When I use to own a makeup studio, women would come in and say “I only have five minutes, please sell me the best mascara you have and swear by.” Frankly, finding the perfect mascara was never a priority because I always had long, dark lashes. As I have gotten older, my lashes have gotten more sparse with less curl so mascara has now taken a priority in my makeup kit. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I am constantly raving about my holy grail Lash Queen by Helena Rubenstein, which unfortunately,isn’t available in the U.S anymore. I discovered it when I lived in Japan as it was and still is a best seller in the mascara category. My husband still refills my order every three months, but now that I blog, I need to look for something as good or almost as good as Helena Rubenstein. Let me introduce you to The Essential Mascara by Kevyn Aucoin Beauty ($32), a mascara that has become a close competitor to my Lash Queen. I will make this review short and sweet with a verdict. Let us take a closer look at this magic mascara that comes in a metallic plum packaging with a fabulous brush:
Believe it or not, I initially judge a mascara by how the brush feels much like I do when I shop for makeup brushes. If the handle feels comfortable in your hand and the brush fits your lashes perfectly then half the job is done.
The Essential mascara by Kevyn Aucoin made a good impression the first time I used it. The first round of application coated my lashes evenly and nicely. The second coat gave me “va va vavoom” lashes that as an instaglam look! It was easy to layer since it did not get spiky or flakey after the first coating and that is a big plus for me. I also didn’t experience any residue under my eyes at the end of the day (big pet peeve of mine) and was easy to remove at night using my Bioderma eye makeup remover.
Verdict? I have found a mascara that really works well for my lashes and gives me instant glam without much effort. When you find a mascara that is a good fit for your lashes regardless of price, you stick to it and consider a big mission accomplishes. Have you tried the Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Mascara? I would love to hear your thoughts.
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