Something a little new on the blog today – the weekend review.
This will replace my ‘quick reviews’ and will now be a regular feature every Saturday afternoon talking about my latest beauty purchase.
This week, it’s my new mascara; Estee Lauder’s Doublewear Curling Mascara…
So the first thing to say is this isn’t cheap. That was probably obvious. I tend to shy away from mascaras in the £20+ category because I find so few mascaras that I like that I always fear they’re going to be a complete waste of money. However, I was getting fed up with trying to find a mascara that wouldn’t leave me with panda eyes by the end of the day. I have very oily eyelids and between that and my contact lenses I need a tough mascara that won’t smudge. I knew from my experience with their foundation that Estee Lauder Doublewear was fantastic quality so I was willing to spend the £21 to try this.
First impressions upon receiving this were ‘it’s so small!’ This is just 0.19oz – compared to Benefit’s They’re Real! which is 0.30oz and Lancome’s Hypnose which is 0.23oz – the two other higher end mascaras I’d tried in the past. Other than that, the packaging is just as you’d expect from EL – very classic and elegant.
This applies nicely but you have to be quick if you’re a layer builder as this dries really quickly. My normal application technique is to do each eye and then go back and go over once more but you can’t do this as it’s already dried after just a few seconds. It does remove really easily though. I just use a Simple eye make up remover and it doesn’t struggle at all – no furious rubbing needed which is a massive plus.
My eyelashes look nice after application – they help create a nice daytime look. I wouldn’t say they were overly curled and I’ve certainly had nicer looking lashes using other mascaras though. However, this mascara does not budge. At all. Even wearing it all day and night there’s nothing under my eyes come the end of the day.
So now I’m in a predicament with this mascara. On the one hand it does what I need it to – not smudge. On the other, the effect doesn’t blow me away and the tube is tiny. So is it worth the money? As someone who doesn’t want to look overly made up at work and is conscious of looking a little unkempt at the end of the day thanks to straying mascara it is for me. I may try one of the other versions with my next purchase – such as the lengthening or volume and lift variety.
If you need a total smudge free mascara that isn’t a complete mare to remove at the end of the day, this is the mascara for you.