Stila is a high end brand that is found online at their site, here, as well as stores such as Ulta.
Stila has a wide variety of cosmetics including several eye shadows and eye liners, but there is one that is called a “Smudge Pot” that is supposed to do the work of both.
Smudge Pots are basically a gel liner that is creamy in consistency that can also be applied to the eyelid area to create a smoky eye.
Smudge Pots come in little jars with screw on lids. Each lid is unique in that it is the color of the actual product. This is a neat idea. Sometimes when you are in a rush, it is just so easy to look into your makeup bag and find what color you want by the lid or packaging instead of having to look for the label or open the product.
Smudge pots retail for $20 each and you get .14 oz of gel cream inside.
There are several colors to choose from and one to fit every need.
Of course there is a basic matte black that most women will mainly use as the gel liner.
There is also a black with some shimmer for those wanting to add a little sparkle to their makeup.
A “bronze” shade that has red undertones and a brown shade that has the appearance of some yellow undertones in the pot. When applied, the brown actually looks quite black, which is disappointing, but something I have became accustomed to with most liquid or gel based brown products.
“Jade” is a bright olive green color while “cobalt” is the classic bold blue.
The gray hue is a flat color and is actually too light to be used as eyeliner, yet too dull to be used as a smudgy shadow. This color would have been a lot better if they would have put some metallic in it and just called it “silver”. Gray eyeliner is something I do not have, but this one falls short of what I would actually buy for the price.
One shade that might be universal is “kitten”.
The very first time I ever heard of the brand Stila was when someone was referring to their “kitten” eye shadow which seems to me, to be the most famous one they carry.
“Kitten” has this overall reputation of being a great all over lid color and great highlight.
This smudge pot is great for an all over lid color and will work well as a highlight in the corner of the eye, cheekbone, or under the brow to create an instant eyelift.
I would not recommend using this shade as eyeliner when other eye shadow is worn, but when worn alone, lining the eye with this light pink color might actually work.
Some might find these liners to not work well on the bottom lash line, and I can only recommend using them on the top. Please remember to use an eye lid primer before application.
You can apply them as a liner using a small angled eyeliner brush or using your finger when applying them like an eye shadow.
Some might find that these do not last long time, so you really need to apply some soft of base before application, especially if using this all over.
The gel liners always tend to dry out fast, so if you are not going to be using this frequently, this might be something to pass up.
I do not know if I can actually say these are better than drugstore brand gel liners because all tend to dry up pretty quickly and I have the same application process and wear from all of them I have tried.
They do take longer than a traditional eye pencil to apply, but if you want something with lasting power and are going to use it daily, then maybe spending $20 is something you are willing to do.