One more kohl that is free of mineral oil, paraffin, preservatives, volatile cyclomethicones (D4, D5, D6), and animal-derived ingredients is up for grab in market. Yeah, it is Sugar Cosmetics Stroke of Genius Heavy-Duty Kohl in the shade “01 Back to Black”! By the way, it is available only in this one shade. Its wax-based formula spreads evenly and adds that most desired intense black color, making your pretty eyes the prettiest 🙂
Price: INR 499 for 1.2 g [BUY HERE: SUGAR Stroke of Genius Heavy-Duty Kohl, 01 Back to Black (Black)]
Shelf life: 3 years
Product Description: This high-performance waterproof kohl provides maximum color in a single stroke and lasts for up to 8 hours. Its creamy texture makes application super easy and helps to create varied eye makeup looks in a matter of minutes.
My Experience with Sugar Cosmetics Stroke of Genius Heavy-Duty Kohl 01 Back to Black
Packaging: This kohl comes in a simple matte black sharpenable pencil. However, the outer paperboard carton has a classy abstract art and contains all the necessary information, including the ingredients list. The brand and shade names printed in white against the completely black packaging gives it both an edgy and elegant look. It is quite sturdy and travel friendly. Not just that, it comes with a free sharpener to ensure your eye makeup is always on point.
Sharpener: Every Stroke of Genius Heavy-Duty Kohl comes with its specially designed high-quality sharpener that is carefully crafted to help you make the most of your purchase. It has the highest quality blades that are reliable, consistent, and without peer. It contains a built-in cleaning stick with a smart holder that keeps your blades clean without getting in the way. It sharpens the kohl with utmost ease and is absolutely mess free.
Texture: This kohl is insanely pigmented and super creamy. Its wax-based formula makes it feel very soft while applying. It glides on effortlessly without any tugging or pulling. The most appreciable part is that the tip of this extremely creamy kohl even at the current extreme hot weather did not melt off nor break. It does not even lose its shape even post application.
Performance: This kohl is jet black. Although it applies with a little bit of shininess, it settles down in a few seconds to a lovely velvety matte finish. It is so smooth and glides on like a dream. It feels very soft when applied. The color payoff is absolutely brilliant on both upper and lower lash lines. One stroke is quite enough to get that super-intense look. The tip even being so creamy does not go blunt immediately, and it needs sharpening only after 2–3 usages, which is absolutely fantastic. Also there is no much product wastage with sharpening. It does not irritate the eyes even if you have sensitive eyes. It is not completely true to its claim of being waterproof and smudge-proof. It does smudge when you rub it, else it stays put in the waterline. However, in this hot summer, I could see a slight smudging in the waterline after 4 hours of application. Moreover, it is not advisable to apply as an eyeliner as it creases and stains the crease line. It stays on me for 6 hours, and then the color starts to fade off. This kohl can be easily removed with your cleanser itself. Overall, a good chemical-free kohl for casual daily wear.
Pros of Sugar Cosmetics Stroke of Genius Heavy-Duty Kohl 01 Back to Black
- Soft, creamy, wax-based, single-swipe darkest black color
- Glides on smoothly and evenly
- Gives a lovely velvety matte finish
- Free of mineral oil, paraffin, preservatives, volatile cyclomethicones (D4, D5, D6), and animal-derived ingredients
- Comes with a sharpener
- Tip does not melt off nor break
Cons of Sugar Cosmetics Stroke of Genius Heavy-Duty Kohl 01 Back to Black
- Not waterproof and smudge-proof as claimed
- Creases and smudges
- Sharpenable pencil
Would I Recommend/Repurchase Sugar Cosmetics Stroke of Genius Heavy-Duty Kohl 01 Back to Black
No, I will not recommend it if you have oily eye lids or watery eyes. But if you are a person who just likes simple kohled eyes and a dash of lip balm, and not those who wear heavy makeup, go for it as it is easy to use and remove.
No, I will not repurchase this kohl even though I liked its pigmentation and formula.