Faux Lash Mascara

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$24 
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Category:
Makeup > Mascaras (regular) > Regular Mascara
Last Updated:
1/17/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

If you’re going to spend this much money for mascara, it better knock your socks off; unfortunately, this one doesn’t even come close. Although we’ve seen and used mascaras with oversized, full-bristled brushes as this one has, most don’t deposit mascara so heavily, leading to clumped, highly smear-prone lashes. Because the formula takes longer than usual to set, the likelihood of smearing is high (and absolutely happens if you blink rapidly).

Although this builds near-instant length and thickness that rivals false eyelashes, the instant mess it makes isn’t worth the trade-off (not when less expensive mascaras produce full, lush lashes with ease). The final deal-breaker was how much this flakes once set. You’ve been warned!

Pros:

  • Makes lashes look long and thick with just a couple strokes of the brush.

Cons:

  • Goes on heavily and uneven.
  • Highly prone to smearing.
  • Strong tendency to flake once set.
  • Overpriced.

Mercier did a reasonably good job of crafting a skin-care line to complement her formidable collection of makeup (color is definitely Mercier's strong suit). From her above-average cleansers to some intriguing serums, it is clear that the skin care wasn't just an afterthought. Mercier is the only independent makeup artistry line we know of whose skin-care products actually have an impressive array of state-of-the-art ingredients. Of course, not everything is a slam-dunk, but following the reviews below will lead you to some wonderful products, assuming the higher-than-normal prices don't offset your decision to shop this line for your skin-care needs. And it's nice that the line has toned down its claims about emu oil, because it was never that miraculous to begin with - it's just one of many emollient oils that can help dry skin look and feel better. 

For more information about Laura Mercier, call (888) 637-2437 or visit www.lauramercier.com.

Laura Mercier Makeup

What sets Mercier's well-organized makeup line apart from the rest is her trademark "flawless face." Mercier believes that perfecting the complexion is the most important step to makeup application, and her line presents some incredible options for doing just that. An added plus is that Mercier's counter staff really have their act together when it comes to makeup application know-how, while the sales pressure is low key. We wish the tester units were more spacious and efficiently labeled, but this isn't an overwhelming line to navigate.

Most of Mercier's foundations are in many ways a step above the rest. Although none of the main foundations offer sun protection, there are formidable options for all skin types, and the pigmentation in each is rich, so a little goes a long way. Other areas where Laura Mercier's makeup really excels are the loose powders, cream blush, mascara, brushes, and shimmer products. It is all too easy and very tempting to put together an entire makeup wardrobe from the Mercier selection, but keep in mind that there are a fair number of standard to lackluster products that simply aren't worth the expense, despite Mercier's considerable makeup artistry expertise.

Mercier's handiwork routinely graces the covers of major fashion magazines, and for the most part her work speaks for itself and epitomizes this line's Flawless Face philosophy. Mercier herself regularly makes special appearances at her counters, and my guess is that sitting in her chair would be an experience to remember!

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  1. Mary E.
    Reviewed on Friday, August 30, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Fantastic mascara!
    • I was so surprised to read this review, as I bought this mascara a few months ago and it is fabulous! It doesn't take much to achieve a great effect, and I don't find it flakes or smudges at all. I use it only on upper lashes, and two coats is more than enough. Maybe the tester for the review just put on too many layers and that is what caused problems for them. I also love is how easily it comes off with makeup remover at the end of the day, easy-peasy.

  2. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 30, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Love it!
    • I couldn't disagree more. This mascara is wonderful. I've been using it for a couple months and the results are long, thick, curled lashes that don't flake or smear. I always look down into a magnifying mirror when I put on mascara, so this may make the difference.

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