Let the kohl wars begin! With so many affordable Kohl pencils and gel-based liners being launched every other day, it’s become pretty difficult to choose the right product for our eyes. Here’s a face-off!
Let the kohl wars begin! With so many affordable Kohl pencils and gel-based liners being launched every other day, it’s become pretty difficult to choose the right product for our eyes. How to read the fine print and understand which kohl pencil is value for money and which one we are shelling a bomb on without getting anything from the product. We have chosen five of the hottest selling kajal pencils (in the price range of Rs 150-Rs350) and we break down the pros and cons for you!
Lakme Eyeconic: Rs 199 Maybelline Colossal: Rs 175 Loreal Magique: Rs 245 Faces-Canada Velvet Kohl: Rs 269 Color BarI-Define Eye Pencil New: Rs 325
Dark and defined:
While all the kohl pencils are dark and help define your eyes better, it’s Maybelline’s taxi cab-esque beauty that’s the darkest of the lot. The sexy Eyeconic comes a close second, while Magique fares way low on the black-o-meter. Faces is rather velvety and smooth and ideal for the ‘just-touched-up’ eyes rather than stark dark pops. Of the lot, Colorbar is the only gel-based one and it’s pretty light and fluffy as compared to the rest. So, if black and defined is what you’re looking for, go for Colossal.
Ease in application:
Magique, Velvet and I-Define are really easy on the eyes with their smooth texture and one-stroke application. I-Define is certainly the best of the lot, considering its gel formula that helps hold the pigment together, giving your eyes the right definition through an easy application one-stroke technology. Velvet follows with its smooth and velvety texture and Magique is equally easy to apply, but not as dark as the other two. Eyeconic, on the other hand, is easy to apply, comes with creamy texture and is pretty intense too. The weakest link here is the Colossal, which has a very coarse base. Faces wins this round, hands down.
The I-Define is the best of the lot as it doesn’t feather or bleed even after six hours. Colossal, Eyeconic and Faces are also smudge-resitant, but the maximum they can stay for is about 3-3.5 hours. Velvet stays for a couple of hours, while Magique stays the least for just about an hour. It starts bleeding and smudging pretty soon. Since it’s not very intense, it tends to feather soon too.
One of the most important factors while choosing a kohl is the breakability. When you apply the kohl on your upper waterline, the kohl can break into bits. If that happens quite often, you need to change your kohl ASAP! Magique, Velvet , Eyeconic and I-Define do not break as they are very smooth to apply. Colossal tends to break into bits and can be quite a pain to apply. Eyconic, which is the closest competitor of Colossal (in terms of price), works like a dream on your eyes.
Most of us want to buy a kajal pencil that falls under our affordable range. So, if that’s the deciding factor for you too, here are the prices (from cheap to costly): Maybelline Colossal: Rs 175, Lakme Eyeconic: Rs 199, Loreal Magique: Rs 245, Faces-Canada Velvet Kohl: Rs 269 and Color BarI-Define Eye Pencil New: Rs 325.
After comparing all the kohl pencils, we have come to to the conclusion that Lakme’s Eyeconic is the best in the affordable price range. And if you’re ready to spend a bit more, go for Colourbar’s I-Definition.