I’ve been a big fan of Kajal eyeliners for a few years now, so when I saw YSL were releasing one as part of their Autumn Collection, I literally ran to the nearest department store so I could get my hands on it.
YSL described the Couture Kajal as a 3-in-1 product – you can use it as a Khol in your lower waterline, as a regular liner and then smoked out on the eyelid. Honestly, it’s I would only use it as a liner, but I have about a zillion eyeshadows which I need to use, so that might just be me!
The packaging of the Couture Kajal is absolutely beautiful – an elegant black wand is tipped with a shiny golden cap, it looks stunning in my makeup bag, and it feels so easy to use. The shape of the Kajal just rests in the hand, meaning application is flawless and you can just sweep the liner over eyes and waterlines to create the desired effect.
Uncapped, the kajal sits in a sharpened point, and unfortunately, that’s all the product you get. Unlike my beloved (and now repackaged) Guerlain, YSL’s offering doesn’t twist at all, meaning what you see is exactly what you get. This caused a major issue for me, when, after my very first application the entire kajal just crumbled away leaving me with exactly nothing left on the wand, and big clumps of kajal all over my table!
To say I was upset was a bit of an understatement. Not only is this product great, but it’s also pretty expensive, so to get exactly one use out of it isn’t exactly ideal. The formula of the kajal really was lovely – quite dry feeling to the touch, with an insane amour of colour payoff – I needed a single stroke in my upper lash line to achieve the perfect amount of smoky definition. But even so, for a premium product to pretty much disintegrate is extremely disappointing.
YSL Couture Kajal Pencil is priced at £25.00 and is available here