Thursday, November 19, 2009

Gel Liner Showdown: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack vs. Stila Smudgepot in Black

Hello dearies! I have a lot of work to do but I took a quick break to post this entry LOL! I love gel liners. I don't know why haha. That's why I bought both Stila Smudgepots and MAC Fluidline. I put both to the test to show you which withstood more. I'll also reveal which one is my favorite.

First let's go look at the product. The Stila Smudgepot you see here is not the full size. It's the mini size I got as part of a set. The full size of the Stila Smudgepot is bigger than the MAC Fluidline that you can see on your left.

MAC Fluidline: P1,100
Stila Smudgepot Full size: P695 (I'm not sure as I bought this from Ebay)

Packaging: I find that MAC has better plastic, since Stila's plastic cover is made of thin plastic, as opposed to MAC's cover which is made of thick plastic.

So here are the swatches. MAC Fluidline on the left and Stila Smudgepot on the right.


As you can see, both liners make a good black, dry fast, although I find that MAC Fluidline is a teeny tiny bit creamier than Stila Smudgepot.

An on to the test. After waiting for both of them to dry, I rubbed both hard with my dry finger. Let's see what happened:


As you can see, MAC Fluidline smudged quite badly while Stila Smudgepot smudged just a tiny bit, although it's hard to see in the photo.

I wet both of them through running water:


Both showed no change.

Then while they were still wet, I tried rubbing both with my finger.


Both smudged a bit, but just a little bit as compared to it's previous state.

So who won? Well, obviously it was my Stila Smudgepot. I've said this a lot of times in Girltalk, Stila is definitely my favorite brand for gel liners! It got everyone beat. Plus it's cheaper than MAC Fluidline but has more product. Yey Stila!

Tip: Right after dipping your brush, close the jar immediately! Or else it will dry up.

To see another eyeliner showdown (Coastal Scents vs. MAC Fluidline), Click here


Blair said...

Thanks for this comparison post, I can definitely scratch MAC Fluidline of my list now =D

GirL With GLasSes... said...

wow! now i know what brand i would go for a gel liner!

i dont have any gel liners yet because im always scared that they would just smudge crazy on me...

thanks for this review crystal =)

mwahhhh sa cheeekssss

Crystal said...

blair and jing, you're welcome gals!

jing, gel liners smudge less than pencil liners but they smudge more than the long lasting liquid liners.

Askmewhats said...

You know how I seriously love Stila :) Yay for Stila for the win :)

melvel said...

Stila is super smudge proof, but also less creamy. If they had made this product more creamy, it would have been perfect.

But yeah, for black gel liner, I'd go with Stila also. For all other colors, I prefer MAC.

Khymm said...

nice comparison crystal!

Crystal said...

nikki, you were the one who introduced me to stila smudge pots! Lol

Mel, about the creaminess i agree. But i guess that the creaminess is the reason why mac is not as Smudgeproof.

Crystal said...

khymm, thanks!

Crystal Gale said...

I don't like my MAC fluidline coz it dries up so easily! Now you got me lemming for Stila smudgepot too haha. If you could shose between this and the Kate liner you've featured in your previous post..which one gives off the darkest black? :)

Crystal said...

if you want the darkest black, go for stila.

Crystal Gale said...

^ thanks Crystal! I'll check out the Stila counter then :)

Crystal said...

gale, NP!

LOLanne said...

yayyy to stila smudge pots :)) i find it kinda ironic that stila's won the "showdown" considering its name ;)


Crystal said...

lolanne, really? why naman? hehe.

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