A smokey eye in under ten seconds? | Sephora Smoky Kohl Eyeliner in Grey: review, swatches, photos

The product: Sephora Collection Smoky Kohl Eyeliner in Grey

Like the kajals from The Body Shop’s gorgeous 2010 Smoke & Fire collection (yes, I still think about that one from time to time; what can I say, I was really fond of the aesthetic!), this Smoky Kohl liner is great in theory — but not on my lids.

Marketed as “rich, highly pigmented [and] smooth-gliding,” these kohls are perfect if you want a buttery liner that’ll blend out without any tugging. The texture that’s so perfect for smoking out isn’t so great in the long term, though: the formula never really sets, so after an hour or two (even with primer underneath and powder overtop,) you end up with major product migration & creasing. 

Sephora Smoky Kohl Eyeliner in Grey, unblended swatches

Sephora Smoky Kohl Eyeliner in Grey, blended swatches

The product page for the Smoky Kohl Eyeliners suggests that you can use them to “create a bold line at the base of lashes, use as a dramatic eye shadow applied to the entire eyelid, or apply as a conventional kohl liner for creating a smoky eye,” but I’m not so sure. I think that this kohl does okay as a smokey eyeliner (and that shade, ahh!), but it slides off my waterline in a matter of minutes.

For a slept-in smokey eye, though, I think this could be an option. It does blend out really easily, which is great if you want a super-fast smokey eye, but just keep in mind that it comes off quite fast, as well — you save a few minutes in the application, but you lose a few hours in the wear time.

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyethylene, Iron Oxides, Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Oryzanol, Carmine.

(Paraben and silicone-free!)

The verdict?

For a no-fuss messy smokey eye, this is worth a look — but if your eyeshadow tends to crease on your lids (even just a little bit!) and/or you like a clean, polished lid, I’d give it a pass.

Just to note: these liners are on sale for a mere $7 CAD at the moment, and 01 Black is the only shade left online. You might have more luck tracking these down in-store, though, so call your local Sephora if you’re looking for these liners!

(Um, sorry about that. I’ve had this one since last fall, but… well, no, mainly I’m just bad at doing things promptly if they don’t excite me.)

Sephora Smoky Kohl Eyeliner in Grey, packaging.

Sephora Smoky Kohl packaging — about the size of a tube of lipstick.

Sephora Smoky Kohl Eyeliner in Grey.

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  • Looking from your swatch, it looks like this product worth buying. However I wonder how I could sharpen this eyeliner again after few times using it?

    • You don't sharpen this one, Memoiselle! :) Because the product is typically applied from the side of the kohl, you shouldn't lose the tip the same way as usual.

  • I've never had good luck with any Sephora brand products besides the brushes, to be honest…the quality is lower than most of the products the store sells and the line seems kinda of out of place.
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    • Aww, sorry to hear that, Caroline! I've can't think of any favourites I have from the line off the top of my head (okay, the Moonshadow palettes are gorgeous, if a little chunky,) but some of my friends/family have been really happy with their products — their face primer and lip/cheek stain come to mind! I think it's kind of hit and miss — there are a few sub-par products in the line, but there are some pretty great finds in there, too ;)

  • stalkthepostman

    Thanks for this review! I was looking at these online and wondering if I should indulge, but it's a no-go for my oily lids. You saved me! LOL.

  • mostlysunnybunny

    Oops, I don't think this is for me! I have major creasing problems with a lot of products, so I'll have to give this one a pass. Haven't tried any kajal/kohl liners to be honest, so I wouldn't know what to think of them!
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    • I'm not sure if you'd like most traditional kajals, to be honest, Sunny! I feel like we'd both be pretty irritated with the amount of creasing they usually end up with — but, hey, maybe it's just because we haven't found the right formula yet.

      (I'm determined to find it one of these days :p If I do, I'll let you know!)

  • Selina

    I have this product in the copper shade, and I have the same problems with it. It looks like the pigmentation of the copper one is a little poorer than the grey, but maybe I just expected it to be a darker copper. I use a couple of layers over primer on both lash lines, smudge, and call it good on days that I am in the mood for a messy smokey eye. With it being copper, I find that the color is a little more forgiving on my warm toned skin when it starts migrating than the typical black or dark grey. And really, I got it for 5 USD, so who am I to complain? I'll just keep looking for my perfect kajal liner because, ya know, they are just so cool looking!

    • Sorry to hear it moves around on your lids, too, Selina! For $5, though, well. :P

      Weirdly enough, I don't actually regret having this one in my stash at all — sometimes you just need something greasy and smokey, y'know? And it's always fun to work with something in a different format!

  • Love the concept too bad it doesn't last! Love the grey shade though. Did you try it with a primer? Curious to know if it will stay on with a primer, cos this really seems like a time saver.
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    • Yep! I always test things alone, with primer, and with primer + powder eyeshadow before reviewing, unless otherwise noted. :)

  • Dovey

    I have a kohl pencil too; I'm still confused at the shape concept, but as long as it works! This color looks gorgeous!

    • Ha! Pretty much — if it works, I'll run with pretty much whatever :p

  • This definitely will become a mess on my oily lids then! Thanks for the review!
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