Can a Good ‘Wand’ Make a Below Par Mascara Magic? – Model Co vs Givenchy

Model Co Mascara

Model Co Mascara

Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara Sample

Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara Sample

A little while ago I received a sample of the Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara and it was instant love. In the You Beauty Advent Calendar on Day 19 I received a mascara from Model Co and it was instant hate. One of my lovely readers suggested I test out the wand on the Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara to see if it had the same effect with another mascara. So I whipped out the make-up remover, cleaned the brush/wand and embarked on a month long quest to test this theory.

Model Co packaging

Model Co packaging

Model Co on the brush - you can see the fibres

Model Co on the brush – you can see the fibres

So first up we will start with why I disliked the Model Co mascara so much. The packaging felt cheap and although I hadn’t paid for the mascara, I couldn’t see myself paying £10 for something in such a nasty tube. The formula was very thick and on closer inspection appears to contain fibres. I found the mascara clumped around the tube and on the brush, which was a little irritating when I was in a hurry in the morning. The brush was very small and just your bog standard mascara wand shaped. Application was quite challenging and I found this had the tendency to make my lashes look spidery if you applied too much; applying too much was pretty darn easy giving the clumping issues. Anyway before use I learned to wipe the excess off with a tissue, which made application a bit easier. My lashes are naturally straight and short, but very dark. In a mascara I mainly look for a bit of volume and curl, but I like a lot of length.

Givenchy brush with no mascara

Givenchy brush with no mascara

Givenchy brush with Model Co

Givenchy brush with Model Co

This mascara didn’t really seem to do much for me. It darkened my lashes, but made very little difference.  In the name of blogging I wore this for 2 weeks to allow a fair comparison and my views didn’t change. I found this flaked off me during the day, probably after 6 hours or so. Maybe I am spoiled with the lasting power of Benefit? One thing to note is that if you live somewhere that it rains a lot, you may want to avoid this. Okay, we don’t expect a non water proof mascara to be waterproof, but any slight moisture and I had panda eyes. Not cool. I think that if you aren’t a mascara fiend like me and only wear it every now and then to darken your lashes, this would be perfect for you as it did look very natural. I think if you are blonde and have lovely lashes you just want to emphasise it is worth a try. Sadly, it wasn’t for me. In the photos I am wearing no other make-up so as not to take away from the ‘effect’ of the mascara. I used 2 coats on the top and nothing on the bottom as I don’t wear mascara on the bottom. It was very hard taking a photo of my own eye, so excuse the slightly different angles and poor quality. Oh also I did not use curlers in any of the photos. And yes my dark circles are horrific and I do have a few wrinkles under my eyes. I blame laughing too much (I mean today a guy at work was pretending he was a t rex, hard not to laugh).

Natural Lashes -  not much to see here

Natural Lashes – not much to see here

Lashes with 2 coats of Model Co

Lashes with 2 coats of Model Co

Lashes with 2 coats of Model Co using Givenchy brush

Lashes with 2 coats of Model Co using Givenchy brush

Remember me raving about the Givenchy mascara? Was it the mascara or the brush? This Model Co mascara seemed the perfect tester, so every day for 2 weeks I applied it using the Givenchy ‘magic wand’. Did I see the same results as with the Givenchy mascara? No. Did it improve the Model Co mascara? Yes, but only marginally. I did seem to get a little more volume, but not bags. The curl seemed to be slightly reduced; maybe as a result of the lashes being weighed down by the extra formula? I was left feeling a little disappointed. You can’t say I didn’t try. In the name of blogging, I used a mascara I hated for a whole month and being a mascara fiend, that was difficult. I can’t tell you how glad I am to get back to my Benefit mascara. Anyway, the moral of this story is that a wand obviously helps with application and a good shape can make coating the lashes easier, giving the desired result but it can’t make a bad formula good. I’m sorry Model Co, I really wanted to like your mascara, but it just is not for me.

So lovely bloggers do you agree with my results that a good wand does help, but isn’t the be all and end all? Are you tempted to try a similar experiment?

P.S I am all game for more experiments in the name of blogging, but please no more mascara experiments for the near future!

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28 thoughts on “Can a Good ‘Wand’ Make a Below Par Mascara Magic? – Model Co vs Givenchy

  1. Good question! The results were really interesting. I’ve tried to chop and change wands too but it hasn’t really done a lot. Your eyes always look beautiful in the photos by the way xx

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    • Awh thanks. They look better with a bit of concealer on the dark circles. I found it interesting, I mean two mascara from the same brand could essentially be the exact same formula with different wands and we all get sold on wands don’t we? I did find it easier to apply, and it did make a slight difference, but not as much as I expected. Oh Well it gave me something to do for a month xx

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      • Haha mascara-based entertainment at its finest! It is a fun idea to use a posh wand with an average formula though, as it’s usually the wands that have the most development invested in them each time. Also, if you have a favourite mascara you could swap wands for different effects 🙂 (volume/definition/blah) xx

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        • I am going to try this wand with benefit mascara. See how that goes. I can finally chuck that model co mascara out now. I’ve slowly been properly testing the bits from the advent calendar and I think some of them warrant full reviews Xx

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  2. Great post! I’ve been tempted to try that. You talking about that model co mascara made me think of my experience with too faced better than sex mascara. It was so clumpy and I had to wipe the excess off with a Kleenex. But my sample of it was not as bad as the full size. I did love the brush though!

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    • I think we as bloggers are spoiled with mascara. Normal people might like it. Both my mum and aunt liked this mascara, but it was just awful. I’ve heard the too faced one is very thick which puts me off

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      • It was disgusting on how bad it was. I returned it. I wrote a review about it too. My mom is fussy with her mascara because her lashes are blonde and the texture of them make it hard to find good mascara. She has not liked mascaras I’ve liked in the past. Right now she is using a Clinique sample she got and is so far liking it.

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        • Clinique seem to get good reviews on everything. I imagine it is quite hard to find a nice mascara if you have very light lashes. And its good that you reviewed it so others dont fall for the same fate as you. Its so disappointing when you buy something and end up hating it

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          • The thing about the too faced mascara is that some people love it and rave about it. I may have gotten a bad one….who knows. I wish I took more pictures on how bad it was. I guess this mascara we can say was sure too faced. Lol!

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            • Maybe it’s just different people’s lashes? I mean benefit they’re real is a love or hate too. I guess lashes are a bit like hair. All different and what not

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  3. Oh wow, you tried it out! Perhaps there has to be a balance between a quality formula and a quality brush eventhough the adverts for mascaras bang on about the brush most of the time. I think you’d like the bare minerals lash domination mascara it has a similar wand to the givenchy and I’ve only heard good things about it!

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    • I did try it out! I couldn’t remember who asked for it, but now I remember it was you. 🙂 I gave it a proper road test. And yes, brushes I feel are used to sell the mascara! I bet half the mascaras are the same formula with a slightly different brush. I did like the way the givenchy applied the mascara, so may look into the bare minerals. I bet it is cheaper too

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        • Quite honestly I find they’re real is a bit hit and miss. It’s good sometimes, but other times I’m like meh. I seem to find its a bit better when it dries out a little too. It’s also pretty difficult to remove.

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  4. I’ve been wondering the same thing. For a couple of years I only used mascara with the brushes that had bristles, because I was convinced the plastic ones were the reason behind clumpy lashes. But since using the Gosh waterproof volume, I’ve actually found a plastic brush I like? Now I was really confused as I was convinced it wasn’t going to look great when I applied it…

    Must be the formula after all! Although I do think brushes play a small part… 🙂

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    • I agree with you on the formula, especially after this test. The brush did make a difference, but I think it was more like how it actually applied to the lashes. I never used to like plastic brushes either, but now I quite like them. I’ve never tried any gosh, would you recomend it? xx

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      • I heard some good things about their mascara, its the only thing of theirs I’ve tried so far. I find it okay, its pretty good at staying put, even if you cry, but I find it clumps easy and it’s drying out faster than I’ve even known a mascara to. I’ve only had it three weeks and I keep the lid on etc. Xx

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