14th December 2012

Guerlain SS13 Maxi Lash Mascara

By Get Lippie

A new mascara is always something to rejoice in, and a new mascara from Guerlain is always something to get excited about – how does this one measure up?

 Well, it’s about a third of the size of their usual mascaras, which is refreshing!  And lovely to see more of the deco-style packaging that we’ve all come to know and love from the Rouge Automatic range.  But most important for me is the brush, is it a mega-brush that gets mascara everywhere except where you want it?  No, it’s a weeny thin brush:

No, it’s actually a nice thin brush.  Let’s take a closer look:

 It’s just a normal, thin, spiral-set bristle-brush.  Nothing particularly out of the ordinary here.

Guerlain describe this as a “Volume-Creating, Curl-Sculpting mascara”, and claim that the blend of three polymers is innovative: “The first one wraps the lashes in extremely adherent oils, coating and
thickening the lashes. The second one, made with supple waxes, acts
like a conditioner, softening the lashes so you can sculpt them into
just the right shape and style. The last one forms a thin film, coating
the lashes to trap the wax and set the amazing curve.”  My mascara is in Noir, which is, in reality, actually a deep charcoal rather than a sooty black:

I’m a little disappointed that it’s not very black, to be honest, but this does also come in a violet shade, which is something I’m going to have to investigate when it’s released.

So, how does it look?  Well, take a look for yourself  (and please excuse the extremely scary photos)

Well, there is definitely lengthening, thickening and curling going on, it’s actually a nice mascara.  But it’s not a very dramatic mascara, and I like DRAMA with my lashes.  Of course, your mileage may vary.  It also has to be said that I’m suffering from thinning lashes on my left eye (on the right in the pics there), and this mascara hasn’t done much to disguise that.

Will I buy it again?  Probably not, in all honesty, I think Mascara G does a much  better job for my requirements, but if you’re looking for a nice everyday mascara, you could do a lot worse.  It’ll cost £22 when it’s released in January.

What’s your favourite mascara?

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