There are some things that I don’t normally shop for at a high end counter, mascaras are one of them. Call it reverse snobbery, but the vast majority of high end brands (used to) cater to Caucasians with naturally longer and thinner lashes. My Asian genes gave me short and somewhat stumpy ones that defy even the best curlers. Moreover, with the tropical humidity out here in Singapore, combined with my oily hooded lids, high end Western branded mascaras are usually money down the drain. Or rather, investments in guaranteed inky smudgy panda eyes. But I try, as with all good bloggers, I must persevere on my quest. So when I found out that Guerlain had introduced a waterproof version of its Cils D’enfer Maxi Lash Mascara, and I found myself with a voucher to redeem, one came home with me.
Guerlain Cils D’enfer Maxi Lash Waterproof Mascara comes in a sleek silver tube (the preceding non-waterproof version was gold) with a matte finish. Unlike the usual cylindrical tubes, Cils D’enfer Mascara is rectangular with beveled edges which I find easier to grip. The tube itself is shorter than most, and gives better control when I’m jabbing near my eye area with insufficient sleep.
Using a trio of high-performance polymers, Guerlain promises its Cils D’enfer Maxi Lash mascara is able to coat each lash in highly adherent oils to thicken, condition and soften the lashes so that they are sculptable, and finally set at an amazing curve.
It all sounds amazing, but how does it really perform on my short stumpy ones?
Tada!!! I’m not altogether convinced if my lashes are lengthened, but they sure look much more curled! The best part, the curl held on all day!! No special application technique, no need for 10 more minutes that I don’t have pulling and tugging every which way. No crimping with a lash curler nor priming either. Just swish and voila!
And this was 2 coats, giving me thicker looking lashes without clumps! No need to comb out the lashes to separate them.
The only problem was that despite the “so-water-proof-you-can-swim-with-this” marketing spiel, this still smudged. Not as badly as the non-waterproof version, but it still does *sad eyes*. However, if I added on a good primer (I used Lancome’s Cils Booster Lash Primer) before laying on the mascara, it lasts all day without smudging. Surely, on most other normal human beings, this would be smudge-proof, i’m just exceptional.
Guerlain Cils D’enfer Waterproof Mascara retails for USD30 and is available at all Guerlain counters. Have you tried it yet?