Double-Duty Lengthening Mascara (Discontinued)

by Ulta  
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$10 
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Category:
Makeup > Mascaras (regular) > Regular Mascara
Last Updated:
2/26/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Double-Duty Lengthening Mascara gets the job done, but requires double-duty work. The cap has a gimmicky twist mechanism that controls the length of the brush. Twist the cap toward the "length and volume" arrow to make the brush shorter and build thickness, then twist the cap back toward the "length and define" arrow to make the brush longer and better able to separate lashes.

Although the process works and results in full, long lashes, this is still a gimmicky product; there are other mascaras that can achieve this look without making you twist the cap back and forth.

The other issue with this mascara is that the "length and volume" setting isn't good to use separately because it clumps easily. You can skip twisting the cap and leave the brush at one point once you find a setting you like, but it takes experimentation, and most won't find the extra bother worth it.

Pros:
  • Creates full, long lashes.
Cons:
  • Gimmicky.
  • Inconvenient process to twist the cap to control the brush.
  • Difficult to remove.
Please Note:

This mascara is quite difficult to remove, especially if it dried in clumps on your lashes. We suggest using a silicone-based makeup remover because water-soluble cleansers tend to leave traces of the clumps on lashes.

Since Ulta was founded in 1990, the company has continued to carve out a unique position as a specialty beauty store by offering a large selection of upscale and drugstore cosmetics in all price ranges, all under one roof. There are currently over 675 Ulta locations across the United States, and, like Sephora, Ulta sells its own product line right alongside more familiar brands such as Revlon, Murad, and philosophy.

The Ulta Collection offers a variety of basic makeup products, from foundation to eye shadow to lip gloss. Nearly all items in the Ulta Collection are inexpensive, and its lower price point is a major draw.

As with most cosmetics lines, Ulta has its share of good and bad products; however, it seems for every good to great makeup product the line has two average-to-poor options. Testers may or may not be available, so choose wisely.

Among the safer categories of Ulta makeup are the eyeshadows, many of the mascaras, brow products, and most of the foundations, particularly the cream-to-powder and powder formulas.

Despite our enthusiasm for Ulta's large selection of eyeshadow, the quality is inconsistent, especially when it comes to texture and how they apply, even among different shades in the same category. The best way to shop this line is to pay attention to which products we've reviewed favorably and to take extra time to play with the products in-store (assuming the Ulta you frequent keeps testers available).

In recent years, Ulta has branched out from makeup to skin care. Their namesake skin care has the same affordable price point as the makeup, and some of the products are actually quite good. Skip the cleansers, ignore the moisturizers in jar packaging, and forget about the pore-tightening products...the rest is worth exploring, but again, this is not a brand to shop without some knowledge of what you're buying and how it performs.

For more information about Ulta Beauty, call 866-983-8582 or visit www.ulta.com.

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