|Would buy this product again.||66%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine Eyes: Blue
I wanted these so badly! I refuse to pay the price for the Gurlain khol liners but I love lining my waterline. Pretty much every single day I wear make up, I use a black liner in my waterline and Ive been thru a few and I am a contct lens wearer and my favorite waterline liner (Revlon Colorstay) damages my contacts so it was back to the drawing board. Then came the launch of these and all the excitement and raves so I hunted them down at walmart and their were many there but I chose to get the black and the brown. They were super expensive for a drugstore eye liner...11 bucks at my walmart but still considerably less than the Gurlain ones. For waterlineing these suck and are a huge pain in the ass. Way more trouble than their worth. First you pull the little dipper out of the bttle and you can either blow the excess of powder off and have hardly any pigment lining your eye or you can less all that excess on the stick and it becomes fallout all over your cheeks but guess what, you get fall out anyway...no mater what and the black marks your cheeks really bad. The the powder going into your eye is not to fun, infact its stingy and just terribly uneven in terms of application. A little got on my contacts, not as much as some other pencils and creams though. And I'm sorry, but screw putting tissue on my face while using a khol. Its a pain in the ass too, its easier for me to just use a product that doesnt cause horrendous fall out. I just found this product very not good for the waterline or the arabic use of loose khol. I won't buy the other colors and may use these for lining my lashline, not waterline, but I have to say these are nothing special...messy and expensive. ((((((EDIT))))) I used this today for a quick smokey look by using the kohl to line my upper and lower lids, not the waterline and it was such an epic fail I actually got pissed off. It looked awesome for about 5-10 mins and faded quickly to nothing...no pigment on my lids, just fall out. So yeah. The amazing dissapearing HIP kohls appearing at drugstores near you...save yourself some time and just don't bother getting this worthless product.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Ok, so I was going to wait for another week to review this product – but after what I put this product through today I’m prepared to write a review. This will be for the Kohl’s in general and I’ll review the specific colors in the appropriate categories.
I had been searching for this product for a good amount of time after reading about it on the MUA Boards. It’s truly love, love, and more love.
Notes on my skin and eye type:
The Skin around my eyes are oily and I have a very heavy monolid. Very little will stay put around my lower eyes and lower waterline.
My version of Application(s):
I tried this using the “eastern method”, the “lay the wand on the waterline and blink method” and the “lay the wand on my waterline and move around method”. For my eyes I prefer the “lay the wand on my waterline method” as the “eastern method” left me a large smudged up mess which required A LOT of work to remove the excess. The “lay and blink method” was better than the “eastern method” but for the least amount of mess I’m going with the “lay the wand on my waterline and move around method”. I think a part of the mess issue I experienced in application is that when I blink my thick upper lids just push everything down to my under eyes. I would never put this product on last – this for me needs to be the first item I apply in my makeup routine.
Results: Excellent smudge proof, long lasting (12 hours as far as I have tested) intense color that stays under my eyes and on my waterline, non irritating to my contacts, non irritating to my skin – I have sensitive skin, and capable of surviving through a REALLY good cry (passed the test today).
Cons: my opinion only here – but the biggest con is that I think this can be an intimidating product. I’m not a big fan of putting pointy items near my eyes – but it’s not to scary as I have to poke my contact in an out every day. IF you can get over the application I think this is an awesome product.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I got one in burgundy, navy, gold and brown (for my sister). Like others have said the applicator is a little weird, it's like a short felt point that makes it awkward to apply in the eastern method. Swiping and dabbing on the waterline a few times then holding your eye shut for a few seconds results in the same effect as the Guerlain Kohls.
By itself the gold is a little boring but applying to the waterline and then smudging under the lashes a little with black or burgundy liner looks gorgeous.
I haven't tried the burgundy or navy yet but will update this review later when I do.
I still like the Guerlain kohls better for the applicator but for the price these rock!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Beautiful. But very expensive! It beats HE items, but I guess drugstore items aren't as cheap as they use to be! Glides on, has great staying power and the color pay off is beautiful!!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
Ok, so I finally found them after searching many a Walgreens and I now have them in all the colors except brown, only because I'm not a fan of brown liners. I also have Guerlain's Loose Kohl which is still a superior product, but with a much larger price tag. The HiP kohls are not as finely milled as Geurlain's which makes them more uncomfortable when you get some product in your eyes (I apply the eastern method) but it does go away rather quickly. They have good pigmentation and staying power; my only qualm is the applicator. It is unlike Guerlain's in that it has a felt tip, which makes more difficult (though not impossible) to apply eastern method. I find the best way to use this applicator is to place it on the waterline, close, and repeat until it is entirely lined. Overall, this is a great buy for those who love the look of a loose kohl but do not want to have to keep dropping 33 dollars for Guerlain.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Green
Yes, this can be messy as can all pigment products. Yes, you will need to practice application just as with any new technique. The trick is to tap the stick gently over the bottle before attempting to apply and either laying it against the lower waterline while closing eye and drag outward. The other option is to draw this onto the waterlines as you would a liquid. Either way produces gorgeous results.
Unparalleled lasting power! I've tried many liners that are supposed to be long wearing including UD's 24-7 and HIP creme liners. But for my oily lids and watery eyes nothing else has even come close to the results of these kohls. I will still get small amounts of product into the fine lines under my eyes after a few hours, but very easily fixed with a q-tip or tissue and my waterlines will still look nearly perfect after 16 hours.
The colors are incredibly rich and deep though some shades may require a second layer for the desired effect. I have both Black and Teal and cannot believe how they have totally changed my attitude about eyeliner! if you're like em and feeling that liners are hopeless then you owe it to yourself to give these a shot!
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Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Dry, Tan Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
This is a review for the black one.
After looking around for this everywhere, I finally found it but I am so disappointed. I didn't apply this the eastern method. I simply swiped and patted it over my waterline several times. I applied 3 to 4 coats. It's not as dark and as intense as I would like but it is buildable. If you're applying several coats, it can be messy and time consuming. I kept getting little specks in my eyes. It didn't irritate my eyes or stain my contacts though. Like traditional eyeliners, it started fading on the outer 1/4th of my waterline within only 2 hours. Looks like the only way for me to keep amything on the waterline for a decent amount of time is by patting eyeshadow over eyeliner. If you have serious problems keeping anything on your waterline for a long period of time, skip this. There's also not any kind of seal so you won't know if customers have been tampering with it. FYI, I also tightlined with it and it did stay put but I usually don't have problems with e/l fading from that area.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Other people have commented on individual colors of this new product, but I wanted to make a main one for all the colors.
I purchased this product in Navy at Walgreen's. It is a dupe of Guerlain's rather expensive ($33!) Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl. For those who don't know, loose kohl has been used for centuries in India and the Middle East (I'm sure elsewhere - please correct me!). However, Guerlain and hopefully L'Oreals product does not contain actual kohl. This is *important* because real kohl powders have lead in them, which can be dangerous to the eyes and other areas of the bodies once it's in your system.
I just checked a website and found the Guerlain product is 1g/.03 oz. L'oreal's HiP product is 1.2g/.04oz and cost me $11.99 without tax! The HiP line comes in black, brown, teal, navy, burgundy, and gold. Guerlain's comes in black and brown at Sephora with other colors only coming out in limited edition collections. I'll point out that as far as I know, none of these in either brand are matte. They all have very, very slight iridescence to them. That's not to say they are glittery in any way, but they aren't flat. It helps draw attention to the eye, I think. You can also use these products in the "western way" to just draw along your lash line or, if you're bolder than me, use a brush to very lightly apply these as shadows. The display picture actually shows Beyoncé wearing a burgundy cat eye above her lash line with a line of gold above the burgundy. So there a number of uses this product could go towards; you'd just need to be careful of fallout from the powder on the wand.
One downside to the HiP product is the wand isn't a traditional stylus. Normally, to apply the "eastern way," you place the stylus on your waterline, close your lids together, and drag the stick from the inner corner of your eye to the outer part. It sounds painful, but if you angle it correctly, it's not so at all. Darn fast to boot! The HiP wand sort of has a brush on the end of it. It's difficult to describe. Think the texture of stiff felt-tip liquid eyeliners and you might know what I mean. However, I could use the HiP wand the eastern way, it was just a bit trickier. But still doable! I haven't played with the product much, so the brush-like end might be more useful if I wanted to experiment as a shadow.
All told, we'll see how well this product lasts. Not much can last on waterlines *and* be non-irritating to sensitive eyes or contact wearers. But if this works, I'll be going to buy another color or two for sure! I can afford to get 3 of these compared to 1 Guerlain product, and if the quality is similar, why not? And these loose kohls make the SEXIEST smokey eyes you've ever seen. :)