Mas­cara that’ll sur­vive the el­e­ments

Can they sur­vive sun, show­ers and swel­ter­ing com­mutes? Fiona Mckim re­ports

Woman & Home (South Africa) - - Contents -

BEST FOR: VER­SA­TIL­ITY By Terry Lash-ex­pert Twist Brush Dou­ble E€ect Mas­cara,


Looks Its in­ge­nious two-step ro­tat­ing wand might seem in­tim­i­dat­ing to use at first, but one twist later, and my lashes have met their new best friend.

Lashes The straight brush gives lashes great length and curl, while the curved ver­sion sep­a­rates hairs and gives them a good dose of vol­ume – it’s the best of both worlds! The build­able for­mula also hy­drates and pre­vents break­age.

Lasted Stayed in­tact through one of those ‘four-sea­son­sin-one-day’ kind of days.

BEST FOR: GLAM­OUR Eliz­a­beth Ar­den Stand­ing Ova­tion Mas­cara,


Looks Like the mas­cara ver­sion of a go-to LBD. It has a larger-than-nor­mal brush and but­tery, lash-lov­ing for­mula.

Lashes Big, bold and ohso glam­orous, with a black pig­ment that’s per­fectly sooty.

Lasts The for­mula is fairly loose so it needs a mo­ment to set, but two swift coats later and I saw no need for falsies – my lashes were ul­tra lus­trous, plus zero flak­ing or clump­ing.

BEST FOR: LIFT YSL Beauté The Curler,


Looks The long­est brush of the lot in an el­e­gant arc.

One side of the wand loads on prod­uct, while the other combs through and curls.

Lashes In one word: wow. Full-on flut­ter, in­clud­ing in­ner-cor­ner lashes I didn’t even know ex­isted. Length that I’d only pre­vi­ously been able to achieve with glue and false lashes.

Lasts Amaz­ingly well con­sid­er­ing this doesn’t even bill it­self as budge­proof. Sur­vived a hu­mid Uber com­mute and 12-hour day, yet slipped o‹ eas­ily with mi­cel­lar wa­ter. I think I’m in love.

BEST FOR: VOL­UME Avon Mark Big & Ex­treme Mas­cara,


Looks Easy to fish out of your make-up bag thanks to its brightly coloured, sum­mery pack­ag­ing and sat­is­fy­ingly chunky shape.

Lashes A good bal­ance of length and vol­ume as the flu‹y, widely spaced bris­tles pick up plenty of for­mula then load it on cleanly and pre­cisely.

Lasted From break­fast till bed­time – bar the odd smudge. Full dis­clo­sure: I tested it dur­ing a heat­wave, through which my lids could prob­a­bly have dis­solved glossy enamel paint.

BEST FOR: FLUT­TER Smash­box Su­per Fan Fanned-out Mas­cara,


Looks The sleek scar­let tube is pretty sexy, and the flex­i­ble rub­ber wand bends to grip ev­ery tiny lash.

Lashes So­phis­ti­cated, sep­a­rated and very flut­tery. If you need mega vol­ume, this isn’t the one; if you’d rather look e‹or­t­lessly chic, then it prob­a­bly is.

Lasts En­tirely wa­ter-re­sis­tant (and I gave my face a re­ally good dunk­ing), a vig­or­ous eye rub caused a tiny smear or two, but this was also the eas­i­est to re­move, which makes a fair trade in my book. w&h

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