Best Budget Kajal Available in India

Hope you all are having the time of your lives, and all is going well, this New Year. Β Those who have been following my articles right from the start know that I started my journey on IMBB, not with a review, but with a comparative post of BB creams. I still feel nostalgic thinking about it. The pictures were not so crisp then, and I was not so indulgent in the world of makeup. Times change, and now, here I am, a year old on IMBB, having learnt so many things. Here I am again, with another comparative on 5 kajals. I have done one more comparative on kajals earlier, and you can read it here.

Best Budget Kajal Available in India

Have a look at the “kajal warriors” that I have chosen for this comparative war.


Best Budget Kajal Available in India

Lotus Herbals Ecostay Kajal: Comes in a rectangular Ecostay packaging, with a sleek looking actual kajal pencil inside. Attractive.
Lotus Herbals Colorkick Kajal: Comes attached in a very chic and cute cardboard packaging. The kajal itself is encased in a pink retractable pencil.
Colorbar Just Smoky Kajal: Comes in a silver-colored rectangular Colorbar box, which is color coded at the bottom. Comes with dual ends, one end having the smudger.
Faces Long Wear Eye Pencil: Comes as a normal pencil with a color coded cap, no external covering.
Lakme Eyeconic Kajal: Comes in blue black packaging, looks classy.

Best Budget Kajal Available in India


Lotus Herbals Ecostay Kajal: Sharpenable.
Lotus Herbals Colorkick Kajal: Retractable.
Colorbar Just Smoky Kajal: Sharpenable.
Faces Long Wear Eye Pencil: Sharpenable.
Lakme Eyeconic Kajal: Retractable.

Best Budget Kajal Available in India

Quantity Available For Price:

Lotus Herbals Ecostay Kajal: 1.2 gms for Rs. 325/- Affordable
Lotus Herbals Colorkick Kajal: 0.28 gms for Rs. 199/- Affordable
Colorbar Just Smoky Kajal: 1.2 gms for Rs 675/- Pricey
Faces Long Wear Eye Pencil: 1.15 gms for Rs 349/- Affordable
Lakme Eyeconic Kajal: 0.28 gms for Rs 199/- Affordable.

Best Budget Kajal Available in India


Lotus Herbals Ecostay Kajal: Creamy matte.
Lotus Herbals Colorkick Kajal: Creamiest of the lot. Settles down to a gel-like finish.
Colorbar Just Smoky Kajal: Creamy matte.
Faces Long Wear Eye Pencil: Very creamy, settles down to a gel-like finish.
Lakme Eyeconic Kajal: Matte, a bit hard.

Best Budget Kajal Available in India


Lotus Herbals Ecostay Kajal: Black, in one swipe.
Lotus Herbals Colorkick Kajal: Jet Black, in one swipe.
Colorbar Just Smoky Kajal: Black, a couple of swipes required.
Faces Long Wear Eye Pencil: Jet black, in one swipe.
Lakme Eyeconic Kajal: Dull black as compared to the above. Multiple swipes required to get the desired color and pigmentation.

Best Budget Kajal Available in India

Smudge proof and waterproof (after 5 minutes of application):

Lotus Herbals Ecostay Kajal: Totally smudge proof and water proof.

Lotus Herbals Colorkick Kajal: Needs a minute more to settle down, being the creamiest and darkest black of the lot. As you can see here, a tiny smudge (around 1%) has taken place, after 5 minutes of application. Totally waterproof.


Best Budget Kajal Available in India

Waterproof test:

Best Budget Kajal Available in India

Smudgeproof test:

Colorbar Just Smoky Kajal: Smudge proof. Waterproof, though intensity of the black fades with water.
Faces Long Wear Eye Pencil: Smudge proof. Waterproof, though intensity of the black fades with water.
Lakme Eyeconic Kajal: Smudge proof. Intensity fades a bit after coming in contact with water.

Best Budget Kajal Available in India

Waterline Safety:

Lotus Herbals Ecostay Kajal: Yes
Lotus Herbals Colorkick Kajal: Yes
Colorbar Just Smoky Kajal: Yes. A very mild irritation, sometimes.
Faces Long Wear Eye Pencil: Yes.
Lakme Eyeconic Kajal: Yes. Though sometimes there is a mild irritation and you feel like rubbing your eyes.


Lotus Herbals Ecostay Kajal: Stays the whole day. Fades a bit on waterline though.
Lotus Herbals Colorkick Kajal: Stays the whole day intact, be it on water line or lash line, with same jet black consistency.
Colorbar Just Smoky Kajal: Stays the whole day, though fades.
Faces Long Wear Eye Pencil: Stays put the whole day, the same jet black. Fades a bit on waterline though.
Lakme Eyeconic Kajal: Stays put for around 4 to 5 hours. Fades completely from waterline by the end of the day.

IMBB Rating:

Lotus Herbals Ecostay Kajal: 4.5/5
Lotus Herbals Colorkick Kajal: 6/5 (amazing, stock it up)
Colorbar Just Smoky Kajal: 4/5
Faces Long Wear Eye Pencil: 4.75/5
Lakme Eyeconic Kajal: 3/5 (it stands nowhere close to the above mentioned kajals, after my observations post usage of all)

I really hope that you find this comparative post of mine useful. It is actually a lot of fun writing such posts, measuring the products against each other. The best is, when it can help all the makeup enthusiasts like us, in making a decision as to which one is best for her. So go ahead, take you pick and rock the kohled eyes πŸ˜›

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29 thoughts on “Best Budget Kajal Available in India

  1. Got 2 color kicks and loving them totally… one swipe and gorgeous eyes all day long πŸ™‚ btw great post a perfect comparison πŸ™‚

    1. Thaaaanks Saloni!!! I myself have fallen in love with these two launches from Lotus. πŸ™‚ Faces was awesome, but since they have increased the price of our beloved “solid black”, I guess I am going to stick to ecostay and colorkick. πŸ™‚

  2. What a savior this post is!!
    I was so pissed off with my colossal kajal and wanted out of the misery!
    Im so getting the colorkick one, they even have some off on it.

    1. Exactly Tanya!! Even I was bored with eyeconic and colossal. Seems that their claims faded with time. Colorkick is such an awesome and herbal answer to these. πŸ™‚

  3. Im lovinggggggggggggggg ecostay and colorkick as of now! I wear it to the gym too as eyeliner πŸ˜› great going Lotus herbals!

  4. I remembr ur first post n its hlpd me out so much… Even this one is so perfct comparisn.. Good going girl…!! Nd i jst love ur choice of words n how u cm up wid the posts is so interstng!!! πŸ™‚ <3

  5. Double claps for your post. πŸ˜€ Totally loved reading it and you really cleared all the doubts and made it easier to choose a better kajal. I already have both the Lotus kajals and completely agree that they are both amazing. But I am going to buy Faces eye pencils too, just in different colour. Black become too monotonous. I seriously do wish that Lotus comes up with coloured eye pencils too. πŸ™‚ Haha we are just never satisfied!

    1. Thaaaanks Madhur!! Me too love both Lotus kajals!! πŸ™‚ I too wish that they come up with colored variants of colorkick. πŸ™‚

  6. Awesome post kadambari…you compared them sooo well…just perfect….thank you so much for making it easy to choose the perfect kajal…and that’s colorick
    ..I m getting it now…looking forward for your comparitive posts…and your other posts too..

    1. Thaaaanks naina!! It is sooo great to hear that u guys love my posts, really!! πŸ™‚ Do get the colorkick one. It is just the best black around. πŸ™‚

  7. I love this review. Go Lotus!! Faces I have faced some trouble with it on my lid- feel like it’s very heavy and eyes feels tired with that kajal on. but the color pay off is great. i will buy lotus from now πŸ™‚

    1. Thaaaanks!! πŸ™‚ I loved Faces but they have increased the prices. πŸ™ So from now on, I am going to stick to Lotus, happily. πŸ™‚

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