Review: Guerlain Cils d’Enfer Maxi Lash Mascara
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You know you have a problem when your mascara drawer is full. I don’t mean “has plenty of options” – I mean literally can’t put any more in there. The free travel size mascaras accumulate faster than I can use them, so I’ve been trying to work through the backlog. Observe: Guerlain Cils d’Enfer Maxi Lash.
To be as diplomatic as possible, there’s not a whole lot going on with this wand. It’s the standard shape. Not too thick, with a spiral of short-ish bristles that are the same length all the way down. I really just can’t make myself have any strong feelings about it one way or the other. It picks up a little too much product (even a few weeks after I opened it), so I guess I fall slightly on the “not a fan” side of the fence.
In my opinion, the color is the best thing about this mascara. It’s approximately the same color as the charcoal briquettes that go in the grill – no hints of brown or grey here. I don’t speak French so I put “cils d’enfer” into google translate and it came back with “eyelashes hell”. So the name is fitting.
Application & wear
I like the effect Maxi Lash has when I first put it on. It adds a lot of thickness and volume, so it gives a heavy, sultry look. It has two issues though. Issue the first: the mudslide of mascara that comes out with the wand makes it difficult to apply without getting very spidery. Applying it involves wiping off some of the product, which hurts me – it feels like such a waste! Lots of combing with a clean spoolie too. The second big issue is curl. I’m lucky enough to have 100% average lashes – average length, average density, average curl. Unfortunately by the end of the day with this, my lashes droop like cut flowers that are a little past their prime. Instead of framing my eyes, they just make me look kind of tired. Not exactly the look I’m going for. Ever.
Wand: The completely average shape and size is sort of boring.
Color: Deep inky black, which gets a big thumbs up from me.
Application & Wear: It looks great at first, but it’s fussy to apply and the curl doesn’t last.
Overall: Meh. I don’t hate it, but I’m not planning on getting a full size.
Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascara ($30) is available at nordstrom.com and sephora.com
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