“ Brand: E.l.f / Type: Mascara „
Although I don't always like to wear heavy looking makeup, I do always try to look groomed. One of the essential products I rely on the help me do this is a good clear mascara, and when it comes to good clear mascaras, my favourite by a country mile is E.L.F'S Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara, which at just £1.50 is very reasonably priced.
Essentially, it's a see through mascara gel, that comes in a plastic tube. Unlike your normal mascara though, this is double ended, with one end containing a thinner brush for use on your lashes, and the other containing a thicker, bushier brush for use on your eyebrows. I find this incredibly handy, as although I have always used clear mascara on my brows, it's usually a case of using the same brush for both, and I do worry about the hygiene of that. It's the exact same product in both ends, with only the brush being different, and each side being labelled either lash or brow.
You might wonder what a clear mascara does for a girl? Well, thanks to some Chinese heritage, I'm lucky enough to have quite dark thick lashes anyway. While I like to use a dark lengthening mascara for a night out, in the daytime they need no other help than a little bit of a curl, and a brushing through with a clear mascara to help separate and freshen them. It helps me look more wide awake once I have used this on my lashes, and using this is no different than any other mascara - simply sweep through your curled lashes, and job done.
With my eyebrows, I naturally have quite thick brows, which appears to be something of a fashion nowadays. Again, I'm fortunate enough not to need to pencil them in at all, but they do occasionally need corralling into place and smartening up. You can of course use a dab of hair gel, but who likes stiff crusty feeling brows? Not me! A quick wave of my magic mascara wand and my mad morning brows are all growing in the same direction, looking tidy and trim, and not a hint of crispiness. The thick brush is ideal for this, as it coats even my very generous brows in one sweep, whereas a thinner brush would take multiple run throughs and never quite get my brows looking as tidy as I would wish.
I love this mascara - I use this daily, and probably run through a tube in about 6-8 weeks. At only £1.50 a tube from eyeslipsface.co.uk , it's inexpensive, and yet it offers great value for money, and is a simple product to use to quickly tidy up and freshen my look, and the two separate sections make for excellent hygeine. 5 stars !
As anyone who is into the 'fashion scene' will know, for the past year or so big, thick, dark brows have been hugely in fashion. Lots of celebrities have been sporting this look - eg Megan Fox and Kiera Knightly. Obviously the aim of this look isn't to have eyebrwows so thick they appear bushy or manly, and it's important for them to still look groomed and slightly shaped to avoid them from looking like big, hairy caterpillars! To get the thick eyebrow look I simply grew my brows out and then had them neatened up and professionally shaped in a salon.
Although I have got naturally very dark hair my eyebrows are more of a dark brown colour and so I shade them in everyday with a dark eyeshadow or a black eyeliner to give them a nice amount of definition. To finish the look off, I add the ELF wet gloss mascara onto each of my eyebrows, which makes my brows look lovely and well groomed, and I don't worry that my eyebrows will look messy or fuzzy.
The clear gloss and lash mascara can also obviously be used for eyelashes as well as eyebrows. It gives them a glossy, healthy look and can be either used underneath mascara or ontop of mascara. The product is clear and dries clear, so it doesn't add any nasty white colouring to my lashes at all. This product is only available from ELF (eyeslipsface) and is priced at an impressive £1.50 for a tube containing 2.5ml of product, however as I purchased my tube when they had their 50% sale on I paid just 75 pence - what a bargain!! I wish i'd got more now, but even at the full price the product is still great value.
The tube that it comes in is like a clear mascara tube. The product is double ended meaning it has two brushes on it. The two brushes are shaped differently with one been for the lashes and one for the brows. The brow one is quite short and stubby with compacted bristles while the lash one is a decent size with impressively large, well seperated bristles. I love the fact that it is double ended as this way there's no worry that I will get mascara on it from my lashes by mistake and then transfer the mascara onto my brows (not a good look!)
I use the eyebrow brush daily and I use the lash one less regulary as I don't really see much point on using the product on my lashes when I use mascara anyway but hey, that's my personal preference. To use it I simply hold the brush and brush through my eyebrows in one direction to neaten them up and get all of the hairs to go in one direction. It leaves them looking glossy and well cared for. I was a little concerned at first that it would look like i'd put hair gel in my eyebrows, however it doesn't. It doesn't leave my brows feeling or looking greasy/wet/etc and the healthy shine it gives is subtle.
The product keeps my brows in perfect shape and condition throughout the day so I can not fault it. It's easy to use and it's completely fragrance free so it doesn't smell cheap. The formula is nice and lightweight and the product is fabulous - I have almost run out and plan on buying another one as soon as possible. It's affordable and has multiple uses. It's also completely cruelty free as ELF do not test their products on animals. I would overall reccomend the lash & brow clear mascara!
I must admit, the concept of clear mascara had somewhat passed me by. E.L.F are great at running some great promotions and so during one 50% off promotion I decided to give this clear mascara a go.
The benefit of this product for me was that it gave my eyelashes some volume without the slight chance that I might end up looking like a panda. I have a desk job for the most part, but quite often I have to get out and about whatever the weather and so if I wear makeup it has to be subtle and weatherproof
The mascara is really reasonably priced, actually, its almost too good to be true - £1.50?! I suppose being critical I could say that you don't get lots and lots of product for your money, but in all honesty, for this price if i purchased one a month then I still wouldn't mind.
This mascara will give your eyelashes volume and still make them look good after a long day at work! My top tip is to curl them first though for maximum volume.
On one of my trips to E.L.F's website (www.eyeslipsface.co.uk) I found myself looking at this clear mascara and brow item. I don't use clear mascara as I don't have dark enough lashes to carry it off but I do tend to get messy eyebrows at times and wanted this item purely for that reason. At £1.50 it seemed worth a try so I popped one in my basket.
When the item arrived I was keen to see if it would keep my eyebrows tidy so after plucking stray hairs and applying my make up I brushed some of this through my eyebrows. The brush is exactly the same as a mascara brush, in fact I can't see a difference between the two ends despite the fact one end is for brows and the other for lashes. To apply you brush in the direction of the hair growth to basically hold the hairs where they should be. I found the brush easy to use and didn't get it anywhere except where I wanted it. It does feel wet for a short while afterwards but soon dries. I could feel I was wearing this a bit, it makes eyebrows feel a bit stiff but not excessively so.
For the purpose of the review I tried the clear mascara. It is supposed to be a wet gloss look with conditioning agents but as it's clear you can't really tell if it conditions your lashes. I've got quite pale eyelashes so don't ever wear clear mascara, as far as I'm concerned if I'm going to use clear I may as well not wear any at all. However I applied this to see what it did and can confirm it does make eyelashes look a bit wet but not any darker like they would really be if they were wet. It doesn't lengthen or thicken either so it's really only for people with long dark lashes or those who like to look very natural.
The product contains 2.5ml of clear liquid and as the brushes look identical to me I'll be using the mascara side for my eyebrows as well as the eyebrow side. I've tried it on my eyebrows already as I wondered if it would make them look wet but it doesn't, it just makes them look a bit shinier than usual so not very noticeable to others. I like the way it keeps my eyebrows from getting ruffled even if I rub my face, I'm not someone who plucks their brows to within an inch of their lives, I like mine to be tidy but to retain their natural shape and size which not only makes life easier with plucking but looks alot more natural. Each to their own however.
Overall I like this product for eyebrows but wouldn't use it for eyelashes but that's just because of my colouring and it may suit some people to use it for both. It does work to keep my brows tidy and looks natural at the same time so a very good 4 star rating from me.
Eyeslipsface.co.uk is the sister site to american eyeslipsface.com. It is an online shopping site for makeup and cosmetics, and is sometimes referred to as ELF (eyes lips face). Its main claim / attraction is that (almost) everything is £1.50! In america it is cheaper still at $1 per item!
The ELF company has only been shipping to the UK since November 2007, but is already very popular.
~What the website says about Lash and Brow Clear Mascara~
Glossy, shiny healthy-looking lashes and brows with infused long wearing conditioning agents. Looking pulled together has never been easier!
Gently unscrew Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara applicator and work clear mascara from root to tip or shape and separate brows. Apply second coat if desired.
I have unruly brows! So decided to invest in this product, to get my eyebrows in shape before, I sprayed a mascara wand with hairspray, however, this looked abit funny, so for £1.50 decided to try this out...
The package claims to have 2 different wands - one for the eyebrow and one for the eyelash. However, basically the eyebrow wand has a stubby end where as the eyelash wand turns to a point! I can see no difference in the performance of the 2!
The design is really cool, there are 2 'capsules' with clear mascara/gel stuff in them, and a wand is in each, these are joined at the middle. One capsule has the word "eyebrow" on it, whereas the other has the word "eyelash" on it. However it MAKES NO DIFFERENCE which you use!
The packaging claims that the product lengthens and curls eyelashes - this is total tripe! Do not be fooled by this - it is simply a gel which gives your lashes a wet look.
I am rubbish at describing/explaining but I shall try this...
The neck of the tube has a sucker / valve thingy that, when the wand is pulled out, takes alot of the mascara off the wand. I didn't find that the amount left on the wand was enough to groom my eyebrows with so I pulled out this thingamy-bob and now I get a lotta lotta gel on the wand. This is much bettter, and it really does keep my eyebrows in place for the whole day [or night]. They look abit thicker which is also good, and I can shape them however I want.
I rarely use this product on my eyelashes, but when I do it doesn't really do anything, so it is not really recommended for eyelashes.
Overall...this is a great product for holding your eyebrows in place and the clear gel means you dont have to be too precise when applying.
Great product! Thanks for reading :)
Glossy, shiny healthy-looking lashes and brows with infused long wearing conditioning agents /