Kajal is such a staple in any Indian girl’s makeup. Even people who wear nothing else in terms of makeup wear this product on their eyes. And, why shouldn’t they? This one streak of black line over my lids takes my look from 0 to 100 in an instant.
I still remember when I was teen, we could buy kajal from our local makeup shop and although they weren’t branded or anything, they did the job right. And maybe this is one of the reasons why I feel uncomfortable when brands nowadays charge insane amounts of money for some kajal, and make claims like it is waterproof and suits sensitive skin and what not
I mean, they were suitable for sensitive eyes before as well and I don’t think any of us have any plans of running through the rain with kajal on or cry wearing kajal like they show in movies sometimes, so whether our kajal is waterproof or not, doesn’t really matter.
In fact, if it is not waterproof then it will be easier to take off, so I don’t see what the problem is.
Anyway, enough ranting about such things. What I really wanted to discuss in this post is a review of the Lakme Eyeconic Kajal. Here are my thoughts on this product.
These liners retail for INR 180, but online you can get it at a discounted price.
As a girl who has used kajals of 70 80 rupees and liked them, I thought this price was kind of high, especially for kajal.
Now, these products do multipurpose as top lid liners and brow fillers, so if you take those into account then maybe this price is justifiable. But if all your need for this product is to liner your water line, then I think it is kind of a waste.
It comes in a black plastic pencil like case, with a cap that clicks shut, and has a twist up mechanism for taking the product out. On the bottom bit of the pencil’s body, a band runs that depicts the shade of the liner and what its name is, making it easy for the user to identify if they have multiple of these.
What It Claims to Do
Accentuate the beauty of your eyes with the Lakme Eyeconic Kajal. This dermatological tested kajal is just what you need for completing your eye makeup or carrying a simple, only-kajal look. It’s a smudge proof, water proof kajal and can add the dramatic and glamorous look to your eyes.
It has an intense matte texture for Eyeconic eyes.
When I hear the word kajal, I think black kohl. However, terminologies for a lot of things have evolved over the years to become more inclusive of other things. Similarly, when people say kajal now, they can mean colour eye liners as well. This product is available in 8 shades, and they are as follows:
How It Performed and My Thoughts
When these eyeliners were released in India I wasn’t too excited about it and spent a lot of time not buying it or testing it out. However, when I was at a friend’s place, she was using it and that was when I had tried it out. Since my eye look was complete, I only used it to fill my waterline and was really disappointed that the kajal had smudged even before we left the house. That was when I had decided that I don’t like this kajal and will never purchase it myself.
But I think fate had something else planned because a few months later, my sister gave me one of these in the “Classic Brown” shade because I was talking about buying a brown eye liner.
So there I was with a prejudged mindset about these liners, testing them out. Since I already knew that they don’t work very well on the waterline, I tested them by wearing it on my lids as you would do a pencil liner.
What I really liked immediately was the pigmentation of these. The brown shade was a gorgeous, deep, chocolate-like brown, that wasn’t entirely black but looked dark enough to be.
The application wasn’t entirely smooth so making an intricate winged eye using this one could be difficult; unless you have mad makeup skills or are willing to go the extra mile and take the product on an eye liner brush and make the wing. Also, once the pointed tip gets blunt, it gets even more difficult to get a precise look. However, since it is pencil liner, they are a lot more forgiving, so even if you mess up or draw a smudgy line, it doesn’t look horrible; gives a grunge finish.
Coming to their wear time, unlike how it performed on the waterline, these liners when used on the lids lasted a really long time. I wore it at around 8 am before leaving for college and it was still there on my lids when I took my makeup off at the end of the day, which was around 7pm.
Also, taking it off wasn’t a pain either. Just swiping over it a few times with makeup wipes will take it off. However, if you use just face wash to take it off then there will be residue left on your eyes.
Pros and Cons
- Pigmented colour
- Twist up mechanism and not a sharpening kind
- Cap stays secure so no chance of the product getting in your bag
- Long wearing
- Gorgeous shade options
- Texture isn’t smooth making application difficult
- Tugs on your eye lids
- Doesn’t work as a kajal on the water line
Overall, I think I can safely give this product a 3.5 out of 5.
Let’s be practical here, it is just a kajal and it isn’t something that makes me go “woah!” when I put it on. The shade options are pretty and you can make this product work for you, but like I said before, it is just a kajal and there is nothing innovative going on here. Not with the packaging, formula, or wear time.
However, since it has some colour options and none of us are really going to be wearing it just on the waterline, and seeing that eye liners of other brands are actually more expensive than this, I think you could get this product for that reason.