Frugal or Foolish? Essence Lash Powder


I've been eyeballing the YouNique Moodstruck 3D Fibre lashes, because I saw a before and after from one of their direct sellers, and it really did look like a dramatic change. I have very blonde, and pretty short lashes, and having very hooded eyes, I naturally want long voluminous lashes to open them up. 
But not at $35 CDN a pop... 

Not to mention, this is a direct sales company, and some of the reps seem hardcore. Like, "Jehovah's Witnesses after you've taken their literature once" hardcore (I won't make that mistake again). I put them on my fantasy shopping list and resigned myself to the fact that I would probably never own it. 
But then! I was browsing through Shopper's the other day, and I came across the Essence kiosk. Or end-cap, whatever you call it... I have been checking out Essence a lot recently because I scored a really fantastic mascara from there, and so now figure anything they do must be worth a try at least. So when I saw this at $3.99, I figured I had to try it. I did my due diligence once I bought it, and googled some youtube reviews, and the ones I saw were not rave. But I didn't think the application was done as well as it could, so I was still pretty confident I could make this work. I used Make Up Forever's Smokey Extravagant Mascara, which was my birthday gift from Sephora this year. Check out the photos after the jump.

Straight Ahead View

Both eyes: zero product
Left: One coat mascara / Right: One application of powder
(which involves a coat of mascara followed by the powder, followed by another coat of mascara)
You can see a little more length and volume on the right
Left: Two coats mascara / Right: Two applications of powder
Way more length and volume on the right

Looking Down View

Both eyes: zero product
Left: One coat mascara / Right: One application of powder
Not as much difference here, but I think a little more length and volume on the right
Left: Two coats mascara / Right: Two applications of powder
Definitely more volume and maybe a smidge more length on the right?

Looking Up View

Both eyes: no product
Left: One coat mascara / Right: One application of powder
I see more volume, but not much added length
Left: Two coats mascara / Right: Two applications of powder
More volume, yes, more length, yup

So, the bottom line on this one is that yes, it does what it says it will do. But... this won't become a staple in my closet. The packaging is bunk. Its hard to get an even coating on the brush by dipping it into the little tub. It sort of compresses it all together and pulls it all out, and then leaves way too much on the spoolie, which then falls out all OVER your face. I had to tap a little out onto a tablespoon and then spin the brush in the fibres to get a light even coating. Which isn't terrible, if you are using this for special occasions or something, but hell, I'll put on false eyelashes for an actual special occasion! I was hoping for something that would give me a falsie look, but with everyday ease. This is not that product. But then, maybe I am lazy!

So, is this a frugal buy, or a foolish buy? I'd say frugal. It does what its supposed to, but it just doesn't do so easily. If the YouNique lash fibres aren't in your budget, these will more-or-less do the job, but I still think that I would prefer the YouNique system. Seems easier. Guess you pay for convenience...
  • Pretty much performs as promised; volumizes and lengthens the lashes
  • Very reasonably priced: $3.99. Can't beat that.

  • Quite a hassle to apply. Would have been better if the powder had been packaged in a mascara tube.
  • Can get a bit clumpy if you don't use a light touch

Things to keep in mind:
  • Apply the fibres immediately after you apply your mascara; it needs to still be wet for the fibres to adhere
  • Apply multiple light applications, as opposed to one heavy application.
    That way clumps lie...

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