Friday, 29 January 2010

Review : Stila Kajal Eyeliner in Topaz


I purchased this eyeliner a few weeks ago and Ive given it a good few wears..  I have to say, I don't like it!

After all the videos, reviews and recommendations I believed I would love it, but somehow it just didn't live up to expectations.  I took it out is little grey box with excitement, swatched it and just thought 'what was all the hype about?'.



I purchased it from Amazon for £3.62 + £1.95 P&P (dispatched from Cheapsmells)

I could be a little biased here as I realise after using this that I'm not a fan of a white or nude waterline, its just not a good look on me.  I didn't realise until I tried it out that its probably been a good 2 or 3 years since I last applied my makeup without using a black, grey or brown liner on my waterline..  So either it will take some getting used to, or I have to face up and admit I look awful with the no makeup look!

Stila Topaz is a nice colour, it is flesh toned and you only need one line of it, should you go over the line again you'd probably risk it turning a weird orange-y tone.  I made the mistake of applying it twice - I think I was desperate for this 'pop' of colour or just any effect to back up all the rave reviews.. but nope, it just turned a horrible orange.  So definitely less is more with this!

In the past Ive used:
Rimmel Kohl pencil, just a plain white one.. Which I just realise Ive lost so I cant swatch it for you :-/
Bourjois Kohl & Contour #17 Blanc Givre (£4.29)
Barry M Shimmering eye and Lip Crayon.

I swatched (top to bottom) the Stila Topaz, The Bourjois Kohl & Contour and the Barry M.  The Bourjois almost blends into the Barry M as theyre so similar.  I drew one single line with all 3.



The Rimmel wasn't any different to most other brands of white eyeliner.  The Bourjois one is a white shimmer pencil with a hint of pink.  The Barry M one I have probably isn't intended for the waterline as its quite fat and a bit too creamy!  But Ive used it there occasionally, it is good for using in the corners of your eye as a highlighter just to give your eyes that wide eyed look though.  The Barry M is pretty similar to the Bourjois one but its a shade darker I think.

All in all I would probably go back to the Bourjois if I wanted a nude look on my waterline as I find the colour more uplifting, of course its not a natural look like the Stila, but I think on me it works better.  Added to this I think the shimmer looks prettier than the matte effect of the Stila Topaz.

If you like wearing no dark colours on your waterline and you want a more natural, wide eyed look then do give this a try, you might just love it as much as other people do!


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your swatches aren't so good, but thanks for the review! I'm thinking of getting Stila's Kajal Eyeliner in Topaz, but might get the Barry M!

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