My Le Métier de Beauté Cosmetics makeover

Part of being a beauty blogger means educating thyself. I mean, yeah…I could only showcase the saaaaaame products and brands year after year but what fun is that? I like sharing new innovations and new products and brands that you may not have ever heard of. Like the brand Le Métier de Beauté Cosmetics.

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I know, I know. You’re probably like, “Seriously B…is this a French brand or something?” Actually no, it’s not. This brand sits stateside at the counters of Neiman Marcus and online for those who don’t have a Neiman in their area. I first heard about this brand when I attended that fabulous Beauty Blogger Bunch a few months back. Le Métier de Beauté and I have gotten more acquainted and I am so excited to share my findings (and makeover) with you guys and gals.

Le Métier de Beauté (which in French translates to to “the craft of beauty”) is a luxurious skincare and makeup brand that has found its place in the beauty world for a good 5 years or so. The brand was founded on 3 core principles: craft, design and quality. It’s a brand that if you see at a counter, you are instantly drawn too because their products are not only eye-catching but diverse as well. And by diverse, I mean you’ll see color, color and more color. This is such a rarity in higher-end brands. And call me nutty, but I didn’t know that Le Métier de Beauté did spa treatments.

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Yes darling, special masks and peels can be done in right in a nice and secluded section of the mall. I was actually going to get a peel but when my specialist noticed my baby bump, she thought that a makeover would be a better fit. And you know I wasn’t complaining about that. Speaking of my specialist…Irina was wonderful. She talked about each product in depth as she applied it to my face. Le Métier de Beauté didn’t appear to have a wide selection of brown-girl friendly foundations available, but Irina did a grand job at mixing up a lil’ somethin’.

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She told me about the beautiful liners…

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…and makeup remover.

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The kaleidoscope eyeshadows (love these!).

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And the mascara…

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The mascara, by the way, has a clear tube so you can actually see when you’re running out of product. Now why didn’t I think of this?

I’ll be a giving a closer look at some of these products later but I can say that their performances lasted beautifully in that 80 degree weather we had the other day. And the finished look?

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I look like a straight up news reporter with wonky hair in that last pic, uh? Either way, Irina impressed me and that is hard to do with a beauty blogger. I’m not always a fan of people doing my makeup but I could totally go back to Irina any day. Her and fellow counter-mate Melissa were wonderful.

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Stay tuned for more information about this brand! Have any of y’all heard about Le Métier de Beauté Cosmetics?

ETA: Although I wasn’t able to experience the CHEM60 Pro-Peel & GLOW10ai Mask Set due to my being pregnant, many of my fellow beauty blogger sisters and had raving reviews about it. It is finally available for purchase at Neiman Marcus counters and at NeimanMarcus.com. It’s a bit pricey at $265 but it lasts for quite some times and hey, skincare is worth the investment, isn’t it? :cool:

Mascara Monday: Sephora Outrageous Volume mascara

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I get so embarrassed sometimes. Like, why don’t I review more Sephora mascaras? It makes no sense. I think sometimes I get so caught up with the bigger and more popular brands that I forget about Sephora’s products. I suck, I know. I’ll be stepping my game up in 2013. Don’t worry. In the meantime, I’m excited to show off this adorable little Bewitching Eye Kit.

The kit itself includes the Sephora Outrageous Volume mascara and also a mini-versions of glitter eyeliner/mascara and a black eyeliner.

An adorable little kit for only $20. Not too shabby.

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Price: $15 for mascara alone and $22 for the kit at Sephora and Sephora.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “This mascara’s unique triple load brush intensely coats lashes in one easy stroke for a full, luscious look. The thick, Ultra Black formula is enriched with hyaluronic acid—an ingredient recognized for its moisturizing properties. Use the brush’s reservoirs to intensify lashes from root to tip, separate lashes with the “spiked” areas, or achieve a curved effect by pressing the brush lightly against the tips of the upper lashes.” (source)

The Truth: Whoa whoa whoa! My lashes are nice and looooong!

What I Loved About It: I love the richness of the mascara and I love the volumizing aspects.

What I Didn’t Like: It found it to be a bit flaky and I really hate the wand.

Overall: The holiday season is a brewin’ and so I am all up in the spirit. Hence why you see candy cane-related backdrops ‘n such. Anyway, I’m not sure if this kit is a staple for Sephora or if it’s just around for the holidays but either way, I think it’s a good value. The mascara is reasonably priced at $15 and for an extra $7 you can get some additional eye trinkets. Way to go, Sephora!

But of course, most of what I’ll be talking about will be about the mascara itself.And to start off, I just wasn’t a fan of the wand.

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The wand really sucks and it’s unfortunate because the mascara is really a good mascara. What’s not to like about the wand? There’s no stopper in the tube so I have to deal with the excess mascara that ends up being wiped away. I ended up with far too much mascara on the wand each time I pulled it out. It would take me 2-3 minutes just to remove the gunk and get started on my lashes. Yeah. Hate when that happens. Once I’d remove the gunk, the plastic bristles didn’t seem to be long enough. But they were workable. I also appreciated the little round ball at the end of the mascara. I find those particularly useful for applying mascara to the lower lashes. When, of course, they aren’t covered with 3 feet of mascara gunk. I’m exaggerating, of course but that’s what it feels like each time I remove the wand from the tube.

So yeah, if you can get past the gunk on the mascara wand, everything else is pretty pleasant. The mascara has a thicker formula but it’s easy to apply on the lashes. In fact, it’s the kind of formula that really makes the lashes look beautiful after only 1 coat. I love when this happens! I’ve been curling my lashes lately and this mascara has done a really good job at holding the curl.

Length-wise, the mascara delivers and it does darn good with volume too. In  fact, it’s SO good that I think you can get away with applying 2 coats tops. I tried to push it to the limit with 3 coats but I ended up with clumps…of mascara. :cool: And while the mascara does a good job at lasting on the lashes, it did flake on me a bit after 8 hours or so. Which is almost expected but still something to not. Overall, I was super impressed. How many other Sephora mascaras have I been sleeping on?

 

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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Yep. It’s a pretty awesome mascara.

 

Have you ever tried any of Sephora’s mascaras? Are they all this kind of awesome?


VIDEO REVIEW: CoverGirl’s LashBlast Clump Crusher mascara

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Soooooo, I have officially gone looney. But I’m okay with that because I feel like y’all won’t judge me. And I’m sorry but when a brand says that after 30 coats a mascara STILL won’t clump, I feel like I have to actually test those claims. Can you blame me? This is what I do. Some people cook. Others paint. I test mascaras.

I was born this way.

And so I did it. I applied 30 costs of CoverGirl’s LashBlast Clump Crusher mascara. Oh yes, I did. And I have the video to prove it.

But don’t worry. I totally sped up the application of the 30 coats so don’t have to sit through 43 minutes of me applying mascara. In case you missed it, the actual review is here.

Enjoy!

Mascara Monday: Physicians Formula Organic wear 100% Natural Lash Boosting mascara

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It’s been a very long time since I’ve reviewed something from Physicians Formula. I think the last thing I featured was their amaziiiiiing and super cool lipgloss that lights up. And I am still using it. I’m serious. It is currently taking up residency in my makeup bag. I know how to be a faithful makeup user. Hmm mmmm. Anywho, they’ve got a a new mascara on the scene and I’ve had my up’s and down’s with PF’s mascara’s. Let’s see where this one stands…

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Price: $9.95 at drugstores and at PhysiciansFormula.com
Packaging (brush wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What It Claims: Per packaging…

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The Truth: It kinda sucks. I know, I know. I hate to say it but y’all want me to be honest, don’t you?

What I Loved About It: I also adore PF’s packaging. Especially their mascaras. So cute, right?

What I Didn’t Like: It’s like a lot of PF mascaras in that a few hours after you apply it, it just disappears. Freaky.

Overall: Oh boy. Let’s go ahead and get this over with. Reviewing this mascara will be like quickly ripping a band-aid off. I just want it to be quick. First, let’s talk about about some of the awesome qualities and claims about this mascara. Ready? According to PhysiciansFormula.com, this mascara rocks because of the following reasons:

-Hypoallergenic. Fragrance free. Ophthalmologist approved. Gluten Free.
-100% of the Total Ingredients are from Natural Origin.
-44% of the Total Ingredients are from Organic Farming.
-100% saw enhanced lashes INSTANLY!
-1st Ever 100% Natural Lash Boosting formula enhances the appearance of lash length, thickness and volume for dramatic lashes instantly and long-term.

100% out of how many? These are the questions I have when I see percentages. But anyway…those are some serious claims, uh? I’ve got to give it up to Physicians Formula because when it comes to omitting a ton of yucky stuff from their products, they’re good at that. If, of course, you care about that sort of thing. But when it comes to performance this mascara sucks and that makes me sad. I can blame part of the suck-age on the wand.

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No, it’s not horrible and yes, I’ve seen worse and it’s not its size that bothers me. It’s those super itty bitty teeny tiny bristles. They are SO small. Ridiculously small. Even if you’ve got super long lashes, getting this wand to the base of your lashes will be quite the challenge. And it’s a time-consuming challenge that many of us who like to spend no more than 10 minutes on their makeup have no time for. If you can manage to coat those lashes with mascara, you’re left with a wee of thickness to the lashes. And just a wee bit. Lengthening was meh and I saw a little more volumizing. Enough volumizing to make me nod me head and say, “Hmm. Not bad.”

Hours later, though, I’d glance in the mirror and notice that I didn’t have no any mascara. None. The mascara simply did a disappearing act. This doesn’t surprise me. It has happened before with many natural mascaras. They aren’t always the best with longevity. I’m not sure what ingredient(s) it is that helps mascaras stay around longer but without it, wearing a mascara is almost point-less. I’ve experienced natural mascaras that actually stick around longer than a few hours without flaking or smudging away but I can’t say the same about this baby.

It’s a shame too because gosh…ain’t it cute?

 

Bare Lashes

 

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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Nope. It simply won’t stick around. And I’m pretty sure it would do worse in super hot and sticky environments.

 

Any natural mascara lovers in the house? Have you ever experienced this before?


Mascara Monday: CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher mascara

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Guess who’s back in the hizooooouse? LashBlast! If I went around polling 10 of my friends, at least half of them are going to say they LOVE this mascara. And of course I agree. I’ve been a Lash Blast lover for quite some time. And I don’t even have to tango with LashBlast Length or Lash Blast 24HR or LashBlast Fusion. I’m okay rollin’ with the original. But in case you needed something new to your beauty boudoir, CoverGirl is gracing us with another Lash Blast, baby. And this one is totally made for me. It’s like THEE Clumps of Mascara anti-clumps mascara. Get it? Get it? I’m so weak from excitement yo.

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Price: $8.99 at drugstores
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “COVERGIRL Clump Crusher Mascara by LashBlast features an innovative curved brush that builds 200% more volume with zero clumps, even after 30 strokes. The Clump Crusher brush custom fits to the curve of the eye allowing for root to tip volume while tight spacing between the bristles stops clump formation before it can start.” (per press release)

The Truth: It really didn’t give me any clumps. I’m serious. Not even one!

What I Loved About It: This mascara’s formula is incredibly build-able. So much so that if caught me by surprise.

What I Didn’t Like: A super build-able formula means that your lashes may be be a bit heavy and may flake a little too.

Overall: Hey there LashBlast! So nice to see you again. I usually complain when brands come out with multiple versions of the same mascara but I don’t know, there’s something wonderful about LashBlast. It’s kinda like that Aunt who is a bit obnoxious but always comes by bearing gifts. Like…how can you hate her? Auntie LashBlast shocked me with this formula. Simply because I didn’t think there would be any more LashBlast formulas. We’ve seen Volume, 24HR, Length and Fusion. How can you make better better? Wellll, you create an awesome clump-free formula and give it a captivating wand to boot. Duh!!!

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Okay, so pleaseeeee don’t ask me to compare THIS LashBlast to the other LashBlast kids. I am going to review this one as if the others don’t exist. Each mascara totes its own claim and since this one promises to volumizes without ANY clumping, well then….that’s what I’m going to judge this baby on. First off, formula-wise, the formula has a nice consistency. I didn’t find it to be too thick and getting a nice even coat was easy peasy. One of the aspects about the LashBlast mascaras that people seem to love so much is the wand. Despite its girth, it has always performed really well for me. I never like to recommend this mascara for those with smaller lids and lashes (as they may find application to be a bit tricky and daunting) but the truth is, if you can handle the challenge, this wand does a great job at at grabbing those tiny lashes and coating them evenly with mascara. This wand differs from the other LashBlast wands because it has a bit of a curve to it but I didn’t notice it making or breaking my experience.

Now for the formula and its claim to be clump-free…first of all, how crazy is a claim is that? Pretty ambitious of ya, uh, CoverGirl? But if anyone can do it, it’s them so I was so excited to push this mascara to the limit. For the record, most mascara wearers seem to be okay with 1, 2 and maybe 3 coats. In real life circumstances, you’ll probably never need to apply more than 3 coats. But I’m a crazed mascara lover so my attempting to apply 10 coats of mascara shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Surprisingly, the mascara holds up REALLY well after 3 coats. The trick to get added volume is to make sure that your lashes don’t dry in between coats. That means you apply. Wait a few seconds. Apply again. Wait a few seconds. And repeat. If you try to apply and give breaks in between those coats, you’ll end up with dry lashes, a wet wand and a bit of a disaster when it comes to flakiness. Trust me on this. I applied up to 10 coats of this mascara and around the 10th coat, it STILL didn’t clump. A few of my lashes melded together a bit. And by 10 coats they felt heavier than I would have liked but the point is…no major clumps. AND decent length and awesome volume. I say that’s a win!

 

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Lashes after 10 coats

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Do I recommend it?: Um yesss!! Granted, I’m sure you won’t ever be applying 10 coats of mascara like me but if you like buildable formulas (and you’ve been a fan of previous LashBlast mascaras) you are going to love this one.

 

What do you think LashBlast lovers? Is this one a hit or do you prefer some of the other versions?


*This is a sponsored post by CoverGirl. As always, all mascara reviews are my own opinion. I keeps it reeeal. :cool:

Mascara Monday: Urban Decay Big Fatty mascara

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Urban Decay does A LOT of things right when it comes to cosmetics. How I am just now reviewing the new and improved Big Fatty is beyond me. I reviewed the previous one years ago (back when my mascara reviews were new and I sucked at ‘em) and now I’m back with an updated review. This review will replace the old Big Fatty mascara review. Which is a good thing because I like this version A LOT better.

P.S. – I got a lightbox this weekend and I’ve been messin’ around with some shots. Please excuse ‘em if things look a little funky.

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Price: $20 at Sephora and Sephora.com
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “This new formula is buildable, virtually weightless, smudge-proof, flake-proof, and provides ultra-long wear. Unlike other thickening mascaras, which can clump, this high-tech, moisturizing formula includes hemp seed oil, vitamin E, jojoba oil, and purisilk SPB to condition lashes and maintain a soft feel. The uniquely shaped, big molded brush actually latches onto lashes to load mascara evenly to each lash. The most exciting thing: The tip of the brush is covered in small bristles, specially made to deftly handle your tiny lower and corner lashes. No need to buy a special mascara for your corner lashes.” (source)

The Truth: I especially love it because it’s a preservative-free mascara. Woo hoooo!

What I Loved About It: You’ll get pretty good length and volume with only two coats.

What I Didn’t Like: The wand is a bit tricky to use.

Overall: Well, well, welllllll. Funny story about this mascara. I was telling my friend that  I was wearing Big Fatty and she goes into this long and hilarious story about how her family used to call her “Big Fatty” up until a few years ago. The crazy thing is, she’s super slim. But she’s a slim gal that can put away a plate of food in minutes. So yeah. Funny stuff.

Like most Urban Decay products, this mascara is free from parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and pthalates.  So if you’ve got eyes that are super sensitive, you’ll appreciate this mascara little bit more. Now when it comes to the wand, the first glance of it may terrify you.

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Because it totally terrified me. It’s a great wand but it’s a victim of what I like to call the “Black Abyss” effect. Some mascaras have great wands but the tube has a huge hole that makes removing some of the mascara residue difficult.

See what I mean?

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I hate when this happens but it doesn’t always mean that a mascara is doomed. If you have a few minutes to wipe away the excess mascara sludge, you can reveal enough of the wand and its bristles to sweep it through the lashes. So yeah, mascaras like this do require a little more time but I think the results are worth it. I did struggle with using the ball on the end to apply mascara to the inner lashes though. I couldn’t remove enough mascara to make it happen without getting mascara all over my lids.

Formula-wise, it’s on the thicker side but mainly because it’s a volumizing mascara. On the good side, this means if you’re a fan of only applying one 1 of mascara, you can do with no problems. On the bad side, this means that if you aren’t careful when applying more than 1 coat of mascara, you may end up with some clumps. And I certainly wouldn’t recommend more than 2 coats with this baby.

So after you’ve removed the excess mascara from the wand and decided if you’re going to apply 1 or 2 coats, the actual application is simple. The bristles are nice and stiff and make it so you can sweep through the lashes while separating them. Any mascara that allows separating is the mascara for me! With just 1 coat, lashes look noticeably darker and plumper. The second coat just adds the icing on the cake and you’re left with nice volumized lashes with a bit of length to ‘em that will last all day. Yep, although it’s not a waterproof mascara, it does darn well at lasting throughout the day without any smudging and flaking.

 

 

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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: I do! Especially if you’re an Urban Decay lover. I think you’ll love this one.

 

So whatcha think? Think a mascara like this is worth your time?


Mascara Monday: Too Faced Lashgasm mascara

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Sometimes I go a bit overboard with my photo editing. If I could I would give every picture the 70’s effect. You know…because I’m old skool like that. But I won’t do it to y’all. But anywho – I can’t remember the last time I reviewed a Too Faced mascara. It’s been forev! I’m still in love with that gorgeous palette of theirs and I was super excited to play around with a mascara that has been around for quite some time. Except I’m late to the game on it. Which sucks considering I SHOULD be up on the new mascaras game, right? Ah well.

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Price: $21 at Sephora and Sephora.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “A voluptuous, fluffing mascara that conditions as it thickens to create dramatically long lashes with intense color.” (source)

The Truth: Dang, this wand is awesome!!

What I Loved About It: Usually wands like these means you’ll get more lengthening than volume but it turns out that this wand + the formula makes for fantastic volumizing!

What I Didn’t Like: It’s a bit on the flaky side.

Overall: Hi Too Faced Lashgasm! I think I love you. And I know we just met and all but dang, you’re some kind of awesome. And as for youuuuuu Clumps readers, why didn’t y’all beg me to review this mascara earlier? How am I just now discovering its awesome? I mean, what rock have I been living under? Better late than never I suppose but man. I hate sleeping on fantastic mascara. Especially when I’ve been reviewing so many medicore ones as of late.

Let’s rap about the wand..

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First of all, it’s pretty freaking awesome. Do you see that? Do you see how stiff and long those bristles are? They make for great separation and lengthening. And usually I see wands like this and I’m immediately like “Oh, it’ll be great for lengthening but it’ll probably be just so so in the volumizing department.” WRONG! This mascara surprised me in that it did spectacular with both lengthening and volumizing. Niiiiice.

I guess it’s the formula that makes it so fantastic. There’s nothing groundbreaking about it at first glance but when it is applied to the lashes, it instantly starts thickening up. Which, okay, a lot of mascaras do this, right? Lashgasm not only gives you the nice thick volume but then you’ve got that great brush that helps with separating the lashes.

It’s like a match made in mascara heaven. This is the perfect mascara for many types of folx. If you’ve got long lashes and just want to plump them up a bit, this will be fantatic. If your lashes are practically invisible and you need length AND volume, bam…you got it, boo. But of course, with the good comes the bad. While the mascara does a fantastic job at lasting throughout the day, you may notice some flaking. Not enough to write it off as insanely flaky but it is definitely something to note.

 

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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Sure do! Especially if you’re a Too Faced fan. In which case you have probably already checked it out.

 

Where are my Too Faced fans? Have any of y’all tried this mascara yet?


Mascara Monday: Prestige My Longest Lashes Pro Lengthening mascara

First things first, beauty gals and girls…this review makes Clumps of Mascara’s 176th mascara review to date. Crazy, right? Yes, I’m patting myself on the back because I do feel it to be quite the accomplishment. And hopefully my parents are proud.

“What is your daughter doing now?”

“Oh well, you know….she reviews mascaras. Exactly 176 to date. Bet your daughter hasn’t done that.”

Okay, I’m being silly but if weren’t for you great folx, I would have stopped reviewing mascaras a looooong time ago. But since the Clumps fam is so great at keeping me up on my toes about which mascaras I should try, just know that I could never leave you. Well…unless I become a millionaire and then I may have to find an editor. Ha!

Anywhoovers, let’s check out this Prestige mascara…

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Price: $7.50 at Ulta.com and you may spot it at Ulta stores.
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “No clumps or flakes, just your thickest, longest, biggest lashes ever!” (source)

The Truth: What a nice looking wand. It looks ideal for separating!

What I Loved About It: It really did give me some decent length.

What I Didn’t Like: Meh. The length wasn’t THAT dymanic.

Overall: It’s unlikely that you’ll ever see me willingly purchase a lengthening mascara. The truth is, I don’t really care about length. Volume is my shtick and I’m sticking with it. But I get it – some folx have super tiny lashes and want nothing more than to elongate them a bit so what better way to do that than with a lengthening mascara? I’m so not hatin’ because it makes so much sense to me. Even if I don’t prefer to wear a lengthening mascara regularly. Anyway, the wand on this guy was very niiiiiice.

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That’s the thing about about most lengthening mascaras. The wands are typically nice and slim and have bristles that make it easy to do separate the lashes. This wand was a pleasure to work with. I was able to gently coat the the lashes with mascara with ease. Getting the lashes to look a little longer is always a challenge with lengthening mascaras. I find that you have to go from root to tip and slowly bring the lashes upward. And once you sweep the brush up to the tip of the lashes, I like to HOLD the wand there for a few seconds.

Formula-wise, this mascara was easy to work with. Application was easy and so was removal. I didn’t experience any flaking or smudging and like most GOOD lengthening mascaras, it didn’t clump up on me. I find clumping to be a problem in volumizing mascaras but not so much with lengthening mascaras.

As far as lengthening effectively, it does so pretty well. It’s nothing groundbreaking but it works good enough. I would have loved to see more length but little oomph I saw in my lashes was decent enough. Because the formula was so lightweight, throughout the day my longer lashes seemed to disappear a bit. I HATE when that happens. But still – it’s not a terrible lengthening mascara. Especially if you don’t have crazy expectations and just want a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ without overdoing it.

Bare Lashes


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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Sure. Especially if you are already a fan of Prestige mascaras.

Do you prefer lengthening mascaras or volumizing mascaras?