Things I wish were shorter:
- Winter and the annual rainy season
- The line at the DMV
- Titanic (seriously, we already know how the story ends)
Things I wish were longer:
- Cat lifespans (I might clone Tabs)
- The wear time of these $20 Stila Long Wear Lip Color Lipsticks
It would make sense for the 16 permanent collection members of Stila’s Long Wear Lip Color Lipstick team to last a long time, wouldn’t it? I mean, Stila went out of their way to include the words “Long Wear” in the name, and they even wrote about wear time in the official product description…
“The next revolution in lip wear is here! A lipstick and lip gloss all in one that boasts extended wear while keeping lips feeling soft and smooth – never dry. The secret is a blend of patent-pending polymers that provide long-lasting wear with rich pigment that glides on like your favorite gloss. The tip of the pen is contoured to provide easy, precise application – hugging every curve of your lip.”
With that kind of pomp and circumstance, I expected at least 5-6 hours from these — but that’s about two hours longer than they actually last.
I’ve tried three of the shades so far — Outrageous (a matte Mad Men reddish orange), Lover (a creamy deep red) and In the Nude (a creamy beige).
My eyes lit up the first time I saw them swatched on the back of my hand. “OOH!” I cried, “Look at how opaque and pigmented they are!”
I like their light vanilla fragrance, the fact that they’re unflavored and how hydrating they are, but those things are kinda offset by some negatives.
The rounded tip they talk up in the product description? Totally awkward. It’s hard to draw crisp, precise lines with it, especially along the outer edges of my lips.
Stila Long Wear Lip Color on NC35 skin from left: Lover, Outrageous, In the Nude
In the Nude
And I’m not crazy about the way these feel, either. I like lipsticks with a light, smooth texture, and these feel fairly heavy and thick.
At least some of them could also use a little refinement when it comes to color consistency. Both of the creamy shades (In the Nude and Lover) apply evenly, but the matte (Outrageous) looks pretty patchy to me.
But those aren’t even the most disappointment things about these. That honor goes to wear time, which is where these really let me down. I’ve been getting about four hours if meals are included, or five without; that pales in comparison to a lot of other long-wearing lip products (like the matte lip duos from Fred Farrugia).
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: While inconsistent across the line, a few standout colors save Stila’s Long Wear Lip Colors from the Land of Forgotten Lipsticks, but you’re taking a gamble for $20. For that price, and considering it’s a part of their name, I also think they really should last longer. Throw in a cumbersome rounded tip, and these can’t help but fall short of greatness. I’m not the biggest fan, but if you see a color you can’t live without, they might be worth taking a chance. Available at Sephora and online. Grade: B-
Have you given these a try yet? Am I just missing the point? I’d love to hear what you think.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,