Based on the cuteness factor of the packaging, at the very least, I expected L’Oreal’s Miss Manga Mascara ($7.99) to grant me lashes that Jem and the Holograms would envy.
The pink and black tube? The bendy brush? The very name itself? — Miss Manga Mascara?
It would have been silly of me to have expected anything other than cartoony doe-eyed drama.
L’Oreal’s latest mascara, Miss Manga is available now in three shades for $7.99 each. The one I’m wearing in the pics below is called 374 Blackest Black.
Now, this stuff is designed to create a very distinct lash look — thick, clumpy, kind of wet and glossy.
Not everyone’s cup of tea, and I can see why, as it’s a little costume-ish and not very natural.
But I dig clumpy lash looks from time to time. I think they can look runway/high fashion, particularly when paired with the right cattitude and accessories…and when you’re also wearing other makeup that makes sense to wear with clumpy lashes (I like white liner on the bottom water line and bright lips).
Here’s the thing, though: I’ll only “go there” if, and only if, it comes with excellent curl hold.
Unfortunately, with Miss Manga, I get a sad panda droop within minutes. 🙁
The formula makes up for it a bit in other areas, like the volume, which is alright, and resistance to smudging, but waaa! — the wimpy curl hold is basically a deal-breaker for me.
Curled lashes > purposefully clumpy lashes, any day.
PRICE: $7.99, available in three shades
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores, Ulta and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: C (decent volume and no smudging, but unacceptable curl hold)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,