As a natural blonde, without makeup, you can barely see my lashes. But once you put on a good mascara you can see they are very long and relatively full. But I really am not a fan of mascara at all because no matter how good a makeup remover I use, nor how careful I am to avoid smearing as I wipe or rinse, it always stains under my eye and makes it look like dark circles.
SIDE NOTE TIP: This might be happening to you too and you don't even know it. If you think you have dark circles, take the three day makeup free challenge. No mascara, but use your favorite eye make-up remover morning and night, as if you had it on. Chances are pretty good that you will see more makeup lifting from that supposedly clean area. The fact is the skin is so thin there, it just soaks up all our fallout and swiped off makeup. But if you do this for three days, morning and night, you will wake up to a brighter and cheery face at the end and no dark circles.
So back to this product and the reason why I was excited. No makeup remover? Just pulls off as clean little "rubber" tubes? Sign me up!
First application. Thin & watery. I've never seen my lashes look so sparse. And you can't do extra coats. I read somewhere else that someone had the same issue the first time she used it, but she kept using it and it eventually thickened up some more (as all mascaras do), but then I had problem number two.
It felt like false lashes. It didn't "irritate" in a toxic sort of way, but it was extremely irritating. I kept blinking and touching and waiting to get used to it, but that moment just did not come. Within a hour I was trying to get it off. Then came problem number three.
This one really is the biggest issue I have with this product (it's actually two problems in one). They say, with just a little water and *pressure* each little tube will come off.
First, yes, they did come off, but then the little bits are everywhere and I am not so sure that rinsing them down the drain is good for the environment. I know it is a miniscule amount, but day after day, for all women, could add up. I am a painter, and the look and feel of these "tubes" seemed nearly exactly like the tiny latex paint flakes I would have to clean up and dispose of carefully (depending on state and city hazardous waste disposal laws and regulations). I might be way over concerned for nothing here, but that was the impression. And I didn't like the idea that it was on my lashes then.
But secondly, let's finally talk about this "pressure" removal technique. How many times have you heard people obsessing over "using your ring finger and just lightly dab" for all concealers and even moist eye creams and serums? And now they are recommending we use pressure. And if you aren't pressing on your eye lid or under eyes, then you are tugging at your lashes.. and yes, some do come out. Not a lot, but again.. over time... does this seem to make sense?
I am guessing that in a short time, or maybe years from now, people will look back and say, "What were we thinking? Isn't that common sense? Bad idea! Be more gentle with your eyes!"
Birch Box Buddies... perhaps you can start carrying a great at home lash tinting kit?? Then we could get all this product offered and it would last longer and be more gentle to boot. Please?