Guerlain’s Khôl Me Kajal


It’s no secret that black eyeliner is really all you need to evoke a sense of mystery and instant mood—call it The Swoosh of the makeup world. Guerlain's classic Terracotta Kohl has long provided our lids with a slept-in smolder à la Penélope Cruz, Debbie Harry, Brigitte Bardot, Freida Pinto, et al., but the loose powder formula was, as ITG’s Alessandra explained, “not something I [use] a lot, because it tends to end up places, you know?” It appears Guerlain's been listening.

The French house just released Guerlain Khôl Me Kajal, eschewing the powder formula and vial container (see: Sarah Michelle Gellar's necklace in Cruel Intentions) for a silky crayon encased in a fountain-pen package. Using it feels luxurious and ritualistic, as if you'd swiped it straight off Cleopatra’s vanity. And, best of all, its depth-enhancing effect hasn’t changed a bit, but now there's no stray black dust to worry about. Apply with the precision tip for a controlled, chalky line, or smudge it out with your finger for an easy smoky eye. Then, return the pencil to its upright and locked position in the "inkwell," until the next time you crave a bit of expensive-feeling danger.

Photos by Elizabeth Brockway.

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  • Ana M @makeupandthings

    Looks lovely! Wonder if can also be applied like the loose powder with the eastern method? Just close your eyes and you get perfectly lined eyes :-)

  • Adriana

    Guerlain always has the most beautiful packaging

  • yael

    i for one am not happy at all to hear the powder is discontinued. it was my HG and i don't understand the fuss about the application- it's an eastern product meant to be applied in a traditional way. patience yielded an unsurpassed result. it felt ritualistic and since i'm a makeup minimalist, was the luxury of my daily routine. gonna buy up the leftovers now...

    • HopelesslyCreative

      I agree - there's nothing wrong with the original product...! To prevent loose powder fallout, just remove the Terracotta stick 1/3 of the way, tap it gently to remove the excess powder, and swipe away! I'm concerned a crayon reformulation will mean an oiler product - and it's precisely the powder that sticks to the waterline so gorgeously!

    • Moira

      Why are they cancellling it? We need to find a replacement now. Using the wand is the only way to go.

    • guest

      I don't think it was cancelled for this. I think the brown loose kajal was cancelled a bit ago... Guerlain wouldn't cancel the powdered line, there is a huge middle eastern customer base that uses it in a loose way.

  • Aasa

    Expensive "feeling"? Perhaps I have wandered far astray, into a place reserved solely for the wealthy, but $37 eyeliner seems like an actual expensive thing.

  • mariana

    Best news ever!!!!!!!!

  • ssrox

    in love with this liner!!!!!

  • Stéphanie Ponsonnaille

    It's look very classy, very Cleaopatra style and I love it !

  • Brittany

    This looks good!

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs, Brittany, xx

  • Heather P.

    Love the idea of easy application when it comes to black eyeliner - I tend to get it everywhere while trying to apply it. Definitely classy on the eyes, not so much on my bedroom carpet!

  • Stacey Nishimoto

    I'm going out today to buy this feline, demonic, magical, mysterious, product TODAY

  • Camille

    love the idea and all, but i find the $37 price tag a bit ridiculous. my hashmi kajal cost me only 2 bucks and it's the best thing that's ever happened to me.

  • Nomadic D.

    I am a huuuge fan of the original powder khol from Guerlain, especially the limited edition Oriental Metal they did - I gush about it here if you're curious:

    If you're reading, Guerlain, Bring it back!!! But I digress. I was never put off by the powderiness of it, and the fact that it smudged a bit was part of its charm. What can I say, I love the stuff! Guerlain did come out with another kajal though a few years ago and that was just so creamy and smudgy and migrated all over and I just couldn't get behind it. Do you think this new one stays put a bit better than that? If so I'd love to try it, but if it's just as creamy then I'll have to pass...

  • Julie

    I would love to try the new Guerlain Khol Eyeliner. I never tried the powder form either. Would anyone be able to comment on the safety and hygiene of using it on the waterline? Has anyone ever had a problem with eye infections from either of these? I think it would look so pretty but I worry about putting liner on the waterline. (I never even tried pencils because of this concern).
    Thank You !!

  • Aly

    Their mascara is one of the best I've ever tried, too!

  • NazNYC

    Question for anyone who has this: What's the deal with sharpening this? Do we need to sharpen it or does it maintain it's shape on it's own with use?

  • Sharron

    Gah! I love their loose powder kohl! Though, it does take some practice to not spill it all over your cheeks...


Guerlain 'Khol Me Kajal' Eyeliner
Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl