Wednesday, August 24, 2011

When it flakes it pours: Revlon Grow Luscious Review

Three weeks ago, I was going to Akihabara to meet up with a friend of mine. As I was walking to the designated rendezvous point, I spotted the Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara on display in a little boutique outside the station. I was excited to find this mascara in Japan, so of course, you know I had to go in and take a closer look...

In reading the packaging, The Revlon Grow Luscious claimed to "not only make lashes look longer and lusher, but the mascara's formula also aids in the growth of lashes,thus, improving in their overall appearance and condition with every use"

Well, my lashes are already long and pretty full (blessed). People are always asking me, "are your eyelashes fake? Can I touch them?" (okay, but odd...), but what the hell, I'm greedy, so I'll buy into the marketing and purchase two! I bought the Revlon Grow Luscious waterproof formula in blackened brown and blackest black(normally, I'm not a fan of waterproof mascaras, even though I own a lot : P  but this summer has been exceptionally cruel, so it's better to be safe than sorry!).


First impressions (at the register), WHAT!!! How much are they?! In the states, drug store mascaras cost
about $8.00 on average ( rounding up here), in Japan, not so much the case. Makeup in Japan, whether it be drugstore or high-end, is EXPENSIVE!!!!!!!! you'll pay the same price for drugstore cosmetics in Japan as you would for high-end brands in the states. These little babies were 1,600 yen each, that's $20.86 (based on the current foreign exchange market). After a slight one on one with my wallet, I made my purchase and went along my merry way (3,200 poorer might I add)...

Now, onto the REAL first impressions, The first thing you'll notice with this mascara is the massive brush, it's huge. The brush is comparable to that of Mac's Opulash and Dior's diorshow mascara. Revlon's brush is a bit bigger and thicker than mac's, but Dior's bristles are more dense in comparison to the Grow Luscious. Grow Luscious may not be a favorite of ladies with shorter lashes, due to the fact that it will require a bit more work and possible mess to get the desired effect.


                    Left: Grow Luscious Right: Opulash  Left: Grow Luscious Right: Opulash
                    Left: Grow Luscious Right:DiorShow  Left: Grow Luscious Right: DiorShow

 I didn't see much of a difference in that department. What I did like, is that it did do a great good at fanning out my lashes, but that's about all I liked. This mascara has more flakes then a Kellogg's cereal! I found myself picking black pieces from my under eye area and cheekbones. Also, Grow Luscious is a non-waterproof waterproof mascara!! I put the Grow Luscious on the "fitness" test, Basically, I wore it to the gym to see if it could withstand all the sweating. After the end of a two and a half hour workout, this mascara traveled all over my under eye area (huge fail!!). Actually, this mascara smudged every time I wore it, so unless you're into raccoon or panda eyes (which may be cute), I wouldn't recommend this mascara. Unfortunately, I can't comment on the improvement/growth benefits that this mascara claims to do for ones lashes; since I stopped using the Grow Luscious after two weeks of use, due to all the smudging and flakes.



The only reason I'm not entirely upset with this purchase is that I don't mind supporting a company that doesn't test on animal, so my purchase wasn't a complete waste : D



Here's a photo of me out with some friends and apparently the Revlon Grow Luscious on my right eyes seems to have called it a night on me :'(

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time

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