Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon Review, Photos, Swatches

Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon
Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon

Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon

Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon ($22.00 for 0.08 oz.) is an intense black with brown undertones. It looks pure black in person, but as is often the case with photos, blacks will either lean brown or black, depending on their actual undertone. Urban Decay Perversion is still a little more intense and has better color payoff in a single stroke. It’s also comparable to MAC Black Black, though this has less of a sheen.

This formula is approved for usage on the lower inner rim of the eye (also known as the water line), which is important to note. It’s also long-wearing, smudge-proof, and budge-proof–once it sets. Because it is Kajal, it is smudge-able for about thirty seconds, but once it sets, it stays put all day long on the lower lash line. On the lower water line, it lasts between six to seven hours. The consistency is very creamy and smooth against the skin, but the pencil itself feels and seems hard–though there’s absolutely no tugging or pulling at the lid whatsoever. I recommend swatching it against your hand once, just to get past the initial sharpness of the point when you first receive it.

It’s fairly opaque in a single pass, though it could use a wee bit more pigment to be truly opaque in one go. It builds up and layers with itself nicely, so it enables even, opaque color coverage with two passes or so.

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Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon
Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon

Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon
Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon

Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon
Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon

Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon
Estee Lauder Dramatic Black Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Does anyone with oily skin/lids have any experience with these pencils? I like the idea of the matte color and the fact that it works well on the waterline, but 99.9% of pencil liners smudge on me – no matter how I prime or set. I even have to be careful how I apply my Double Wear pencil in order to avoid this.
So actually, any tips or recommendations are welcome!

Christine, does this come with a sharpener? It seems like if you used any jumbo sharpener with it, the tip wouldn’t be as long and sharp.

I don’t think it does – the samples I receive from EL are almost never in boxes (and usually just have lab labels). The tip should still be sharp, but it probably won’t be as long.

It looks a bit scary up close 🙂 That and eventually I’ll need to sharpen it…but it’ll never have that original precise tip. I do appreciate that it’s safe for use on the waterline. I personally think every eyeliner should be.

This looks very similar in design (short, thick pencil with a huge point) to the L’Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner, which they say on the package is “Kajal inspired”.

The reason I mention this is twofold…. it comes with a great sharpener (that might work on this product), and the point isn’t nearly as scary as it seems. The L’Oreal product is easy to work with on the upper lash line, lower lash line, and in the waterline. Hopefully this beautiful product performs the same!

I have an unhealthy obsession with dark, smoldering eye pencils. The shame. :p

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