Mascara Monday: MAC Opulash mascara

I feel ca-ra-zy for  posting a Mascara Monday on a Tuesday. But better late than never, right? This past weekend I was vacationing in Savannah, Georgia (post coming soon!) and completely forgot to draft a post. Please forgive me, darlings. Let’s get this show on the road. Allow me to introduce you to…

MAC Opulash mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 ($14 at MAC counters, stores and online at
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims:
“Big, fat, bouffant lashes. Dramatic density and curl achieved with a giant brush. Fibres go in all directions for a thick, rich, even application. No clumping. Long-wearing formula, up to 15 hours, quickly thickens lashes, root to tip. Contains natural beeswax”. (source)

The truth: Ah crap…not one of those enormous wands.

What I loved about it: It gives rich and dark lashes with only one coat.
What I didn’t like: That stupid wand. I mean, look at this…

It isn’t the worst I’ve seen but I had such a hard time bringing this through my lashes. Wiggling didn’t work because I ended up smearing it all on my lid. And small strokes don’t get enough of the mascara on my lashes. I don’t know WHAT to do!

Overall:  My homegirl friend who happens to be a MAC Cosmetics make-up artist was the one that told me that I HAD to try this mascara. I gave her the “you’re not just saying that because you work there, are you?” look but she promised me that I wouldn’t be disappointed. I don’t remember her being THIS excited about a mascara so I hit up my favorite MAC store and picked up Opulash. Well, it’s dramatic alright. It definitely thickens the lashes with just one coat. You’ll see once you scroll down to the pictures but a second coat is almost TOO much. This mascara reminds me a lot of L’Oreal Voluminous. It is designed to give you dark lashes with crazy drama but both mascaras have wands that are just unpleasant to work with.

If you have baby lashes, smaller lids or need a mascara wand that helps to separate your lashes, you won’t get it from Opulash. What you’ll get instead is a mess. I find it so hard to control wands like this. If you’ve got longer lashes then we hate you, then you won’t have much of a problem. You will be able to glide the wand through your lashes with ease while the rest of us have to struggle a bit.

But that’s not a reason to hate the mascara. It’s actually pretty good. It does a good job at volumizing and is great for a night on the town or just when you want some “out there” lashes.

The one thing I don’t like about this mascara is how it doesn’t have a stopper in the tube. We’ve seen this before in several Revlon mascaras.

The big hole (or the Black Abyss as I like to call it) makes for messy application because when you remove the wand from the tube, here is what you get…

Mascara reside on the all over the wand. Not a good look, MAC. You should know better. Go sit yourself in the corner and think about what you’ve done.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 1 coat of mascara

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

And how it looks from a distance…

Would I recommend it?: I do. I don’t think I would purchase it again because of the wand and packaging issues but I can see how others may love it. Especially make-up artists. The mascara does well very well!

Think you’ll try this?

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,

  • kelliegonzo

    damn girl! i can see why you don't like it, but your photos look amazing!!! I've never seen your lashes look so dark and just AMAZING! love this on you.

  • Ma’at

    Britt I vote the you create a collection of mascara wands that work with any tube, but address the needs of makeup mavens with all sorts of eye/lash types. It would be reusable and washable just like any other makeup brush. That way good mascaras don't get stinky scores because the brush sucks.

  • Bee

    Did you get a new camera?? I need details…

  • Anonymous

    I have quite long lashes, but I still have trouble with this one. I just manage to get them clumped together.
    Good to read that I am not to stupid to apply mascara, though.

  • Christine

    Savannah is beautiful! What all did you see/do there?

  • B

    Kells—> Thank you, lovely. Told you! The mascara is super dark, uh?

    Ma'at—> Girl, why you tryna give me more work? LOL! I think that's a great idea but I really don't have the time to make it happen. A mascara's performance is 1 part formula and 1 part wand application. Most mascara claims come from how "amazing the wand is". Which, of course, is relative depending on your lashes. So yeah….I wish I did have the time to review a mascara's wand AND its performances with other wands. I'd have to sterilize each wand. Chile boo!

    Bee—> Girl, I been had the camera. Sony Cybershot HX1. Loves it!

    Anon—> It's a one coat wonder!

    Christine—> I'll tell you all about my experience there in a post. Stay tuned. :)

  • Nikia

    I have this mascara and I wasn't thrilled to death about it, even though it did make my lashes pretty dark and thick. You can get the same results from drugstore mascara IMO

  • Beyond Outer Beauty

    Yeah….I don't know about this one. The wand is really big. I may have to at least give it a try.

  • gio

    Your lashes look amazing! I'm tempted to try this but I don't really like big wands. Mmm.

  • Redbonegirl97

    Glad I read your review. I need things that work time and time again.

    Good review.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate

  • BeautyMaven

    I really wish you could have seen my face when I read you reviewed Opulash– eee!! =)=) From the advertisements it seemed like it would be a hefty competitor with DiorShow.. dangit. I don't know why the master mascara developers think that big wands = success. NOOOOO! The absolute BIGGEST should be the equivalent of L'Oreal's Voluminous! Siiiigh… done with the ranting 😉 Thanks for the review! (And I'll probably STILL try this out for myself, crazy, huh? Haha!)

  • B

    BeautyMaven—> LOL, I love you for that. I can read a bad review and STILL want to try something. We need inventions, yo.

  • sarah

    looks great on you. have you tried the plush lash?

    • Brittany

      I sure have!!

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  • ComputerLoveB

    I so wish I would have read this review before I purchased this mascara. I bought it in Europe at an airport in a duty free MAC counter in the Wonder Woman collection, I was mesmerized by no tax lol, but throughout the day while wearing this mascara it falls in my eyes AHHH!! Whenever I wake up after wearing this mascara I always have it in the corners of my eyes. Any suggestions how to stop this?

    • Brittany

      Doesn’t found like the formula works for you. I’d discontinue use.