I actually won this mascara through a Mecca competition and I was so excited to try it out. It would be the most luxurious mascara I’d ever worn on my lashes.
I’d obviously heard of Kevyn Aucoin before but I’d never tried anything from his makeup line until this mascara.
It’s a luxury makeup brand and the product packaging of this mascara reflects that. Weighty to hold and shining with gold the minimal labeling and classic shape make it look stunning. It’s the type of beauty product that you would intentionally leave out on your counter for aesthetics.
As for the formula it’s a very black mascara that gives my lashes length and thickness, separating them nicely in a way that I can build up to produce that editorial spidery lash effect.
The wand of this mascara is by far the most unique shape I’ve tried and I love how it works to sweep my lashes out and up to frame my eyes. I have naturally wide and round eyes so this mascara can work well to frame my lashes out to lengthen my eyes and give me more of an almond shape.
As for the formula unfortunately I have found it to be quite flaky and prone to smearing after 5-6 hours of wear. It also appeared to be very dry from the beginning as though I’d left it open to sit overnight.
The flaking is not too bad as I can usually swipe the flakes off easily enough however the smearing underneath my eyes is not a flattering look and I will end the day with the beginnings of panda eyes when I wear this mascara.
I thought that maybe I’d received an old mascara that had been sitting on the shelf for a while which might explain the formula feeling dry and flaky from the beginning. However a few months later my mum ended up buying the Kevyn Aucoin The Volume mascara and without my prompting she complained to me that the formula was too dry to even get any mascara on her lashes. I tried it on my own lashes and experienced the same effect. I couldn’t even smear any mascara off onto my hand so I don’t know how to explain that but neither of us were impressed.
In the end the only thing that really impressed me with this mascara was the unique wand shape. It worked really well to coat my lashes from root to tip and shape them to frame my eyes. Other than that the formula felt dry and flaky from the beginning and is prone to smearing under my eyes throughout a days wear so I’m not happy about that.