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I primarily write about theme parks, and recently I trekked to Walt Disney World for an Eater video series where I had to eat on camera. Did I panic about stuffing my face with chocolate cakes and whole-fried fish while remaining a presentable human woman? Slightly, maybe, if only because half our crew puked from overeating. But I was good to go because I have a lipstick that won't waver in the face of charcuterie, pho, lamb chops, and all the other unexpected park food I binge-ate on camera: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick.
I’m not a dainty eater — or a dainty anything, let’s be real — but this is the only lipstick wherein I will end a meal and emerge with my mouth looking irritatingly perfect. Consider that gut-wrenching fear of looking like a doofus with color-capped teeth cured, because once applied, this lipstick simply won’t budge. Seriously.
It won’t end up on your friend’s nicest cocktail glass, it won’t smudge off when you kiss your significant other, it won’t bleed if you’re sweating under pressure when being unexpectedly called on in a big meeting. It’s like house paint for your face, but it goes on much smoother and, well, won’t kill you like toxic paint in your piehole likely would.
I switch between Beso and Fiery for a warm and cool red, but the color range is bold and vast, with a matte finish that’s smooth without being flat. It’s virtually indestructible, but perfection does come at a price, namely with how painstaking it is to apply. Mistakes dry near-instantly and are pesky to fix, and the consistency coming out of the tube is akin to a strong day-two period, all thick and gloopy and weird. I’ve never been able to figure out the right lip liner-lipstick method, but the few spare minutes spent perfecting its application — and reveling in an evening free of pucker-focused stress — is beyond worth it.