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June 7, 2015

Best affordable kajal-cover


Are you a girl who can’t leave home without putting on kajal? Are you a girl who loves heavily kohled eyes? Are you the one who is being called ‘sick’ when you dont have kajal on? Are you a kajal-obssessed girl like me ? If yes then give me a hi5  *blum* Today I am going to compare 4 of my favorite budget kajals available in India and I am going to pick  my top favorite amongst my favorites . Excited *crazy* ???


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I am a kajal lover.. I just feel it defines your eyes beautifully and make them look sexier. So while I was already using some of the most popular drug store kajals, I thought it would be a good idea to let you guys know which one I love the most. I would be sharing my opinion on each one of them with respect to some properties that probably all of us look for in our Holy Grail kajal. Today, I am going to compare Maybelline Colossal Kajal, L’oreal Kajal Magique, Lakme Eyeconic kajal and Faces Magnet Eyes Kajal. So let’s begin smile



All four come in the retractable pencil form which according to me is the most convenient packaging invented for kajals. The only thing that I am not able to do with retractable pencils is to make a perfect wing.. The ends of the wing always turn out to be fat and messy with these pencils because of the blunt tip. Anyway, out of all four kajals , I personally find Maybelline colossal kajal‘s packaging the most attractive because of its vibrant yellow color.



For me the most important thing in my kajal is its color intensity. If its is not pigmented enough, it becomes a looser for me. Fortunately all four kajals that I am comparing today are highly pigmented but the best of all is Lakme eyeconic kajal. Next to it comes faces magnet eyes kajal. I was surprised to see how rich color it imparts and how beautifully it applies on the eyes. Maybelline comes 3rd and l’oreal stands last in the category.



If I talk about the texture, Lakme eyeconic kajal again wins the game. It is the creamiest of all four and glides like a dream. Just one stroke of it is enough to leave a perfect trail of kohl on eyes. Faces magnet eyes is almost similar to lakme and applies very smoothly. Next comes L’oreal Kajal magique, it is soft and glides easily but then you need multiple swipes to get the right amount of color on the eyes. Maybelline colossal kajal is not as smooth as the other three and you need to put a little amount of pressure while you apply it as it is matte in texture but its not too difficult.



All kajals last fairly long (6-7 hours) on the waterline and stay put on the upper lash line for the entire day. My kajal usually gets disappeared from the outer part of the waterline however Lakme and Faces are my top favorites in this category too as they stay on the waterline longer then the other two.


Smudge Proof

Except L’oreal magique kajal, all the other three are brilliant at being smudge proof. All of them are waterproof. L’oreal does smudge a bit on my oily lids and smears at the ends. It also gets transferred a bit. Lakme doesn’t budge at all. So Lakme would again be my preference in this category.


Easy to remove

No matter how good a kajal is, I like them to be easy to remove as well. In this regard L’oreal Kajal magique is the easiest to take off followed by Maybelline Colossal. Lakme and faces need quite an effort to be removed completely. However this is not a big task as an oil based remover or Olive/Baby oil does the job quite easily.


Quantity and Price

L’oreal Kajal Magique – 0.35g for INR 245

Maybelline Colossal Kajal – 0.35g for INR 175

Lakme Eyeconic Kajal – 0.35g for INR 199

Faces Magnet Eyes Kajal – 0.35g for INR 175


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So it is very clear that the winner of the Kajal war is Lakme eyeconic kajal which fulfills most of my requirements. I love how creamy it is and how it stays put on my eyes for hours without getting smudged. The next best option available is Faces magnet eyes kajal. I feel it is quite under rated but it is equally good in terms of pigmentation, texture, quality and durability so if you haven’t tried it out yet , you must.


Which one is your favorite ? Which one is your HG kajal? Do not forget to share your thoughts in the comments section below smile

Cheers *kiss* 




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  • Reply June June 7, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    I’m so glad you did this post. I use gel eyeliner as kajal on a regular basis for many years but it is a pain as you always need to clean the brush n stuff while a pencil like this is more handly . I’ve used a few sticks of Maybelline but never liked it much. Tried eye conic once last year when i was in a hurry and wasnt carrying my gel eyeliner and realized that it was really really good. I bought maybelline again last month as i was out without makeup n the shop didnt have eyeconic and i totally realized how much better eyeconic is compared to it. Was contemplating trying loreal but after reading your review I’ve realised that my next purchase will be eyeconic again smile

  • Reply Shailja@BeABrideEveryday June 8, 2015 at 3:58 am

    Wow.. quite a descriptive post Purva, I have not tried faces kajal and that also sounds like a competitive candidate ! Lakme was good on me but it used to smudge a lot on my oily lids.

  • Reply Fatima Nayani June 8, 2015 at 6:18 am

    I’m using colossal nowadays and Iconic one will be my next buy for sure.

  • Reply mily June 8, 2015 at 9:05 am

    I love lakme forever silk eyeliners as kajals!

  • Reply laks June 8, 2015 at 9:22 am

    my vote or lakme eyeconic. I have almost all teh shade laugh *yes*

  • Reply Kiransingh June 8, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Lakme eyeconic kajal is my favorite smile

  • Reply Lux Ganzon June 8, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    All are really good that it’s hard to vote. smile

  • Reply Andraxela13 June 8, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    All of them are great, I could not pick just one of them haha


  • Reply Richa Saxena June 8, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    This is really an awesome comparison post! Loved ure take on all the kajals…I haven’t tried the faces one yet but my fav is the colossal smile

  • Reply krupa June 9, 2015 at 1:53 am

    Somehow the Colossal kajal was never as great as the hype and even L’oreal wasn’t so great. But I do like the eyeconic one. And I am yet to use faces one
    But my favourite, even though it doesn’t fall in the affordable category is the Lakme absolute kohl.

  • Reply Madhu@DenDiva June 9, 2015 at 5:05 am

    I was using Colossal till now, but next I am going to try Lakme for sure!!
    Nice comparison and write up..
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  • Reply Rashmi June 9, 2015 at 6:06 am

    EVen i had this lakme phase!! Loved all the colors!!

  • Reply Komal@ABeautyPalette June 9, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Love Lakme Eyeconic Kajal but seeing your review, want to try the faces one too laugh

  • Reply happiestladies June 9, 2015 at 9:54 am

    very descriptive and good way of comparing smile

  • Reply happiestladies June 9, 2015 at 10:08 am

    descriptive way of comparing smile

  • Reply Preethy@Prettykooll June 9, 2015 at 11:04 am

    I love these kind of comparison posts, will be very easy to understand the best of each brands, loved reading it, I am not much of a kajal person myself, so cannot comment on it smile

  • Reply rachna June 9, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    i love eyeconic too…

  • Reply Charu June 9, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    This is an interesting and very useful post!! But none of the kajal works perfectly for me, so I mostly use gel liner as kajal!!

  • Reply Kashaya June 9, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Great I haven’t tried any of these. I can’t get a kajal to stay on my waterline.

  • Reply Priyanjana June 9, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    I am yet to try the faces magneteyes kajal ! Hoping it would be good

  • Reply Nishu June 9, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Ahhh..I love such detailed reviews. Must be a lot of hard work on your part though! Out of the 4, I’ve only used Lakme Eyekonic and I love it. Glad I already own the best one. Gonna re-stock when I hit India next.

  • Reply Melanie June 10, 2015 at 2:32 am

    These all look great! Thanks for sharing!
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  • Reply Makeupmirrornme June 10, 2015 at 5:38 am

    That’s an interesting post..Among these Lakme eyeconic is my fav too smile
    I am not really a black kajal person but whenever i plan to’s most of the times Plum Angel eyes kajal as it’s very good for sensitive eyes smile

  • Reply Paola Lauretano June 10, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Great review, swatches and comparing!!! Thanks hun!
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  • Reply crazyforcosmetics June 10, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Wow I love love love Lakme Eyeconic Kajal. it stays put for about 7 hours for me..

  • Reply Zubaida June 10, 2015 at 11:02 am

    I have never used any of these kajal. You did great comparison smile

  • Reply MilanoTime June 10, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Cool review!
    Have a nice day!
    New post on my blog:

  • Reply Maggie Dallospedale June 10, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Amazing Purva.
    I love this review
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  • Reply Himanshi June 10, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I have tried all of these except the Faces..will try that for sure. Nice post puru :*

  • Reply Pooja Mittal June 10, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    this is such a thoughtful post, kajals are so important for us girls, and o ne of the most difficult thingd to pivk, in delhi heat , its difficult for any kajal to stay in place so i depend on gel ones
    have been using colossal these days, reading your post will have to give Faces one a shot

  • Reply Jinse June 10, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Same pinch Purva!!! I haven’t tried faces magnetic kajal but among the other 3, lakme eyeconic is the star for me too smile

  • Reply jointyicroissanty June 11, 2015 at 8:44 am

    I haven’t try any of these but your review is great!


  • Reply pinkvanitybox June 11, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I am yet to try Lakme.I have developed my love towards Loreal Gel liner.T *yes* hat’s my current favorite..

  • Reply nisha@thepinktrends June 11, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    +1 for Lakme eyeconic

  • Reply Tina Bradley June 11, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Great post! I don’t use an eye pencil, but I use lots of lip pencils! T.

  • Reply Srishti Rawat June 12, 2015 at 4:38 am

    My favourite is eyeconic too. But I use it as an eye liner and that too the brown one
    It glides on so smoothly. Nicely compared purva. smile

  • Reply Naomi June 12, 2015 at 8:00 am

    My favorite one is by a brand called tarte! Not very budget-y, but so worth it

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  • Reply crafty-zone June 12, 2015 at 8:53 am

    I really like your review and yes, this Lakme sounds like the best kajal smile Moreover,I wish that brand would be available in my country, because it has nice price as well 😉

  • Reply Natasha (Nats) June 12, 2015 at 9:53 am

    I must try the Lakme one based on ur recommendation.. i like comparison posts like these laugh

  • Reply Eleonora June 12, 2015 at 10:54 am

    My favorite one is MAC!


  • Reply ChicPeachyPink June 13, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Amazing picks dear.. The Lakme Eyeconic one is my favourite kajal as well.. smile

  • Reply cvetybaby June 13, 2015 at 7:38 am

    To be honest I’m not a kajal lover and I never used any of these. But the info is interesting and thanks for sharing. Have a nice day beautiful!

  • Reply Vishakha@Reviewwali June 13, 2015 at 10:36 am

    You have made the comparison task really easy ! My favorite out of the lot is faces one.. I have bought my first eyeconic some 2-3days back only. Would be trying it out soon ! smile smile smile

  • Reply krithi June 13, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    even i love lakme one only
    Very nice comparison post Purva ….

  • Reply Diana Livia June 13, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    We don’t have that brand in Norway… I use from Bare Minerals smile

  • Reply diya June 14, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    i love faces nad lakme kajal,great post!!!

  • Reply diya June 14, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    i love faces and lakme kajal,great post!!! *blum*

  • Reply Tania Franco June 16, 2015 at 7:46 am

    I have to say that because I have very sensitive eyes, I rarely use eye makeup. I am starting to try some brands now. I am loving Maybeline at this time. Do you recommend any for sensitive eyes like myself?


  • Reply Rakhi Singh June 19, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Lakme eyeconic is my all time favorite, I really liked this comparison post smile

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