Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara

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Okay, so I’m on the internet and all these fools are declaring BEST MASCARA I EVER USED and I’m trying to find out WHO got paid… because really? Here’s the thing, this mascara is not bad. And it’s actually better than Charlotte’s first effort, which… lets face it… was kind of Shu Uemura Basic. Because Miss Tilbury is such an earnest salesperson, it’s no surprise that the first mascara gained traction quickly. I’m sure this one will too.

But best mascara I ever used?

No.

First, I’m kinda mad that the tube is plastic. Charlotte gets you all jazzed to be damned with the fantastic compact that holds the Bronze & Glow and even the heavy frosted glass bottle for the Magic Foundation… and then this. Raggedy. And there’s really no excuse because Armani has those original gunmetal tubes even Too Faced has that epic pink metal mascara tube… so this was disappointing. You want to call a mascara LEGENDARY… first I’m gonna need some legendary packaging. Not this plastic mess with the lashes drawn on it. Girl bye.

Charlotte claims the mascara doesn’t clump. This is not true. I’ve been using it for a week, and there has been ONE OCCASION where it did not clump at my lashline. That’s the thing. There are no clumps for me at the end of the lashes, but I’ve had the worst time with it at the base. To compensate, I’ve been applying it just beyond instead of right at the roots, and that seems to work better for me.

Formula wise, this is a good mascara. But it’s not the best. The formula is ‘wet’ so you have to be careful about holding still for a couple of seconds while it dries. Incidentally, Tilbury’s original mascara formula was drier and layered better. This one claims two coats, and it’s best to stick with that because any more and your lashes are gonna look a mess. This was illustrated on Charlotte’s OWN video, when she did the doll lashes. Observe about 2:41 in:

She did that herself, and kept it in the video, so I need everyone to shut up about how this doesn’t clump because I sure see some lashes all kinds of stuck together. I was sitting there scratching my head and pointing like but… but…

And because she’s such an epic salesperson, there’s always some ‘special’ ‘secret’ ‘magic’ blend to all of this (even if there isn’t. Beautypedia gave the Magic Cream two stars for exaggerating claims and what not). Obviously this is an effective marketing strategy because damn if I don’t hear people waxing on about the same every time they use something of hers. Please understand that I am a MASSIVE fan of this brand, but I’m not gonna sit up here and pretend that everything is everything because… well… it’s not.

fotd legendary

This is a decent mascara. If you’re into Volume de Chanel (worse), Too Faced (better) or Armani (much better) you’re going to be just fine with this mascara. The price point and performance are absolutely on par with market offerings. If you love Charlotte and just want to have something of hers, I’m not going to discourage you from picking this up… if you can handle that cheap lil’ tube. But it’s not Legendary (I’m mad she went there) because for all the technology we have access to in makeup and skin care, this should have been better.

 

Lashing Out: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Too Faced put out a fabulous new mascara that could cause some confusion for ‘Dior Blackout’ mascara lovers. With the exception of the tube color and the price, I’m hard pressed to find any real differences  between the two. Both have a ‘larger’ brush (although Too Faced’s version features an hourglass shape that I’m not sure makes much of a difference), both add an insane amount of volume, and … unfortunately… both have the tendency to clump if you’re not careful. It’s possible to overdo it with this mascara.

The volume on this mascara is insane. It definitely lengthens as well… but it’s really all about the volume. I find that I have to wipe the brush clean to get the application right. You can easily pull too much product out at any given moment. If I wipe it, I’m much less likely to get clumps. This isn’t really a ‘multiple coat’ mascara. I honestly think you can get away with one coat, and be done.

Once on, the formula does not run or smudge in any way. Even my oily lids were no match for this mascara. It comes off easily with makeup remover or good old fashioned soap and water. I had no issues taking it off at all.

So, for the record, Too Faced’s new mascara is better than a lot of things… most notably much of its direct competition. As for the other thing… well… we all embellish from time to time, don’t we? 😉

Favorite Things 2012: Lashing Out

I came across some of the coolest formulas and little ‘additions’ for making your lashes utterly fabulous this year.

Here’s what topped my list:

Mascara: Chanel Le Volume de Chanel

Did Chanel REALLY surpass Armani in terms of a quality mascara? My answer is yes. The Volume de Chanel Mascara is, in my opinion, the best mascara Chanel has ever dreamed up. It not only lengthens and builds volume, it also ‘curls’ your lashes! Seriously, I can put this mascara on without curling first, and still end up with long, lush curly lashes.

Individual Lashes: MAKE UP FOR EVER Individual Lashes

These Make Up For Ever Individual Lashes have been a life saver! It takes a little practice, but adding individual lashes can become about the simplest thing in any given beauty routine. I’ve used a ton of these to open up clients eyes without the drama of a strip lash. They work beautifully and look totally natural. You can use them alone or with a little mascara. I highly recommend these babies.

Strip Lashes: VELOUR Mink False Lashes

This is a lovely way to add a little luxury without breaking the bank. What I love about Velour Lashes is that they’re so light and comfortable! And, they don’t cost an arm an a leg. Most mink lashes can run you in the hundreds of dollars (no, seriously). Plus, you can use these up to 25 times with proper care. And for those of you worried about the lovely little minks that these lashes came from… worry not; The hairs for these lashes come from the what the animals naturally shed when they are brushed.

That’s it! Those are my top ‘lash’ picks for 2012. Ciao for now!

Beauty Basics: Givenchy Autumn/Winter 2012

Givenchy  is prepping faces for the coming Winter with a new Matte Foundation and Mascara, that I feel screams ‘cool weather glamour.’ The new Eclat Matissme Foundation promises a ‘radiant’ matte finish. Forgive my confusion… but how is that possible? It turns out, the foundation is neither radiant nor matte… but both. We know it as ‘demi matte.’

Eclat Matissme Foundation     Noir Couture Mascara
Eclat Matissme Foudation
Foundation Type: Liquid
Skin Type: All
Finish: Demi Matte
This is the cutest, strangest little bottle. It took me a minute to figure out how to open it (I didn’t read the instructions on the box. SMH)…

The color I have is #8 (Amber). It matches my skin perfectly. I do believe this is the darkest foundation color in the range. So I’d say that based on the color range, this foundation is best suited to very pale to medium skin tones. I’m happy to report that #8 contains the right amount of yellow/golden undertones, to suit my skin color.

This is a great medium to medium-full coverage. I found that it builds easily without going streaky or ashy. One pump covered my whole face with a medium coverage. Half a pump more was good for building up to medium-full.

I found this foundation comfortable, and pretty good at oil control. However, it’s not drying at all, so I think it’ll work well on dry skin types. There is a ‘little’ weight to it at first. I was bothered because I could feel the foundation on my skin. But after about a minute or so (I’m guessing this is how long it takes to set), it became completely weightless. I’ve been able to wear it with minimal blotting through  my t-zone when I wear it without powder. With powder, I blotted once in an 8 hour period. For my oily skin, that’s a victory.

Noir Couture Mascara
Type: Lengthening & Volumizing
I’m a self proclaimed mascara snob (in terms of performance, not  price), so I was skeptical when this mascara first crossed my desk. I’ve never been a fan of  phenomen’eyes Mascara (I was never moved by that wand or that formula), so I wondered what Givenchy did differently this time.
At least the applicator is longer on this one.
As it turns out, this formula is excellent. What I love about it is that it’s both lengthening and volumizing in practical application (not just on paper), and that it’s buildable over time. That means, your lashes don’t get all crunchy if you wait too long to apply your next coat. I put on 2 coats without curling my lashes, and this is what happened…

Givenchy definitely has a winner on their hands with this one. I dare say, this mascara will easily fit into my regular rotation. I’m totally impressed.

Both of these products are available at Sephora. You can find out more about them HERE.

*pr sample

Lashing Out: By Terry Terrybly Mascara (Iconic Bordeaux)

The new mascara from By Terry for Autumn 2012 is a frightening shade of red. They call it Bordeaux. It’s not. It’s red. That’s the bad news. The good news is, it’s actually not as scary in practical application.

I swatched this mascara two ways: alone, and with black mascara as a base. Here’s what happened:

Swatched alone.
Swatched with black mascara as a base.
I much prefer this mascara with a black base. It has more dimension, and it looks really flattering, even when worn without any other eye makeup. 
This was an interesting color for By Terry. I still much prefer the blue mascara from this line… but this is different, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
You can find out more about By Terry Iconic Bordeaux Mascara HERE.

Poll Results: Your Favorite Mascara

Dammit, I did it again!

I’m sorry guys… I forgot to put the Poll Results up for your Favorite Mascara.

Here they are:

ARMANI – 2 Votes


MAC – 8 Votes


GUERLAIN – 3 Votes


MAYBELLINE – 28 Votes


CHANEL – 23 Votes


YSL – 5 Votes


CLINIQUE – 1 Vote


ESTEE LAUDER – 2 Votes


OTHER – 25

Okay, so Maybelline was the clear winner here. A stack of brands under OTHER came in second, with Chanel rounding out the Top Three.

Here’s my question:

If I was to do a Mascara Giveaway, which mascara would you guys rather win? Although I’m partial to luxury brands, I’ll never dispute the popularity and performance of a drug store product.

BUT…

You can get a Maybelline Mascara anytime… but how many would rather ‘win’ than plunk down $30 for a Chanel version?

I need your help. Comment please! Which brand do you want to see in the giveaway? Every comment is worth one vote.

Thanks!

Lashing Out: Guerlain Noir G Mascara

I finally got to put hands on the new Noir G Mascara from Guerlain…

It’s currently being offered in store at Saks, and online for pre-order at Saks and Norstrom. I pre-ordered from Saks, but couldn’t wait… so when Edwin called to tell me it was in, I just had to see for myself!

Inside, the tube reminds me a lot of those Series G Lipsticks from a collection past (great packaging, crappy lipstick). It’s got considerable weight to it. And in case you’re not familiar with how the case works, there are nifty little instructions on the tube that (thankfully) peel off.

You pop the top out (until it stops) and then unscrew it to reveal the mascara wand. It’s actually a pretty sturdy little package. The concept translated quite nicely in practical terms.

The wand pulled out clean. The bristles are small to medium, and the formula smells INCREDIBLE. Like rosewater with a little violet essence thrown in for good measure. Just really lovely. The formula is fairly dry, and applies clean. I like that it lengthens and volumizes with about two coats.

It’s a really good formula. I’m actually pretty impressed. Now, Edwin is convinced that this mascara will pull me from my beloved Armani Eyes to Kill… especially the Stretch formula. I’m not so sure about that. I’m going to need to use it a few times. I do like the idea of ‘refilling’ the mascara, and I like that it comes with a mirror, although I likely won’t be using it for that (as I do my makeup in a big mirror). But still, it’s a nice concept.

We’ll see how it performs in practical application in upcoming FOTD’s.

Eye Adore: Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara

Oh… this is GOOD.

I got to try the Armani Eyes To Kill Stretch mascara, and let me tell you, it’s EXCELLENT. Like… right up there with the original formula, except this may even be a bit more shiny.

Now, as you guys know (or not), I tend to keep a lot of mascaras in rotation. So I’d never go through one tube at a time. I use mascara brands and formulas as my mood, and the look, calls for it.

Love this tube. It’s a brushed cool gold color… really nice. Like the other mascara formulas from Armani, this tube has the logo ‘etched’ in. I love the packaging. It really makes the product stand out.

The brush on this particular mascara is small… smaller than any of the others, I think. It’s long and thin, and the bristles change in density and shape as you rotate the wand. It’s designed to help you get maximum length and separation with the least amount of product. Amanda showed me how to use it (I think you use the flat side first or something), but I think I was only half paying attention because I didn’t remember a thing by the time I got home. Smh. But I think I got the hang of it when I put it on…

That’s two coats people… TWO COATS! Total length and separation, NO CLUMPS. I love it. It’s not a ‘volumizing’ mascara… not like the YSL shocking version. This is very lengthening. Armani was sure to keep the formula very clean.

This mascara… I highly recommend. I completely love it.

YSL Shocking: Swatches

Okay, here’s what came home with me from the YSL Shocking Collection:

Mascara in Black
Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils 
Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils (Gel Eye Liner)
 Sea Black   Ashy Black
Jade Black   Deep Black
Bronze Black
Sea Black
 Ashy Black
Jade Black
Deep Black
Bronze Black
Sea, Ashy, Jade, Deep, Bronze
These gel liners are VERY strong… even when I took them off with makeup remover… a black stain remained. All of the colors are black based, so if you dip the brush in and then wipe on white tissue, the resulting color is BLACK. It’s the freakiest thing. I’m really in love with all of them. I even nearly got Cherry Black (the purple) but it was already sold out!
If you’re looking for a good gel liner with serious color payoff, you really can’t go wrong with these. They have excellent slip, and they do NOT MOVE once they’ve set.

Shocking Behavior from YSL

I got a chance to play with items from the new ‘Shocking’ YSL collection:

Love the promo picture… very clean and bold. I initially was only interested in the Shocking Mascara… but I’ve since expanded that interest to the other items offered in the collection:

The pen is noteworthy. It goes on very black, and dries to what I believe is a latex finish. I don’t have as much control of it as I do the Kat Von D version, and I think that this pen dispenses a lot  more product at once. I know I’d  have to practice with this to get it right.

Love the mascara! It’s designed to volumize and lengthen in one swipe. No dozens of coats of mascara to get the job done.

These gel-liners… OMG. I really thought that I wasn’t going to care… but I swatched them and they are GORGEOUS! There are only two pots that are pedestrian to me: the purple and the olive green colors. Everyone has those, and YSL doesn’t do anything much different than the other companies in terms of color and shading. But the black, the grey, the blue, and the green are insane! They’re all black-based color, and the pigmentation is intense. Plus, the shimmer is ‘in’ the product… not just in the pot. So when you put it on, you maintain that same integrity in terms of depth and shimmer. Love that!

I’m going to have practical pictures, swatches, and application this week… so stay tuned. Ciao for now!