I wish I could say I field tested the new Urban Decay Cannonball Waterproof Mascara ($20) by leaping from the rock at Waimea Bay on Oahu, but the methodology I used was a little less glamorous than that.
To put the new lengthening, waterproof mascara to the test, I pit it against two super soaking challenges. First, I charged headlong into a downpour to run some errands without an umbrella-ella-ella. Then, I pushed a heavy vacuum around my house for more than an hour.
If waterproof mascaras that leave your lashes feeling heavy and cakey make you want to weep bitter tears, you can throw them in the trash. We have a solution: Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara! Rigorously field-tested in the ocean as well as sweat-drenched gym conditions, this exclusive Japanese formula refuses to budge. A special microcrystalline wax works with the dense, fuzzy brush to increase seductive length and volume, all while never flaking off and compromising your lashesâ€™ natural feathery texture. Mermaids can now sing their siren songs with abandon, and high maintenance types can cry all they want.
As soon as I applied two layers first thing last Saturday morning, I noticed a very cool doe-eyed effect. Not only does Cannonball dramatically lengthen and separate lashes, it also cures the curl from my Shu Uemura lash curler, locking it into place. It made my peepers look crazy big, like an anime puppy’s eyes when it begs for bacon.
With it on, I proceeded to vigorously vacuum the house, and by the time I finished, I was covered in a glistening, sweaty sheen. As soon as I finished that, I left to run some errands around town (it was raining cats and dogs!), first to Trader Joe’s, then the UPS store and finally to Target, before returning home to crank out three miles on the treadmill.
Covered. In. Sweat. I know that with what I put it through, I was expecting a lot, but no one wants to make excuses for a $20 mascara. Straight up — I was expecting a lot.
Before (top) and after two coats (bottom)
Before (left) and after two coats (right)
Even after everything it went through, Cannonball held up well. No flakes, and my lashes still felt soft and feather-light. It delivers dramatic separation and length, and it really knows how to hold a curl…but (there’s always a but) it also appears to smudge.
Not the worst smudging I’ve ever seen, but still. For $20, it probably shouldn’t smudge at all.
NOTE: If you prefer volumizing mascaras, Cannonball doesn’t really thicken much at all.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Game of Thrones: An obsession in the making
So, I’m three episodes into Game of Thrones, and I’ve already yelled, “OH, SNAP! Did that just happen!?” at least six times.
The show has it all — intrigue, betrayal, power struggles, monsters, mischievous imps with questionable motives. So far, it’s everything I could have asked for from a fantasy show.
I even watched 15 minutes of the fourth episode this morning while I had my coffee and toast… I’m already salivating about what might happen next!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,