A few weeks ago, I picked up the Sephora Favorites Lash Stash kit. I had this giant glamorous idea of reviewing all of these for you guys, and quickly realized it will take me some time to get through all of them. So, let's think of this as an "advent" calendar of sorts. Every month or so I will keep you updated on the new mascaras, with the exception of the Roller Lash mascara by Benefit. I have already used a full tube of that and I know I love it! The first one that intrigued me the most from the kit, was the new NARS Audacious Mascara. As with all of the reviews coming your way, lets start with the product claims from the Sephora website.
What it is:
A buildable, all-in-one mascara with an exclusive, lash-catching brush that separates, lengthens, and amplifies.
What it does:
Designed with over 200 molded bristles and lengthening hooks, NARS’ lash-catching brush evenly grips and coats lashes from roots to tips. It simultaneously separates, lengthens, and amplifies, while the tapered tip finishes off the inner and outermost lashes and enhance the lower lashes. An extraordinary balance of suppleness and staying power, the uniquely fluid, first-to-market formula creates incredible volume and definition that is lightweight and long-wearing.
I will agree with a few things, but there are some definite misses for me with this product. My lashes feel very lightweight when I wear it, and smudging or flaking was not a problem. As a contact lens wearer, and someone who generally touches her eyes very frequently, this was huge. The biggest issue that I ran into with this mascara was the brush. I feel like the bristles are not packed closely enough together, and always ends up making me look like I have six spider leg lashes, not hundreds of fluttery ones. Almost every time that I applied this mascara, I had to go in with a metal lash comb to separate. (Which always ends up with mascara all over my lids, and destroying any eye shadow that I have on.) I learned some tricks the more I used it, one being to just blink on the mascara wand and never EVER wiggle the wand. Wiggling the wand will just result in way too much product being deposited, and your lashes looking something similar to a crumpled spider decoration leftover from Halloween.
I am not blaming the formula at all in this case, as it truly did not move throughout the day, and my lashes felt great. It was just the design of the brush that did not work for me. Further cementing my preference for natural bristled brushes, over plastic.
I am moving on to the next mascara in the kit, which is the Marc Jacobs. Wish me luck on this one, and as always I will keep you guys updated.
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