Thursday, March 27, 2014

Flesh toned Kajals: Stila VS Rimmel.

Swatch, left to right: Stila Kajal eye liner in Topaz, Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in 005 Nude
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All small eyed folk have heard the chide, 'lies, lies from tiny eyes'.

That was until the discovery of flesh toned eye liner, which is a boon for my crustacean-eyed self. With the help of my trusty kajal, each morning I transform from the distrustful, shady character with beady eyes to a normal person with almost normal sized eyes.

Now a firm staple in my makeup routine, the two nude kajals in my collection are worth comparing.

The high-end Stila liner is a strange beast. It's very warm toned, almost peachy which goes against the cool blue the name Topaz brings to mind. This colour could work well for the tanned or jaundiced among us, however for my pale self it's too warm, thus noticeable. Although the pencil is gloriously soft, gliding opaquely onto the waterline like a dream, it remains creamy. This means it's prone to smudging and fading.

Rimmel is an amazing brand with an equal performing price point. As can be feigned from the above swatch, the colour is much lighter and leans more yellow than pink. It isn't quite so smooth, making it the subtle option. It claims to be waterproof, and seeing as it sticks around all day until you're ready to remove it I'd agree.

Of the two, I would repurchase the Rimmel. It's cheaper, longer lasting and a better colour. However I urge those who are interested to try whichever as they're both lovely liners. Plus, how do you know you can trust me? I do have tiny eyes.


  1. I have the Rimmel one but rarely reach for it because I prefer my MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in NC15/NW20 which is more of a pale yellow. Next to nc15/nw20, the one from Rimmel seems almost orange-y/peachy. I love wearing nude liners on the eyes xx

  2. Oh, thanks for the comment. I'll definitely check out MAC Chromographic seeing as I am quite pale. (:

  3. Nude looks really weird on me ... but then again I have monolids (so yeah, you can't speak about "tiny eyes", lul), so it kind of makes my eyes look very bottom heavy if that makes sense? Like it's drawing attention to the lower part and thus making the actual eyelashes/nonexistent socket even more noticeable, and not in a good way. But still, I can see it being a really nice colour for more "normal" eye shapes :p

  4. I don't know if it's part of what women do with disliking what we have and believing what we don't have is better - as demonstrated in the straight vs curly hair debate - but I'd happily trade you the monolids for tiny, hooded eyes. d:

  5. I have the Rimmel one and don't use it very often although I do notice the difference when I do. Not keen on the colour fo the stila one