Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara
Category:Makeup > Mascaras (regular) > Regular Mascara
Last Updated:03.12.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Arden is playing up this mascara by mentioning their ceramide complex which is said to lengthen, define, and revitalize lashes. Although the formula contains some ingredients not seen in many other mascaras, the ceramides compose only a small part of the total package. They likely have some conditioning benefit for lashes, but this isn’t lash revitalization in a tube and ceramides can’t grow or change lashes in any way. The ingredients that lengthen and define lashes are standard and of course the brush plays an even more important role in how mascara applies than almost any other part of the product. In this case, claims notwithstanding, you will be impressed with the clean, swift application that lengthens and separates lashes evenly. Unless you were trying for mondo thickness, we can’t imagine someone being disappointed with this mascara’s performance, and it leaves lashes feeling soft. It is definitely one of Arden’s best mascaras in a long time!

Brand Overview

Elizabeth Arden At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some excellent serums and a few noteworthy moisturizers; praiseworthy concealers; a handful of well-formulated makeup products including foundation, blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick.

Weaknesses: No products for those battling blemishes; several products whose sunscreen lacks sufficient UVA protection; most of the foundations with sunscreen fail to provide sufficient UVA protection; lackluster eye and brow pencils; some problematic lip color products; jar packaging weakens some otherwise great formulas.

Former nurse Elizabeth Arden was a pioneer in the beauty industry. At the turn of the 20th century, Arden began her legacy when she opened her first salon, with the now-familiar red door. Over the next several years she introduced new products and services to women unaccustomed to such choices, and almost single-handedly made it acceptable for modern women to wear makeup. And while Arden understood and met these beauty needs, she was also adept at self-promotion and packaging, helping to solidify the idea that what holds the product should be as beautiful as the woman who uses it. She was the front-runner in the cosmetics industry for quite some time, until another young go-getter by the name of Estee Lauder began her own empire—one that would eventually lead to the Elizabeth Arden line being almost an afterthought in the mind of many consumers.

Not only has Arden's image been diminished over the years due to odd distribution patterns (consumers were getting mixed messages as this prestige line began showing up in drug and discount chain stores), but also through their own formulary mistakes and seeming unwillingness to pay attention to current research. Given the history of this line and several outstanding products they've produced in the past, it's very frustrating that what's offered today is such a mishmash of good and bad, with a hefty dose of average. Arden still has several sunscreens that fall short by leaving out sufficient UVA protection. In contrast, Estee Lauder and the Lauder-owned lines have their sunscreen acts together and consistently impress by including other state-of-the-art goodies to amplify the environmental protection of their moisturizers.

Many of Arden's products also contain potentially problematic ingredients or are packaged in a way that puts the light- and air-sensitive ingredients at risk of breaking down shortly after the product is opened. Given Elizabeth Arden's (the woman) pioneering, innovative spirit, we can't imagine her being completely pleased with the state of her namesake skin-care line (Arden passed away in 1966). Having the gorgeous Catherine Zeta-Jones as a spokesmodel for most of the early 2000s may have raised more interest in this brand than in years past, but a pretty face and eye-catching ads don't always translate to good skin care, as evidenced by the reviews on this site. There are some very impressive products in this line, but it's definitely one that demands careful attention to what you're buying lest you put your skin at risk.

For more information about Elizabeth Arden, call (800) 326-7337 or visit www.elizabetharden.com.

Elizabeth Arden Makeup

Cosmetics trailblazer Elizabeth Arden may have been single-handedly responsible for bringing modern makeup to American women (she opened the famous Red Door Salon in 1910 and formulated the first blush and tinted powders in 1912), but today's lineup of Arden makeup has far more disappointments than its pioneering namesake would have liked. Most of the Arden foundations with sunscreen either leave out the five prime UVA-screening active ingredients or because their SPF numbers are unnecessarily low. Either way, only one of the foundations with sunscreens can be relied on as your sole source of facial sun protection.

In contrast to the mostly disappointing foundations, you'll be pleased with what Arden offers for concealer, eyeshadow, lipstick, and mascara. Each of these categories has some brilliant products to consider, and they serve to prove, at least to a modest extent, that Elizabeth Arden makeup is not to be counted out just yet. The remaining products have little to extol, either because they are truly ineffective or because the competition has Arden beat by a mile. A continual bright spot for Arden is that their tester units are typically well organized and the colors are grouped so it's easy to zero in on what you like.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!

The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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Raccoon Eyes

Purchased based on Paulas Choice review and dislike this immensely! Although it applied easily, within an hour I had black under my eyes. And I only applied 1 coat to my upper lashes, none to lower lashes. Irritating to my eyes due to fact it smears - What a waste of money.

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Nice mascara

I originally got a sample of this mascara and was immediately impressed by how quickly it made my lashes look thicker and longer. I have since purchased the full size. I don't normally buy high end mascaras, but I do like the conditioning aspect of this mascara and that fact that a tube doesn't dry out quickly. My only complaint is that it flakes a little, HOWEVER, I have found if I layer it over Lancome's CILS Booster XL mascara base, it lasts all day with no flaking. Great combo!

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Ceramide Mascara - love it!

I've used a lot of different mascaras but every time I use this one I notice how much I like it. Many times I don't care for the 'lash extending' mascaras; they make my lashes longer but don't fill them out enough so I end up with these weird long, spindly lashes. This mascara seems to make my lashes longer and thicker, in a natural looking way. I wish it was waterproof.

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Worse Buy Ever

I purchased this mascara because of Paula's review and the treatment it contains. This was the worse purchase I have ever made. It is thick and clumped like crazy. I had to comb through it which removed most of it making it necessary to add another coat. I did not like this at all! It may work for some of you, but not for me.

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Jackie C.
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