Just a quick followup to yesterday’s Stila Summer 2009 post. MBB reader Shivotra mentioned in the comments that MAC makes a Fluidline called Blitz & Glitz may work as a substitute for Stila’s new Smudge Pot 24K in Golden Noir (thanks, Shivotra!).
“I have a feeling it’s exactly like MACâ€™s Fluidline in Blitz & Glitz, which also has gold flecks infused with black liner.”
A girl can never have too many options, so let’s take a look at Blitz & Glitz ($15) and how it compares to Stila’s Smudge Pot 24K in Golden Noir ($20).
Stila Smudge Pot 24 KT Golden Noir vs. MAC Blitz & Glitz Fluidline
Both are essentially black gel liners/eyeshadows with golden shimmer. The most obvious difference has to be the price, with Golden Noir costing 30% more than MAC Blitz & Glitz, ouch!
Blitz & Glitz on left, Golden Noir on right. Swatches taken in natural light.
As for appearance, the shimmery golden bits in Blitz & Glitz are tiny, giving it a subtle, opalescent finish, and the black applies rich and dark. To get the gold to shine through I really have to pack it on, which leads me to think of Blitz & Glitz as a matte black liner with just the faintest whisper of golden shimmer.
Stila Golden Noir, on the other hand, looks totally blinged out, with a higher concentration of large golden shimmer bits — almost glitter-sized bits.
Golden Noir on left, Blitz & Glitz on right. Swatches taken in full sunlight.
And the particular shades of golds differ between the two products, too. The gold in Blitz & Glitz has a more olive greenish gold hue to it, while I think Golden Noir’s gold appears more bronzy than green.
One last diff: texture. To the touch, Golden Noir feels creamier and more whipped to me than Blitz & Glitz does, and I’d even go so far as to say that its lighter texture makes it easier to apply and blend.
That said, when I want to do a dark and intense smokey eye, I’d reach for Blitz & Glitz, but when I’m more in the mood for a glittery golden look, I’d opt for Golden Noir instead.
Both are beautiful products, very much alike, but different in subtle ways.
Speaking of bling
Tabs lost his collar for the third time in less than six months!
He arrived home this morning collar- and tag-less, looking kitty nude. We’ve been buying him breakaway nylon collars, which use a latch designed to come loose if the cat gets caught in something.
I think they might be working a little too well, though, and get the feeling that Tabs has figured out how to take ’em off.
I might have to try a different brand of collar next time, one that’s more kitty-proof.
What about a pink collar with rhinestones? It might be a little froo-froo for his taste, but too bad. Humiliation is his price for losing another collar.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,