Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lakme Eyeconic Kajal Review

I'm fairly sure that y'all must know by now I went on a bit of a shopping spree when I was in India on vacation. Being an eyeliner fanatic (I find it very difficult to go without it!) I had to try these out first.

Lakme is an Indian company that's been around for... well, for as long as I can remember! My mother used to wear their kajal back in the days I roamed around in diapers (from what she's told me). It's also the 'safe' brand, i.e if you're a kid starting out in the world of makeup, chances are someone's going to direct you to a Lakme counter.

Still, with the plethora of choices available in the Indian market today, how does this brand hold it's own?

The packaging is your standard, plastic, mechanical-pencil packaging. The liner itself is retractable (thank heavens! I have several Stila ones that are impossible to twist down) and the twist mechanism works smoothly. The top of the liner is sharpened to a point, but it doesn't come with a sharpener for when the tip is worn down.

The name of the color is written on the little strip at the bottom. This is inconvenient, because, with the exception of the white on, the others all look the same, and there is no way to distinguish one color from the other except for reading the 'tag' at the bottom. Not a huge deal, but some amount of color-coordination would have been helpful.

There are six shades available in this range: Black, Brown, Grey, Green, Blue, and White. I have here four of the six shades with me.

The shades I have are:

  • Grey
  • Brown
  • White
  • Green

White is a stark white (you can barely see it on the sheet!). It's soft and surprisingly smooth and creamy, and glides on easily, even in the waterline.

Brown is a standard deep expresso brown. This is also smooth, and doesn't tug at the eyelid. It goes on well in the waterline, pretty pigmented, without requiring multiple swipes (two to three swipes will be more than enough).

Grey is a warm toned grey with a hint of blue in it. I like using grey for those days when I don't want something as intense as black, and this is a great substitute. The warmness of the color means that it doesn't look very stark against my skin. This is, like the others, smooth and creamy, and glides on the eyelid without tugging.

Green is a deep teal. It's a nice way to add a dash of color to any eye look, and looks particularly fetching when worn with bronzes and golds. I expected this to be more of a forest green, and was a little surprised because it came out teal, but I'm a fan of teal liners so I wasn't too disappointed. If you're looking for a true green liner, though, you might want to skip this. The formula on this one was on par with the others.

Coming to performance, this liner claims to be waterproof, smudgeproof, and is supposed to last up to 10 hours. It is waterproof, and smudgeproof, even on my oily lids, which came as a very pleasant surprise. As to the 10 hour wear claim, it did last a good amount of time on my lash line - 9 hours with minimal fading - but on the waterline it was shorter lived, lasting about 6 hours. It also did smudge a little bit when I wore it on the waterline, and I don't have particularly wet/watering eyes.

Formula wise, they are a good formula - they aren't as smooth or as creamy as, say, the Urban Decay liners, or even the Too Faced liners, but for the price point (they are on par with drugstore makeup) they are fantastic.

Overall, I do highly recommend these liners, and I'm pretty sure were I given the chance and the opportunity to repurchase them, I would!

BGMM Rating: A


  1. Ooh, a white liner! I really want a white or flesh toned liner, actually. Something to perk up the waterline/inner corners would be nice! The teal is also really pretty. I've heard quite a bit about Lakme one way or another (my area of NZ, and my faculty has a large Indian population of fellow beauty fanatics), so I'm keen to see more of their stuff!

    1. I was pretty surprised at how nice these were! Lakme has really stepped up their game from what I remember from when I was a teenager.