Eyetex Supreme and Starlet Kajal Review, Comparison, Swatches

by Samantha on March 13, 2012 · 36 comments

Eyetex Supreme and Starlet Kajal Review, Comparison and Swatches

Hey you guys! :)

This is my first post on anything even remotely related to kohl/kajal, because till about a year ago, I didn’t ever use kohl. But now,

I am a regular kohl user, after becoming part of IMBB! :D I love the look kohl gives my eyes, and I find my daily makeup incomplete without kohl. I wonder how I used to manage without kohl before! :P

There are numerous tiny beauty stores around, and they all carry the standard Lakme, Eyetex, (fake) VOV, Streetwear, Miss Claire, Revlon etc. I don’t like my basic Lakme kohl, as I feel it runs too much. That’s why I decided to try the local brands this time.

It was during this hunt of mine that I chanced upon these two kohls .

starlet kajal

Starlet Kajal – Dry Eye Liner:
This kohl is my favourite so far! I totally love this one! Till today, I’ve tried Lakme (basic variant), Maybelline’s Colossal (stays well), and now this one and the Eyetex Supreme. I like the Starlet even better than the Maybelline Colossal, because it stays on better on my eyes, and is cuter (yes, I have weird reasons for liking stuff) than the Colossal. :toothygrin:

When I bought it, the stick (without the cap on and not twisted up) was as tall as my little finger. It has a life of 2 years, and the quantity is 1.5 gms. I paid Rs. 12 for this beauty.
It doesn’t require sharpening, as it is a twist-up stick.

starlet kajal twist up stick

This is what’s left after half a month of daily (and twice a day) usage.

Eyetex Kajal Supreme:

It is not a very intense black, and is a pretty ordinary kohl. I’m no kohl expert, but I can compare the black-ness of kohls and pass verdicts! :P It stays on my eyes a bit better than the basic Lakme kohl, but still requires reapplication throughout the day. The stick does mention it is non smudge (I’m guessing that’s why it’s ‘supreme’) :P but I find it can be smudged, even hours after application, with minimal pressure. As I said before, it isn’t very intensely black, and can look dark brown in flash.

Eyetex Supreme Kajal

There is no mention of the quantity on the stick itself. Without the cap on, the stick measures a little taller than my ring finger. Sorry, but I don’t remember how much I paid for this. Definitely within Rs. 60, though.

Eyetex Supreme Kajal

It requires sharpening, and is one of those fat pencils, kind of like the basic Lakme kohl. It is manufactured by Aravind Laboratories, Chennai. This brand is apparently very big in the South (I have not heard of it so far, nor have I seen advertisements for it around).

Staying Power Comparison:
Starlet stays the best on my eyes, so far! I equal it to Maybelline’s Colossal Kajal, or maybe even a bit better! The Eyetex one is similar to the basic Lakme one in terms of staying power – nothing impressive. I always use powder under my eyes, so that my kohl doesn’t run, whatever kohl I’m using. Starlet stays on my eyes as stark as when I first applied it till noon, and then it fades a bit. By the end of the day (without any touchups in the day), it does collect onto the lower lash line, but then all the kohls I’ve used so far do that. It doesn’t give me racoon eyes; that could be because I don’t kohl my eyes heavily, but only draw a sharp thin line on the lower waterline. The Eyetex Supreme fades off within 2 hours.

Color Comparison:
The Starlet is a very dark black, and gives intense color in just one swipe. There are surely blacker kohls out there, but this one is pretty much up there with the rest of them! The Eyetex Supreme is an okayish black, and it can look dark brown in intensely bright light. Not a good thing, since when you buy it, you expect to buy a BLACK kohl, and not one that looks brown I certain light!

Texture:
The Starlet kohl is more ‘oily’ and slick when compared to the Eyetex Supreme. I know, I found it weird too. I always assumed that an oilier liner would not stay as long as one that isn’t as oily, but for me, the Starlet stays better than the Eyetex Supreme! Go figure! :)

Cooling effect:
I have always heard about the cooling effect of certain kohls, but I have never experienced it. I’m guessing homemade kohls have such effect on the eyes. I’m not really sure, as I have never made kohl at home, and neither have my parents or their parents. I doubt anyone in my family even knows that kohl can be made at home (except for me, after reading posts on IMBB)! :P The Starlet has this interesting cooling factor when applied on the eyes, and I took quite some time to get used to it (watering eyes alert!); but now, I’m quite used to it, and have no problem putting it on. If you find cooling kohls nice to use, then you’ll love this one. The Eyetex Supreme has no cooling effect at all, just like the others I’ve used so far (Maybelline Colossal Kajal, Lakme basic variant).

Smell:
I HATE the smell of the Starlet (I guess it’s the camphor in it). It smells awful! However, because of all the other nice things it does, I’m ready to forgive it for its smell! :P The Eyetex Supreme has no discernable smell to it.

Swatches!
Note that these swatches are applied with a very VERY light hand. Also, each swatch is ONLY one swipe each.

eyetex supreme swatch

This is the Startlet Kajal.

eyetex vs startlet

This is the Eyetex Supreme.

eyetex vs startlet

See what I mean (below piccy) that the Eyetex sometimes looks brownish in intense light? And these pictures haven’t been retouched or anything – I think I shook when I clicked the picture, and that gives the swatches their muted effect.

Verdict:
Starlet is my new HG kohl, and I will buy another stick once this one gets over. The Eyetex Supreme I don’t think I’ll be buying again. I doubt I’ll even want to finish the stick I currently possess off! What worked for me may not work for you, but if you are on the lookout for a new kohl, this just might be it!

Thank you for reading! :) Hope you guys find this article useful.

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priti March 13, 2012 at 10:49 am

hi nice review but u can use lotus herbal i think it is a best kajal ever
:yahoo:

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Samantha March 13, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Thanks, Priti! :) Will try it soon!

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Raji March 13, 2012 at 10:54 am

Samantha. i love ur articles.. :teddy: its nice to read. Starlet sounds lik something that’s worth experimenting esp for Rs. 12/-!!! :woot: me gonna grab it wen i see. i love khols too and cant live without them.. :)

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Samantha March 13, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Thank you, Raji! :) That’s true – even if Starlet doesn’t work for you, it won’t hurt the pocket! :)

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jyo March 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

very detailed :yes: Glad u found ur HG sam :)

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Samantha March 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Thanks, Jyo! :)

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Rajani March 13, 2012 at 11:03 am

wow Rs12/- its superb.. :)
as priti said try out Lotus Kajal… its lovely… :)) i have been using it since a month n i’m in love with it :) :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Samantha March 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I so want to try the Lotus one, now! :)) Will do it soon :)

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TA March 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

Nice review Samantha :yahoo: :yahoo: Starlet stick reminds be of hashmi kajal stick I one tried from a local shop :tongue: :tongue: :tongue: though I didnt like it as it did not had twist feature :spank:

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Samantha March 13, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I want to try Hashmi too! Sooo many kohls to try! :drool:
Thanks, TA! :))

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Shami March 13, 2012 at 11:57 am

Since Eyetex is a local brand here in chennai, my mom used to apply it for me in my school days itself :) :) that time i didnt bother about :panda: :panda: :panda: eyes
But now i never use that :yuck: :yuck: :yuck: :yuck:
Never heard of Starlet kajal yet :(( :(( :(( :(( Want to try it
Nice review Samantha

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Samantha March 13, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Thanks, Shami! :)

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ife March 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm

starlet seems really good.. gonna watch out for it..eyetex is available in every little shop here ;-) ..have used both Lotus and Himalaya..think starlet is better.. :)

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Samantha March 13, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Do try it, Ife! :)

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shruthi V March 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm

wow the Rs.12 kajal is awesome!! Wish it was available every where :waaa:

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Samantha March 13, 2012 at 9:29 pm

It’s so awesome that it’s only for Rs.12!!! :D

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hana March 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm

wow def i steal rs 12 will have to try it…….nice review samy :yes: :yes: :yes:

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Samantha March 13, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Thank you, Hana! :)

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Vish March 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm

wowwww havn’t seen starlet here :( would love to check it out

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Samantha March 13, 2012 at 9:30 pm

It sucks that it isn’t widely available! :((

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Ravali March 13, 2012 at 2:29 pm

12 rupeees???? You serious? :quiet: :quiet: And it doesn’t smudge? :shock: :shock: :shock:

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Samantha March 13, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Yesss! :)) It doesn’t smudge on me. I don’t have oily skin, and I put powder under my eyes too. I bet that helps a lot too :)

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Rati March 13, 2012 at 2:29 pm

sam I am definitley going to look out for this startlet kohl. Let’s see if I am able to find it. I am quite tempted. Love kohls. Can never have enough of them. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Samantha March 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I love kohls too, Rati!!! :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: If you see this gem someplace, do try it! :) Works wonderful for me! :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Waseema March 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I started using Hashmi kajal and it is my HG kajal now, and is smudge proof too :) love it.

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Samantha March 13, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Ooooh. So now I’ve gotta try Lotus and Hashmi. Sigh ! :methinks:

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bhumika March 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm

loving starlet..I had a similar Shingar Kajal stick..and loved that too :))

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Samantha March 13, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Yes, Starlet’s really the best I’ve tried so far :D

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vijayeta March 13, 2012 at 8:23 pm

wow kajal in 12 rupesss wonderful:) try lotus herbal kohl they gv cooling effect to me…best ones:)

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Nafisa March 13, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Excellent review & comparison!! :yes: :yes: :yes:
Will pucca try out Starlet one now! & what a price!! :yahoo:

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Samantha March 13, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Thank you, Nafisa! :))
Yeah, the price is also one of the good things abt it :P

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Deepshikha March 13, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Loved the detailed review Samantha :yes:

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Samantha March 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Thank you, Deepshikha! :))

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Shilpa Pinaki March 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Beauty Product (that too a good one) in Rs.12.. :stars: & I thought we get only Dhania Patti in such amount of moolah.. :methinks:

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Shuzha November 6, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Hi. I am in the Philippines and I found a store here that sells the Starlet Kohl. But are they safe? Don’t they contain lead or any other harmful elements? I also want to make sure it is FDA approved for the eyes. The price is tempting, but we have to be sure about its safety. Great blog, by the way! Thanks!

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