Stila Liquid Lipstick Review

Liquid lipsticks. It’s a love hate situation. Love the wear time, the matte matte finish. Hate the dryness. The crumbly, flaky dryness. But I persevere. I like the look too much to throw in the towel. That matte brown lip. Need.

Collection Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Creams

I’ve found some good ones recently. The Collection Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Creams (full review here) are great, but only come in six shades. And now I’m in the liquid lip zone. So when I saw this little lipstick trio by Stila I knew, it will be mine. 

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set – Naturally Nude

Stila liquid lipsticks have good rep. And I love a mini. They don’t take up too much room in your handbag, or expire before you’ve used them up. Plus they are super good value. A full size is £16 for 3ml. These minis are 1.5ml, so you get 4.5ml for £18. And you get to try out three shades. Winning

Stila Liquid Lipsticks (from top to bottom) – Perla, Serenata, Patina

This liquid lipstick formula is great, so creamy and smooth. Not a mousse, but that lightness. They dry matte, with no stickiness. Matte and opaque, with one swipe. 

The shades in the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set – Naturally Nude, £18, are Perla, Patina and Serenata. Whether they are naturally nude will of course depend on your skin tone. On me and my winter complexion, not so much.


The lightest shade, a pale dusky pink. On my lips, not a nude at all, it dries down to an exact match of the in-tube Patina shade. Has a little transfer at first application. This one is the best formula wise, non drying and fades so nicely. 


A dusky rose brown, on me this one is quite dark, more like the in-tube shade of Serenata. Some transfer, fades beautifully. 


When this dries down, it is dark. A couple of shades darker than the in-tube shade, a deep brown, with a rose undertone. Serenata is more drying than the others and has me reaching for the lip balm within the hour. Though if you can resist the lip balm urge, the dryness subsides and it becomes more comfortable. Strange but true. Can be prone to the inner lip tide line. Not a miss, but not as good as the other two. 

Swatches from left to right – Perla, Patina, Serenata

I probably wouldn’t repurchase Serenata, but Perla and Patina are hits. Overall, highly recommended. 

I can’t find the set in stock, but Perla and Patina are available at M&S, £18 each. 

Til next time,



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