I love the look of big, bold tranny lashes, but I can’t wear them all the time (no matter how much I’d like to!). Now, when I need to look more professional than partygoer, I can reach for MAC Mascara X ($13). It delivers the perfect amount of lash volume with great separation and length.
Available for a while as part of the MAC permanent makeup line, it’s one of five mascaras designed to enhance lashes while maintaining a (somewhat) natural feel and appearance (Pro Lash, Splashproof Lash, Pro Longlash and Dazzle Lash are the others).
For volumized lashes that appear long, lush and separated — but still within the realm of possibility — I’ll apply two to three coats of Mascara X. It glides on smooth, dries to a glossy finish and leaves my lashes feeling light, flexible and soft.
Wearing three coats of MAC Mascara X
Two key ingredients in MAC Mascara X
Panthenol: This provitamin of B5 frequently appears in hair moisturizers and humectants due to its ability to bind to the shaft and create a kind of seal.
Acacia Senegal gum: A natural gum derived from the hardened sap of the acacia tree. It’s used as an adhesive for pigments in many makeup products because of how well it works, and because it dissolves easily in water. The gum is commercially harvested from wild trees in Senegal, a country in West Africa.
Doesn’t the brush look like a bristly little football? It feels soft, which is great because it doesn’t poke the skin along my lash line.
The product gives off a very faint rose fragrance — nice, and almost imperceptible.
When I’ve coated my lashes with Mascara X, I haven’t detected any flakes or smudging, and it keeps my lashes curled.
All that, and it removes easily with a simple cleanser and water.
For the price, Mascara X is hard to beat. On the market for lashes that look glossy, thick and long? You could do A LOT worse (available in one shade, Black X; cost: $13). Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
You might like MAC Mascara X if…
- You need to look professional but want extra lash length, separation and volume
- You like mascaras with a glossy finish
- You want something you can remove easily with a basic cleanser and water
- You want a formula that won’t clump, smudge or flake
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. I’m currently trying to review all the mascaras in the MAC permanent line. If you’d like to learn more…
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