Lashing Out

Chrissy ON Aug 13, 2013 AT 10:38 am

by Chrissy Iley

I permanently crave good mascara. My eyelashes are fine and spindly and so weak they have trouble holding on to mascara. They have no staying power, no strength. Maybe I see them as a metaphor for the rest of me but I cannot look into the mirror without feeling my eyelashes or lack of them let me down. I’ve always been this way.

Some people think their life would be changed if only they were 10lbs thinner, had some Louboutins, a C Cup instead of B or D.

I know these things would make absolutely no difference at all. Real dramatic difference came to my life when I was accepted for BBC Preview and almost that same week found what I thought was a volumising life-changing mascara, but after two weeks the mascara stopped working, which because of BBC Preview was almost acceptable because I didn’t have to go out.

BBC Preview is for journalists who are given a special code to log in to BBC programmes in advance, which meant for instance I was able to see Burton and Taylor three times before it was shown on BBC4 – if it’s still on iPlayer and you haven’t seen it Dominic West’s performance is breathtaking.

It also means that I never have to dread Wednesdays – no EastEnders.

But back to the lash problem. It’s like a holy grail for me. I find ones that promise me I’m going to have long thick velvety lustrous Elizabeth Taylor circa Butterfield 8 or maybe even Cleopatra lashes and I find that the best they can manage is Dot Cotton, thick cakey and at the same time spindly and at odds with the face.

Elizabeth Taylor

I recently met with Anjelica Huston who has very impressive eyelashes. She says she buys 20 YSL Beauty Luxurious  Mascara For A False Lash Effect at once because whilst they work so perfectly,  after a couple of weeks of excess use they dry out.

I’ve yet to try the much-loved YSL best-seller but I’ve certainly been disappointed by several brands that have been juicy and lustrous, but not for long.

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At the moment I’m just over two weeks in with Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Waterproof. It does have staying power and its colour is a nice glossy black. It has lengthening capacity. It’s reasonably thickening but not super thickening.

I’m also toying with Yves Rocher Volume Vertige. It has a brush that looks like a peanut shell. Its curves are meant to give a curved eyelash effect. Not sure about the curving but I am sure about what they call the ‘fixing botanical extract.’ This mascara stays. It is the first mascara in years that hasn’t dropped off my eyelashes and had to be removed.

There is some kind of special brush action which means you need dip in only once. I’m not sure of the science of this but this seems to leave the mascara juicy and not dry up and therefore stay black and shiny on your lashes for longer.

Yves Rocher promise that their lash formula will leave lashes perfectly curved for 12 hours. I’m not sure about the curving thing, but the 12 hours is certainly true.

YSL Beauty Luxurious Mascara for a False Lash Effect, £23.50
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Waterproof Mascara, £22
Yves Rocher Volume Vertige, £20

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