What’s the one beauty product quintessential to every Indian woman? Yes, that’s right. It’s kajal. It is that ONE product all of us own, purchase and apply frequently. There are a plethora of options when it comes to Kajal’s though so how do you pick the right one? Gel, pencil, stick form or a traditional Ayurvedic formulation that looks like a lipstick? Have you found one that you absolutely love, swear by and re-purchase over and over? Chances are slim, but you’ve probably settled with one that lasts fairly long and looks good on you. We went on a hunt, trying, testing and searching for that jet black, smudge proof, waterproof pencil that would fit into most of your budgets. We shortlisted 3 options you could pick depending on your budget! Are you ready to find your next best kajal that will stay put come rain or shine? Read on!
The right kajal will give you a jet black line in one single stroke, stay put all day and not leave you with racoon eyes!
Save: Maybelline New York The Colossal Kajal (Rs 153), is the absolute best kajal under Rs 200 on the market. While it may not live upto it's 24 hour lasting formula claims, it stays put for about 4-5 hours on people with watery eyes. If you’re lucky and you have dry eyes, this will get you through the work day perfectly well. We recommend stocking up on this during a Nykaa.com sale to save a few bucks on this baby!
Spend: Plum Natur Studio All-Day-Wear Kohl Kajal (Rs 446), is one of the blackest, black kajal pencils we have ever tried! It is creamy, EXTREMELY pigmented and stays put all day long. This one is definitely a keeper if you are willing to shell out Rs. 500 for a kajal pencil.
Splurge: Estée Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal (Rs 1,850), is good splurge you can pamper your inner miss-fancy-pants! It glides on like a dream, stays put and is perfect for creating a smokey eye.
We asked celebrity make-up artist Meghna Butani, Tangle Salon, Mumbai her take on picking a great kajal pencil and here’s what she had to say! “The most important thing to look for in a kajal or kohl pencil is longevity and a kajal that doesn't smudge, I also look for a kajal that is really really dark on the first application rather than having to reapply. The best way to test a Kajal is to swatch the pencil on the back of your hand, wait for a few seconds and then try to rub it off. If it doesn’t smudge, that's a long lasting one you’ve found right there.”
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