Quick mascara reviews: Surratt Relevée, Diorshow Extase and No7 Stay Perfect
I’ve been steadily going through my hoarded mascaras lately – I’ve used almost all my free samples, which I’m quite proud of. Rather than subject you to a weeks’ worth of overly wordy posts about them, I decided to combine them all into one overly wordy post for your convenience.
I’ve been wanting to try this for a while, and I finally was able to visit Barneys and pick it up during vacation. The brush is super-slim, with short bristles. That and the fiber formula make for great separation and length. There’s not as much volume as I prefer, but it’s a great ‘natural look’ mascara. It doesn’t add curl, but it doesn’t make my lashes droop either. No problems to report with wear time either – no flaking or smudging here.
In Short: Spoiler – this one is my favorite of the bunch.
Available at barneys.com ($30)
I got this mascara as a free sample from Sephora, and, uh, I’m pretty glad I didn’t pay for it. On the plus side, it adds plenty of volume and the dense bristles separate pretty well. Otherwise? Not so much. It gets really clumpy and caterpillary really fast, and makes my lashes feel really heavy and clumpy. The real dealbreaker for me is the flaking – it doesn’t start until around 6-7 hours in, but it drops enough after that to actually get in my eyes and irritate them.
In Short: Meh. I most likely won’t finish the tube.
Available at sephora.com ($28.50)
No7 Stay Perfect
Total impulse buy right here. I wandered past it in Target, and they had displays out of the No7 mascara wands. The Stay Perfect one looked really similar to my beloved YSL Babydoll. Not that I’m looking for something to replace it, but if there’s something similar for a quarter of the price, then hey why not? Alas, it was not to be. It has a plastic nubby wand, but that’s about where the similarity ends. The wand is shorter and not flexible, and the formula is much more wet. End result – every few lashes get pushed together. It’s perfect for getting the spidery runway look, but not necessarily what I’d want for every day. There’s some minor flaking at the very end of the day, but nothing dramatic.
In Short: A purchase I regret – at least it wasn’t expensive.
Available at target.com ($6.79)