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Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glyceryl Stearate, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cera Carnauba/Cire De Carnauba, Triethanolamine, Synthetic Wax, Acrylates Copolymer, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Lecithin, Propylene Carbonate, Oleic Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Laureth-12 Sulfate, Panthenol, Alcohol Denat., Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Edta, Benzyl Alcohol, Simethicone, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, [May Contain/Peut Contenir (+/-) Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)]

Color: Black

Product Description: A mascara that dramatically thickens lashes as it separates and defines. Smudge-proof and long-lasting.

My Experience: I was lucky enough to snag one of these in the Debenhams sale not too long ago. I’m forever searching for a mascara that fattens up my long, thin lashes. And this is a great mascara, one of the best I’ve used in a long time. I’m somewhat surprised, having never before purchased one from Elizabeth Arden. And I’ve used tons of mascaras. Tons. I’ll admit the only reason I purchased this was because I wanted a new mascara and it was greatly discounted, but I’m so glad I bought it! The packaging is slim and sleek, just how I like it (I have a particular aversion to fat and loudly-colored mascara packing). The wand is thick but not huge, so it’s very easy to work with. It’s not an overly wet formula, nor is it dry. Possibly the most impressive thing about this mascara is it’s ability to draw the lashes out into fluttery curls. I don’t even use an eye lash curler, that’s how good it is. Just one or two quick coats lifts my lashes into delicate butterfly’s wings that are perfect for daytime, and three coats thickens them for a more dramatic look. I’ve done three coats for the picture you see here: one or two coats will still give you the same length and curl, just not the maximum volume possible. I’ve not had any major problems with clumping and it holds a curl all day long. Also, I’ve had absolutely no flaking or smudging after a long day’s work. I’ve not tried to remove it with a cleanser, but it’s easy to remove with wipes and if you get a tiny glob of it on your skin, a gentle brush with your fingertip when it’s dried removes it without any staining or pulling at the skin. It’s a mascara that’s won awards, and I’m not surprised.

Note: I’ve not applied the mascara to my bottom lashes.

The Skinny: A smudge-proof, long-lasting mascara that volumizes and gives you beautifully fluttering lashes.


UK: £21 from lookfantastic

USA: $19.50 from Elizabeth Arden

Rating: 5/5


Ingredients: 3D polymer, vitamin E and jojoba oil

Color: Black

Product Description: Creates maximum volume for Texas-sized lashes.

My Experience: First of all, I like the name and I’m afraid it did have some impact on my purchase. It’s a tubing mascara, which means the polymer creates small tubes around the lashes so the mascara is long-lasting and easy to remove at the end of the day. The brush is fat to allow for heavy application so only one coat should be needed. My lashes are long but thin, so I’m always on the lookout for a mascara that fattens them up. This mascara provides decent volume, but it takes several coats. I applied at least three for the effect in these pictures. If you want something more natural, I suppose you could go with just one, but I like my lashes to be dramatic whether it’s day or night and I couldn’t get that from just one coat. I do, however, like the fact that I can add layers without it clumping or turning my lashes into brittle twigs. The brush is a chubby little number and it sometimes makes application difficult for smaller lashes. My main gripe is this mascara is difficult to remove if you happen to get a smudge or dot of it on your skin. I’ve used tubing mascaras before that required only a gentle wipe with my finger or swipe with a q-tip (or cotton bud for my lovely UK readers). This stuff doesn’t budge, though. I really have to rub it away, and it tends to stain so concealer is then required for touch ups. It holds a curl well and has good staying power without smudging. It flakes a little throughout the day but not much, and removes fairly easily with makeup wipes; I haven’t yet tried to remove it with cleanser but I suspect that wouldn’t be as effective on its own and would leave a slight stain of the raccoon persuasion. The packaging is sleek and simple; the color is truly black without looking dry.

The Skinny: A decent tubing mascara that’s long lasting and thickens lashes. The downside is that it can be difficult to remove and takes more than one coat for a truly dramatic effect.


UK: This is very difficult to find in the UK – sorry! – try ebay or Amazon.

USA: $21 from Ulta

Rating: 3/5