Review: Makeup: Stila Convertible Eye Color – Clove

by Paris B on · 7 comments

in Eyeliner,Eyeshadow,Product Reviews

Stila’s Convertible Eye colors are one of Stila’s bestseller items. Stila was the brainchild of a makeup artist so I can understand the need for multi-tasking products when one is in a hurry or needs to lug their makeup bags to gigs. What the Stila Convertible Eye Color is, is a liner and shadow in one handy slim pen.

Stila Convertible Eye Color

So, am I enamoured with this product as I have been with the rest of Stila products I’ve tried?

The honest answer is no.

The problem with a product built for multi-tasking is that there is always a risk that one of the products don’t work as well as they should. In the Stila Convertible Eye color, that’s the eyeliner. The one I have is in Clove which is a bronze shade liner and powder eyeshadow in one.

The liner twists up from one end of the pencil and you can smudge it with the rubber smudger on the other end to soften the look and blend the eyeshadow colour. The liner colour is nice – a metallic bronze, and it applies smoothly without tugging.

The problem is that it smudges. I wore this on holiday to take it to extreme tests and in one hour, I was looking like a bronze eyed panda. I thought that perhaps it was too hot where I was, so I then wore it to work where I work in an air-conditioned environment and it smudged! The colour going on the eye is quite light so you do have to layer if you want it to show up.

Stila Convertible Eye Color

The eyeshadow colour is contained in the middle part of the pen. Twist the middle and the pen comes apart in your hands. One side has a rubber smudger and the other holds the colour. Of course once you take it apart, the colour goes on the smudger and you use that to apply the colour on your lids.

Stila Convertible Eye Color - Clove

Clove in eyeshadow form is lovely. A medium toned bronze that doesn’t scream bronze yet shimmers in the light. The applicator picks up just the right amount of shadow for your lids and applying it is a breeze – literally, just swipe and go. I used the shadow over the liner to try to set the colour but nope, it didn’t work and the liner still transferred. The eyeshadow is very little though so I’m not sure what I’ll do once the colour finishes!

So whilst the Stila Convertible Color for Eye gets the thumbs up from many, I unfortunately am not loving it. The Convertible Eye color comes in a range of different shades and I like the green one (Forest). I always like green for the eyes LOL… but I’ll look for the similar eyeshadow shade in the pressed shadow pans, because I’m not quite liking the liner. The Stila Convertible Eye Color retails at Stila counters for RM85 which I find a little pricey.

Pros: Handy for travels, eyeshadow colour is lovely

Cons: Expensive, liner smudges, little product for eyeshadow


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Monstro September 15, 2008 at 10:11 am

I have this too in the eggplant colour (not sure of actual name), and it smudges like mad too! Too bad cos I like the convenience and the loose shadow is a really pretty light cool purple. Now it sits sadly in my stash…waiting for me to use it again. I guess I need one of those sealants to use it without getting panda eyes!


ParisB September 15, 2008 at 10:17 am

@Monstro : Clever girl! I need to try the Eye Seal with this one. I’ll report back! 😉


Kylie September 15, 2008 at 11:32 am

Wow I have bever seen these, will have to keep my eyes out!


YZ September 16, 2008 at 9:44 pm

I have the Convertible Eye Color in Forest. Didn’t pay full retail cos I got mine as part of a makeup set 😉 After reading your review, methinks I need to get a bottle of MUFE Eye Seal soon! (How much does one bottle cost anyways?)


ParisB September 17, 2008 at 9:13 am

@YZ : A bottle is RM80. A review is coming up on Eye Seal too.


Angie September 17, 2008 at 2:15 pm

I have this in stone :) well everything on me smudges but it is a clever concept

lemming’forrest ‘


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