NARS Climax Mascara: Worth the Hype?

nars-climax-mascaraNARS is on a major PR blitz for their latest release, Climax mascara ($24). The brand says their newest offering delivers voluminous, plumped-up, inky-black lashes. Before I even get into it, I have to say I’m over the sexual innuendos that NARS loves to use in their product names. This mascara is no exception; I think the name is ridiculous, but I’m such a sucker for a new mascara, I had to buy a tube to see if it made good on its promises.

nars-climax-tubePart of the reason I purchased this mascara was the wand: it’s thick, fluffy, and tapered at the tip–pretty much everything I ever want in a mascara wand. In finding a great mascara, the wand is half the battle, and this definitely scored major points with me because I knew it would grip my lashes and really coat them with mascara. If fat brushes don’t work for you, you won’t be into this!

The formula is great: thick, with a whipped-like texture that’s lightweight and not too wet. It’s my ideal mascara formula because this consistency works well for my lashes.


My lashes with two coats of Climax

Between the brush and the product, this mascara really does live up to its claims. The first coat is instantly noticeable, and quietly dramatic. The second coat makes my lashes look long, thick, and fanned out. I opt for a third coat when I want to really make my lashes pop. There was zero clumping, flaking, smudging, or running during the day (I always use the sweaty-workout-on-a-humid-day test, and this passed with flying colors!). It held a curl beautifully, and my lashes were lifted and dark until I took my makeup off at night. It’s very to remove with cleanser, micellar water, or a makeup remover wipe.

IMG_0441My sole complaint about this is a packaging design flaw: when you pull the wand out of the tube, there’s a lot of excess product on the tip. A few swipes on the neck will take care of it, but it’s a little annoying that SO much product comes out every time I use this.

nars3The packaging is my least favorite thing about this mascara. I really don’t like it. The red is super bold (but if you’re into red, you’ll dig it!), and the ridged plastic feels light. I really wish this was housed in a different tube, but it works so well, I care less about what the package looks like.

I also think the price point is really good. Some mascaras are creeping up past the $25 mark, and honestly, it feels excessive. When compared to other this mascaras at the same price (Urban Decay Perversion, Too Faced Better Than Sex, Benefit Roller Lash & They’re Real), this feels more luxurious and performs better (in my opinion).

It’s available for purchase now on the NARS US & UK websites, Ulta, Sephora Canada, Selfridges, and Mecca Cosmetica.

Have you tried this mascara? What do you think?

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