Friday, July 24, 2009
Gettin' Jiggy Wit Mascara
Mascara and I have a love-hate relationship.
I love how it adds that extra bit of dimension and really makes my eyes pop. But, as a product, I kind of....hate it.
I have tried so many brands — drugstore cheapies, high-end boutique labels and pretty much everything in-between. For a while, I thought that tube lash stuff was going to change my life. Now, I've turned on that. The more I use it, the more I think it's not for me. Too clumpy, too lacking in definition.
When Lancome introduced its oscillating mascara, I was intrigued. One of my beauty gurus — Jean Godfrey-June of Lucky magazine — gushed so much over it that you'd have thought she owned stock. But, at $34, I wasn't going to take a chance. I mean, if you believe all those beauty peeps, you should only keep mascara around for three months! I figured soon enough, the knockoffs would arrive.
And so they have.
Maybelline's Pulse Perfection vibrating mascara is significantly cheaper than that Lancome stuff ($13), and it's got the cool alliterative name going for it. (Oscillation just sounds so stuffy anyway.)
So I've been test-driving the PP mascara, and it's not bad. You press a small button in the cap and the wand vibrates and hums ever so gently. As you run it through your lashes, it tickles a little. Reminds me of when you get a teeth-cleaning, and the dentist uses that tooth polishing brush with the gritty paste.
The mascara doesn't clump, but it is fairly light-weight. I'd say it's good for a natural look. When I layered base coat underneath it, the mascara had more oomph. The PP is buildable, and multiple coats are definitely the way to go.
Mascara wearers should give it a try.