August 11, 2015

Pop Beauty Kajal Pen Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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Sometimes you have to take makeup lemons and makeup lemonade and so goes the case with the Pop Beauty Kajal Pen Eyeliner + Smudger ($10). Available in 6 beautiful shades Pop Beauty Kajal Pen Eyeliners promise intense pigment with a matte finish and easy to blend formula.


They are very dense and very, very dry. I personally like creamier eyeliners myself (Do see my Best Drugstore Eyeliner post for some fabulously great budget picks!) such as Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner and L’Oreal Silkissime. But I do realize some people, especially those with oily eyes and lids, prefer something a little drier and less creamier.

You might recall my review of the Bare Minerals Afternoon Delights Eyeliner Set and the Bare Minerals I Love the Night Life Eyeliner Set that launched with the Bare Minerals Holiday 2014 Collection. That was sadly a far from stellar review and it comes to mind because Pop Beauty Kajal Pens are actually drier than those Bare Mineral Eyeliners!

Pop Beauty Kajal Pen swatches

Pop Beauty Kajal Pen Swatches (Totally Teal, Inky Purple, Sooty Black)

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Pop Beauty Kajal Pen (Totally Teal)

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Pop Beauty Kajal Pen (Inky Purple)

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Pop Beauty Kajal Pen (Sooty Black)

I’m prone to drier under eyes but I think my lids are fairly normal. So not oily and not dry either. However, these are painful to apply. They just tug awfully during application and lack the smooth easy application I’m so used to from creamier eyeliners. I imagine if you have an oily lid they might apply a little more smoothly but not by much.

Now on the upside….

Once you apply them they actually smudge really nicely with a q-tip and create a nice smokey hazy on the lash line. They also wear hard and strong so if you have oily lids you’ll get at least 12 hours from these bad boys.

Still the problem remains how dry, dense, and hard they are to apply. You might take these eyeliner lemons and make lemonade from them. Personally, they prove a little too troublesome to apply for me sadly! But I can see an oily girl or guy possibly liking this consistency and this wear! So if you’ve had issues with creamier eyeliners smudging, fading, etc…you might want to try this drier formula to get a longer wear from your eyeliner.

Pop Beauty Kajal Pens are available now at

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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  • Andrew

    Hmmm, maybe if you were to de-pot them into a small container and then apply them with a brush instead, maybe it would help with the dryness? I don’t know, just throwing out ideas. Like you I’m not a fan of dryer formulas; my lids are normal but SUPER sensitive. Even just a little tugging is enough to make them pink and sore.
    I’m sure they’re someone’s ideal formula, though!

  • Katherine T.

    I have oily lids, but I don’t like dry, hard eyeliners as they are a pain to apply, all that tugging causes wrinkles, and the line usually skips, so you have to go back and repeat the torture. Too bad, as the colors are pretty, especially the teal. I’ve found several easy-to-apply liners that can hold up on my oily lids, but maybe these will work for someone else.