Once upon a time, I thought I’d found my Perfect Mascara. And then I found a contender to the crown. I am reminded again why I shouldn’t go round bestowing “Perfect” titles, because when I think I find a “perfect” item, along comes another that makes me rethink that. In the case of mascara, I am found this in my drawer recently, buried deep at the back of my stash – lonely and forgotten.
Its the Paul & Joe Curly Mascara (Waterproof) that I’d purchased a long long time ago during some sale or another and had totally forgotten about! So I thought it must have dried out after all this time but when I opened the tube, it was still very fresh, with no smell, wasn’t clumpy and wasn’t dry. So I started using it and goshdarnit! I have found yet ANOTHER perfect mascara – which is also unhappily pricey but dammit! Its GOOD STUFF!
I fervently hope this one isn’t discontinued or something stupid like that because I would like to repurchase some day. The tube is rather small and slim but look at it! Oh so pretty! It makes me happy just to pull this mascara out from my mascara holder, and it stands out because of the pretty pale peach cap and the bright blue body. Mascara tubes are usually a boring black or some somber shade so this pretty design is refreshing and eye catching.
I especially like the wand which is slim and compact. It fits right into my short lashes and the twists of the wand bristles are close enough to grab most lashes in the first go. You can see that the body of the mascara wand is white – the stopper is a good one, so it cleans off most excess mascara as you pull it out of the tube so you don’t really have an issue with wiping off excess or in having clumpy mascara.
The name “Curly Mascara” implies that it helps your lashes curl. In my case, what it does is help my lashes hold a curl. I curl my lashes beforehand, and this formula holds it up all day long. No exception!
Paul & Joe Curly Mascara Left: Bare lashes Right: Mascara
You can see that there isn’t much volume per se. In real life however, what it does do is define my lashes, hold them up in a nice curl and it all looks terribly natural – my lashes but better!
Left: Bare curled lashes Right : with Paul & Joe Curly Mascara
Angle’s a little off but this should give you an idea. My lashes look like the one on the right all day long! No droop, no smudging. Just perfectly curled lashes.
And for all that, there has to be a trade off right? Yes, there is. The waterproof formula is a little hard to remove even with cleansing oils. Like the Shiseido Perfect Mascara, I find that this removes best with regular eye makeup remover. Hold a cotton pad soaked with eye makeup remover over my lashes for a minute or two and then it removes easily. With cleansing oil, it takes a little more work.
In a nutshell
A mascara that holds my lashes in a curl all day long, keeping them looking perfect. They do not add much volume or length but just enough so lashes look defined and separated. The slim compact wand makes it very easy to apply the mascara and to get to the smaller lashes. The cheery and elegant packaging stands out among the regular mascara wands and is compact and travel friendly. I love this one!
Pros: Formula holds a curl very well, Not clumpy, Slim wand is perfect for getting to even the smallest lashes, Nice packaging
Cons: Pricey, Unsure if it has been discontinued (I hope not)
The difference between this one and the Shiseido Perfect Mascara is that when I use the Shiseido Perfect Mascara, I have lashes that have more volume, length and curl. With this one, I get less volume and length but I get a good curl. So if I wanted lashes with drama, I’d do the Shiseido. If I want something more everyday, Paul & Joe it is!
Have you tried this? Does anyone know if its permanent or if its been *gasp* discontinued? I hope it hasn’t!
Paul & Joe Curly Mascara Waterproof in Noir retailed at RM86 but current price and availability is unknown. Best to check at the Paul & Joe counters at Isetan KLCC and Lot 10.