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.
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.
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).
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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