5 Things You Should Know About MAC Upward Lash Mascara ($22)
- You might feel compelled to say, “ONWARD AND UPWARD!” to your lashes every time you open the tube — and yes, it is perfectly normal to talk to your lashes (well…).
- The compact brush might remind you of other compact things, like kittens! You may even start to think, “Hey! I should get another kitten or two, or 12.”
- The glossy black finish makes my lashes look exactly like the fur of this black cat in my neighborhood that I’ve been trying to befriend for, like, ages. Bribing the neighborhood cats with treats usually works, but this cat is wise to my tricks.
Oh, well. Sooner or later, I’ll wear her down.
- Your (and by “your” I mean “my”) current MAC mascara love, Extended Play Gigablack Lash, will start to wonder if your three-year love affair is over because you haven’t reached for it in days.
Reassure it by stroking it gently. Try not to look like a pervert.
- Friends may mistake your tube of Upward Lash for an XXL tube of MAC Lipstick, because doesn’t it look like one?!
OMG! Can you imagine?
Anyway, feel free to toy with their emotions by saying, “Yes, it’s a giant tube of MAC Lady Danger.” 🙂
The nitty-gritty details about MAC Upward Lash
- The latest mascara to be added to the MAC permanent line, it’s $22 and available now online and at MAC stores and counters in a single shade called Upward Black.
- It does it all, quickly adding dramatic lift, volume, curl and separation while giving lashes a glossy, black finish.
- The brush head is weird! It’s small — about half the size of a standard mascara brush head — and the bristles are nubby and spiky like Chanel le Volume de Chanel, only smaller.
WARNING: Be careful not to poke your eye out (I almost did the first couple times).
- It’s a great mascara for quick length and volume, especially at the base. Lashes start thicker at the roots and taper out, looking long, stretched and lifted, and it only takes one coat. The results are that dramatic.
But the thing is, the brush isn’t ideal for getting good lash separation. It likes to herd my lashes into groups of two or three, resulting in spiky lashes, as opposed to highly separated lashes that look like a feather.
- The first few times I ran this mascara through my lashes, the brush touched the skin behind my lashes and left a lot of product on my lids, so you might want to place an index card or a finger back there while you practice and get used to it.
- The formula is easy to remove, and I haven’t noticed any flaking or smudging.
I like this mascara. I do. The look is bold, dramatic and fast, in that I don’t have to sit there applying layer upon layer…
The only thing is the brush… It’s different, so while you’re getting used to it, it might leave a small mess behind. If you like spiky lash looks that are dark and glossy with lots of length, lift and volume, give MAC Upward Lash a try.
AVAILABILITY: Permanent, and available now online and at MAC stores and counters
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B/B+ (I’m partial to lashes that look more feathery, but sometimes I like spiky lashes too)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,