Between the drying learning curve and the messy applicator, I think this product would be more appropriately priced at $16.

Swatches left to right: Aria and Amore

Swatches left to right: Aria and Amore

Will I repurchase Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick?

Truthfully, I already have. I purchased a few of these around two months ago and returned them the next day because of how drying they felt. This is my second time purchasing the Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks. Knowing how drying it is, I just had to give it another shot because of how beautiful the colors are. I don’t know if I’ll continue to purchase them because of how drying they feel. I’m really fond of NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cream, so I think I’ll stick with those. Just as an FYI, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Prague is an excellent dupe for Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Aria—see the picture below.

Overall Rating: B-

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Prague; Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Aria

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Prague; Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Aria


Have you tried any liquid lipsticks? Which brand makes your favorite formula?


Comments +

  1. Tamara says:

    I luv stila’s particularge line of this matte liquid lipsticks. I see what u mean about being drying but I always apply my baby lips first nd it’s not that drying to me maybe since I use a lip liner as well.


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