My Ultimate Fave Mascara!

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 I used to take this makeup product for granted because I never found the right one for me. So last year before receiving this beautiful saving grace as a gift, I’ve been skipping the the use of mascara entirely! Imagine how much of a loss I suffered in the beautiful eyes department during that period. Thankfully, my mother-in-law introduced me to this simple yet HG-worthy mascara that I couldn’t look at any other mascara in the market.
So here’s the simple no-fuss promises of what this mascara aims to deliver:
✓ The 1st mascara with double lifting lash effect (this was released back in 2010). Lashes are lifted at the roots and at the tips with a lash lifting brush, custom-designed and tested on Asian lashes.
✓ Ultimate curve is combined with dramatic length.
✓ Total smudge-proof formula. Easy removal.

Pros: Let me make the story short and tell you that I give it a check on all three categories. This product works so well for me because listed above are the key ingredients I look for in a mascara — lengthens, lifts, holds curl, doesn’t smear nor smudge. This product is fantastic in doing just those. Especially the smudging and smearing which I absolutely can’t take (as well as with eyeliner) that’s why I skipped mascara altogether in the past year. Virtuose Drama is so amazing in this department as I’ve never experienced any smudging or smearing in the past year I’ve been wearing it. Also, it doesn’t hold on as much product as Benefit’s They’re Real mascara in the applicator. It then glides on smoothly to your lashes and dries quickly so mess is avoided.

The trick to using the perfectly curved brush is to place the applicator at the root of your lashes, hold it a while, twist and then brush up. Separating the lashes is also made easier by this strategically structured brush so no ugly lash-clumping occurs.

As for length of wear – it lasts a great 10-12 hours on me (with no major sweating involved though!).

Cons: The mascara doesn’t provide as much volume (as let’s say Benefit’s They’re Real), which is a key factor most people look for in a mascara. For me however, it provides just the right amount of volume. See below in the photo that I have decent lashes that are not too sparse nor too thin, so two coats of the product provides enough volume for me. Another con, the mascara isn’t waterproof. However, I’ve attended a wake where I cried but there wasn’t any smear nor smudge, the mascara just turns into some tiny particles that can be wiped off easily. 

Price is a bit steep but for all these great perks that will last you a good 6 months for one tube, the retail price of around Php 1795 will be a great investment.

Bottom line, it is a great everyday mascara! Not for going out and having full-on lashes but rather for day-to-day wear. Enough words, I’ll let the photos speak!
Above: BEFORE wearing mascara Below: AFTER 2 coats of mascara
 (Note: I’m wearing contacts in the after photo)

I’ve never been so loyal to one product that’s not foundation. Usually, I keep on trying and changing things up but with this mascara, I’ve been happily satisfied. I’ve yet to try Lancome’s newest innovations such as the Hypnose Doll Eyes as I’ve heard great reviews about those as well. 

What is YOUR fave mascara, love? Do share please!
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  1. October 24, 2012 / 6:15 pm

    Hi Shari, i like the packaging. It differs from other masacara which is just straight. I am using Maybelline Cat Eyes. I love the wand because it really does reach the roots of my lashes compared to other mascara.

    And i also noticed your eyes. wala k tlg contact lens sis? 🙂

  2. October 24, 2012 / 6:26 pm

    your blog is so informative. and this mascara shows such a diffrence to your lashes!!!!

    thanks for giving us this review!

    following u via G+ now

  3. October 24, 2012 / 7:51 pm

    I dont really like this mascara but you are so beautiful and I love your reviews though! Could you please consider following each other? I think you could like my blog as well Twitter: @shineonbyandrea

  4. October 24, 2012 / 8:06 pm

    WOW !! the result is so good! I have 1 lancome hypnose mascara, but It causes me allergy. my eyes water a lot everytime I use it.. :/
    But I’m glad it works really well on you!!

  5. October 24, 2012 / 8:10 pm

    Glad to know you found your fave mascara! at least your 1700 is worth it. I’ve always been a fan of drugstore mascara coz they always give me the length and volume that I want. However, I can’t say that I’ve already found my ultimate fave, I’m constantly trying out different mascaras. ^_^

  6. October 24, 2012 / 9:21 pm

    The mascara made such a dramatic difference. Love your recommendations! – xo

  7. October 25, 2012 / 12:50 am

    This sounds great, I always hear Lancôme mascaras are the best ones out there. Thanks for this review! xx

  8. October 25, 2012 / 3:00 am

    the packaging is quite unique but I never really settle for high-end mascara as I was advised that mascara tends to dry out for 6 months? I have also seen somewhere that mascara should be discarded after 3-6months of use so that bacteria won’t built end and cause some reaction to eyes or something like that, hehe~ It seems like a nice mascara but the price is just too steep on my budget, keke~ Thanks for sharing! your eyes are lovely even w/out any mascara ^_~

  9. October 25, 2012 / 3:18 am

    I used to have a tube of Lancome Virtuose Drama myself and well what I can say, the product works! No smudges! I better do myself a favor and buy a new tube. 🙂

    Thanks for commenting on my blog. Following you now


  10. October 25, 2012 / 6:11 am

    very beautiful review shari 😀 i love the wand but im often not to keen on buyiing pricey mascaras just bec im very happy w maybelline! 😀

  11. October 25, 2012 / 6:11 am

    I am currently using a different brand of mascara but I think I have to change it this time. 🙂 Great post misty mom!


  12. October 25, 2012 / 7:03 am

    I’m so glad I found your blog! I’m only 14 so I don’t really put on make up but my mom though is an aspiring make up artist. She’ll love your blog! I hope you have time to visit my blog. xx

  13. October 25, 2012 / 10:17 am

    must be a maskara with a great effect ! 🙂

    Nice post ! Love your blog 😉

    Would be great if we followed each other, don’t you think so ? 🙂



  14. October 25, 2012 / 2:24 pm

    This looks like such a great product. I am always on the look out for a new mascara, so will definitely have to check this one out! 🙂 xxx

  15. October 26, 2012 / 5:42 am

    Wow! love this post! <3 may I ask what's the brand of your make-up remover? especially for mascara :)

    Patricia Erica.

  16. October 28, 2012 / 5:58 am

    I’ve tried a mini of this mascara before and it’s amazing! However I get the same effect, exactly with even a bit more length with Kiss me Heroine mascara! 🙂

  17. October 28, 2012 / 6:02 am

    Hi Shari, I’m a new reader of The Misty Mom but I’ve known you since LiveJournal days pa. I doubt you still remember me. lol Anyway, Maybelline Mascaras are my ultimate faves but I might try this one also, let’s see.

    xx, Kim
    Kimpossibly Gorgeous

  18. October 29, 2012 / 1:11 pm

    Just had to leave you a comment to tell you how glad I am that you commented on my blog as I have now discovered your blog and really do love it! Have been reading all your past posts for the last 20 minutes 🙂

    Fee x

  19. November 28, 2012 / 3:01 am

    i love my AVON SUPER MAGNIFY mascara.. =) nothing beats a cheap but high quality products for a budget mom like me hee hee

  20. February 12, 2013 / 6:34 am

    My current favorite mascara is the Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes – totally transforms my eyes! You should definitely give it a try!

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