I had mentioned earlier in the month (or maybe even last month) that I was in the market for a mascara, and Bare Escentual’s Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara has been on my list for ages to try, so it’s time had come. Its supposed to be gentle and non-irritating on the eyes, all while still giving the lashes a serious dose of volume, so I was pretty excited to try it. The brush is nice and dense with medium-sized bristles, which is the kind of brush I like. This is what I picture a mascara wand to look like – rather than all high-tech with their rubberized, pointy (re: ouchy) bristles, and all the other fancy doo-dads they have nowadays (wowza I just made myself sound MUCH older than my 29 years!). ANYWAY, I had high hopes that this mascara was going to rock my WORLD.However, from the very first application, I became apprehensive. I found the formula to already feel dried up, like I had owned the mascara for a couple months already. NOT cool. It applied somewhat clumpy due to the drier nature of the formula, and took an extra bit of attention to coat every lash and get the volume and definition I was hoping for. I added a touch of water to the brush (I know, this is a bad beauty move, but it just had to happen), and it improved it somewhat, but still not to my liking. It just looked like…mascara. Is that being wayyy too hard to please? I just want my lashes to have some seriously length and a bit of volume, without looking like I applied several coats of mascara (in the shots below, there is only one coat). Also? The scent. OMG its really strong, and not in a fragrance kind of way, just a strong…I don’t know, odor, that when I first lift the wand to my lashes, as it passes my nose I get a bit repulsed. The mascara doesn’t irritate my eyesat all which indicates to me that it’s not truly fragrance, but nonetheless – yuk! Thankfully once you’ve got the mascara on the lashes it’s entirely unnoticeable – but still worthy of note. However. Moving on…
I dunno. Do all these mascaras start to look the same on me after a while? This one in pics kind of reminds me of Benefit’s They’re Real – which I find more and more I appreciate as I think it’s the best higher priced mascara I’ve come across in a while.
I’m a bit disappointed in this mascara to tell the truth. The fact that it was a bit dry from the get-go turns me off, and it’s just not as good as the hype made it sound. It bugs me that it looks a touch clumpy and mascara-y, and that it just doesn’t give me instantly fabulous lashes, which is – let’s face it – what I’m really looking for in a mascara. Achievable? Perhaps not, but stubbornly that’s what I’m holding out for. The only mascara’s I’ve ever come across that do what I want them to are Clinique’s; honest to goodness, that’s not a bias, it’s just the fact of the matter – they perform as I want them to, which is mainly in part to the fact that Clinique’s mascaras are practically WET. They go on super-easily and take forever to dry up, because they are so moist (I hope that word doesn’t bother anyone….I know some gals who HATE it…don’t ask). So, don’t ask me why I stray if I’ve seemed to find something that works. I just get bored is all. And since I work for Clinique, it’s even more boring to use a product when you have such easy access to it. Twisted, I know, but that’s how this flighty Gemini rolls
So now tell me – what is your HG mascara….so I can TAKE IT FOR ME!! ;)