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Today I am going to review a kajal stick; which I am using nowadays. I have lately discarded most of my eye makeup stuff…and have only a few, newly bought stuff for eyes. My eye makeup kit used to have the Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate…which I absolutely loved to bits. However; during my latest shopping expedition; I could not find it anywhere; neither on any Lakme counters nor online. I had to finally realise what Lakme had done. They have increased the price of the Kajal, taken away the sharpener; and presented us with this new, more expensive avatar…..the Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate Kajal.
About the Product: I am sorry that I could not find any product details for this product. All product details enlisted are of the Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate. But the formula is unchanged and the sharpener has been withdrawn from the original Kohl Ultimate…and the end result is …voilaaa…. Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate Kajal.
Well made up eyes always anchor your look, leaving you with the everybody-loves-face ever so easily. Absolute Kohl Ultimate brings you a superior eye makeup element that will adorn your gorgeous Indian skin tone and features.
Kohl with Smudger : Any dull day can be prepped up with a few strokes of kohl to your eyes and a quick fix comes easy with this smudger accompanied Absolute Kohl.
Super Long Wear: The intensive, smudge-proof feature allows your eyes to stay highlighted all day long and through your wild nights without being affected by oily skin or rubbing.
Moisturizing Ceramides: Softer and smooth lashes are rendered, no more rough usage and styling as the Ultimate Kohl spreads moisturizing ceramides that reduce damage and anchor beauty.
Water Resistant: All the drama in the world will keep your eyes sultry but no tear or heavenly shower will lead this Absolute Kohl Ultimate to bleed color on your elegant face.
Does Not Cause Irritation
A completely safe formulation gives you up to 16 hours of smoky, sultry eyes without any effect to your gorgeous eyes – all you have to do is pretty up.
Price: Rs 785/- for 1.2 g product (but I got it at 15% discount).
My Experience with Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate Kajal:
I am mighty pi**ed off with Lakme. Why did they take away an absolutely perfect product; increased its price; removed the sharpener; added a kajal tag to the name….and reintroduced it in the market? I am very very angry indeed. I feel cheated.
The first kohl product was the Lakme 9 to 5 Kohl Ultimate; which had the kohl, smudger and sharpener). They then replaced it with the Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate Kajal ….here they only changed the name and the price…but the basic model was the same. And now….they have again increased the price…added a “kajal” tag and taken away the sharpener. Well….part 3…not so good.
The Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate Kajal has two ends in it…one having the kajal end and the other has a rubber smudger. Both are enclosed within respective caps.
I have used both the versions of this Kohl…and I can vouch for it…Lakme has not changed the formula of the kajal or the quality of the smudger at all. The formula is as beautiful as before. The smudger is as useless as before.
The product is a sharpenable type of pencil…sans the sharpener. The pencil is made of plastic body…a bit difficult to sharp with a sharpener…but nothing which a bit more pressure can’t cure,. It sharpens to get a pointed tip; which is very useful if you want to use it as eyeliner; however excessive sharpening leads to wastage.
The formula is beautiful, with a creamy texture. It absolutely glides on the eyelids and on the waterline. It does not irritate the eyes at all. There is not tugging our pulling or repeated attempts needed to get a decent line.
The part I love the most…apart from the creamy texture…is that the pigmentation is superb. This one is a jet black kohl….black….very very black. It delivers around 90% pigmentation in one swipe….and 100% in two swipes. The kohl has an amazing staying power of 8-10 hours over the waterline…without any fading or smudging at all. Once the kajal sets during the first few seconds of application…it stays put. It becomes totally smudge proof and waterproof.
As I said, the formula dries on the eyelids within a few seconds…giving you a short time to use the smudger. But if you really want to smudge the kajal…please do not use this smudger. This smudger is totally useless. It is made of rubber; hard; and feels like you are rubbing a tree trunk against your eyelid. It does smudge the kohl….but its better to use safer options where your eyes are concerned…(see…my main concern is for everybody’s eyes in here).
I still rue over the lack of sharpener. It was a really decent sharpener…made many pointed tips for my kohl stick. Lakme; if you had to take something away…you should have taken away the smudger.
Well, as they say…it is always hard to better the original. And here the case is the same. They tried to make the part 3 of the Kohl Ultimate…..and have withdrawn the earlier Kohl ultimate versions from the shelves. Thankfully, the formula remains just the same (Thank God for small mercies)…..I am in total love with this kohl kajal formula wise; but I wish we had the earlier one instead.
Pros of Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate Kajal:
- Sturdy, polished looking packaging
- A 2-in-1 product
- Contains the kajal stick at one end and a smudger at the other
- The kajal is a sharpenable type pencil to get a pointed tip
- Pigmentation is jet black…uuuhhhhhmazing!!!!
- Formula is soft and smooth and very creamy
- Glides on both upper and lower waterlines and on eyelids like a dream…no tugging or pulling
- Just one or two swipes needed…no need to go back and forth again and again to get the color
- As a kajal…it stays on waterline for 8-10 hours minimum.
- Does not irritate the eyes at all.
- Can be smudged in the first few seconds if required
- After setting, it becomes totally water proof and smudge proof.
- Can be used as a kajal, for tight lining upper and lower lash lines, as eyeliner; or all over the eyelids with a smudging brush to create a base for a perfect smoky eye.
Cons of Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate Kajal:
- Change of name and removal of the sharpener from the earlier version
- The smudger is not of much use.
- Sharpening leads to loss of product
- Sharpening is a bit difficult due to the plastic like body.
IMBB Rating: 4.7/5 (For the previous version – Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate it would be 5/5. Formula wise…both get 5/5)
Will I Recommend Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate Kajal?
Well, if I sift through the entire review; I can come to only one conclusion. Yes, I will definitely recommend this kajal to all of you. It is expensive; and has some grossly missing parts…but the formula…totally hats off…It does carry a punch. Jet black kajal remaining on and on…what more do you actually need, huh???
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