Beauty Test Drive: Givenchy PhenomenEyes Mascara

If we’re being totally honest, the main reason we wanted to try out Givenchy’s new mascara was the weird-looking brush. Check that thing out! It looks like a miniature mace. But covered in lash-lengthening liquid instead of metal spikes! Fun! Really, though, it’s all kinds of fun. The smaller brush definitely takes a couple applications to get used to, but we didn’t poke ourselves in the eyes with it and the whole application process was far less terrifying than expected. As far as the quality of the mascara itself, it’s good, but nothing to write home about. At $29, we expect the waterproof promise to be legit and the overall mascara performance to be pretty damn exemplary. And it is with Givenchy’s cheesily named PhenomenEyes. That said, if you’ve already got a quality waterproof mascara, this stuff isn’t likely to challenge it too much. But it will look more menacing than your current wand, and sometimes that intimidation factor is enough. [$29, Givenchy, Sephora]