It has been a while since I last reviewed a mascara on the blog primarily since I was sticking to my Covergirl lash blast mascaras. I got the Calvin Klein mascara last year from Ulta as a birthday gift and I finally cracked it open a month back.
I really like the sleek and simple packaging.The bottom black half of the tube is rubberized so it does have a tendency to pick up dirt much like most of NARS packaging. The USP of this mascara is that it contains 2 types of mascara wands built into 1. If you twist a small section of the cap of the mascara tube, you can scrunch up the rubber bristles. The bristles you see when you first pull out the wand is for lengthening and once you scrunch it by twisting the cap you get bristles that can be used for volumizing the lashes. I have to admit that the idea is quite cool!
I also have to admit that initially I hated this mascara! I found the formula too wet and I primarily used the lengthening brush which gave me spidery lashes (4 to 5 of them!).
Since I usually stick to lengthening mascaras, the first 2 to 3 times I tried this mascara I did not try the volumizing side which proved to be a big mistake 😉 I soon found out that the volumizing bristles not only gave good length and decent volume, they did not clump my lashes..yay!
With just 2 coats of the mascara with the volumizing side I got decent length, volume, definition and curl for my lashes. The mascara lasts a good 8 to 10 hours with no flaking or smudging which is awesome (then again I don’t have very watery eyes..not sure how it will perform if I were to cry!).
I did see a couple of reviews where they noted that the mascara dries up real fast in the tube. Right now I am in my second month of using this guy and so far so good!
The one big negative point for this mascara is that it is tough to take off! I usually use a cleansing oil to take off my makeup followed by a foaming facial cleanser. This mascara starts to flake all over the place when you try to get it off! I am guessing you might land up tugging in your eye area if you were to use makeup removing wipes. It does not say that it is a waterproof one so I am not sure why its so hard to get off (also most water proof ones come off easily when using oil for removal).
Another point to keep in mind if you plan to try this mascara is to not apply more than 2 coats maybe. I found that this mascara weighs down my lashes if I apply more than 2 coats.
The Ck one mascara is priced at 18$ but I am not sure if I want to pay so much when I kinda hate the lengthening bristles and only use the scrunched up volumizing side. I f you can find good use for both the bristles then I’d say it is still worth giving it a try but for me I think I might go back to my drugstore mascaras when I am done with this tube 🙂
It has been almost 3 weeks since I last blogged..August was an exciting and packed month, so much so that I hardly got time to blog! Well I am back and hopefully I’ll stay on track this month as far as blogging is concerned 😉
Surprisingly, I don’t think I have ever talked about brushes all that much on my blog although they are vital to achieving a flawless look in my opinion. Well, today lets change that! I have 3 favorite brushes when it comes to foundation application. 2 of them are extremely affordable and the other one isn’t terribly expensive either.
ELF powder brush
I am sure every one has heard of this one! The ELF powder brush is an extremely popular budget foundation brush (3$). Although it is technically meant to be used with powder products, this brush works really well with liquids too. The bristles are arranged in a nice dense fashion which aids in buffing out liquids like a dream on the skin. I have always been able to get streak free application when using this brush with both sheer and thick foundations. Despite being washed a zillion times, the brush has held up really well; no shedding and getting out of shape. I don’t use powder foundations all that much but I have used this brush in the rare occasions I try them out and it works really well with powders too!
2. ELF Small Stipple brush
Stippling foundation onto your skin (applying in dabbing motions) helps give a more flawless finish than using a normal foundation brush. The ELF stippling brush works well with foundations which have medium to thick consistency. With thicker foundations, the stipple brush helps to give a more natural finish versus cake face.On days when I am in a hurry and don’t have time to stipple, I have used this as a normal foundation buffing brush and it works just as good as the ELF powder brush.
3. Japonesque Angled Complexion brush
This is the only foundation brush I like to use with thin serum like foundations! It has really dense bristles and although it is a travel size one, I love it! I got this free with a huge Japonesque purchase maybe a year ago. I am not sure if they sell these individually but I did find this brush in a travel set sold on Amazon. (HERE). The other 2 brushes in that set look pretty good too so maybe the set isn’t too bad an investment 🙂 This brush, like my ELF ones has gone through multiple washes and is still in good shape with no shedding! The thickly packed bristles really help prevent streaky application (which happens quite often with very liquid like foundations) and although its a relatively small sized brush it gets the job done fast!
What are your favorite foundation brushes? I would love to try more brushes, so don’t be shy to leave your suggestions below 😉