Smokey Eye Mascara

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$28 - 1 tube
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Category:
Makeup > Mascaras (regular) > Regular Mascara
Last Updated:
3/24/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

First things first: Bobbi Brown's Smokey Eye Mascara doesn't have anything to do with achieving a gorgeous smokey eye look. That comes from eyeshadow and eyeliner application, regardless of which mascara you use—mascara is the least important element in creating a classic smokey eye design. That said, this is a great everyday option for those looking to boost their lash length and volume.

Smokey Eye Mascara comes with a brush that's a bit shorter and thicker than a standard mascara brush, but it does just as good a job when it comes to coating lashes. The formula doesn't clump (even after 8 coats!) and doesn't smudge or flake, even after a full day of wear. It does a good job of lengthening lashes and adding volume, and doesn't dry to a "crunchy" hard finish. The result isn't a high-drama lash look, but it definitely enhances the eyes.

The only drawback with this mascara is the price, especially when you consider that there are mascaras that perform just as well available for a fraction of the cost. However, if you're in the mood to splurge on mascara, this would be one to add to your short list!

Pros:
  • Doesn't clump, even after multiple coats.
  • Doesn't smudge or flake.
  • Adds good volume and length to lashes.
Cons:
  • Pricey, considering there are similar mascaras available for far less.

Get thicker, fuller, bolder lashes in a single super-saturated stroke. The secret? This kohl-pigmented mascara delivers high drama thanks to its ability to build volume lash by lash. A thicker brush base evenly combs through eyelashes from roots to ends, while a tapered tip grabs those small, hard-to-reach lashes. The result is dramatically dark, stretched-out lashes in an instant - the perfect complement to a smokey eye look.

It all began with lipsticks. In 1991, New York based makeup artist Bobbi Brown debuted a collection of ten lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman, expecting to sell about one hundred units in a month. She sold more than that the first day. From there, it's been mostly success after success, as Brown launched her classic foundation stick, wrote her first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Resource, and enjoyed continued attention as an in-demand makeup artist and beauty educator.

The popularity of the line, particularly the makeup, did not go unnoticed by Estee Lauder, who acquired Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in 1995. Since Lauder has been at the helm the line has expanded well beyond what Brown likely envisioned back in the early 1990s, and it now includes fragrance and baby-care products, among others. Yet it is Brown's makeup that continues to excel with superior foundations (though the ones without sufficient UVA protection disappoint), true matte blushes and eyeshadows, and with all of the other basics that are essential to a woman's classic makeup wardrobe. It isn't the least bit surprising that this makeup collection continues to do so well, because for many women, it's one-stop shopping that combines classic makeup application techniques with enough fun-yet-functional products to keep customer's interest piqued season to season.

Turning to the skin-care collection, there isn't a great deal to say or extol. The prices are rather steep, especially when you consider how many well-intentioned products use jar packaging, and fragrant irritants are a common thread, including in most of the sunscreens, which is a shame. Color is Bobbi Brown's strong point, but you will find a few sleeper hits among the selection of mostly inadequate or problematic skin-care products.

For more information about Bobbi Brown, owned by Estee Lauder, call (877) 310-9222 or visit www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

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We admire Brown's latest philosophy on beauty. She says, "The secret to beauty is simple—be who you are." No arguments here! However, it's clear from promotional materials for this line that Brown believes being who you are should involve some amount of makeup, a concept many women may disagree with. Still, there's no question that the right makeup, applied and blended correctly, can make a world of positive difference to a woman, and in this regard Brown's counter staff is well-prepared. It was nice to overhear the makeup artists explaining step-by-step application tips to customers, rather than just pushing products. With just a few exceptions, this is a makeup collection its namesake creator should be proud of—not only for the products, but also for the level of service and education provided.

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