I’m really into eyeliners. Like REALLY. Well-defined eyes say a lot about a women’s ability to apply makeup, there’s no denying that. But there’s nothing I’ve come to dread more than eye makeup that wears out after a couple of hours, because the Avril Lavigne racoon eye look is so 2002. And as much as I like to draw on winged or smokey eyes with some gel or liquid liners, I’m always on the lookout for that reliable pencil eyeliner that won’t fail me.
Leave it to Bassam Fattouh to bring back the pencil eyeliner we all love; the classic everyday kajal. Now this is one makeup product that has transcended the test of time and trends, it’s been passed down from one generation to the next.
But it’s not just the typical black shade, Bassam Fattouh Cosmetics’ new collection Kajal Kingdom consists of 7 (yes seven!!) shades of ultra-pigmented formula. I can’t play favorites at the moment, as I like to wear a lot of color on my eyes, but the carefully crafted shades in my opinion are staples in every makeup bag. You’ve got the Cedar, true to its name a gorgeous shade of dark matte olive green; Arabesque a super creamy jet black, Marrakesh a creamy starry and sparkly evening blue, Laylaky an intense shimmery creamy deep mauve, Henna a warm shade of creamy dark brown, Blue Moon a matte midnight shade of blue and finally Charcoal, the darkest shade of dramatic matte black.
This heat resistant waxy formula has been developed with the high humidity and extreme temperatures of the Middle East in mind, and I was happy to experience no smudging or smearing after a full day, even on the lower lash line.
The color pay-off on the Kajal Kindgom pencils was a deal-breaker for me, since you don’t have to press hard and go back and forth repeatedly, something which annoys me about pencil liners, even when applying this on top of the most grainy eye shadows.
These high performers will glide on smoothly to give you true rich color. I also love how the double-edged Charcoal, Blue Moon and Cedar come with their own sharpener (life saver!) and a handy smudger for blending color and color correction. I wouldn’t however recommend Kajal Kindgom pencils for an intense smokey eye, this collection works more for contouring, defining and drawing strong precise designs like a winged or cat-eye. Why? Because of their staying power, even swatches on my arm stayed on for hours.
For this look I consulted the makeup artist himself behind Bassam Fattouh Cosmetics, (yes I’m a lucky girl) and he personally walked me through each shade of Kajal Kingdom collection. For fun, we decided to line both my eyes with the entire collection, so I can get a better idea of how each color looks worn. Personally I’m a huge fan of well-defined eyes, whether it’s you upper eye lid or inner rim. He prepped my face to create a nice even base and then topped it off with his exotic Orient Lashes mascara. You can shop the collection online here.
The Kajal Kingdom pencil eyeliners are able to deliver the true opaque smooth color of a classic legendary kajal with new modern shades for every makeup lover.