Back when I just started out with makeup one of the first products I had tried was kohl (that is how it is called in Arabic and "Kajal" in Hindi), because it is a commonly used product by women of my heritage. It was what I used before I discovered eye pencil or eyeliner. My eyes also used to be made up way heavier when I was younger. When I read that Yves Rocher was creating intense kajal for its spring collection I just knew I had to try them.
Now I normally tend to stick with black eyeliner, eye pencil or kohl, but you may know I also love really colorful and intense products as well. The Yves Rocher Intense Kajal collection comes in six different colors, namely golden, orange, maroon, blue, green, and black. A typical black one would have been nice to try, but it is meant to be a spring collection.. so why not try orange and blue instead?
For those of you who are not that familiar with kajal yet, it basically is a traditional cosmetic used by women in Africa, India and the Middle East. It is quite a versatile product, because you can use it as an eyeshadow (smokey effect), wear it as eyeliner or as a mascara on your eyelashes. Though I have never done the latter! The ingredients can vary differently depending on the country it is made in. Apparently (according to our trusted friend Wiki) there have been some issues with the import of this product to the USA, because it could contain led. That does not sound healthy. However, according to Yves Rocher the Intense Kajal collection contains natural ingredients and the products have been tested under ophthalmological supervision. The ingredients are: sweet almond oil, bamboo powder, resins of elemi (a tree), sesame oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, rice wax and carnauba wax.
The Intense Kajals come in beautiful and sleek black holders that remind me a bit of lipsticks. The cap comes off easily, and you can see a pointy-shaped product coming up. On the front of the holder the most basic information is written in an aesthetically pleasing font. The tube itself is silver. It could have been a lipstick, right?! So I have an orange one called Terre de Sienne and royal blue one called Blue Indigo.
Based on the swatches alone, I am absolutely in love with Terre de Sienne. It is very pigmented! On the picture above both swatches are just one swipe, just one layer! You can see how deep the shade is and how clear the shimmer is in the orange kajal. Ha. Guess what just came to mind? The Dutch flag. All we need now is red and white.. and I could make a fun design. Anywho, that is not the point. Blue Indigo looks a little less impressive in comparison to its orange counterpart, but it is a beautiful shade too. It is sheerer, but also has a soft shimmer to it. The shimmer seems to be a bit silvery. Both Kajals are quite creamy, but Terre de Sienne gives offf more product, more pigment, and, therefore, is easier to blend as you can see below.
|1 layer, 2 layers, 1 layer smudged|
The kajals are definitely intense, because they do not come off easily. You need not worry about these melting off of your face (unless it's so crazy hot you start melting yourself - I have not had the chance to test that yet.. nor do I want to) when it is raining or when it is warm. So you can expect that they stay on your eyes throughout the day! Just imagine if you get all six of these babies and you create this funky arabic eye look! Oh, all these ideas! The application with these kajals is fairly easy, because they are quite soft and the holder and shape of the kajal itself allows for easy movement. I also like being a bit messy with kajals so you can create softer and less defined lines.. a bit more shadows, hm?!
|left: taken at night - right: taken during the day|