How would I characterize my current mascara philosophy? Three words: Zac Efron’s lashes.
Allow me to explain…
Last weekend I watched a (SUPER cheesy) movie starring Zac that I thoroughly enjoyed called The Lucky One.
In it, Zac plays a marine who falls in love with a woman whose picture he finds one fateful day on the battlefield.
There it is, on the ground among the rubble.
He has no idea who she is or where she’s from, but he promises himself that day to find her if he survives.
Anywho, I spent the entire movie dazzled by this boy’s long and luscious, curly lashes.
They are, simply put, perfection, and really, really glossy!
Homeboy hit the genetic jackpot in the lash department, and it’s so not fair.
Like, if Zac’s sad face was in a tight closeup shot on the screen, and a tear was slowly rolling down his left cheek, I wouldn’t even notice the tear because I’d be too busy staring at his long, wet, glossy lashes.
So to make a short story long…those are the kind of lashes I’m obsessed with at the moment, and I’ve been on a mission this week to find a mascara able to give me that Zac Efron lash look.
As luck would have it, I think I may have found it (or, I’m getting close to finding it) in Guerlain’s new Cils d’Enfer Maxi Lash Mascara.
It’s $30, new for spring and currently available on counters now (it launched earlier this month), and it’s designed to deliver full lash looks by doing a bit of everything — lengthening, thickening, holding the curl and separating each of your lovely lashes.
It comes in two shades, Violet and Black — whoops! I meant, Violet and Noir.
That reminds me of high school French. My parents would always say, “Why are you taking French? You’re never going to need it!”
Oh yeah, Mom? Well, look at that! BAM! Now I can translate the French words used by beauty brands.
Sorry, where was I…?
Ah, yes! — Guerlain’s new mascara. It’s designed to do a bit of everything, and it’s supposed to do it all quickly, without any clumps.
Perfect, because that’s what I want from a mascara. I haven’t been wanting to deal with any lash drama lately. I just want things to be easy.
So, does Cils d’Enfer Maxi Lash Mascara deliver?
You know what? I think it does. If nothing else, it gets me a lot closer to Zac’s lashes in a number of ways.
First, it really is easy to use, which I love. I find that I don’t have to follow it up with a lash comb, thanks to the smooth, non-clumping formula.
And I don’t have to pull off any trickery with the brush, either. The bristles just naturally deposit the right amount of product.
Occasionally, it will overload, which leaves me with some slight smudging along my lower lash line, but that’s pretty rare.
It lengthens like a champ, keeps the curl curly and separates well, too (especially at the roots).
Oh, and get this! When you pull out the wand, it smells like roses.
I love it. Cils d’Enfer Maxi definitely delivers a different lash look than the one I get with Chanel le Volume, which I’m still loving, by the way. Chanel’s lash look is thicker at the base than the look I get with this, but this does a slightly better job of separating my lashes at the root, for more of a doll-eyed effect with longer, better defined lashes.
Now for the million-dollar question: does Cils d’Enfer Maxi recreate Zac’s lovely lashes?
Hmm… After much deliberation and scientific analysis (not), almost. I think it gets close on the length, curl and separation, but Zac’s lashes look a tad thicker to me overall.
Of course, I could always apply a second layer to get even closer to that Zac lash effect…
Good thing the formula is so smooth and doesn’t clump.
Yeah, it’s kind of expensive at $30… Could you find a simiar mascara for less? Probably. But you might not get the little extras with it, like the fancy gold tube and rose fragrance, and those are nice little touches to have.
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