I’m baaaaaack! Holy mackerel, it’s been a while since you and I spent some time together here on the blog. So what have I been up to? Well, it’s kind of a long story…so I filmed a ‘Chit-Chat Get Ready With Me’ video a few days ago and it should be up on my YouTube channel very soon. In the video I explain what exactly has been going on in my life, plus I chat a little bit about some things you guys have been asking me about lately.
I’m so happy to be back to blogging, I’ve missed it a lot but sometimes life (and health issues) can get in the way the things we enjoy doing.
Today’s blog post is a smackdown featuring 2 cushion eyeliners: “In the red corner, weighing in at 0.10 fl.oz. the eyeliner known only as essence THE CUSHIOOOOON Eyeliner….. And in the blue corner weighing in at 0.15 fl.oz. …..the undisputed legend… Stila GOT INKED Cushion Eyeliner! *crowd cheers*
Ok, that was a bit overly dramatic and awkward. Anyway, so as you already know I love finding affordable dupes for high-end makeup products (and makeup brushes). It’s always nice to save some of your hard-earned money to spend on a Starbucks Caramel Popcorn Frappuccino or perhaps a cheeky little product from The Ordinary (yes, their products are now available in South Africa – check out my IG post here).
Cushion makeup products are all the rage at the moment (they have been for quite some time now) – cushion foundations, cushion blushes, cushion colour correctors, cushion liquid liners, and cushion lip tints. And I totally understand why cushion products are so popular: Cushion dispensers diffuse watery lightweight creams through a sponge, which help to spread the product in a softer, more natural-looking way. Cushion products are also basically foolproof to use, because they are water-based. If you love the look of an intense just-applied liquid liner look that is smudge-proof, fade-proof and beginner-friendly then you’ll love these little pots of cushiony goodness.
I actually prefer cushion liners, above gel liners. I often find gel liners can become dry, thick & gunky after a couple of months – making it very difficult to create a smooth line.
I’m going to start off with the Stila Got Inked Cushion Eyeliner, because I’ve actually already reviewed it in another blog post (review). For the most part, I still stand by everything I mentioned in that blog post – it’s incredibly pigmented, longwearing, easy to use but does cost a pretty penny (R365,00). I highly recommend you go check out the blog post because I also included some tips on what to do & what not to do when using the Stila eyeliner.
Did you know? Stila is now cruelty-free (as of 2017), they have completely pulled out of China and are PETA certified (read this article on ‘Cruelty-Free Kitty’).
For the record, you can purchase Stila products at Woolworths and Truworths stores. The Woolworths online store also stocks a wide variety of Stila products, but not the entire range unfortunately.
Next up we have essence Cushion Eyeliner, which retails for R65,00 (massive difference in price, right!?). When I first started playing with this cushion eyeliner from essence, I immediately thought of the Stila one and wanted to compare them for you in a blog post. To be honest, I was expecting the Stila cushion liner to be a tad more pigmented, and a tad longer lasting. As it turns out, I was wrong! Both of these liners perform exactly the same. You’ll see in the swatches below – pigmentation is on point for both, plus both dry down super fast to a highly pigmented intense black semi-matte finish. In terms of longevity, if I really had to be nitpicky then I would say the Stila liner lasts just a tiny bit longer (I’m not referring to multiple hours here, more like under an hour).
The liquid formula of these liners puts you in total control of colour pay-off, shape, and thickness of your winged liner. Plus, just like the Stila one, the essence liner also doesn’t flake, smudge or transfer to my crease (I have been blessed with the curse of hooded eyes).
Essence is a cruelty-free brand (always have been), and you can find their products at Clicks, Dis-Chem, Takealot, and selected Foschini, Edgars & Red Square stores. By the way, this eyeliner is marked at R61,00 in the Takealot online store.
Top Tip: One thing I noticed after using these 2 cushion liners for a while, is that it’s best to really push down into the sponge to load up your liner brush to get on-point pigmentation. If you saturate your brush with the black liquid, then you won’t have to go over the same line twice.
The swatches above are only ONE swipe of each cushion eyeliner, essence is on the left and Stila is on the right. See? They look identical! The only thing I noticed when I compared the two swatches, is that the essence liner is a teeny tiny bit more warm-toned but it’s still a pitch black shade. Other than that, I think most people wouldn’t even notice a difference. I asked Neal if the two swatches are the same eyeliner or two different eyeliners, and after inspecting them close-up he said: “You’re trying to fool me here, these lines come from the same eyeliner.”
Ok, so we’ve established that both cushion liners are great – BUT at the end of the day you’ll have to ask yourself if you’re looking for something budget-friendly or something a little more high-end. If you opt for affordable, you should definitely hit up the essence stand!
I hope all the ladies out there reading this blog post today are having a great Women’s Day!