I’ve been using this bad boy for a couple of weeks now so thought that it might be useful to share my thoughts, as this Insta friendly, gold tube of loveliness is everywhere online, and you might be contemplating a cheeky purchase. So, if you’re looking to treat yourself, are in the market for a new high-end Mascara and this is on your list, here’s my review of Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash mascara.
The first (and highly superficial) thing that I love is that it’s just so bloody beautiful to look at, as is Hourglass generally to be honest; that and Charlotte Tilbury are my ‘go to’ brands for sheer ‘looking good on the vanity’ appeal. It’s in the same beautiful packaging as the Vanish Seamless Finish foundation and Vanish Flash highlighting sticks so luxurious, perfectly weighted and a real luxe addition to your makeup collection, which is of course what you hope for when you invest in a pricier product.
And I love love that it’s an ultra-black formulation as I’ve always chosen a black mascara over a brown one despite being a redhead and having super blonde lashes as I love a bit of definition; when it’s this black I just have to make sure that I work carefully from the roots of the lashes to ensure that I don’t leave that horrendous pale strip!
In terms of performance, the Hourglass Marketing team went into overdrive with this launch, claiming that it delivers 400% more volume in one stroke, along with length and sky-high lift. Quite a bold claim and did it achieve that? Well, it certainly does pack a punch and gives volume but for me it veers on the side of clumpy which I’m never too keen on as I like a soft, voluminious flutter rather than Twiggy esque spikes; after applying this I typically have to comb out my lashes to avoid that and who needs a high maintenance mascara and multiple steps to get through in the morning? It does give a lift though, which is a big plus for me; I have fairly long lashes but they’re ridiculously straight and resist a curl, and this gets my lashes pointing north without the help of an eyelash curler so tick and tick!
The ‘sell’ is that it has an innovative 4DAmplifier™ brush which features two sides: a dense bristled side to give volume, and a shorter bristled side to coat bottom lashes without smudging. Now I could be being a bit of a chimp, but I don’t find that very clear or obvious when applying so I need to keep playing with the wand to see if I have a eureka moment.
But the main con for me is that it’s flaky. I find it to be a pretty dry formulation and rather than smudging under the eye – which I seem to be having a problem with at the moment – it flakes which I find a bit strange as it’s not a tubing mascara. I’ve played around a bit with different base combinations and I’m finding that there’s less of a problem when I wear a satin finish foundation and powder under the eye (my fave at the moment is Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder) but have still had some fall out every time that I’ve worn this.
So overall, does it give me the curl and volume that I look for in a mascara and will I repurchase? I’d say that I’ve come to like the drama of the finish that it gives – despite the fact that it needs a little extra work – so yes it gives me the look that I’m going for. I am still struggling to get past the flakiness so will persevere with preparing the under-eye area in the hope that I can overcome this as I really do want to love this as I’m such a fan of the brand!
I’ll keep you posted!