Product Type: MAC makeup
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A decent effort, but MAC will never be queen of the mascara world!
MAC False Lashes Mascara
Member Name: debbie41176
MAC False Lashes Mascara
Advantages: Legnthening, long lasting, good coverage, nice design, easy application.
Disadvantages: The price doesn't quite reflect the quality. There are other, better mascaras that cost the same.
REASONS FOR PURCHASE
When I was younger I'd invest a lot of time and pocket money in trying to find a good mascara that'd give me long, full lashes like all the other girls! Sadly, I'm not blessed in the eyelash department! Since I've got older, and have more disposable income, I've started testing each and every higher end branded mascara (not to mention extensions, miricle growth serums, false lashes, and so on!).
MAC aren't really known for making good mascaras. Not that there's anything wrong with them, it's just that mascara doesn't seem to be their 'thing'. Good selection of colour and finishes in their lipsticks, eyeshadows and blushers are what I associate MAC with the most.
Never the less, I've tried a few very average MAC mascaras already this year, and decided to try this one after being assured by the salesman / makeup artist, that it'd give me long lashes "Like the girls off this series of the UK's Next Top Model" (apparently he worked on that series and used this mascara).
I bought MAC False Lashes Mascara along with a Prep + Prime lash primer, which I've reviewed separately. I wasn't all that enamoured so tend to use this mascara alone.
WHAT MAC SAY
"Fashionably false in look, but honestly real, this mascara's key benefits of volume and curl are matched by a dramatic end look. The unique edge: the ultra-thickening formula in combo with the plush-'em-up action of its unique double-lush brush."
PRICE / AVAILABILITY / APPEARANCE
This mascara retails at £17.50 and you'd be extremely lucky to find it cheaper anywhere. MAC never have sales, although MAC do have counters in some Debenhams stores and in Selfridges, so you might end up with a money off voucher you could use towards this.
If you're not in London (or prepared to travel up there), and not able to get to a Selfridges or Debenhams with a MAC counter, then your best bet would be to purchase this online. The mascara is available through MAC's own website, the Debenhams website, and the Selfridges website. If you're paying more than £30 at the moment, MAC online offer free standard delivery. The mascara and one other item would more than likely take you over the £30 mark.
The False Lashes mascara is a good £3 to £4 more expensive that MAC's other mascaras, and it looks as though they've tried to justify this in the design of the tube. The tube is sleek and black (so nothing unusual there), but has a stylish yet unusual shaped handle / lid, making it stand out from any others on the market.
The wand is quite standard looking, tapered at the tip, but nothing different or unusual. This is quite pleasing for me. I like a standard bristle brush, rather than some of the newer types where they're made of plastic or rubber. I personally find that bristles give the greatest amount of coverage.
Well the mascara is as straight forward to apply as any other 'sensible' mascara (ie, not one of the ridiculous comb or rubber wand type gimmicky mascaras). If you wear makeup, you'll have worked with a wand like this before and encounter no problems. The brush is tapered down to the tip, making it easier than you might expect to get good coverage on the smaller inner lashes. Using the tip is good for lower lashes too, although of course, use it in whatever way suits you!
The product itself applies nice and smoothly. Evenly as well. I haven't had any clumping issues here. A couple of coats do indeed add length to your lashes. But really, these days all the lengthening mascaras do. So I don't think that in itself is anything to get too excited about.
The thing I like about applying this mascara is you don't need to worry about timing. And I mean this in a sense of not having to rush to get a second coat in before the first coat dries, and equally, not having to wait for the first coat to apply before you apply the second. Whether or not you apply your second coat onto wet or dry mascara doesn't make a difference. You won't end up with nasty clumps or spider leg lashes. You don't need to apply a second coat to be honest. I only wear one coat of this mascara on a work day. One coat is more than enough.
I'm pleased to say that the False Lashes mascara lasts well all day and doesn't really flake or smudge. It's not a water-proof mascara, but won't let you down when it comes to every day water encounters such as rain or watery eyes (it's been fine for me despite various allergies that make my eyes stream!). There aren't any problems when it comes to removing it, it lifts off easily with any eye makeup remover, makeup wipes, etc.
For a more dramatic look, you might like to use this one with a primer underneath. One of those 'white' mascaras. I use the MAC Prep + Prime one from time to time, and it might give an extra millimetre or so of length. Neither a primer or the mascara itself make my lashes curl though, so all you'll be getting is extra length.
OVER ALL THOUGHTS
At the moment, this is the second best mascara I have on the go (out of about four). It doesn't rate as highly as Lancome Hypnose for me, since it doesn't manage to give an extra curl to my lashes.
There's by no means anything wrong with it, and the price is fairly reasonable for a good quality mascara.
Sadly for MAC, there's just too much competition when it comes to mascara. Diorshow (more volume), YSL's Faux Cils (more length) and Lancome Hypnose (better all round) are all similarly priced and so much better.
If you want a mascara from MAC this is probably the best one they have. It ticks all the boxes with regards to length, longetivy, coverage, design, ease of application, but it just doesn't have that unique selling point.
I rate MAC False Lashes a respectable 3 out of 5, but realistically if you're spending £17.50 on a mascara you can get something much better.
Summary: A good effort from MAC, but doesn't live up to mascaras that Dior, YSL or Lancome have to offer.