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Not the Queen of Eyeliners - Bourjois Queen Attitude Kohl Kajal
Bourjois Queen Attitude Kohl Kajal
Member Name: Graygirl
Bourjois Queen Attitude Kohl Kajal
Date: 04/02/13, updated on 23/01/14 (203 review reads)
Advantages: Great for using on your waterline
Disadvantages: A thicker line is more difficult to apply, and I found that it smudged quite easily
The packaging of the kohl is lovely, and quite quirky - certainly different to the usual pencil shape. I believe that it is meant to reflect a traditional kohl container, and checking online, I have found similar products using the same packaging design. The container is black, with blue and gold lettering. One end is flat, so that you can stand it upright, while the other end is domed and flaunts a stylish piece of black ribbon. There is 2.5ml of product, it is good for twelve months after opening, and the packaging is recyclable.
The kohl itself should be twisted up, almost like a lipstick bullet, and it comes in the form of a long slender cone. This has been designed for precision application and also so that it never needs sharpening. You are supposed to apply it at a slight angle, as this will apparently help keep the point nice and sharp.
The information I found on the product page of Bourjois' website tells me that this liner is 'Cone-shaped for precision and to create an intense black line. Enriched with pigment and natural waxes for a blendable, soft and ultra-easy application'. It also explains that this liner can be used on 'both the inner and outer rim of the eyes', and that it is Paraben-free. It is only available in one colour, Intense Black.
Bourjois Queen Attitude Kohl Kajal is designed to give you a Cleopatra-like dark and intense eyeliner. Kohl has been used in one form or another since 3100 BC, so it's obviously a look we like! The relative softness of this kohl means that it is beautifully easy to apply, and makes it easy to create quite a bold look. It does not pull or drag on the delicate skin of the eye. However, I found that although it was very easy to apply under my bottom lashes, the same was not true on my upper eye. I found it quite difficult to apply a neat and steady line here, and my efforts got a bit thick and messy. I don't have the same problem when using a pencil eyeliner.
This kohl liner does help to give you a dramatic, smokey-eyed look, and it has also been formulated so that it will work well, without irritation, on your waterline. I don't normally wear liner here, as I find that it irritates my eyes and my skin, but I did practise when preparing to write this review. The kohl went on very easily, and stayed in place well. Because the Queen Attitude Kohl Kajal is so soft, I think it's ideal for using on the waterline.
When I began using this product, I tried it first on a 'naked' eye. I usually use a couple of dabs of pressed powder to prepare my eyelids for eyeshadow and eyeliner, and lately I have been alternating between a couple of liquid primers from ELF and Urban Decay (having read excellent reviews of both). I found that when I tried to apply a thicker line above my upper lashes (trying for the Audrey Hepburn look), the kohl wore away fairly quickly - but not before it had transferred itself to my upper eye with some dark smudges. So I tried again, using either powder or a primer. Although it took longer to wear away, and the effect wasn't quite as noticeable, smudges did once again transfer. With Urban Decay the residue on my upper lid was noticeable after half an hour. The ELF primer did a better job. I should point out, though, that this only happened after applying a thick line. A more restrained application - a single line of colour - stayed nicely in place. I found that this eyeliner is removed fairly easily with a make-up removal wipe.
However, even though - at the age of 57 - my upper eyelids are starting to droop slightly, I still don't want my eyeliner to wander upwards. Nor do I want to have to apply a primer every time I wear eye make-up. While I liked the intensity of colour that this kohl liner provides, I don't think it's for me. Although I'm glad to have had the opportunity of trying this product, I'm going to stick to my Holy Grail eyeliner, Estee Lauder's Automatic Eye Pencil Duo.
I'm a huge fan of Bourjois cosmetics, but I'm afraid I found this kohl a bit of a disappointment. I prefer an eyeliner product that can be applied with rather more precision, and that stays where it is put. However, if I wore liner on my waterline, I think the Queen Attitude Kohl Kajal would be ideal. As I haven't persevered with this product, I'm afraid don't know whether the cone keeps its shape after prolonged use.
Boots currently sell Bourjois Queen Attitude Kohl Kajal for £6.99. As of the time of writing (4th February), there is an offer there of 'Buy 1 get 2nd half price on selected Bourjois cosmetics', and there is also a free gift (Bourjois Paris Sparkle and Glam Face Jewel pack) when you buy two or more selected Bourjois products. However, the free gift is currently showing as out of stock online. You can also buy this product from Superdrug (£6.99), Tesco (£5.00), and Asos (£6.99 - they offer free delivery and returns). I found one current auction on eBay,although it didn't offer much of a saving.
I'm going to give this product three stars. While it works really well beneath my lower lashes, and on the waterline, I found it hard to apply a clean line above my upper lashes.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)
Summary: An intense black kohl kajal eyeliner from Bourjois, designed to give your eyes the Cleopatra look