When it came to my attention that Sephora Beauty Insiders got a free gift on their birthday, the first thing I did was shout “FREE GIFT!” The second thing I did was get myself down to my local Sephora on my bday to collect.
I received a nice little set with a mini-eyeliner, mascara and eyeshadow. The mascara looked promising, but I wasn’t holding out the highest hopes because I have high standards when it comes to mascaras, and I want the ones I use to lengthen and create volume at the same time (the spider-leg-look doesn’t appeal to me). I don’t like flaking, smudging, or wet/runny formulas at all, and I don’t want them to be so hard to remove that I have to wash my eyes three times in a row. I can’t stand that.
It had seemed to me that I would never find my mascara mate. That was, until my birthday date with Sephora Lash Plumper mascara.
The first things I noticed were the wand and brush head. I’d been using Covergirl Lashblast Fusion and hated the bulky head. Sephora’s has your normally slender wand style with a typical volumizing head — and not with the gel-like bristles that most mascaras have nowadays. This brush tapers off at the tip, which makes it ideal for getting into corners. As for the packaging, it’s no-nonsense, no frills or flash, but that doesn’t bother me in the least.
After examining the wand and brush, I checked the formula. It’s absolutely perfect! It’s never dripping wet (like Lancome Hypnose Drama) nor bone dry (like Covergirl Lashblast Volume), and it doesn’t fall off in gobs at the tip.
When it came time for the true test, application, I gave my lashes a quick coat and then went over them, wiggling the brush until I was happy with my look.
Lash Plumper separates my lashes just enough and lengthens them a touch. Would I call them “plumper”? Well, not really. After applying I still see some spacing between the lashes that Covergirl Lashblast Fusion would have filled, but I can happily live with that thanks to how much I just like the way Lash Plumper makes my lashes look: lovely. You can see how it lengthens and volumizes just enough without creating that spidery, overly separated look.
Sephora Lash Plumper mascara also lasts through the day, at least 8-10 hours, without flaking, smudging or causing raccoon-ish features, yet it’s still easy to remove. I give it four (4) out of five (5) stars, simply because I don’t feel it’s as “plumping” and volumizing as it claims.
But I think it’s safe to say that Lash Plumper delivers most of my “demands.” I’m completely happy with it and plan to pick up the full-size version when I’ve finished my free birthday treat. It’s sold at Sephora stores and online at sephora.com and retails for $12 (available in black and brown).
If you’ve tried Sephora Lash Plumper mascara before, what did you think?