I have THE MOST DIFFICULT waterlines to line. I have tried every black liner out there, and when people kept raving about how amazing the Guerlain Terracotta Khol Kajal was, I just had to see if it would pass my waterline test.
I have tried the first version of this which was in powder format, and the powder got in to my eye and didn't last long, so I was hopeful that this new stick formula would be the answer to my waterlining needs.
Just for kicks I swatched this against my normal go-to waterlining pencil, MAC Feline, and surprisingly, Feline is slightly darker and blacker:
The way this kohl works is you align it to the inner corner of your lower waterline like so:
Then, close your eye so the kohl is between your lower and upper waterlines. Drag the kohl liner from the inner corner of your eye to the outer corner. It seems like it could be painful or difficult, but once you try it a couple times it is actually quite easy to do!
The motion of dragging the kohl against the waterlines is the old fashioned method of using kohl that was (and still is) used in India and the Middle East. It lines both waterlines in one go. On me, I had to swipe the Guerlain kohl twice to get a decent amount of color.
No kohl on waterline
After seeing this pics I realized I had some liner smeared on the outer under eye area. Ignore this as I was testing out a product on my lower lid and it creased majorly so you will see this discoloration in all the pics in this post.
One swipe of Guerlain kohl on waterline
Two swipes of Guerlain kohl on waterline
Looks pretty good, right? But the real test was whether or not this kohl actually lasted more than 10 minutes on my waterline. Here's how it looked after 2 hours of wear:
Guerlain kohl on waterline after 2 hours
Fail. Rarely am I out for only 2 hours so this kohl definitely did not work for me. It didn't migrate and smudge that much, which was good, but it just faded off. Until I find something better, I am going to stick to MAC Feline and gel liners for my waterline. Have you tried this or any other traditional kohl products?