Big news, Pat McGrath’sFetishEYES Mascara is about to launch this week! This is the first mascara release from her eponymous makeup range, and if you know anything about her cosmetics, this is bound to be both dramatic and luxurious. I haven’t really been excited about a new launch since the MaybellineMade for All lipstick range late last year, so this is exciting!
There isn’t a whole lot of information right now on the Pat McGrath Labs website, except for some before and after photos and a waiting list sign-up. But beauty editors from the likes of Allure and Fashionista who had exclusive sneak peeks of the mascara, have already published their reviews online (spoiler: all of which are glowing).
“Designed to entice the beauty obsessed, this haute hardcore mascara was developed for makeup artists by makeup artists and was relentlessly tested both backstage and on set,” said McGrath in a release announcing the product’s launch.
Supposedly this mascara formula is lightweight and very buildable, so you can customize your level of drama from light slick all the way to downright doll-like. The more layers you build up, the more of a falsh-lash effect you will get with tons of volume and length. If you look at any of the visuals on either the brand’s website or their IG, you’ll see just how dramatic this can get.
The brush looks large with tons of bristles, which is my personal favorite cause I think it gives the lashes the most volume and drama. I’ve used plenty of mascaras with plastic combs or bristles, and while I think they are good, I will always prefer traditional bristle brushes.
The FetishEYES Mascara launches this Thursday, February 14th on patmcgrath.com, and will retail for $28. For Pat McGrath, that’s extremely affordable, believe it or not. I, for one, have a queue already filled with mascaras waiting to be used and tested so I will refrain from purchasing right now. However! I am very intrigued to give this a try in the future. And when I do, you guys will be the first to know!
OK, OK you’re probably judging me from the title…and that’s fine, I would probably judge me too. I usually stay very much in the drugstore lane when it comes to mascaras; I just don’t think you have to spend much to get great lash formulas these days. That being said, back in November my mom very kindly gifted me an extremely luxurious Chantecaille mascara: the Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara, which retails for a whopping $72.00 (yes, it’s true).
You’re probably spitting out your coffee or tea at the computer now. I get it. But this mascara formula has bold claims of helping your natural lashes grow thicker and longer over time. Does that still warrant the ridiculous price tag? Well I’m here to give you the low-down so you never go wasting your cash. You’re welcome 😉.
The newest lash peptide technology has now been added to the original, sought-after Faux Cils formula. The powerful lash peptide helps enhance the appearance of natural lash length, thickness and fullness. The formula features the non-clumping, double helix brush to comb and feather lashes for defined volume.
Immediate volume is achieved by a special combination of natural waxes. Unique peptide helps enhance the appearance of natural lash length, thickness and fullness without discoloration or irritation. Contains conditioning Rose Oil.
I started using this mascara right after Thanksgiving and have been doing so consistently for two months now. During the first month, I used this every single day without fail (on my top lashes only). After that I alternated it with one another mascara (i.e. I used it every other day).
MY THOUGHTS ON PACKAGING
There’s nothing particularly interesting or even luxurious about the packaging of this product; it’s just your typical mascara. I was fully expecting the component to be a bit weightier for the price. Actually, I’ve noticed just recently that some of the writing on the package has started to wear off, much like what happens with drugstore packaging. Hmm.
Rating: 2 / 5 ⭐️
MY THOUGHTS ON APPLICATION AND WAND
This builds up drama right away on your lashes. There’s no waiting around or having to apply 2 – 3 coats before you start seeing the effects. I really appreciate that; that’s the kind of mascara formula I love, personally. The wand design is also something I generally prefer. I tend to gravitate towards old-school bristle brushes over plastic combs, most of the time. I think they build up the drama the quickest and the most effectively.
Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️
MY THOUGHTS ON VOLUME AND THICKNESS
(I feel I kinda failed with the photos in this post! It’s so hard to capture your lashes clearly, so please forgive the blurriness and inconsistency. I did my best!)
So you have two photos in front of you now, showing different stages of use: 2 weeks after starting use & 2 months after starting use. I have no mascara on in either photo. Do my lashes look volumized & luscious whilewearing this mascara formula? Hell yes. Has this formula helped growmynaturallashes to appear more thick and volumized? I really don’t know, to be honest. If it has, it’s miminal. Very disappointing.
Rating: 1 / 5 ⭐️
MY THOUGHTS ON LENGTH
I actually really love the length I can achieve when using this mascara formula. But has “the newest lash peptide technology” made my naturallashes appear longer? Again, I have to say…I don’t know! It’s crazy, I realize. I’ve been waiting for the past 2 months for some change to occur, but I just haven’t noticed anything groundbreaking yet. And if it hasn’t worked by now, it ain’t going to.
Rating: 1 / 5 ⭐️
MY THOUGHTS ON LONGEVITY
I have no problem with this product’s longevity. It doesn’t smudge or flake on me at all throughout the day. For reference, I generally wear my makeup for about 8 – 11 hours a day.
Rating: 5 / 5 ⭐️
MY THOUGHTS ON PRICE
Um, do we even need to go there? I’m sure you can tell by how this review is going that I, in no way, think this mascara is worth $72. C’mon Chantecaille. There’s luxury, and then there’s ridiculous.
Rating: 0 / 5 ⭐️
It’s a shame that I can’t recommend this product because I actually think the formula is quite beautiful. I love the effect it gives my lashes, and I will continue to use it until its dying breath (if anything, to get my mom’s money’s worth!). But making big claims and slapping a huge price tag on a product that you can essentially find in the drugstore, is just not the way to get me to repurchase. Go to Maybelline, L’Oreal, Kokie, Flower Beauty or even Stila or Too Faced for the same effect for much less.