Product Review : Benecos Natural Kajal
issue six : the shape of things to come
There is no denying that more and more of us are making the "big switch" to untainted beauty products, especially in the skin care arena, however, I am still asked (and fairly regularly) if untainted colour cosmetics really work as well as mainstream brands?
Now, I have only been using said untainted brands for my personal (which, to be honest, I don't use very much) and professional work for over 5 years. While there are definitely times mainstream colour cosmetic products have the upper hand, for the most part, I have found no need to go back to using brands and products that do not consider the earth, its animals and its people in their make up.
Bencos's Natural Kajal's are a perfect example of a brand and a product that holds its own in the makeup department. Highly pigmented, matte colour in a pencil form. It glides on like a dream and stays put. They are essential in my kit for creating exciting, sharp shapes and beguiling smokey eye looks.
I want to be clear here - because this is an area I know that most people still aren't quite up to speed with when it comes to "green beauty" - some of these pencils do contain synthetic colours, and the natural colours (iron oxides) have undergone a synthesised process in order to remove the naturally occurring heavy metals found in rock minerals. This is true for any colour cosmetic on the market. Naturally occurring pigments and dyes (eg: beetroot) do exist in the clean beauty realm, of course, however, they do not have the same staying power as they degrade in light and require more preservatives to keep them fresh as they are usually dispersed in water.
The reason I am saying this is that I think it is important that consumers understand all the factors and therefore can make informed decisions, or rather, know where they will compromise when buying makeup.
What sets these kajal's apart is all the other wonderful natural, nourishing ingredients that the colour is suspended in. They are also really, really affordable and fairly easily available in stores.
They are a must for any makeup artist wanting to make the switch to clean beauty. Not all of the colours are vegan, however, so do your own research if you are wanting to work with a vegan only kit.
To keep your eye pencils hygienic, simply give them a quick sharpen between uses. If the pencil is too sharp, simply soften the tip on the back of your hand.
HYDROGENATED JOJOBA OIL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, LIMNANTHES ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL, HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL, MANGIFERA INDICA (MANGO) SEED OIL, EUPHORBIA CERIFERA CERA / EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL*, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA / COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX, MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL, TOCOPHEROL, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, [+/- (MAY CONTAIN) CI 77019 (MICA), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492 , CI 77510 ,CI 77288, CI 77007, CI 75470]
* certified organic