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SUQQU MASCARA, MASCARA BASE, EYELASH CURLER – The mascara from this relatively obscure Japanese beauty brand is a find. It glosses on nicely, coats beautifully and volumizes lashes without clumping or smudging. It comes in 3 variations – Volume N, Long N, Volume Long N – and please don’t ask what the difference is because I have to confess to not having a clue! But the mascara pairs perfectly with the Suqqu Mascara Base to create long, lovely lashes. One coat base plus two coats of the mascara and you’ll be good to go all day long. The mascara and base contain resin fibres to make lashes strong and lush and to keep the curl power. Washes off just with warm water easily. The Suqqu signature Eyelash Curler is giving the iconic Shu Uemura range a run for their money too. It seems to have a good fit with your eye and comes with 2 replacement replacement strips. (Ever since an unfortunate encounter with an eyelash curler on one New Year’s Eve in my youth where I pulled my own lashes out and was scarred for life, I don’t go near eyelash curlers personally, but this one rates high among the avid fans I asked to try it for me. )
FINAL VERDICT: RUN DON’T WALK (RDW) – Expensive, but unique and elegantly designed, this brand is diverse and intriguing. The ingenious designs, sleek black and brown cases, and artful products are addictive. However, the translations are hard to grasp, and to be sold into a market where Japanese is not the first language, it would be nice to have better product descriptions, usage tips, and labeling! For example, I have to open the wands to tell the base from the mascara…..Not to be deterred, I do love the effects I get with this duet of lash enhancers!
ESTEE LAUDER LASH XL MASCARA – This is an awesome mascara. Every time I wear it, someone comments on how long my lashes are and you can’t beat that! It definitely lives up to its promises. The brush separates every lash, top and bottom, and it doesn’t clump. It is a little on the expensive side at $21 – but it works great and esteelauder.com has good deals like free shipping and samples if you purchase online.
FINAL VERDICT – GGI (Gotta Get It) – Amazing! If you don’t mind spending that much for a mascara (I do mind), it’s a good choice.