Plum NaturStudio All-day-wear Kohl Kajal – A Review

You know how they say “things just fell into place”? That’s what happened to me with this post! I was not going to post this week because I had nothing going on and I really wanted more articles in my skin and beauty theme! But miraculously, late last week Plum Cosmetics sent me their newly launched Plum NaturStudio Kajal cum liner for a review and the review is Readyyyy!!

So Plum Cosmetics is a brand I have been loving for a while now. I have tried their Green Tea face mask which works very well for me. As a brand they stand for a couple of things : it is india’s first online cosmetic brand which is always free of parabens, phthalates, SLS and other harmful chemicals.

This Kajal-cum-eyeliner came to me last Thursday and they sent it with a Dual sized pencil sharpener and a complimentary face wash too (yayyy)


I have been using this pencil through the weekend and on Monday I wore to office conducting a small experiment of sorts where I took pictures of my eyes in regular intervals to show you guys how the liner and the kohl hold up!

The pencil itself looks something like this:

It is a pencil but gives a highly pigmented and dark gel-like finish which I love! The brown area which is usually wood in normal pencils is PVC-free plastic and that makes it a little tough to sharpen.

The plum website has the following words about this Kohl liner

For the first time in India, an ophthalmologically approved kajal pencil with a gel-liner like performance. 100% smudge-proof, water-proof single-swipe brilliant black kohl-cum-liner that’s also gentle on your eyes.

Ingredients used:

Hydrogenated Castor Oil : Highly hydrating and nourishing for skin and hair with healing properties. The hydrogenation makes it stable and compatible with the other ingredients.

Rice Bran Wax : A relatively unknown but amazingly effective moisturizer that lends creaminess and hydrating properties to any formula!

Natural Vitamin E : Needs no introduction as an antioxidant skin care specialist that’s essential for hydrated, younger looking skin.

Do note that owing to its high performance benchmark, this product is not all natural – but is 100% safe and tested by dermatologists and ophthalmologists.
Moving on to my experiment and then to the pros and cons:

On application 

  

  
It took me roughly three minutes to complete the eyes – kohl plus liner. The same stick is to be used for both purposes. Now I am a liquid liner junkie and I find gel based liners very tough and impossible sometimes to apply but this pencil does the trick very well giving a dark and beautiful finish to it. It is your perfect friend for a smokey eyed look!

Four Hours later 

Until four hours I swear there was no difference in the way the kajal and the liner held up and I found no use in uploading those pictures (which is a good thing by the way haha!) and hence moving straight onto the fourth hour 

By the end of the fourth hour this was the look. The eyeliner and the kajal look just the same except that the kajal had slightly come out of the waterline. I have a pretty watery waterline and I am guessing that happens with time with any good liner.

Seven hours later



 Now here was the where I found fading. The eyeliner on my left eye and the kajal on both eyes were gradual fading by the seventh hour. But the liner on the whole was still holding up well, just that the bright dark black had become lesser intense.

Nine Hours later 

  

  
At the end of nine hours the kajal had faded a little more and spilling more out of my waterline and into my lashes and right outside my eye and the eyeliner a little more faded. I would be lying if I said it was just like when I applied it cause that’s not true. The fading is pretty obvious but I have never ever used an eyeliner or kajal for so long anyway!

Now moving onto the pros and cons in bullet points

Pros 

  1. The thick beautiful dark output. I have never got such a beautiful result in any eyeliner and I loved that!
  2. Being very sensitive eyed I was so worried that this kajal might not suit me (trust me the most expensive kajals I have bought are still sitting in my drawer brand new because they didn’t suit my eye:( ) but this one is so gentle on the skin! I loved it.
  3. It’s very long lasting and going by a whole day without touching up my kajal is pretty unheard of for me and it was a reality with this one yayy!
  4. A lot of Kajal stocks claim to be two in one but I have been able to use none of them as eyeliners. But this one is truly 2-in-1 and works wonders on top and below the eye!

Cons

  1. Rate : At Rs.425 it’s not particularly the cheapest Kohl stick in town. I guess we pay the premium for the quality and the fact that it’s two in one and because it suits all skin and eye types!
  2. The sharpening part is pretty heart wrenching. I needed to sharpen it every time to get a smooth thin eyeliner line and when I sharpen it I see so much of the product getting smudged and wasted on the sharpener and I was pretty disgruntled about that!

So I would give this NaturStudio All Day Wear Kohl Liner a sure 4.5 on 5 with a 0.5 negative only for the second point on wastage because it truly scarred me guys! (😂) Here’s a link to the Plum website where you can order this Kohl Liner for yourself. For a limited period they are giving off the sharpener free for every order of the liner so hurry! 😍

http://plumgoodness.com/products/naturstudio-all-day-wear-kohl-kajal
Have a beautiful rest of the week my beautiful readers! ❤️

Website review : HandsOfIndia

Instead of cribbing about lack of content I decided to do something constructive and useful. I have decided to start a website review segment reviewing the Made in India websites which I have tried in the past, showcasing their positives and highlighting their negative aspects. This is not a sponsored post and every opinion is my own.

My first site review is a treasure I found roughly a year back called Hands Of India. Interestingly I spoke about it in one of my first posts way back in June of last year.

This website was started by two sisters from Uttar Pradesh who are providing this platform for artisans from rural areas to showcase their handicrafts. This is what their website has to say about their efforts.

“HandsOfIndia” showcases the timeless creations made by the humble artisans of our country who are largely unaware of the real worth of their products, especially in a marketplace cluttered with mass produced replicas. This name signifies the skill and painstaking handwork of the craftspeople and the fact that these products are created using simple, natural techniques relying solely on the accumulated knowledge of generations of artisans and the skill of the human hand. It reaffirms our love for all things handmade.

I have ordered their products once online and I have been to their exhibition once and I was so thrilled with the outfits, the quality and the fit and comfort. They have a wide variety. I have tried to capture the essence of their collection here below.

Reversible Jackets (my personal favorite 😍)

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The front
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And the reverse

Incidentally this was one of my buys from their website too!!

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The comfort is unmatched guys 😀

Sarees: They have a wide variety of sarees in cotton and silk. I’m definitely thinking about buying one of these for my mum. What do you think 🙂

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Majorly eyeing this one! I’m a sucker for anything yellow and pink! And about that, Saree I’m not sorry! Lel!

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Dresses: They have different types of dresses you can choose from:

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Shift Dresses

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This dress felt like made to order on me. While they don’t a wide range of sizes (S-M-L) the ones available are very standard and feel comfortable.

Kurtas and Salwars: Their kurta range is one segment I’m yet to try! A picture of some kurtas I’m eyeing 😝

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When it comes to salwar sets they frankly outdid themselves. Let me explain. I purchased a salwar off one of their exhibitions. It was pretty loose for me so they happily agreed to alter it for me for free. When I went back to collect my altered salwar set the kind lady told me she had mentioned in detailed the alterations done on the cover which she asked me to safekeep. She also asked me to mention the same alterations every time I bought salwars off their website online! How thoughtful is such customization 🙂 I was so impressed!

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This was the alteration written on the cover. Haha! So simple and efficient!

The salwar I bought is such a beautiful pastel green. I wear it for any formal event at work, for meetings and interviews and it has never failed to get me a compliment or two 🙂

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Apart from they also have a lovely collection of culottes, skirts, palazzo pants in pure khadi cotton.

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The only minus point I have to point about this website is that more than once I’ve really loved a piece but have been unable to buy it because of they don’t have all clothes in all sizes.

Overall I have had an awesome experience with this clothes line and I am surely going back to buy from them real soon and I would strongly recommend this site to all my Indian friends 😀 Do check out their website (click here) and their facebook page (click here)

How did you guys find this new website review segment? Did you find it useful? Would you like me to review any particular website? Do tell me! I’m all ears. 👂👂!!