Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer sure is interesting. I’ll give it that.
In my ceaseless pursuit of products to transform my mousy, stage-fright fringe into the lash equivalent of Cher on tour (complete with crazy wigs and pyrotechnics), I’ve tried a lot of different mascaras, but I can safely say I’ve never tried one quite like this.
Lash Lacquer comes in a single shade, inky black Kohl. Not quite a mascara, Hourglass says it does for lashes what top coat does for nails (at least one of the things), giving them an almost wet look that’s supposed to ramp up the intensity of bare lashes and other mascaras when layered on top. Ya know, the old false lash look.
Basically, it’s supposed to perform like a thickening, jet black liquid mascara top coat that you apply with a brush. The brush, incidentally, looks like a nail polish brush, and it’s supposed to be used kinda like one, too, held horizontally, with each lash painted one by one.
For the most dramatic affect, pair it with a lengthening mascara, rather than a thickening mascara. I tried it with several lengthening mascaras (including Hourglass Film Noir), and basically got same effect with all of them. In these pictures I applied it over one layer of my current lengthening mascara crush, Urban Decay Cannonball.
Time to paint!
Before (top) and after (bottom)
I tip my fedora to Hourglass for the glossy, jet-black finish and smudge-proof formula, and I appreciate the little bit of extra curl hold it lends, but I actually think I notice more thickness and KAPOW! when I just apply an extra layer of Buxom Amplified Lash instead (a great thickener and my current mascara crush). It’s easier to apply, and at $22 also costs a little less.
And then there’s the matter of Lash Lacquer’s applicator brush. Novel, yes, but it takes a hefty helping of time, patience and coordination to properly use. I tried to rush it this morning and accidentally plopped a big blob of product on my waterline. Then, of course, I blinked, and saw the black liquid spread across my eyeball…
FREAKED ME OUT!
In a word: scary. I looked like one of those possessed town folk from True Blood, Season 2. Plus, it stung. Thankfully, it was easy to rinse out with water, and to be fair, Hourglass clearly says to avoid using it near the inner rim of the eye. My bad.
After giving Lash Lacquer a few tries, I have yet to find its sweet spot. When I use too much, my lashes get clumpy, spiky and thick (but not thick in a good mascara way). I seem to get the best results when I remove every shred of excess from the brush before applying by swiping it across the top of the tube, and then painting my lashes very slowly.
Overall, I like Lash Lacquer, especially the color and finish, but I think it would benefit from a price cut and an upgrade in the lash thickening department. Props to Hourglass, though, for coming up with something innovative that doesn’t involve vibrating wands and motors.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
I hope you managed to squeeze in some fun today. What does the rest of your week look like?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,