Currently holding one of the top spots on my List of Silly Fears, right under 1) the inevitable zombie apocalypse, and 2) dressing like a cougar in a too-tight teenage girl’s dress?
You know what I’m talking about. The tipping point after which long, lush lashes venture into predatory hairy spider legs territory.
To be honest, mascara and I have totally gone there many times (accidentally, of course). Sometimes it happens when I get a little too enthusiastic with the layering…
If you’re as bothered by the idea as I am, let the new MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash mascara ($16 and available in a single shade called Intense Black) allay your fears.
Gigablack is the latest incarnation of MAC Extended Play (the “Blanche Deveraux” mascara from last spring), and the latest addition to MAC’s permanent mascara line.
It’s similar to the original Extended Play in how well it separates and lengthens lashes while ensuring that they still look natural — but not too natural, if you know what I mean.
No hairy spider leg-like lashes here.
Wearing two or three coats, my lashes look long, smooth and dark, yet still feel soft and light, and they remain that way for 15-16 hours (!) without flaking or smudging.
So, what’s the big diff between this new version and its predecessors? Two words: carbon pigments. MAC added ‘em to the formula to make the black color more intense.
But that’s not the only thing…
Gigablack just seems to perform better than the old Extended Play in almost every way. With it, I think my lashes look longer and more dense, like I have more of them, perhaps on account of how good Gigablack is at grabbing, catching and lengthening even the tiniest, stubbiest hairs to create an overall fuller lash look.
Heck, I think it even holds a curl longer and better.
The only thing keeping it from earning two thumbs up and three snaps in a Z formation? — the drama, which it brings, but maybe not up to drag queen standards.
That said, if you and your lashes long for flirty length and fabulous separation, Gigablack has your back.
PRICE: $16 for a 0.20-ounce tube
AVAILABILITY: Available now in the MAC permanent line at MAC counters, stores and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+/A-
Just when you thought it was safe to go outside…
Man, and here I thought I’d be safe from allergy attacks for at least another two weeks…
Yup, guess who went for a quick walk this afternoon and had her first bad allergy attack of the season (I’ll give you a hint: it was me).
Other than that, though, no complaints from me. Any day you get to feel the sunshine on your shoulders while you walk your cat is a great day.
How’s it going out there? What did you do today? School, work, play?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,