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Battle of the Liners: Kat Von D vs. Stila

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I've had an on-off relationship with liquid liner for years. I've gone through phases where I have worn it every day without fail, and then I've gone months without wearing it. The reason I often give up is that I get discouraged with the constant struggle make both eyes look equal. As the youngins' say - the wing struggle is real.

This struggle is why I place such value on finding a darn good liquid liner. It's hard to find a product that applies opaquely, evenly, and easily without getting everywhere. In the past year or so, I've been dabbling in the world of high end liquid liner, and have found that there are two liners which are considered the "best of the best."

If you ask almost anyone for a liquid liner recommendation, they will either suggest the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Black or Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in 'Trooper.'

I've been using both now for quite a while so I thought it was time I put them to the test to find out which is more worthy of "holy grail" status. Read on to find out my thoughts!


As you can see, the slim felt tip is very similar in both of these liners. However, I do find the Kat Von D easier to control the application. I have also found that the Stila liner starts to fray a little bit, whereas the Kat Von D has not.


In terms of formulation, they both pack a punch of pigmentation. Stila gives a super opaque, lacquer-like finish. The Kat Von D formula dries down to more of a matte finish. With the KVD I find I have to really shake the pen and build up the liner a bit to get a great colour application, but the Stila comes off super black upon first swipe.



This was first thing in the morning. As you can see, I had better luck with getting a nice line with the Kat Von D than the Stila. I just find it a bit easier to control. 



Here is the liner situation later in the day. Sorry, my work bathroom does not offer optimal light! But as you can see, they still have held up pretty well. No smudging or smearing onto my eyelid. Also no flaking. Points for both!


By 5:00 pm, approx. 8 hours after application, the Stila has started to crack a little bit. But all in all, they both held up pretty well, which makes it difficult to pick a winner!

Recommendations: If I were to recommend one of these liners to a friend, I would suggest the Kat Von D. Just because its easier to control the application to get a precise, clean wing - and who doesn't want that? Although it is not quiiiiite as opaque as the Stila Stay All Day, it still provides a striking cat eye that lasts well all day.

Now, if you're super experienced with applying winged liner and want something super intense, the Stila may be the one for you! But until I master the technique, I'll be repurchasing the Tattoo Liner again and again!

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner available exclusively at Sephora / $23 CDN

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner available at Sephora and some Shoppers Drug Marts / $26 CDN

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