Battle: Kohl/Kajal Eyeliners.


Hi, everyone. This is a new category of posts that has taken quite a while to be produced. Mostly because they are all categorized under a similar type. Each of the products have gone through a thorough testing and have been put up against one another, almost like a Pokémon battle. Similarly, like any old Pokémon battle, the winner will have the title and all the glory, of course. This time around, the battle is among four kohl eyeliners that are fairly affordable with an expensive one thrown in for comparative purposes. It’s almost like Pikachu versus Bulbasaur, with Entei watching the battle just for fun. Too much Pokémon? Okay, okay, let’s begin, shall we? (P.S. There’s no such thing as too much Pokémon.)

THE BACKSTORY: It’s often said a girl can do wonders with only a decent eyeliner. And I do agree. Since I have hooded eyelids, I cannot pack on eyeshadows on my lids and expect it to look good. With eyeliner, it’s completely different – it shows up on my hooded lids and adds that extra pop to my look. So, I took the liberty of trying out some of the most popular eyeliners currently in the market. Feel free to add more to the list, so that we can have another little battle soon.

Left to Right: Inglot, L'Oreal, Lakme, Maybelline, Avon.

Left to Right: Inglot, L’Oreal, Lakme, Maybelline, Avon.

 L’Oreal Paris Kajal Magique: The second most expensive in the bunch, which is definitely a bummer. L’Oreal products rarely disappoint. However, this liner isn’t on par with the other, fairly less expensive ones. The pigments in it are disappointing and the liner is quite chalky, as opposed to smooth. If you don’t use a base to even/smoothen out your lids, this liner will tug like there’s no tomorrow. It is an average liner. The longevity is good and since it is retractable, it earns extra points.

  • Opacity: 7/10
  • Longevity: 8/10
  • Smoothness: 7/10
  • Other Shades: N/A
  • Price and Quantity: 245 INR, 0.35 gram


Lakmé Eyeconic Kajal: This is my personal favourite amongst the bunch. It is also a bestseller on every site imaginable and it’s easy to see why – the pigments are rich, it’s extremely smooth and creamy and is quite long-lasting. Once it dries completely (usually takes about 30 seconds), it is budge and smudge proof. Also retractable.

  • Opacity: 8.5/10
  • Longevity: 8.5/10
  • Smoothness: 8.5/10
  • Other Shades: Available in 6 different shades – black, white, brown, grey, blue and green.
  • Price and Quantity: 200 INR, 0.35 gram


Maybelline The Colossal Kajal: Another item that is often found in the bestseller list, this one is the most affordable one of the bunch. The pigments in it are pretty opaque and the formula itself is quite long-lasting. However, even if it claims to be smudge proof and it goes without saying that people with hooded lids won’t enjoy this much; it does tend to transfer. If you’ve got ample lid space, you may end up liking this liner a whole lot. It’s still a great product, though, for the price. Also retractable.

  • Opacity: 8/10
  • Longevity: 7.5/10
  • Smoothness: 8/10
  • Other Shades: Available in 2 shades – black and turquoise.
  • Price and Quantity: 175 INR, 0.35 gram.


Avon Glimmersticks Brights Eye Liner (in ‘Boldest Black’): Not glimmery at all, despite its name. What you actually get is a super smooth, richly pigmented liner. The pigments are almost comparable to the more expensive option in the list here. It is fairly long-lasting and will definitely be able to give the Inglot Kohl Pencil a run for its money. The only thing that might be an issue is availability. Also retractable.

  • Opacity: 8.5/10
  • Longevity: 8.5/10
  • Smoothness: 8/10
  • Other Shades: Available in 4 shades – Black, cobalt, purple and turquoise.
  • Price and Quantity: Varies due to promotions. The actual product is 399 INR but due to promotions available most of the time, prices range from 150-230 INR. 0.28 gram.


Inglot Kohl Pencil (in ’01’): Insanely smooth, easy to work with and crazy pigmented; this liner easily takes the cake. Once it sets (again, takes about 30 seconds; you can smudge it for a smokier look during this time frame), it does not budge. This liner is no joke. The only cons about this liner would be availability (available only at Inglot stores) and the fact that it needs manual sharpening with a custom-made sharpener. If you are in the mood to splurge, this liner won’t disappoint. Inglot products rarely do.

  • Opacity: 9/10
  • Longevity: 9/10
  • Smoothness: 9/10
  • Other Shades: Available in 4 colours – 01 (black), 02 (taupe-ish plum), 03 (brown) and 04 (navy blue).
  • Price and Quantity: 850 INR, 1.2 gram



WINNER:  Lakmé Eyeconic Kajal (Economic, pigmented, easy to work with.)

RUNNER’S UP: Avon Glimmersticks Brights Eyeliner (Economic, pigmented, only issue is availability.)




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