Fear No: Ultra-Violet Mascara Thursday 27 December, 2012

Best-Ultra-Violet-Mascara

Dress up a bare face with just a few swipes of eye-brightening cobalt blue mascara. I try Dior Diorshow, Inglot Colour Play and Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash.

I rarely ever stray from my Maybelline Great Lash Mascara (even though right now, as I type this, I have a tube of Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara on deck to volumize my batters). But, as soon as I spotted the ultra-violet lashes on the Fall/Winter 2012 Stella McCartney runway, I knew that Great Lash might have to take a back seat in the greater good of testing hue-infused mascaras.

Why did the sight of vivid cobalt lashes tickle my fancy? Blue accents any eye color, as well as acts as an eye-brightener of sorts, helping to whiten bleary eye whites. (We all get those, you know.) And though the gorgeous violet-tinged blue seen coating lashes at Stella McCartney were of the DIY variety (makeup artist Pat McGrath crafted a custom gel that she stroked on both the top and bottom eyelashes), the quest to find a few ready-to-wear formulations could yield close to the same intensity of hue…I hoped.

So I set out on a quest to find the perfect blue—one that could dress up a bare face with just a few swipes.

Dior-Diorshow-Azure-Blue

In the case of Dior Diorshow in Azure Blue, the creamy blue hue is the brightest of the bunch I tried, and clings to eye fringe in a lush way, but tends to show its shade better when lashed over a base of black mascara. Anybody who’s tried Diorshow raves about it; the rotund brush and clump-free formula are a pair to be reckoned with. (Though I’m a fan of skinnier, longer wands; maneuvering the brush around my wil’o’wisp corner lashes was trying.) And, as an added pleasant bonus: The mascara smells like roses. I kid you not.

Inglot-Colour-Play-Mascara-Blue

With Inglot Colour Play Mascara in 05 (Blue), the shade is not intense in the slightest, so it requires several coats to achieve a hint of cobalt clarity. But, I look at it as a gateway to color: If you’d like to try the trend, but don’t want to jump into it feet first, this is the mascara to test. A long, spindly wand (my fave of the bunch) separates and defines your lashes, so it’s less about volume and more about length.

Make-Up-For-Ever-Smoky-Lash-Dark-Blue

Less cobalt, more violet, the deep hue of Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash in Dark Blue is one of those jewel tones that packs a sophisticated punch, giving you all the benefits a blue mascara should (eye brightening, eye-color enhancing) without the overt vibrancy of color. The thick formula promises curling, volumizing, lengthening and that tantalizing tone, and surprisingly (because most multitask mascaras lack in a department or two) it delivers pretty well on all fronts. Is it an “ultra-violet”? No, it’s much more subtle and rich in depth. It does pack plenty of pigment and is super-noticeable, but it’s not bright by any means.

 Why you too should have no fear: See the second paragraph above: Blue mascara brings out the beauty of every eye color and will give those who may have partied a little too hard or slept a little too shoddily the advantage of whitening their bleary eyes instantly. With a varying degree of pigments available, you don’t need to go too intense to reap the benefits of a blue lash. But, why wouldn’t you want to go full-on ultra-violet?

 Do you have a blue mascara you love? Would you try this trend? Sound off in the comments!

Karie L. Frost Signature

(Images via Beauty Launchpad; photo composites property of FearNoBeauty.com)

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