When it comes to makeup, I'm exceedingly loyal.
I've been using the same eyeliner since I was twelve, the same foundation since I first started wearing makeup (only now in a shade that matches my skin tone) and despite trialling new skincare launches for work, I always return to the same moisturiser.
But there is one product I show absolutely zero loyalty to and that's mascara.
Whenever I go shopping for mascara, I feel like Goldilocks. One makes my lashes look like crooked spider legs. Another makes them look sad, stubby, and underwhelming. And even when I find a mascara that gives me desirable lashes, it will flake and smudge so when I finally look in the mirror hours later, I see Courtney Love.
I am always on the search for the "just right" formula that works for me and to be completely honest, I didn't really know what it was I was looking for – until I tried the Sculpt Master Mascara from NOTE Cosmetics.
Sculpt Master Mascara, €11.95, NOTE Cosmetics
Here it is in all its glory. The tube itself looks much like other products belonging to the brand. It's housed in matte black packaging and labelled with a glossy embossed font. But, as always, it's what's inside that really matters.
My natural lashes are a lot like me: short and stubby, meaning I normally have to apply three to four layers to get the effect I like, but after just two coats, I was left with a fluttery, false lash look. Usually, with a brush this size, you forgo separated lashes for thickness and volume. However, there's some magic happening here, because it somehow pulls off both. My lashes were fluffy and soft but endlessly coated in bold, inky black pigment.
All of my eyelash dreams had come true. My only complaint is that the mascara did flake a little throughout the day, but I didn't look like a raccoon by the end of the day despite accidentally taking a nap while wearing it.
I wish I could pinpoint exactly how this mascara does it. Perhaps it's because the mascara is enriched with Vitamin C, Vitamin E and D-Panthenol or maybe it's the shape of the wand that's doing the magic. Frankly, I don't care. All I know is this mascara has replaced my need to wear fake eyelashes every week – which I'm extremely grateful for right now as my false lash supply is at an all-time low and apparently they don't count as an essential item.
Does this mean I'll never use another mascara again? Probably not, but that's simply down to the fact I quite enjoy this fling with mascara I have going on.
Will I repurchase it? Absolutely. It gives me lashes I never thought I could achieve without the help of adhesive glue.