For the past year, I have been using tubing mascaras almost exclusively. I've truly enjoyed not having panda eyes by mid afternoon and not having to spend ages and ages trying to get the last bits of mascara off my eyes in the evening. I've tried out a few brands and reviewed a couple. It's been a truly rich experience.
Earlier this year, I began to miss my panda eyes. The truth is, as great a these tubing mascaras are (some better than others), none of them give you ridiculously full, fake-looking lashes without the fake lashes. So into Boots I went and bought my first panda-eye giving mascara - L'Oreal Superstar Mascara. It didn't disappoint.
This review, however, is for the Nars Audacious Mascara which only recently came out here in the UK at SpaceNK exclusively until the end of this month. I'm not a fan of plastic bristles and would always choose real (??) bristles over the plastic versions. But the marketing for this mascara is excellent, and I really couldn't resist trying it out, even though I'm also currently using Armani Eyes to Kill.
Anyway, I've been using this mascara for about a week now, so I thought to leave a review.
I still don't like plastic brushes, however this brush is great at catching the really short hairs. While the packaging is quite chunky (a little too chunky, to be honest, the brush is fairly easy to use, even if you're not used to plastic bristles.
The product itself has fair consistency. It's a bit liquid for me, but a week on and it's starting to thicken up a little, so it's not much of a bother.
The mascara is actually pretty fantastic. It separates my lashes really well, and if you allow it to dry a little and then apply a second coat, it will seriously add volume. It also fans out your lashes, and by the end of it, you'll have doll lashes. Fabulous.
The longevity is good enough. I don't think it smudges much (not noticeably anyway) so, by the end of the day, my eyes still look decent.
The packaging (other than being chunky) is actually pretty fantastic. This is how they got me.
Would I buy it again? I clicked Yes, but this could go either way, really.