Included with this month's Glamour was a free Model Co gift. There were a few choices; from lip glosses and eyeliners to this mascara here. Naturally I chose the mascara as it's what I wear most out of the bunch. Plus I already had the eyeliner anyway :)
Fibrous mascaras have become one of my favourite types of mascara as I love that they give you full and yet natural looking results. I treat it as my equivalent to false lashes as I simply don't possess the skill nor patience to make them work for me. Therefore this Lashxtend Lengthening Mascara seemed like the perfect little addition to my collection. I've been throwing out a lot of old and dried up mascara's recently so my choices were looking a little depleted. This product certainly came along at the right time to catch my eye, but honestly, it didn't live up to standards.
I didn't mind the packaging too much. I thought that the thin mirror on the opposite side of the tube was pretty pointless but over all the sleek, thiner tube appealed. I like the simplicity of the black, pink and silver too - all positive signs.
The brush is pretty bog-standard for a mascara wand but that is fine by me. There's no fuss about figuring out how best to use it. A simple upwards wiggle motion will do just fine.
But as yo can see, this mascara simply didn't perform on the lashes. I'm not too sure where to begin.
Firstly, I find the claim 'Extreme Black' to be a little misleading as I find this to be slightly grey if anything. On another note I don't rate it's 'lengthening' qualities. Sure, I notice some difference but nothing to write home about.
Although I do feel like the fibres gave me some volume, the product is so thin that the density of my lashes doesn't look right. Each strand needs to be thicker and fuller to give that real doll eyed look. In addition to this point about fibres, every time I applied this mascara my eyes would become instantly irritated afterwards. It always felt like I had eyelashes in my eyes which I can only assume must be falling fibres. Incredibly irritating.
Finally, it seems that once this product was applied my eyelashes instantly dropped. I seriously don't get why as it's not like the product's thick and heavy. I curled my lashes with my Shu Uemura Lash Curler just before application, as I do every time I apply any mascara, and within 5 seconds of the product being applied my lashes drooped so low they almost pointed down. I've never experienced anything quite like it. It's so bizarre that I do actually feel like I'm going a little crazy!
So in general you can gather that I'm not overly impressed with the product. It's certainly not something I would pick up again. If you chose this product in your Glamour magazine I'd love to hear what you thought about it, as the product itself is quite pricey and should in theory perform better than it has.
Model Co Fibre Lashxtend Extreme Black Lengthening Mascara - £16 from Model Co