It seems that everyone is Mad Men crazy these days, but I long for another era to make a comeback – the 1930’s. Smoky eyes, the barest hunt of blush, the red, red lips and, of course, thick pitch-black lashes. Hourglass strives to bring back that sexy look with Film Noir Lash Lacquer ($28). This isn’t just another mascara, it’s a latex-like top coat that you apply in addition to your mascara, to turn your look from daytime into luxurious, inky nighttime. With a few strokes, Lash Lacquer adds a lengthening, volumizing look that mimics the look of glossy false lashes.
After applying a lengthening mascara, like Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara, Lash Lacquer is painted on with a brush, allowing you to control the amount you apply. A few strokes give you thicker and more defined lashes, even more gives you the inky, spidery lashes that are a hot trend now.
Being a mascara fanatic, I was more excited than necessary to try Lash Lacquer. It took me a few tries to get the application right; this is not a slap-dash application product. Wiping the excess on the inside of the tube, you hold the brush horizontally and apply Lash Lacquer in short strokes, as if you were painting them.
I prefer my lashes to be more fringe-like and super thick, but you ladies looking for length will flip. My already dark lashes looked even darker, and longer than they do with my normal mascara. I especially liked the look of Lash Lacquer on my lower lashes, they were defined without clumping or mess. And actually, I think I preferred the look of Lash Lacquer without the pre-application of mascara; it allowed for the same definition but with a softer feel.
• Super definition with pitch black, glossy color.
• Huge amount of product, much bang for your buck.
• Paraben, Phthalate and sulfate free.
• May not go with your current mascara; should not be used with thickening, tubing or other heavy formulas.
• Application takes practice and time.
• Not waterproof or water-resistant at all.
All in all, this a good product. It delivers as promised, but the exacting application and specific look may not appeal to everyone. I’d love to see this with an miniature mascara brush or ball wand; I think either would make application faster and easier. But if you’re looking for dark, cinematic lashes that seem to extend for forever, well, here’s looking at you kid.
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