If you’re beauty and makeup obsessed like I am (I have no shame) then you know that the Stila Stay All Day liquid eyeliner is loved by many. The product has a cult following and a lot of people won’t use anything else! While I can’t say I’m that loyal to this product, I do reach for it frequently. One of the downsides of this product, however, is that it’s $22.
One of my favorite YouTubes, Jessica Braun, has talked about the NYX Epic Ink liner on her channel several times recently. At one point she mentioned it was a dupe for the Stila eyeliner and my ears perked up! Could it be true? Could there really be a dupe for the eyeliner so many people swear by?
I had to find out for myself.
There was one problem, though. Every time I went to CVS or Target, the NYX liner was sold out. It seems like other people have caught on and are buying the product up. Finally, while in Ulta a few weeks ago, I found the last Epic Ink linker hidden at the back of a shelf. Score!
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So, is the NYX liner truly a dupe?
In some ways yes, but in some ways no. Let’s talk about the Stila liner first.
As mentioned earlier, the Stila liner is $22 for 0.5 mL. The liner is so black and dries almost instantly to a matte finish. The felt tip is long enough to easily do a wing and thin enough to draw a very precise line. The formula is also waterproof, meaning this liner isn’t going anywhere anytime soon! There’s no bleeding, smudging or skipping.
One thing I have noticed with this product is at it gets older the felt tip starts to fray. This makes drawing a precise line a bit more difficult. However, you can pull off the bits that are fraying and get the tip (almost) back to how it was.
The Epic Ink Liner costs $7.99 for 0.88 mL of product, so you actually get more with this one. There are a lot of similarities between this liner and the Stila one. The NYX liner is waterproof, has a thin felt tip and dries quickly! However, I have a few issues with this product.
The formula is very thin in my opinion, which makes drawing a wing messy and difficult to do. Drawing a line across the lid isn’t an issue though, so that’s a plus! I also think the length of the felt tip makes using the liner more difficult than the Stila one. I wouldn’t recommend the Epic Ink liner to anyone who is just starting out.
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My Final Thoughts
If you’re looking for a black liner that will stay in place and you’re confident in your abilities than I would say try out the NYX liner. It’s not terrible, and if I just want a thin line across my lid I’ll definitely reach for it. However, when it comes to doing a wing, I have to say that Stila is still the best.
Keep in mind that we all have our own preferences as well. Just because I don’t like the length of the NYX felt tip as much as the Stila one, doesn’t mean you’ll feel the same way. Makeup is all about trying products and seeing what works for you!