Everytime I tell you about a high end mascara that does not suck, I feel bad. We all know that mascara needs to be tossed out after 3 months (although I stretch it to about 6 months if its not dried out) so an expensive mascara can be perceived to be a “waste of money”.
However, mascara is a very individual thing and I regret to say that I might have found my perfect mascara in the Shiseido Perfect Mascara Defining Volume er… mascara in BK901 (Black), a brand or product I’d never have looked into were it not sent to me.
Why do I say its perfect? Because in an instant, it makes my lashes look like I’m wearing false lashes, and it holds a curl like nothing I have ever used. Ever since I started using this mascara, I’ve been told that my eyes look pretty, and I have a confession.
You know how they say mascara opens up your eyes and make you look alert, awake and perky? Well I never understood that till now! 😛 I’ll show you what I mean below.
First a quick note about the packaging and formula.
The tube is rather bulky and I find the brush head too big and too long for my small eyes and short lashes. Even if they were to keep the size of the brush head, perhaps they could shorten it a little?
The formula is rather watery and wet and due to the shape of the brush, tends to gather at the end of the brush. If you aren’t careful (and you have to be VERY careful) you’d get mascara all over your lid. It bothered me until I got the hang of it.
I’d wipe the mascara wand on the edge of the tube and be careful to only use the brush in the middle, not at the end where the mascara will be wetter. In the middle, it is less coated and so will apply less messily. You can also gently wipe the brush on a piece of tissue paper to get rid of the excess before applying on the lashes.
One more note: I don’t double dip. With many mascara, I usually dip into the tube once for the right eye and then again for the left. Perhaps due to the wetness of the formula of this one, I find it sufficient to cover both lashes without dipping into the tube again.
When I do get it right, my goodness! I can never believe that those are my lashes I’m looking at! With about 1-2 coats, my lashes look amazing. Long and lush. I’ll let the before and after photos speak for themselves.
In both photos showing the naked lash, my lashes were curled. You just can’t see it. This mascara seems to enhance the curl somehow, and hold it up nicely the whole day without drooping. It is also smudgeproof.
I hate to sound like an ad, but its true and I wasn’t wearing false lashes in the picture (because I still don’t know how 😛 ) I tried not curling my lashes before using the mascara. It still adds volume and length and it helps hold up your lashes, if you press it upwards, but it is less dramatic.
So you see my dilemma? A perfect mascara that gives me the length and volume I need for my skinny short lashes but which has a wet formula that can get messy, big brush and is expensive 🙁 You tell me how? 😛
Pros: Lengthens lashes beautifully, Adds sufficient volume to lashes, Does not weigh down lashes, Holds and enhances a curl
Cons: Formula is a bit wet, Brush is long, Expensive, Hard to remove
I do have another point to raise. Although on the website it says that the mascara can be removed with warm water, it did not work for me. Cleansing oil did not work either. What worked was eye makeup remover.
I use the L’oreal Eye and Lip Makeup Remover which I always have on hand (and which I apparently have never told you about), and it removes this mascara like a charm. With cleansing oil, I’d have crows feet before any mascara was removed 😛 I learnt it the hard way and because I’ve told you, you don’t have to 😛
So there you have it. What is for me right now, the Perfect Mascara. I wish it wasn’t – I’d save money but since it is, I guess I’m going to have to set aside money for this once it starts to dry out. If its any consolation, its wee bit cheaper than quite a few other high end mascara out there 😛
Have you tried the Shiseido Perfect Mascara? I think its been around for a while.
Shiseido Perfect Mascara Defining Volume retails at RM89 at all Shiseido counters and comes in 2 colours – BK901 (Black) and BR602 (Brown)