Sumita – Kala Black Color Intense Pencil

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Online Description:

Nothing compares to the deep, rich color of this eyeliner. Transform your eyes, add gorgeous definition and make the whites whiter by simply drawing the line. Ideal for use on the inner water line of your eye, as well as the outer lash. Don’t worry, you can blend and play, but it will last all day… and all night.

PRODUCT APPLICATION

Apply gently along the lash line.

 

My Thoughts:

Gotta love those moments when your beauty subscription boxes really come through for you and include full-size products in them! This came as a full-size from my Glossybox subscription and although I’m not the biggest advocate for eyeliner, it was pretty sweet to get a full-size eyeliner nonetheless. Since I received this, I’m not sure if they only repackaged the product or they reformulated it as well as repackaged it, but if you follow the link below to their site, you’ll see that the eyeliner I have and the one they’re selling look completely different. Considering a lot of mixed reviews flew in on Glossybox after this was shipped out, I guess it makes sense they went back to the lab to fix the issues people had concerns with like smudging really badly, not being water-proof, and irritating eyes. Anyone who has read previous reviews of products that require sharpening know that factor immediately sets a product back in my book because it’s not only wasteful, it’s time-consuming to have to stop my application, find a sharpener and so on. I think we’ve come far enough in technology to never have to package any product into a wooden pencil frame and force people to toss out half their product from sharpening, but I digress.

I personally avoid black eyeliner on myself because my eyes are already very dark brown and most of the time, I look possessed because they’re so dark, so to add more darkness to the area isn’t sensible for me. Plus, it makes my eyes look smaller and it causes imbalance in my face, so normally I try to make my eyes look bigger to balance out with my large forehead and square face shape. That being said, this has already come in with a few setbacks before I even opened it, but since I didn’t purchase this directly, I think it deserved a fair shot at testing out and giving it the benefit of the doubt. Worst case scenario, I could slice off the end that’s touched my eyes and spray it with alcohol and send it to my sister. She LOVES eyeliner like I love mascara so if it didn’t work out, I could’ve always given it to her and she would’ve made good use of it. Aside from the awful packaging, the only other setback for this is the faint chemical scent it has.

Performance/Wear:                               ★★★★/5

Going in, I already had expected this not to impress me because most eyeliners in my experience have disappointed me so much that I rarely bother with them. Between the scratchy feeling when I try to apply it on my water-line, to the dry texture that sometimes crumbs as I’m applying it, or even the lack of durability causing it to turn me into a racoon impersonator, I already expected this to be a miss. Pfft, surprise, surprise, y’all! This actually glides onto my water-line like butter with no tugging or irritation whatsoever! I was impressed by that alone! It didn’t make my eyes feel dry and even held up through my watery phase that my eyes go through right after I apply product to my water-line. Plus, I don’t need to go over with more product a hundred times to get decent pigment and opacity like most other eyeliners require.

It seems to hold up well throughout the day and the only run-off I notice is in my eye boogers (grossest name ever…side note, anyone know how that nickname came to be?), but that’s just my eyes doing their job at keeping my eyes healing and clean. When applied on my lash-line, this smudges well, but it will continue to move throughout the day unless you set it with a bit of powder. I never really use this on my lash-line, so it’s not that big of a concern for me, but it is worth nothing for those of you who do. Also, since the texture glides around really easily, that makes this eyeliner a great formula for trying out applying a winged liner look with a brush by just picking up product off the brush and applying as you go. Yes, it doesn’t apply as easily as liquid liner, but it still has smooth enough vehicle to apply easily and the brush gives you more control rather than a felt-tip pen. This can also double as a brow pomade for clients with black hair and then set with powder for gorgeous, sweat-proof brows.

With its matte finish, this provides sultriness with elegance to any look to add this to while adhering to the application area without budging. Most eyeliners have a cream finish that has a bit of shine to it, but with this matte finish, I’m impressed at the difference it makes on an eye look vs the slight shine from other eyeliner formulas. The devil’s in the details, y’all.

Packaging:                                                ★/5

Those of you who have checked out some of my previous reviews wouldn’t be surprised by this low review because the packaging causes so much waste and is inconvenient and inconsiderate to the consumer. Some better options would’ve been a twist-up pencil or in a jar since the formula is so pliable. The pencil and cap are sturdy enough that I have yet to have an incident in my bag when I’ve brought this along for touch-ups. I did mention this product stays put for the most part, but I bring this anyways just in case there comes a time when it doesn’t because I don’t want to be left with one dark eye and one faded, grayish eye.

Price:                                                          ★/5

For the quality of the product in itself, the price isn’t bad, but because of the poor choice of packaging, the rating drops dramatically. I can’t justify suggesting this product to anyone as it is knowing they’ll be throwing half of it away as they sharpen it to get more product out.

Ingredients:

lsododecane, Ozokerite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ceresin, Paraffin, Polybutene, Microcrystalline Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate. MAY CONTAIN (+/-) Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), D&C Black no.2 (Cl 77266), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Cl 77510), Ultramarine Blue (Cl 77007), Chromium Oxide Greens (Cl 77288), Iron Oxide (Cl 77499, Cl 77491, Cl 77492).

Paraben Free, Cruelty-Free, Waterproof, Enriched with Jojoba Seed Oil.

Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time. Please refer to the ingredient list on the product package you receive for the most up to date list of ingredients.

Pros:

  • Intense color payoff
  • Doesn’t crumble
  • Doesn’t dry out my eyes
  • Doesn’t irritate or cause redness on my eyes
  • Holds up throughout watery eyes
  • Gentle application
  • Buttery texture
  • Multi-purpose
  • Matte finish

Cons:

  • Faint chemical scent
  • Terrible packaging

Texture:                                       Cream

Scent:                                           Faint chemical

Recommend?                             No

Repurchase?                               No

Retail:                                           $15.00

Size:                                              0.06 oz.

Want to try this for yourself?

*Note: the link is to their eyeliner with a newer formula/packaging

I’d love to hear about your experience with this in the comments!! 😊

2 Comments on “Sumita – Kala Black Color Intense Pencil

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