Oct 14, 2012

Swatch, EOTD - stila Smudge Pot Mini Set

This mini set was introduced in 2009 as a part of the stila holiday collection.
At this rate, I might have to open an "antique cosmetics shop" since I am digging out all my dated makeups lately.
My excuse would be that I only bought this set last year after paying a maked-up price and I am rediscovering it just now.
(This still pops up online but always with marked-up price or not in the complete set. They were pretty much sold out when introduced since it was such a great deal at that time.)

stila smudge pot mini set
Starry Night

Starry Night - Dark navy blue with golden shimmer
Kitten - Champagne Gold
Violet - Cool blue violet with silver shimmer
Black - Creamy Jet Black


They are all very pigmented and go on smoothly except that Starry Night  feels harder and not as easy to blend in as others.

Honestly, I was not very impressed with them in the beginning.
I am not used to using gel eyeliners, and I do not think there are more merits to using them over any good waterproof eyeliner since nothing lasts on my lower waterlines anyway. 
Gel eyeliner requires brush application, which means more work for me, too!

However, I was recently introduced to the concept of using cream type of colors as eye makeup base, and that was when these little gems came back in the picture.
They may not last on my waterlines, but when used on my eyelids, the colors simply would not budge. 
They literally last all day long and It is wonderful to pair them with sheer colors like NARS Marie Galante.

EOTD using Kitten & Starry Night as base 

products used for this look

stila smudge pots set in maybe too quickly, so it is not always easy to create a smooth base without the harsh edge. I have to work fast and use the right kind of tools.
I find a small regular eyeshadow brush works best for me but I still am searching for an easier method to work with these colors.
If you have any tips for great applications, I am all ears. ;)

Do you have stila smudge pots?
What is your favorite way of using them?

Thanks for looking.
Wish everyone a wonderful new week. :)

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  1. I haven't tried any Smudge Pots, but I love how Kitten and Starry Night look on you! Now I can see why Kitten is such a hit. It's basic but it's beautifully done!

  2. wow, violet looks so pretty! Love your eye makeup here a lot. I really like using base products for my shu glitters, they look extra pretty then but for eyeshadows, I think it is a nice way to change the actual colour a bit or just make them pop (uh, hate that word :D).

  3. Wow sweetie really beautiful and wonderful products your makeup is so cute and elegant really cute!

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  4. Love the blue one!! and it looks good on ur eyes too ^^

  5. I've never used these but I really want to get the Kitten eyeshadow. The smudge pot looks gorgeousssss.

  6. I have heard a lot about these lately on youtube, I would love to try kitten, it looks lovely!

  7. Gorgeous look. This set looks really good. It's cool that you managed to turn them into a product you'd use!

  8. I don't have any stila smudge pots. I've never experimented with gel liners. Hmmm, well you did a fantastic job with the application of them Lena. It's always frustrating when something takes longer to do.

  9. great post!

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  10. I don't have any stila product, I also don't really wear gel eye liner, but when I do, I use stiff eye liner brush from essence :-D
    I love how you rock the blue eye shadow+eye liner. Blue isnt my best friend when it comes to make up.. but it looks great on you! :)

  11. thank you, Pam. :) i sure like blue in my makeup. i haven't worn blue lips, though. lol
    germany seems to be a country that makes great pencil eyeliners in general. all my good eyeliners are made in germany! ;D

  12. i may discover the true merits of gel liners but i haven't been impressed with them as liners.
    i am just like you! i like simple and easy things and pencil liners fit in better for me. ;)

  13. stila brings out mini smudge pot sets every year and i really think this was a standout.
    the blue colors are especially pretty. ;)
    i am glad i am putting them finally in use!

  14. if you like the color of kitten, try the original powder eyeshadow. i have this as well and i think it is one of the prettiest and most versatile highlighter shade. easier to control than the smudge pot version as well. ;)

  15. i love kitten eyeshadow, too!
    it's quite easy to overdo with this uber shimmery color, but it is a must have for me. ;)

  16. thank you, elrica!
    i love blue eyeshadows. :)

  17. thank you so much, Raimar! :D

  18. yes! violet is my favorite, actually. :)
    i can't believe i didn't use eyeshadow base before. i mean i use primer like too faced shadow insurance, but adding cream colors adds more oomph to the looks!

  19. thank you, Sunny! :)
    i'd recommend kitten in original powder eyeshadow form if you like the color. it is really pretty and easier to control!

  20. love the eotd and omg violet is soo beautiful. I have problems with gel eyeliners too i cant seem to get em right plus i only use them on my waterline (i usually buy golds and whites) i was gonna throw away my elf one b/c i was getting frustrated it wasnt working for me but i'm gonna try ur tip on using it as a base! thanks Lena :D

  21. I have yet tried these smudge pot from stila but I'm sure I'll go check it out as the shades are really lovely.....the kitten is super duper gorgeous ^_~

  22. hey Kirsty, thanks for visiting and adding me to your reading list! :)
    i guess gel liners set quite fast in general. i really like these colors and i hope i can master how to apply them smoothly.

  23. These look gorgeous, I havent used these but I have a similar black one that is quite hard to apply as it sets really fast!

    fab blog, please hope over and visit mine too x kirsty x


  24. This is a lovely look. It's good that you were able to transition these as an eye makeup base when they didn't work as well on you as liners. I stay away from gel liners cause I have trouble applying them O_o

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  25. oh i am glad i am not the only on who has trouble with gel liners. hehe
    i am not very fond of the idea of having to use brush, either.
    but it's also true some people wouldn't use anything else! :)

  26. aww thank you, Julie.
    i am sure blues look fine on you. :)

  27. I can't pull off blue, for some reason it looks off on me, but looks awesome on you and you did it nicely!

  28. i really like stila eyeshadows in general.
    if you like Kitten, do try the original eyeshadow first. it is so gorgeous and way easier to control than the smudge pot version. ;)

  29. no problem, Oreleona :)
    i hopt your elf liners would work as base as well. gold and white would make good eyeshadow base, i think!

  30. thank you. :)
    i still have my hopes up to find "the perfect brush (or wand whatever)" for this smudge pots, though.
    hybrid eyeshadows like l'oreal infallible is much easier to handle as well. :)

  31. that is the reason i have stayed away from these cream-type shadows...because i would not be able to blend them. it looks really pretty though. i love the look you created.


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