Like the original Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara which came in blue packaging, this gold number is quilted and fancy, but I still wish they'd do without the whole shebang. A regular mascara tube would do me grand and I'm waiting for the gold bit on the lid to come loose like it did with the original one. I can feel a bit of give already, so I don't think it'll be long before it gives up the ghost.
But packaging aside, let's have a look at the wand. It claims to have two sides, a denser side with shorter bristles which you use to pack the product onto your lashes and a longer side to comb through your lashes, lengthening and separating them. It looks comme ci.
I don't see or feel a huge difference in the sides of the wand to be honest and just kind of work away when I'm applying it. Any time I use a mascara, I always twirl the brush as I'm combing through my lashes, so I must be getting the benefits of the dense and long bits by default.
But let me talk to you about the long bristles. You can kind of see in the photo above that they're slightly curved upwards and they really are a good bit longer than the shorter bristles. And I find that getting the wand right to the roots of my lashes, both upper and lower, very ticklish. Like really ticklish. I have to fight to stop myself from rubbing my eyes and because the mascara is wet when this is happening, I can't squeeze my eyes shut to make it shop! And no matter how hard I try, I can't stop myself from smudging the lower lashes every time I use it. I think the bristles go through my lashes and hit off my skin every time. Tres annoying. But let's have a look at it in action shall we?
You can see that the upper lashes have lots of lift and curl with a decent amount of volume. As always, I've applied just the one coat for the blog post, but it's a buildable mascara so if you want more, just add more.
To be honest, I'm a bit disappointed with it and there are definitely better mascaras out there on the market. It doesn't give me "enough" and you know me, I love my mascaras and expect all the boxes to be ticked. I think the itchy wand was a no for me from the get go. You know how I'm always in a rush in the morning and sometimes don't have time to apply eyeshadow so just rely on a decent mascara to hold it's own without anything else on my eyes. The constant smudging under my lashes is annoying when I'm wearing it alone, but with some eyeshadow, it doesn't bother me too much.
It didn't break the bank at $23, but I don't think I'll be rushing out to repurchase it again. As I try more mascaras, it takes a lot for one to stand out and this just isn't special enough unfortunately. I definitely prefer the original version of this, Lights, Camera Lashes and still wish I'd picked up Tarte's Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara when I was in New York. Next time!
So tell me, what mascara do I need to try next? I'm not a makeup snob so all price points will be considered equally!