L’Oreal Minerals Kohl Powder Eyeliner Review

by Appu on August 23, 2010 · 39 comments

L’Oreal Kohl Minerals Powder Eyeliner

Anything with the word Kohl really attracts me. I got this because it seemed like a good multi-tasking product. Looks almost like powder eye shadow, but makes for a good mineral eyeliner too! Let’s see if this does live up to the claim.

What does L’Oreal say about Kohl Minerals powder eyeliner?

Whether you’re going for smoky eyes or a more romantic look this season, eyeliner is a must and it comes in mineral form too! This liner and applicator duo contains 95% naturally-derived micronised minerals, plus Vitamin E and aloe vera to make it gentle on sensitive eyes. Intense, accurate and easy to apply.

Colours available: 01 Black, 02 Stellar Grey, 03 Meteorite Blue.

Price: I am not sure; I think I got it for about Rs.400 – 450 sometime in 2009.

What I think about this?

The product comes in a small jar filled with a screw top lid with a brush attached and also a sifter which helps control the amount of product dispersed.

This is how the packaging looks.

loreal mineral kohl

loreal mineral kohl

Although the packaging looks cute, it’s made from a very low quality plastic so it’s pretty much prone to big time breakage. I got this in two colours, Black and grey. The grey colour fell down and broke into pieces within a few months. So, you can imagine the hard time I would have had cleaning up the powder L . We gotta be very careful while handling this one.

Loreal Mineral Kohl

Loreal Mineral Kohl

There is a small brush, which is of pretty decent quality. It’s a small angled brush. Nothing very special, just another angled brush with a very good grip for precise application. If you do not like the brush, you can use any angled brush/eyebrow filler brush. I personally prefer this brush, because it’s small and gives me pretty good control on the amount of product I want to deposit.

How to use this?

The powdered kohl as such is not very pigmented. It’s black in colour but not rich black or anything. The sifter arrangement helps us get the product on top for the brush to pick up. I personally feel that the dispensing hole(s) for the product is too big. The Kohl as such is finely milled and even the gentlest of handling somehow gets a bit too much of product out.

Tap very gently on the base and some product comes on top. A light tap will do. Make sure you don’t get too much product or else, it’s going to become really messy.

Take a little amount on the accompanying angled brush and gently run along the upper/lower lash line. Stays put for about 5 hours or so.

One thing I hate about this is the crazeee amount of fall out. Even the tiniest amount of product has soo much of fallout which is a big turn off. Check out the amount of fall out just while swatching.

loreal mineral kohl swatch

loreal mineral kohl swatch

There is a small sponge which is a seal that covers the product while new. Make sure you do not throw it away. Every time after each use, it’s better if you cover the dispensing hole with the sponge to avoid product spilling all over. I threw away mine and I am having a very tough time using this.

Other uses of L’Oreal Minerals Kohl Powder Eyeliner that I see.

  • Can be used as what it’s intended for – eyeliner on the upper and lower lash line. Not sure about the waterline. I know its kohl and its mineral and all that, but it’s in the powdered form so I am not committing anything.  Also, another reason why I am telling you this is, the colours do contain mild shimmer  and I wouldn’t dare to put on anything with shimmer on my waterline .
  • This is perfect to be used as a setting powder for any Kajal that tends to smudge. This one as such, does not have the tendency to smudge once its set. So what I usually do, I apply lotus Kajal on the lower waterline and use this or a black eye shadow to set it. This way, the mineral Kohl also stays for a longer time.
  • This is perfect for a smoky eye. The brush is so cute, it helps you create a nice winged look and perfect for defining the outer v too. One stoke of this will give you a nice and soft smudged look, nothing intense.
  • If this did not have mild shimmer and also had one in dark brown colour, I would use it to fill my brows too! Talk about multi-tasking J
loreal mineral kohl bottle

loreal mineral kohl bottle

What I like about L’Oreal Minerals Kohl Powder Eyeliner:

  • The whole concept of mineral kohl in powdered form itself is very intriguing.
  • Tendency to smudge less compared to other Kohls. I know most of the kohls smudge like crazy, this one doesn’t, once it’s set.
  • The  brush is pretty decent in quality.
  • Water resistant. Not really waterproof J but I need oil/makeup remover. I use olive oil to remove all my eye makeup and this one comes off easily with that too.
  • Ways in which this can be used. Eyeshadow, eyeliner, setting powder for Kajal etc

What I dis-like about L’Oreal Minerals Kohl Powder Eyeliner:

  • Bad quality packaging. Not only the plastic is of poor quality, too much product comes out sometimes leading to product wastage. Really messy to handle!
  • Although it’s easy to apply it’s totally not travel friendly. Don’t even try toting this around.
  • There is crazy fallout. Once I apply on my lower lashes, there is some on my cheeks which I have to eventually clean up and do a re-touch L and to clean this up, plain water ain’t enoughJ. I have to reach for a q-tip with some moisturizer or makeup remover.

Will I re-purchase? This one will last me a good one and a half years. After that I might consider if L’Oreal improves the packaging . 😛

To sum up, this is a nice product if you, like me are a kohl lover. I love kohl in any form and this was really something that attracted me:). This is definitely worth a try if you are willing to put up with the fall out and bad packaging. It would be a different experience to play around with powdered kohl. If nothing works, this makes for a good powder to set your Kajal J

Have you tried powdered kohl?  Was L’Oreal minerals Kohl powder a winner for you? Share your thoughts.

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Rati August 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I was dying to read its review. It reminds me of my surma. My naani used to make it with an oil lamp. And yes spillage is a part of powder kohl. So I kind of don’t mind it and I am getting it for sure. 😛


Gaea August 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Rati – do try Loreal and Chambor before you decide to buy either. I somehow thought Chambor was better. but not sure of the shades they carry though.
.-= Gaea´s last blog ..Jasmine- the Divine =-.


rs August 23, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Gaea,I am thinking of buying an eye pencil from Chambor.There are different kinds of eye pencils in Chambor.Can you please tell me the exact name of a Chambor eye pencil which can be used as a kohl or kajal pencil and which can safely applied to the waterline?


Rati August 23, 2010 at 4:37 pm

gaea..which one should i try first?? loreal or chambor…errr.. am confused.


Appu August 23, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Yeah…if u don’t mind the spillage n all, then u can get this one for sure…fall out is the major problem…otherwise its ok 🙂


Aarthi August 23, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Powder Kohl !!! Im too lazy to have patience to handle ths 🙁


Appu August 23, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Totally agree with u Aarthi 🙂 this can never be used on the go too! 🙁


Debasree August 23, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Hi Rati,

I have been using the Chambor Loose Kohl powder for the last couple of months. It an excellent product & not expensive. Shall I do an review on the product?

Please let me know


shilpa August 23, 2010 at 3:42 pm

hi debashree..
evn i have that chambor loose kohl powder and i jst dnt knw hw to use it….hw do u use urs….plz tell…. ?:-)


Debasree August 23, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Hi Shilpa,

I use the product in following ways:

Simply put it as eyeliner on my lower lash line.Its safe (atleast I have not come across any irritation)to use on waterline

Use kajal first & then smudge with the kohl powder

Can be used for smokey eyes-great results

Great as eyeshadow-a little goes a long way

The brush is very convenient too


rs August 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Debashree I am asking you the same question to you that I asked Gaea regarding Chambor eye pencils.I am keen to buy a Chambor eye pencil.I want to buy a Chambor eye pencil which can be used as a kajal(one which can be applied to the waterline safely).I am hesitating to buy one because i am not sure and since this concerns my eyes I want to absolutely sure before I buy one.Expecting an answer from you.Please help.


Rati August 23, 2010 at 4:35 pm

HI Rs, long time. 🙂 I have used the chambor kohl pencils. they smudge like crazy but can be applied on waterline.


rs August 23, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Thanks a lot Rati.Was a little busy.The pencils smudge a lot?Now that makes me sceptical.I simply cannot imagine myself looking like a Panda.That would be awful.I think I have already started having second thoughts about buying these pencils.


Debasree August 23, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Hi Rs,

Am yet to try out the pencil from Chambor. Rati can tell you the best as she has already used it.Btw am really happy with the kohl powder,its not messy & comes with an excellent applicator. I will soon post an review.

Get in touch in case of any other makeup related queries.



rs August 23, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Thanks for the quick reply Debashree.The Chambor kohl powder seems interesting.Waiting for the review.


Rati August 23, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Please go ahead, Debarshee. Btw did I mail you.. ?:-)


Debasree August 23, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Nope dear. I was waiting for it. Anyways take time & reply.

Shall i mail the article to you?



HD August 23, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Powder kohl is so not for me!! i luv my kajal stick…though I wanted to read abt this since I saw Sonam Kapoor use it in Aisha 😛


Rati August 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm

I know Aisha really made this one famous. 🙂


Vinitha August 23, 2010 at 4:43 pm

😀 Even I have been all curious about it after watching Sonam use it in Aisha!


Appu August 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Even I prefer Kajal anyday, this one is quite a pain to apply, but it’s surely something different to play with 🙂


Saloni August 30, 2011 at 10:50 am

Im using this for quite some time now girls..trust me its certainly not a pain considering the applicator is crafted carefully and also the surma look that it gives is to die for!!!


Mrunmayee August 23, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Might be worth a try… :-/ :-/

But looks like too much hassle for a eye liner..

Liquid liners give me thin precise lines and pencils give me ease of use and smudged, smokey look.. Kajal takes care of my waterline..
So really i don’t see the benefits here… 😕


Appu August 23, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Yeah Mrun, maybe you can use it on top of your liquid/kajal eyeliner, apart from that, for getting a precise line, I do not see any other way 🙂


Mrunmayee August 24, 2010 at 7:55 am

But that can be easily managed by a black eye shadow too..

Although I was thinking, what if you wet the brush and use it.. It will be more precise and longer lasting.. The fall out should reduce too… Hai na????


Appu August 24, 2010 at 9:03 am

Hmmm…yeah that sounds about right 🙂 wil try it out n update u 🙂 The brush is angled, so the line may not be that thin, but yeah, we can get more control and precision if used wet…great tip M 🙂


Aparna August 23, 2010 at 7:25 pm


Am so excited to see Chambor talk going on…I am a regular Chambor user and it is quite good. One thing is even lens wearers can use it..its absolutely non irritating (I wear lens myself!)

There is a powder kohl in Chambor…the fall out is not much compared to Loreal (going by this review of Loreal). You can wear it to your lower lashes only…but it is smudge proof

The waterproof eye pencils with retractable tips are also very good. They give a thick and creamy line but are not smudgy. In fact mine lasts for the whole day.

I don’t like their sprakle/mettalic colors. Those tend to irritate my eyes. Otherwise I always swear by Chambor. For eye pencils I don’t even look at other brands!

Hope this helps…


Appu August 23, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Girls, great to know that Chambor is a very good alternative to L’oreal. I am considering buying it next time…Thanks 🙂


deborah August 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm


I am a sucker for mineral make up as its the only thing that does not break my goddamn face out 😀 and Loreal has been awesome so far for being the one that actually offers the product in the country in a range that i can barely afford anyways 😀 but i have to completely agree with you that Loreal is really FRICKIN KIDDING US when it comes to packaging.

For Chrissake its like they do not take the business seriously. The basic for a mineral make up user is to let the fall out within limits (and decent brushes-but tht they have), thats why most brands have round short pots with round bottom flated and not so deep lids (or whatever you can make out from description :D), so you can put the powder as desired in the lid use your brush and put back the rest of the product on the pot.

Lets hope Loreal hear us mere mortals and stop us from getting more frown wrinkles when it comes to their prods :suspense: :suspense:


Appu August 23, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Agreed Deborah 🙂 L’oreal sucks in the packaging dept. Even their Bare Naturale powder and blush come with the same cheap packaging 🙁 If L’oreal is listening, please for god sake, improve the packaging!!!


Jen October 28, 2010 at 8:59 am

Hi, I am interested in blogging here . Great makeup advice! Please e-mail me. Thanks!


jiyasingh July 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I m khol,kajal,eye liner lover :jiggy2: and tis review done is too gud :waytogo: bt i m not sure wether it is going to gimme tht lovely look of smudgy :waiting: eye :nababana: ….thr is smthng i hrd tht day “Gel kajal” Rati help in doing a tut on it and review it too :mirror: :jalwa:


Rati July 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm

gel kajal? never heard of that… :struggle:


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