Cream eyeshadows are my favourites to wear and apply.. I love their longevity, and how they can be worn alone or layered under powder eyeshadow. I bought the Stila Bronze Smudge Pot Eyeshadow & Gel Eyeliner in the Lookfantastic Stila sale a few months back for just £6 (normal price is £13). I’d never tried any of the Stila Smudge Pots before, but I was intrigued as they claim to work as both a gel eyeliner and an eyeshadow.
The Smudge Pot is packaged within a small, glass jar with a screwable lid. I was a little disappointed when I opened it for the first time, as you can see… it’s dried out slightly, and a ring can be seen around the outside of the product as it has shrunk so much. I know I bought it in the sale, but I still think it’s poor that I received mine in this state regardless of whether I paid £6 or £13 for it.
The Stila Bronze Smudge Pot has a slightly creamy consistency, although I’m sure it’s supposed to be creamier due to it being slightly dried out – seeing as it’s difficult to ‘smudge’. To apply the shadow I prefer to use my fingertip, as the warmth of my skin helps to blend the shadow better than a brush.
Bronze is such a gorgeous shade, I really love it. It’s a dark, rich chocolate brown containing gold shimmer particles and looks so pretty when worn alone on the lids. It doesn’t crease or fade, and is so long wearing at over 9 hours wear. As an eyeliner I’ve found it difficult to apply, due to its lack of creaminess… it doesn’t apply smoothly with an eyeliner brush.
I love the shade of this Smudge Pot so much, but because it’s dried out, it just doesn’t perform as well as it could. I’m not sure I’d buy anymore of the Stila Smudge Pots as £13 is a lot of money to risk if there’s a chance it could be in the state that this one was. Stila is one of my favourite makeup brands, but I can’t help but feel disappointed with this Smudge Pot.. and that they should rethink their packaging to prevent this from happening again as many online reviews had the same issue.