There was a time when I thought I’d found my Perfect Mascara and I declared my search ended. As fate would have it, another quite perfect mascara entered my world. Unfortunately, it too is a terribly pricey mascara – don’t you hate it when that happens?
This new contender for the “Perfect Mascara” throne is the RMK Separate Curl mascara which weighs in at a hefty RM125 a tube. And I thought the Shiseido one was pricey 😛 Unfortunately, it is a really good mascara on many counts.
The RMK Separate Curl mascara is a curling mascara that is waterproof and helps your lashes curl and stay curled all day. It delivers on its promises and the only real complaints I’d have about it is the price and the packaging.
The formula is a little wet, but the stopper in the tube is really wonderful because the brush exits without too much mascara gooped on it. The only goopy bit is right at the end, which you can easily wipe off. Also, there isn’t too much formula on the brush and this means that it does not deposit too much product on your lashes and weigh it down.
RMK Separate Curl Mascara curved brush
The brush is a typical bristle brush, that is slim and curved, so you get shorter bristles on one side, and longer bristles on the other. The bristles are lovely. They grab my short lashes very well, and separates them without clumping. I can’t use this straight on my lashes and expect them to hold up a curl like a dolly’s lashes. I do have to curl my lashes first. The size of the brush is a good one for those with small eyes or short lashes … like moi! 😀
Then I fit the curved side of the brush against my lashes, wiggle it and coat my lashes with 1 layer of mascara, and then touch up the sides that might not be caught at the first go. I find this method allows the curved brush to coat my lashes and hold up the curl better. Following RMK Makeup Artist Toru-san’s method of mascara application, I don’t do my 2nd layer immediately, but let it dry and go on to do my eye makeup before coming back to mascara again.
When I apply my 2nd layer, I use the longer bristles to brush at the lashes, to generate length. When you apply your 2nd layer on dry lashes, your curled lashes will not droop.
Left : No mascara, Right : With RMK Separate Curl Mascara
Like the Shiseido Perfect Mascara, I never fail to get compliments whenever I wear this one. It does a great job at helping lashes stay up, generates some length, gives me good volume and give an open-eyed look that helps you look fresher and perkier. Heaven knows, we all could do with looking fresher and perkier some days eh?
It stays on all day, does not smudge, does not budge at all … even when the time comes to remove it. Removal is a bit of a pain, just like the Shiseido one. After a lot of trial and error, I found that it removes best with a regular eye makeup remover. Oil cleansers don’t do much for this one for some strange reason.
The packaging is a little plain and is a fingerprint magnet, but I forgive all that for the excellent formula and brush that it contains. I know they say you are supposed to toss your mascara after 3 months but I don’t usually follow that rule. For pricier mascaras, I find they can last you easily for 6 months or even a little more, provided they don’t dry out.
Pros: Waterproof formula lasts all day without smudging, Holds a curl very well, Gives good volume for my lashes and some length, Brush is slim and fits well for small eyes or short lashes
Cons: Shiny tube attracts fingerprints, Pricey
This was one of the products I reviewed for the Cittabella magazine feature, and was picked by RMK as their top beauty buy. I don’t think I’d have picked this one out on my own, because I’d have balked at the price.
Now that I’ve been using it for about 2 months I must confess that my perfect mascara now is a toss up between Shiseido’s Perfect Mascara or this RMK Separate Curl mascara.
Now do excuse me while I go buy a lottery ticket… I’d need all the extra financial boost I can get to keep me in expensive mascaras 😛
Might you have dipped your toes into the pool of high end pricey mascaras? Do you find them better or longer lasting than drugstore brands? Or do you think pish-posh! A mascara is a mascara! Perhaps you too have tried this RMK mascara and would like to share your views?
The RMK Separate Curl Mascara retails at RM125 each at all RMK Counters