|Top to Bottom: Nars Audacious; Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes;|
Tate Light, Camera, Splashes; Too Faced Better than sex; NYC big bold curl;
Urban Decay Perversion
NARS Audacious Mascara has the claim of "extreme volume, extreme length, extreme control...multiplies, amplifies, mesmerises". I love this mascara. Fabulous volume and length, holds a curl all day and no spider lash. The wand is plastic, and I’m not going to lie –hurts like hell if you poke yourself with it. But, something about this formula or this wand is just magic. As you’re applying it, you can feel the wand/mascara gripping every lash. After three months of use I was sad to put this one down. Officially one of my top 3 mascaras.
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes has the claim of "5-in-1 multitasker that creates the perfect "Full Fat Lash" with curl, separation, volume, length, and drama". I really enjoyed this mascara. A lovely natural bristle brush that gave me a good amount of volume and a bit of extra length. After three months of use I got some flaking in the last week, but otherwise this wore all day, held a curl and didn’t transfer. I found this quite similar to Perversion by Urban Decay, but it didn’t give me quite as much volume.
Tate Lights, Camera, Splashes is the waterproof version of their bestseller and promises "waterproof lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning". I didn't love this. The brush was nice, and the product was easy to apply, but I didn't feel like it gave me any length or curl, and I only got a little volume. I also felt like it never 'set' and during the day my lashes would feel sticky. I haven't tried the original version of this, but after trying the waterproof version, I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything.
Too Faced Better than Sex is very well known and loved by many, promising lashes that are "full, defined and stretched to unbelievable lengths". Well, I loved this mascara – it gave me nice volume, a bit of length and a great curl that really opened my eyes. For about 10 days. After that, it all went downhill. I was constantly fighting the ‘spider’ lash, I was always getting transfer on my brow bone and flaking during the day. I wouldn’t buy this one again.
NYC – Big bold curl promises to "give your lashes up to x12 more volume and up to 99% more lift". I can't speak to these claims because I tried to use this twice and gave up! The wand is so big, I just can’t apply it to my lashes without poking myself in the eye (ouch!). I picked this up in London for only two pounds so it’s disappointing, but I’m not that sad about it.
Urban Decay Perversion promises to give you "bigger, badder, longer, blacker lashes". I really loved this mascara. A great natural bristle brush that was never overloaded with product. This gave me beautiful full lashes, and a great amount of volume with no flaking or transferring. Even on the lower lash line it lasted all day without smudging or transferring. Officially one of my top 3 mascaras.
|L to R: Sephora outrageous curl; Chantecaille faux cils; IT cosmetics tightline|
Sephora outrageous curl mascara is supposed to create "extreme volume and curl". As I sit down to write this, I can't remember anything about this product so it obviously wasn't outrageous enough to leave an impression.
Chantecaille faux cils mascara is billed as a "luxury mascara for super long, curled and volumised lashes that draw attention to the eyes". And wow, it was great. This mascara gave me beautiful fanned out lashes, gave (and held) a decent curl and a decent amount of volume. And it's the best smelling mascara I've ever used - it has that great 'spa' smell. This is almost one of my top three mascaras, but at $70 for a full size tube, it's not something I'm likely to splurge on.
IT Cosmetics Tightline mascara is supposed to be "your mascara, mascara primer and eyeliner in one". I got this as a sample on one of my Sephora visits. The small wand is fabulous for getting all of the lashes on the lower lash line, but I’ll admit I was not keen on stamping it along my tightline as suggested by the packaging! I did use this on its own, and as a primer for the upper lashes, but I don’t think it did anything special.
The NARS and Urban Decay mascaras were definitely the winners of this bunch, with Charlotte Tilbury and Chantecaille close behind. I've got a couple of other mascaras to work through, but I am looking forward to getting my hands on another tube of the NARS one :o)
As always, mascara is such a personal thing, so if any of those that didn't work for me are your favourites - that's great! If you've got any tips for getting them to work for you, leave me a note below, I'd love to hear them.