As I have yet to take pictures of lovely Kate mascara I mentioned in my last post, I thought I’d give a review of one that did not impress me so much: Cezanne Volume Comb Mascara. My eyelashes are quite long, and usually I look for mascaras which promise volume rather than length. On reading that Cezanne had a tubing mascara that promised volume (and all for 500 yen), I bought it with high hopes.
Sadly I was disappointed.
So this mascara comes in a chunky, pretty nondescript, tube. It’s kind of clumsy looking, but meh, I’m not buying it to put on display on my mantelpiece, so I don’t really care.
The applicator is *eeegads*, a comb. I’ve used comb mascaras before but on seeing the applicator for the first time I was a little confused – I thought I’d somehow managed to break it on its way out of the tube…
It’s a very…minimal comb. In fact, it’s more a stick with some grooves on it really…
Here it is close-up.
But how does it perform?
This mascara is very wet. The first time I applied it I applied straight from the tube and it went everywhere. It was also so wet and thick it unified all my eyelashes into one, super eyelash. I was not best pleased.
So on my next attempt I scraped off a lot of the product on to the tube, and tried again. It was ok. It didn’t really do anything well. That’s not to say it looked nice and natural – it didn’t – but it gave a tiny bit of length, it didn’t really volumise my eyelashes at all (apart from by joining a few together), it was just…underwhelming.
Here’s the before and after
This is when it applies nicely.
This mascara has a high failure rate. Sometimes it will just choose to be difficult and end up looking like this:
(excuse the scruffy eyebrow!)
When I’m getting ready for uni in the morning, I don’t want to take a gamble on whether my mascara will behave or not – it’s just too much effort. And it’s not like you can wash it off easily if it goes wrong, but more on that later.
Okay so for ease of application it gets a 4/20. That may seem brutal but really I think it’s fair: you have to scrape 90% of the product off the wand, and even then there’s a high probability your eyelashes will end up looking rubbish.
For appearance I’d give it an 9/20. It isn’t terrible, but even at its best it doesn’t look spectacular and it doesn’t do what it says (volumise).
I suppose you could wear it everyday with no complaints, and perhaps if everything else about the mascara was great then maybe I would. But sadly, it’s not.
This stuff stays on like glue. Not in a good way.
Every night after removing it my eyes were red and swollen because I had to work so hard to get it off my lashes. For a while I thought maybe it wasn’t a tubing mascara after all. Sure the package said it was, and when it did finally come off it was kind of in tubes, but I’ve never encountered a tubing mascara so difficult to remove. I resorted to trying normal eye make-up remover as I was convinced it wasn’t a tubing mascara, but it resisted that even more than it did the hot water. So, I concluded, it was most definitely a tubing mascara, but it was a tubing mascara that had been made in hell.
Removal gets 1/20. Why 1? Because it does come off eventually.
Lasting power is satisfactory. I did have a few flakes in the day (and by a few, I mean about 3) so 19/20 for lasting power.
Bear in mind this is with my smudge prevention measures (oooh that sounds nifty) I mention here: loose powder piled on above and below the eye.
This mascara is not terrible. I could make do with it in a pinch: sometimes it doesn’t clump, it is capable of making lashes look better (if it works) than normal, it is mediocre but not abominable. However, I have never had as much trouble removing a mascara than with Cezanne Volume Comb. I’m sure I lost more eyelashes in those few days than in the past 3 months combined!
So overall this mascara gets 33/80 or (rounding down) 8/20