Jan 9, 2012

Stila Smudge Crayons (Waterproof Eye Primer + Shadow + Liner) - REVIEW and SWATCHES...

Stila Smudge Crayons (Waterproof Eye Primer + Shadow + Liner)

Stila Smudge Crayon (Waterproof Eye Primer + Shadow + Liner )
A three-in-one gel-based eye primer, shadow, and liner that glides on with ease and stays in place until you say when.

This advanced, creamy, multi-pearl formula is infused with emollients for smooth, comfortable application. It provides rich, bold color and more than six hours of continuous wear that won't fade or crease over time.

This product features a pull-out sharpener conveniently hidden in the base.

Size: 0.04 oz
Price: $22

The Stila Smudge Crayons (Waterproof Eye Primer + Shadow + Liner) are priced at $22 for 0.05 oz of product. 

Initially the price of these eye color pencils may seem a bit daunting. However, when compared to other similar products you will find that they are priced within the expected range especially for Stila. In fact, it may even surprise you that they are a better value (price vs. oz) than the M·A·C Greasepaint Sticks that so many of us coveted. 

Another thing you may find yourself doing is comparing these to non-twist-up pencils such as the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencils. But we must remember that non-twist-up pencils have issues with wasting product when they are sharpened - you lose almost half the product from sharpening alone. With twist-up pencils you won't lose as much product from sharpening if any at all (just don't sharpen). So you may be getting more product in a non-twist-up but that is overcompensating for the product loss during sharpening.

Another great thing about this product is that they are waterproof and smudge-proof and can be used as eyeshadow primer, eyeshadow and eyeliner. So keep that in mind when comparing them to drugstore alternatives, such as NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils, which are much cheaper but are not even close in terms of quality and longevity.


The Stila Smudge Crayons (Waterproof Eye Primer + Shadow + Liner) are available in store at Sephora and Ulta locations as well as online at the Sephora and Ulta websites. There are 8 colors to choose from ranging from neutral tones to pops of color. Ulta seems to have 1 extra shade (Rose) in their range versus Sephora so check Ulta if you want to see the full spectrum of colors. They are also now available on the Stila website.


The Stila Smudge Crayons come in color coordinated twist-up pencil form with an attached sharpener on the opposite end of the pencil. The product/color name, quantity and company details are printed in silver on the pencil itself. The matching package color makes it much easier to grab the correct one from a bulging stash.

The product/pencil is extended or retracted by twisting the head on the pencil rather than the base. You can always retract the product if you have overextend thus avoiding wastage. At the base of the pencil in the included sharpener which you twist off to use. The included sharpener is a bonus since you don't have to buy a separate item simply to sharpen your pencil plus you can use it to create a point to the pencil once the initial one wears down.

The cap on these pencils snap securely into place for perfect storage and travel without breaking the product or causing unwanted damage. The overall pencil is solid and sturdy which makes it more durable and less susceptible to breaking (heaven forbid!).




 The Stila Smudge Crayons (Waterproof Eye Primer + Shadow + Liner) are touted as "three-in-one gel-based eye primer, shadow, and liner that glides on with ease and stays in place until you say when". They are said to have a "creamy, multi-pearl formula infused with emollients for smooth, comfortable application and "provides rich, bold color and more than six hours of continuous wear that won't fade or crease over time".

The Stila Smudge Crayons are extremely creamy and smooth. They glide unto the skin without tugging or dragging for a even layer of pigmented color. These are not drying at all but set to a smudge-proof, budge-proof finish after application. 

The Stila Smudge Crayons have a couple of finishes from matte to semi-matte with slight sheen and frosts. The deeper shades are more on the matte side while the lighter (highlight) shades have more of a frost finish which is expected.

These products are packed with intense color payoff. Even the lighter shades have decent color payoff in a single swipe. This makes them much nicer to use for liners than sheer products. The deeper shades have great pigmentation in a single pass while the lighter shades can be blended out for a wash of color if that is your preference.

The colors are more on the neutral side with subtle pops of color such as navy blue and purple. None of the shades are overwhelming or neon in nature. This means that they are quite wearable and will appeal to a large audience. The deeper shades are perfect for smoky looks while the lighter shades make great highlight colors.

These Stila Smudge Crayons are so smooth I almost want to cry! LOL! They apply smoothly to the skin and blend seamlessly with each other and other eyeshadows. You can apply directly from the pencil or use your fingers or a brush instead. I prefer the ease of the pencil but you may wish to create more defined lines with a brush. Again, they glide unto the skin without tugging or dragging (ahem Shadesticks) for a even layer of pigmented color. These are not drying at all but set to a smudge-proof, budge-proof finish after application. 

These work great as eyeshadow colors on their own, as colored bases for powder eyeshadow or as eyeliners.  They wear perfectly well without a primer without fading or creasing. I find it interesting that Stila only claims 6+ hours of wear while these are long-wearing at least on me. I get at least 9+ hours of wear with no issues plus I can skip the primer and powder (oily lids rejoice). They also wear decently on the waterline (4+ hours) but fade over time as is usual with creamy products on my waterline. You may have better luck but so far only my L'Oréal HIP Cream Liner works on my waterline.Either way these are phenomenal!

The Stila Smudge Crayons (Waterproof Eye Primer + Shadow + Liner) are superb products! I am just in love! They have the creaminess of NYX Jumbo Pencils with the color payoff and longevity of gel eyeliners. These are what M·A·C Shadesticks and Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencils should aspire to be - great products YES but a little drying. The Stila Smudge Crayons are creamy and dreamy beyond belief with full rich color and longstanding wear to top it all off. I insist you bite the $22 bullet and try out at least one of these! You WON'T be disappointed!



Smoke, Umber, Midnight Blue, Black

  Great burgundy red color.

  Rich intense matteblack.

 Midnight Blue
 I fell head over heels for this gorgeous deep blue color. Perfect for navy smoky eyes or 
just a pop of blue to brown eyes.

 Great pewter color with silver sheen.


  1. You break it ALLLLL the way down! Nice post, I love the Amber color, very nice.


  2. Tina you making me spend money, LOL I promised myself I was going to be good.

  3. THAT BLUE.....thank you Tina for making me spend all my lil' pocket change. LOL. Seriously, thank you for your in depth break downs, before I buy anything I always check to see if you had reviewed it.

  4. I wouldn't mind giving them a try. Great review!!!

  5. I WILL be disappointed or WON'T be disappointed. (Last sentence of review... LOL!) Fabulous post, Darling! I'm going to get these... I don't see them on Stila's website though... Hmm.... gonna give them a call.

  6. Thanks JazzyO! I try my best. Umber is gorg.

    Tysh girl I can't help it at all. Dem nice bad!

    Hahahaha @hiph0pcracy. I'm glad these reviews help. The engineer in me needs to get every detail out there. :) The blue is TO DIE FOR!

    Go for it JoJo! Thx!

    Thanks Diva girl. U WON'T be disappointed (it should've said "will not"). Yea...Stila doesn't have them, seems like they r exclusive to Ulta and Sephora. Maybe they will put them on their site later on.

  7. You broke it down! You're my new friend in my head! But sadly, I disagree. Tarte's pencils ( I own 4) stay put. I wore this blue Stila pencil Saturday eve on a date. I came away with my fingers looking like a fingerpainting 4 year old (rubbing eyes due to GA pollen). Tarte and rubbing (if necessary) clear fingers. The Stila also creased, and I had to re-apply before my next destination.

  8. Awww man Anony that sux! Sorry to hear u had such a bad experience with these pencils. I haven't had any issues so maybe it's hit or miss depending on the person. I think I have a few Tarte pencils too....time to pull them out :)


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