Gel/cream eye liner remain a rare occurence in green beauty. A gel liner that comes to mind is the Jane Iredale Jelly Jar, but I haven’t tried it, so I’m afraid I won’t be able to compare it with the one from Lakshmi.
Lakshmi is one of the very first makeup brands that I tried. Created following Ayurvedic principles, Lakshmi is mostly known for its khol kajals which
are absolutely amazing. I’ve been using the brown kajal for years. However, I decided to be adventurous by trying a creamy eyeliner for the first time, here referring to the Lakshmi Creme Eyeliner Duo* in Purple, with the eyeliner brush Nr. 913. (Sold separately). The idea of incorporating a the classic matte blakc khol eyeliner with another shade is something love because two is better than one, right? (there are currently 4 varieties : purple, green, brown and blue!) The eyeliner brush N°913, was specifically designed for the eyeliner duo and is made of synthetic hair and sustainable wood.
The pigmentation is strong, and as you can see, the purple has a metallic finish, which is always a winner for me, because it makes the eye pop. Texture-wise, it feels waxy at first, but after a few brush motions, it starts to become creamier and easier to apply.
However what impressed me the most was the ingredient list: notice the presence of Ghee, which is a class of clarified butter in India. Ghee has medicinal virtues in Ayurvedic medecine and is used for its cooling effects. Aloe Vera has soothing properties and can combat inflammation in the eye tissue. Camphor has a purifying, astringent and disinfecting effect and even works as a preservative.
Used dry, Lakshmi’s duo cream works to trace a line, and used wet, it applies with smooth ease and can be
blended upon initial application for a smokey effect. The makeup holds up relatively well for about 3-4 hours, then it’s starting to smudge. As often in green cosmetics, it’s not water-resistant (note: I didn’t set the liner with an eyeshadow on top, this trick could potentially extend the product’s staying power).
Very easy to remove, Lakshmi’s eye makeup products are amongst the gentlest I’ve tried so far. No redness, no watery eyes, it almost feels like wearing no makeup at all.
Price: 23.80 Eur.
Ingredients INCI – (Purple):Aloe Barbadensis Extract*, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract*, Butyrum (Ghee)*, Ricinus Communis Oil*, Cera Flava*, Cera Canauba*, Camphor, ( /- CI 77007, 77268, 77491, 77891, Mica) * certified organic – (Black) Aloe Barbadensis Extract*, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract², Butyrum*, Ricinus Communis Oil², CI 77268, Cera Flava*, Cera Canauba², Camphor 100% are natural origin
As you can tell from the rather wobbly line I traced above the lid, my eyeliner-application skills are a (huge) work in progress. They don’t do the product justice, much to my dismay. The brush does make the task easier, as to trace a line along the lid. The struggle for me was to use the proper amount of cream to keep the line consistent. I have no doubt that anyone used to working with cream eyeliners will be absolutely content with this one.
Overall, I do think it’s a brilliant product : a cream version of their popular khol kajals, the pigmentation is strong, the shades are pretty and it’s probably the “cleanest” cream eyeliner on the market. For people with sensitive eyes, Lakshmi is worth checking out because the products shouldn’t be triggering any irritations.
What’s your favorite cream/gel eyeliner?