The alley grew darker the deeper she went, but she knew he came this way, the cat with the tabby fur.
She sped around a corner and almost tripped on something metal and loud, a trash can maybe. She didn’t stop. It was dark, so dark. Out of breath, her heart racing, she barely made out the silhouettes of two dogs playing cards under a fire escape before she passed them.
“Which way’d he go?” she barked, pivoting on three-inch heels.
No answer. Damn scamps. She didn’t stop, couldn’t stop, just kept running, arms flailing wildly in the dark.
“Hello!” she cried out, to nowhere, to everywhere, to him. “Please, wait!”
Still nothing. So she kept running, deeper into the night. He was here. She knew it, somewhere, the cat with the tabby fur…
At $28 the new Hourglass Film Noir Mascara is priced more like a big budget Hollywood blockbuster than art house film noir.
Available in a single shade, Onyx, a deep, dark jet black, it borrows a page (or two) from Chanel’s new $30 Inimitable Intense Mascara — sleek, sophisticated packaging, similar lash lengthening prowess and volume plumping powers; all that, and it lifts curls, keeps them lifted all day long and resists smudging, too.
What Hourglass says about Film Noir…
- That it conditions and hydrates lashes with pro-vitamin B5
- That polymers in the formula help it adhere to lashes while also resisting smudging and fading
- The triple-cut, hourglass-shaped brush distributes the product across lashes while creating volume, lift and length
- It’s free of parabens, sulfates and pthalates
While similar, Inimitable’s spiky lash look limits its flexibility. It’s also not the easiest product to layer (gets clumpy and messy after one layer).
Film Noir has the smoother formula (how smooth is it?). It’s smoother than that sweet talking ex-boyfriend who kept making excuses for not returning your Notorious B.I.G. CDs…
I’m not bitter.
And it doesn’t clump at all, not even after three (or more!) layers, delivering beautiful definition.
Hourglass Film Noir after one coat
Hourglass after two coats
Chanel Inimitable after one coat
Film Noir also feels great when it’s worn. Lashes wearing it remain soft and feather light. Plus, removal’s a snap.
It seems like a lot of ladies like Film Noir. It’s been getting raves in early reviews on sephora.com, earning it four-and-a-half out of five stars… I like it too, but I do wish it delivered a little more volume, particularly around the lash base (and didn’t cost an arm and a leg!). Then again, I like my lashes drag queen-caliber, but you probably already knew that about me. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
You might like Hourglass Film Noir Mascara if…
- You don’t mind mascaras in the $30 range
- You value definition more than volume
- You like being able to build up your mascara using multiple layers
Happy hump day, ladies! I’m en route to the dentist, aka one of my least favorite places in the world (no offense to dentists worldwide). As much as I don’t look forward to dental visits, can you imagine what dentistry used to be like? In Medieval times? Yeah, I wouldn’t have been able to hang. I hope I don’t have any cavities… Wish me luck!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,