For every Indian woman, her makeup kit is incomplete without a dark blackest black kajal. Most of us start our makeup journey with ‘kajal and lip balm’ graduating to ‘kajal and gloss’ and rest follows. I’d been ignoring Faces as a brand since quite some time because firstly, it was a new brand and secondly, the pushy SA! Every time I stepped in Pantaloons at R-City Mall, the Faces SA would come rushing over and try to drag to me towards her counter even sometimes when I was standing on other brand counters looking at specific stuff. But after reading the positive reviews of Faces cosmetics, I decided to pick up the forest green eye pencil (Recommended by Natasha) and the navy blue eye pencil(reviewed and recommended by Rati). As a rule, I always ask the SAs if any offers are on. The Faces SA told me that an offer pamphlet had arrived that morning with the offer list. The first one was Free Kajal (worth Rs 99) with purchase of Rs 400. The rest of the offers had some of box or other on purchase of higher amounts. I wasn’t too ecstatic about the free kajal. I have MAC Smolder and I feel nothing can be as dark as that but I was mistaken! Here’s the review…
Price : Rs 99 (Or free with purchase of Rs 400 and above)
Quantity : 3 g
Ingredients : I’m sure there was an ingredient list on the outer packaging but I mistakenly disposed off the cover L It has not irritated my eyes in any way though(safe for contact lens wearers)
Packaging: It is a square base cuboidal lipstick like packaging with the Faces monogram and a small mirror on the lid. The cap fits tightly with a click and it is quite sturdy. I’ve been travelling recently and I’ve been carrying it in my handbag in quite squishy conditions but it has never opened. The mirror is great for touch ups!
Texture, pigmentation: The kajal is really smooth and soft. Single swipe gives decently dark black line but I like going over it 3-4 times to make it really blackest black. When swiped 3-4 times, it is almost as dark as MAC Smolder and Chambor Dazzle pencil in ‘Black’..the 2 darkest black pencils I have come across.
L-R Faces kajal single swipe, 3-4 swipes.JPG
Staying Power: Its stays put on my waterline without fading for upto 3-4 hours after which it begins to fade slightly. It stays for about 8-9 hours after which is appears almost faded yet the eyes don’t look completely bare. The good thing is that it smudges very little. I’ve attached a picture of my eye 6 hours after application including a 2 hour nap. Naps generally tend to mess up my kajal badly but this one smudged very little. I wiped the smudged part with a cloth and re applied the kajal and took the picture shown here as ‘freshly applied’. Thus, as you can see, the little bit that smudges does not give raccoon eyes and can be wiped off with a tissue or cloth.
Faces kajal freshly applied
Faces kajal (right eye) – 6 hours after application including 2 hr nap (note the fading and slight smudging under the eyes)
I’ve been using it on my upper lash line, lower lash line and waterline set with eyeshadow everyday and the eye makeup stays put the entire day – does not smudge or bleed even while travelling in the Mumbai humidity and heat. I’ve even splashed water on my face with the eye makeup on but it just faded slightly, no bleeding.
PROs of Faces Cosmetics Kajal
- Sturdy packaging – travel friendly casing provided with mirror on the lid for touch ups
- Blackest black shade (comparable to MAC Smolder
- Stays put whole day on water line with slight fading after 3-4 hours of application.
- Smudges very little. Does not give raccoon eyes, the little smudging can be easily wiped off with tissue
- Well priced for the quality and quantity.
- Soft and smooth texture, glides on easily on the lids/waterline without any tugging.
- Did not irritate my eyes in any way..safe for contact lens users.
CONs of Faces Cosmetics Kajal
- Like any kohl, it smudges a little but less in comparison to others I have used (Himalaya, Lotus).
- Also begins to fade slightly after 3-4 hours.
Final Verdict: Faces kajal is soft, smooth textured kohl, packaged in a sturdy travel friendly casing provided with a mirror for touch ups. The pigmentation is very good – dark and black , comparable to MAC Smolder. The best part is that it stays put and does not give me raccoon eyes, the smudging is minimal which can be taken care of with a tissue. I’d recommend this to everyone! I love this kajal and it is my HG kajal now (I do use MAC Smolder now and then :P)
Will I repurchase it : YES! Or maybe I’ll get it free with another purchase
Rating : 4.75/5 ( For the little bit of smudging and fading)
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