Last year’s totally tubular MAC Opulash mascara started out, like, totally rad, but now itâ€™s getting even radder with a souped-up sibling called Opulash Optimum Black ($16).
Itâ€™s basically like the original, except in a darker, more intense shade of black.
Both the original formulation and the new MAC Opulash Optimum Black are referred to as â€œtube mascaras.â€ The formulas envelop lashes in a â€œtubeâ€ of mascara. Generally, the term is used to describe long-wearing, durable products ideal for humid climates, yet most are removable with warm water (counterintuitive, I know, considering how well they usually handle humidity).
Iâ€™ve used the original Opulash on and off since the first time I tried it last year, and I like the look. Itâ€™s very distinct, with uniform thickness from lash root to tip.
The original oneâ€™s also great with lifts â€“ like Patrick Swazye was for Jennifer Gray in the last scene from Dirty Dancing (one of the BEST moments in movie history!) — and I reach for it sometimes when I want a lifted, even fringe with good volume. It delivers pumped up, noticeble lashes that are just shy of drag.
And based on the time Iâ€™ve spent with it, this newer version, Opulash Optimum Black, lifts lashes while volumizing just as well as the older version, with the added bonus of better curl hold.
Bare lashes (top); with two coats of Opulash Optimum Black (bottom)
Swatches of Opulash (left) and Opulash Optimum Black (right)
As far as color, I do see a slight difference between the two versions in swatches on the back of my hand, but on my naturally black lashes, I canâ€™t. Does Optimum Black look darker and more intense? Iâ€™m not sure. If there is a difference, it might be more obvious on gals with lighter lashes than mine.
Man, what I wouldnâ€™t give to see what it looks like on El Hub’s long, blond fringe, but something tells me the odds of that happening are less likely than Tabs not wanting gravy for dinner tonight.
Even though the supposed darker black of the new Opulash Optimum is kinda lost on me, I still like it a lot. I think it’s just as great as the original one with even better curl hold.
I’m a little salty about the price rising $1, but hey, at least it wasnâ€™t $5.
PRICE: $15 US; $18 CDN
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to MAC counters and stores August 25 in North America and internationally this September
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions: Take Two
If your cat, dog, hamster, snake, rabbit, muskrat or vole stole your tube of MAC Evolution Revolution Lipglass and you need another one for your stash, FYI, itâ€™s back! — available again online along with the other colors in the MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions Collection.
And this time around, MAC published some pages with pics and video of the collectionâ€™s creation.
My interview is near the middle, but be warned: Iâ€™m a little spazzy in front of the camera.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. So, True Blood â€“ what did you think? I know Pamâ€™s not the nicest girl in the graveyard, but poor thing!