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For attention-grabbing eyes

The verdict is in, and smudge pots take the prize for sexy eyes! This unique gel eyeliner goes on like liquid and stays put. Use it like a liner to define eyes and then smudge it for a softer look. This clever little gel has an inky intensity that leaves powder shadows in the dust. A favorite for the sultry, smoky eye.

  • An innovative alternative to traditional powder and liquid formulas
  • Soft and easy to apply

Especially Suited For: All skin types

Essential Ingredients: Mica for luminosity

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Popularity: #67 in Eyes
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Stila Cosmetics Smudge Pot Eye Liner - Black

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Stila CosmeticsPrime Pot

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By LittleLark

from Winter Park, FL

About Me Classic Style

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  • Blends Easily
  • Doesn't Run
  • Easy Removal
  • Easy To Apply
  • Glides On Smoothly
  • Long-Lasting


    Best Uses

    • Everyday
    • Going Out
    • Smoky Look
    • Thicker Line
    • Thin Defined Line

    Comments about Prime Pot:

    I got this in my Sample Society box, and while I have other primers that I use, I decided to give it a try. My sample was in the pale Taffy color, and it works well on my fair skin. I've been very happy with the product's performance. I've used it to set eyeliner and also to set the shadow on my entire eyelid. I've noticed it works best when applied in a very thin layer with a brush. Also, prime and apply shadow to one eye, then prime and shadow the next. Applying too much and applying and letting it sit while putting shadow on the other eye tends to make it crease.

    Previously, I used Bare Minerals and Urban Decay primers. This slots in the middle. My Bare Minerals is still my favorite for liner and eyelid application, but this is a close second. I like the thinner, sheerer, slightly shimmery formula better than the Stila. The Stila worked way better than the Urban Decay product, which was a disappointment for me.

    I mostly use the Stila primer to set a liquid cat eye, and find that it keeps my makeup in place even on hot, humid days, but still removes easily and gently. Overall, a great product. Also, since a little goes a long way, this little pot of primer is going to last way longer than my Bare Minerals primer.



    By MK

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Classic Style

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    • Easy To Apply
    • Glides On Smoothly


    • Creases
    • Fades Throughout Day

    Best Uses

    • Everyday

    Comments about Prime Pot:

    I expected more from Stila as they make the best eyeliners ever and I like several of their products. However, this shadow primer is seriously lacking. I'd be willing to bet that those who gave this a great review haven't compared it to Urban Decay or other high end brands. The first day it creased - itself! before I even applied shadow over it. Big no-no. The next day I caught a glimpse in my rear view mirror and noticed that it had worn in weird spots so my eye shadow, which was gorgeously blended that morning, was now blotchy and missing in some spots. It was weird. I loved the convenience of just dipping my fingertip into a pot and it applies nicely to the lid, but that's where our relationship must end. It just doesn't compare at all to several others out there. I'm bummed because it would have lasted a real long time if it were a good product and I hate to give Stila a bad review but they can invest in some serious improvements on this one. Their smudge stick eyeliners are amazing, glide on smoothly, don't budge, stay bright and rich in color. They need a primer that will have the same effect and hold your shadow firmly in place and this just doesn't deliver what it should.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)



    By Speedbump

    from NY


    • Easy to use
    • Long-lasting
    • Pigmented
    • Smudge-resistant


    • Pot dries out quickly

    Best Uses

    • Cat eye
    • Liner

    Comments about Smudge Pot Eye Liner:

    Despite the "smudge" part of the name, this eyeliner doesn't budge when dry! This is my go-to eyeliner, and I've been using it consistently for the past 2 years pretty much every day. I have very oily eyelids and have tried countless different eyeliners of all kinds, since most of them end up smudging and disappearing within a few hours. This one is the exception!

    When I need lots of staying power, I pair it with the Stila primer pot, but usually I just apply over a bare lid, and it still manages to stay on all day. It's super easy to apply it with a little slanted brush, and I love doing a subtle cat eye with it for an everyday look.

    One little pot lasts a long time, but you need to shut it tightly after use or it will dry out. I've found that adding 1 or 2 drops of jojoba oil when the product is dried out helps bring it back to life a little, though it's a little more oily (duh) and smudgy the day you add the oil. Still, it definitely extends the life of the product, as it will definitely dry out before you've even used most of it.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Good product but color off

    By jsculley

    from Boston, MA

    Verified Reviewer


    • Good staying power


    • Too dark

    Best Uses

    • Medium-dark skin
    • Oily lids

    Comments about Prime Pot:

    I needed a new eyelid primer and decided to give this a try, as I like Stila products a lot. Unfortunately, the color (Taffy) is too dark and shows through my eye shadow, which I definitely don't want. I tried applying as little as possible, and it still shows through. It's too bad, because the product performs well. I have oily lids and this did a very good job. I'd recommend this for women with medium skin tones and darker. Those with fair skin like me will be disappointed.

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