July 17, 2012

Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Blu Acqua Terracotta Khol Kajal


I'm a little late in the game in reviewing this but I thought I'd still put it out there in case these are still available in your area and you're thinking about purchasing it.

When I saw the press release for Guerlain's Emilio Pucci collection, I had my heart set on getting the bronzer and nail polish. Things don't always go as planned - I didn't get either of them (although if they still have it stocked once sale season arrives, I will probably reconsider). Instead, I ended up with the Blu Acqua Khol Kajal.

I've always been afraid of wearing blue on my eyes and I'm trying to get over that. I knew this blurple shade would help me transition with ease.

I love the color. It's a soft indigo shade which makes it suitable for everyday use and wearable no matter what skintone you have.

Everything else about this, I feel rather lukewarm.

I've seen other khol kajal in the same shape and I wonder what happens when the tip has worn down. The ladies at the Guerlain counter told me I should use a brush to apply once the shape changes. I'm not sure if that's going to work because of the texture but I'm willing to give it a try.

Speaking of texture, this feels a bit dry, firm and on the waxy side. Almost like a crayon but it's still kind to the skin around my eyes since I did not feel any tugging. Khol products are meant for a smoky/smudged look and I find this easy to blend out using a firm, synthetic brush.

The color payoff is weaker than most khol eyeliner pencils I've used. The swatch below shows what it looks like with one stroke (above) and five (below). Obviously, this needs to be layered should you want the outcome to be bright and bold.

Aside from using this as an eyeliner, this can also serve as an accent shade to define the outer corner of the eyes.

I expected wear time to be shorter than most products given the texture. On its own, it fades away in less than two hours. Wearing a primer underneath doesn't help much because it's the upper layer that fades. I found that topping this with eyeshadow or eyeliner sealant (such as MUFE's Eye Seal) prolongs the wear time by two to three hours.

If you're planning to take this look from day to night, you will definitely need to carry your Khol Kajal in your bag since touch-ups are inevitable.

This is more of a "nice to have" product. Personally, I'm willing to put up with it because I really love the color.

Otherwise, I say skip it and find something longer lasting.


  1. I agree with you, the colour is lovely (I always love blurple), and looks fabulous with your eye colour - but the wear time is definitely questionable, even for a kajal.

    Thanks for your candid review!

  2. Have you tried using this as a base? Sometimes I use eyeliner as base (over primer) for eyeshadow. I wonder if it will intensify eye makeup.

    1. Yup... over primer. Doesn't last very long. I usually apply it in the afternoon (when I wake up) and by dinnertime, it's faded. :(

  3. actually, those kind of kajal have to be used on the waterline, u should try it :)


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