This post has been sitting in my drafts since August, waiting to be finished and published. Life and work took over, and I’m just now getting around to posting this, but it’s still relevant because you need to know about this mascara!
I ordered the new Caution Extreme Lash Mascara by Hourglass ($29) the day it was available. Photos online showed women with thick, full fans of lashes looking impossibly long due to the volumizing/lengthening formula.
The first time I pulled the wand from the tube, I thought I was going to be disappointed because my favorite types of mascara wands are fluffy and full. This brush is on the thinner side, with a tapered tip. I thought for sure it wouldn’t work for me, but I was so wrong.
After the first swipe, I knew instantly it was TOTALLY worth all of the buzz it’s been getting. My lashes were intense. This mascara is really black — probably the blackest mascara I have ever used. When I’m wearing this, my lashes look incredibly long and full, partly because they’re so black. It is definitely a dramatic mascara. This isn’t what you swipe on before hitting the gym; this is a mascara for those moments when you want your lashes to be noticed (or, in my case, for everyday wear!).
For me, this mascara is more volumizing than lengthening. Lashes look thick from the first coat, but the more coats I piled on, the shorter my lashes appeared; they looked a little stubby from product buildup at the tips. For me, two coats is a good number (but the effect is drastic after just one!).
The sole drawback is that it can get a little messy on lashes — not exactly clumpy, but closer to a spider lash effect. I almost always have to comb through my lashes after applying, or else some lashes stick together. It looks so much cleaner after combing. Throughout the day, I do occasionally get some flaky fallout, but it’s rare.
When I got the package in the mail and slipped the tube out of the carton, I hated it. It’s gold (which I love), but it’s shiny, and gets super dirty after about two seconds of touching it. Fingerprints everywhere. That is the sole reason I did not include my own photographs of this product — the tube literally looked so dirty and smudgy in photos, there was no way I could post them.
Aside from the packaging (and the name, which for whatever reason isn’t easy to remember correctly), this is one of the best mascaras on the market — if not the best. If you love look-at-me lashes, go buy this immediately! At $29, it is expensive, but to me, it’s worth it for the look of false lashes without the hassle of actually applying false lashes. This and the new NARS Climax mascara are my two current favorites, and in my opinion, the best new products to hit the market in years.
Have you tried this yet? If so, what do you think?! Do you love it as much as I do?
Image via Nordstrom