A few days before I got married, one of my BFF’s gifted me a shopping spree at Make Up For Ever. Lilit knew I was doing my own makeup for my wedding — hey, Kate Middleton did it! — so she wanted to help out. I got some gorgeous lipstick, foundation, green-tinted primer, and their iconic HD Powder. But as I was checking out, the makeup artist/salesgirl dropped a free sample into my shopping bag. “You need this,” she said. I looked in the bag. It was Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash Waterproof Extra Black Mascara.
Duh. I cry at cotton commercials. Of course I was going to cry like a baby on my wedding day. And Thank God for that lady who gave me the waterproof mascara, because I did.
Formula/Wear Time: Depending on how you look at it, my face either has big chipmunk cheeks or long eyelashes. (The truth is probably a little of both.) I have always, always had my mascara flake off on the tops of my cheeks from too much fluttering. It’s really annoying and raccoon-like, so for a long time I didn’t wear mascara at all. Then I discovered Fairydrops, a water- and sweat-resistant mascara made in Japan which has a gel-like texture and does not flake at all. Alas, the gel gets clumpy in the tube after awhile and it’s a bitch to wipe off your lashes. Fortunately, Make Up For Ever’s waterproof mascara is a happy medium: it withstands tears or runny eyes and doesn’t flake off on my cheeks. My face looked picture perfect on my wedding day and even that night when I went swimming with my new husband in our hotel pool. Make Up For Ever’s mascara came off easily with a few wipes of a makeup remover, but not before then.
Overall: I personally don’t think Make Up For Ever’s mascara dries quickly enough, which was echoed in the user comments on Sephora.com. The only time this mascara gets on my face is when I first apply it and the wet lashes touch my skin. But that could probably be solved if I used an eyelash curler that bent my lashes outwards. Overall, my lashes really do stand out and are safe for weddings, pools, and cotton commercials alike!
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