For the past several years, I've been a very loyal Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eye Liner fan. I mean, I use the stuff every single day, and I like to do dramatic wings on my eyes, so I need a quality eyeliner that is high pigment, won't smear, and has an amazing fine-tipped brush that will let me draw my eyeliner wings to a very long, dramatic tip. My standards are exacting when it comes to liquid liner.
That said, my wallet hates me for it. Those amazing liners cost $30 a pop, and they only last a couple of months at the rate that I use them.
So, as any responsible adult tries to do, I've attempted to save money and find a cheaper alternative. I've used all sorts of liners sent by IPSY, or bought at my local drugstore. Unfortunately, every attempt I've made has resulted in great regret. The brush applicator was too wide or too short. The eyeliner smudged too easily. The pigment wasn't dark enough. You get the idea.
However, I think I've finally found my inexpensive replacement for these very awesome, but costly Stila eyeliners. AVON. Yes, you read that right. The old lady make-up business that your grandmother used to order and your elderly neighbour down the block used to sell. That AVON. Trust me, I was a bit skeptical myself, but thought I'd give it a go since it was on sale for $7 and my friend Donna sells AVON. Incidentally, Donna is kind of my neighbour and she is indeed a grandma and she's awesome and rides a motorbike, so no stereotypes there.
Anyway, AVON makes an eyeliner with a very long and unnecessary name: SuperExtend Precise Liquid Eye Liner. While the product name could use a bit of work, the eyeliner is straight up Stila in a cheaper packaging. The brushes are nearly identical, the pigments are equally black and smudge-proof, the lines are both skinny and fine and suitable to wing-making, and the Avon one costs $12 when it's not on sale ($7 when it is). Um, YES PLEASE. I can think of many things to buy with that extra $23 I'm saving.
I've included a few pics for your information.
Here are the two fresh lines I've drawn with both eyeliners. See? You can't even tell which one is Stila and which one is AVON. (AVON's at the top).
Here's a side-by-side of the brushes. Can you tell which one is which? The AVON pen on the left has a longer shaft by about an inch, which I don't love, and its lid isn't quite as secure as the Stila one. Nonetheless, I've not had issues with the lid popping off in my overstuffed cosmetics case.
And here's a shot of my hand several hours later, after I had rubbed over both lines with my wet finger. Still pretty much intact, without a lot of smudging. The AVON one does smudge a tiny bit here, but it hasn't been an issue when I've been using it.
With the money I'm saving by switching to AVON (sorry Stila), I can now apply those dollars towards my newly-reinstated Ipsy subscription, too! Win-win for me.
If you're wanting to give the AVON eyeliner a try and you're local to me, please contact Donna at her FB business page. I don't think she has a specific AVON page but she orders fairly frequently and she's awesome. And if you want to give IPSY a try (because I'm shameless), here's the link: