Thank God for sample sized products. I've gotten to try many products because of samples and let me just say this product was one that I was tempted to purchase, before I received the sample. Greatfully i didn't make that purchase...this is the most useless mascara I've ever used...and trust me...I've used/tried too many to list. When I read this was one of Allures favorite products, I cracked up laughing and I also wondered about their integrity. The brush is HUGE, making it difficult to get into the corners of the eyes. The formula is very dry and therefore doesn't coat the lashes well. Then we have the fibers that because of the extremely dry formula doesn't stick to the lashes. My contacts were irritated to the point I had to remove them and wear my glasses. There is no length, no thickening, barely any color....seriously what does this mascara do?
Yet another awful Jane Iredale product. This mascara is rubbish. This was given as a gift and hardened my lashes so bad they snapped off!!!!!!! DO NOT USE!!!!! I'll never stop using my Dior or Lancôme mascara now.
EDIT : I've changed my review to say that I will indeed buy it again, because I just did! Last month I decided I needed a new black mascara after all (I had been using only JI's dark brown in Expresso for a few months). I went out to the drugstore and bought a standard L'Oréal black mascara. Its packaging felt like a million bucks, but that's the only good thing there was about it. I had forgotten how horrible mascaras could be, spoiled as I had been by Iredale! It was so clumpy and unnatural looking and gross ''everywhere-on-my-face'' if I took a nap with it on. I tried putting it on too many times before deciding it put a damper on my beauty routine. So I shelled out for Jane Iredale's mascara and it was a relief. Even if horrendously expensive, mascara is, with foundation and blush, the essential part of my beauty routine, so if I should shell on something, it should be this.
I've used this for six months and I like it. It's nice to have a mascara in my arsenal that I'm sure will not clump, ever. I like a natural face and a clumpy mascara can ruin the no-makeup makeup look in no time. Most of the time I'm in a hurry when I put on my makeup, so I don't have time to ''unclump'' or be particularly careful. The downside is that the product goes on very thinly, and needs at least two applications to really make a noticeable effect, though that may be because I got in in the brown shade, which is more discrete than the black.
The claim that this mascara makes lashes longer is actually true. It relies on little hair-thin filaments a few millimiters in length that are in the mascara and which get ''glued'' parallel to the lashes with the upward movement of the brush, thereby extending the length, especially with build-up applications.
It's expensive for mascara, even if the ingredients are great and all natural and non-irritating. I might buy it again, but I'd happily try a less expensive natural mascara. I swear by Iredale's pressed powder foundation, which I will keep on buying at any price, but I feel it is not as hard to find a good mascara as it is to find the perfect foundation, therefore I am less willing to spend big bucks for mascara.
I'm giving this a four out of five because the packaging ought to be much better considering the price range. I dislike the soft plastic tube, the shape of it reminds me of polysporin packaging... Yes, the product delivers, but my 10$ L'Oréal mascara packaging feels twice as luxurious, and that isn't right.
Application tip : the texture of this mascara is hard to define, but it makes it so that it does not glide on super-well, though that's fine because I believe that its texture has to do with how it never clumps and is buildable... anyhow I found on youtube an application tip a few weeks ago that works great with it and totally counteracts the difficulty I had with putting on a heavy coat of it. Use a piece of carton or a business card to apply it! Place an edge of the card on top of your eyelid just next to your lash line, it will hold the eyelid in place (while you use your mascara brush as usual), so you can push and pull the mascara more easily on your lashes.
This mascara lengthens and separates the lashes. The formula is a little dry but it does not clump when applying. I used the color Black Ice, which is a soft black, so it defines the lashes while not looking overdone or too obvious. It also smudges somewhat, not horribly, but enough to be annoying. The packaging is kind of novel.
This mascara does what it says (though with flaws)...however, it's not spectacular and definitely not worth the high price tag. I can get this lash effect from several of drugstore brands at a fraction of the cost.
jane iredale do amazing lip stains and amazing powders. But the mascaras are all terrible. Not black and glossy but more of an ashy looking muted grey, very clumpy, very messy.
I wish there had been a way I could have said "oh hell no!" when asked if I'd buy this again! Oh wait - I just did!! And no joke - this is hands down the absolutely suckiest mascara I have EVER tried. Thank the good Lord this was a sample - in the BeautyBar Sample Society box, which I love with all my heart - but never mind that now.
This horrible, dry, clumpy, dusty-gray-passing-for-black CRAP is the most awful mascara on Earth - oh wait, I already said that. I would have been monumentally pissed if I had actually paid money for this junk. And just think - Jane Iredale actually charges THIRTY freaking dollars for this! A tube of mascara!! Wish I could take out an ad in the paper warning vulnerable, gullible women (kind of like me sometimes!) to stay far, far away.
I probably wouldn't be so vehement on the subject, except I actually wore this crap this morning - and here I am at my computer 10 hours later after having washed it off - what little that was on my eyelashes and not under my eyes - and I am still picking long disgusting fibers out of my eyes and off my cheeks, where they swooped and fluttered all the live long day. I will probably be paying for this till I wash my face a few more times - I could not be a whole lot more irritated that I am right now.
Don't waste your money, ladies - just don't.
Full disclosure: I may end up lowering this rating once I have used the product for a longer period of time. Also, I applied Jane Iredale's Pure Lash Conditioner, prior to the Longest Lash Mascara.
While looking for a natural mascara option, I ran a comparison between this mascara (left eye) and the Rilastil one (right eye), one coat each. I like a very natural look with mascara. I do not want to look like I am wearing mascara at all. The Jane Iredale mascara evenly coated and lengthened my blonde eyelashes. The look was clean and elegant. The Rilastil was better for instant volumizing but it also looked thick and unnatural. I was told that both are tar free.
As far as the appearance of the mascara goes, it is a matter of taste. I asked a good friend which she liked. Unlike me, she preferred the Rilastil.
I put the mascara on at 3pm. By 9pm, some, but not much, of the Rilastil mascara was flaking off. I decided to leave them both on all night to see what happens. The Jane Iredale mascara never flacked. Both still looked pretty good on day two.
I have been using the Dark Blonde color for a few months now. I have a number of complaints:
1) It is gloppy and sticky. Perhaps this is b/c my tube, purchased from SkincareRX, who I like a lot, is older? Perhaps it's b/c it's a slightly different formulation than the black? Either way, it is messy and difficult to apply. In addition to it getting around my eyelashes, it's also gotten in my eyes a number of times. I've never had that happen before! I have my first case of pink eye in 14 years. Coincidence?
2) The tube is annoying. If the mascara has fewer preservatives, I'd rather have a *smaller* container. I'd always like a smaller container for mascara since I have to travel w/ it from time to time. I think the larger container is JI's way to have an excuse for charging $30 per item.
3)The lash brush should be a better quality for the high price.
I do still like that it is a more natural product that rates well on the EWG Cosmetic Database.
am liking this very much as i like to wear false lashes and this product blends real and fakes together with no clumping. when used on my own lashes alone they are natural looking but not dramatic. no racoon eyes with this which is a plus. if you are a real natural girl then this would be for you as it is not over the top pigment.
I received this as part of a gift set from JI. I have sensitive eyes and wear contacts. So most mascara doesn't work for me at all - the fibers end up scratching my eyes, or the scent bothers my lenses, or they flake, or they just look darn dirty and, well, like I'm wearing mascara.
If you want the smudgy, smoky, "dirty" eye look, then this JI product isn't for you. If you want that "slept in my makeup because I'm a rock n roll star" look, that's DiorShow, not this product. The goal of this product is to give you a longer but still very natural and polished look.
The matching conditioner product is essential to my mind. 2 coats of that lengthens, lifts, and separates the lashes, so it's impossible for them to clump. Let that dry thoroughly between each coat - very important for adhesion. Otherwise the mascara might "powder off" towards the end of the day.
2 light coats of this JI mascara after that will give a very nice but still natural look, with just a sweet glossy sheen to the lashes. Wiggle each coat on the lashes and brush slightly to the side as you do. Don't apply straight on - this sideways motion helps enhance the effect slightly. Again, let dry thoroughly between coats!
Following this procedure kept my mascara on nicely for 8 hours. The only comment I got was "pretty eyes" from my BF - very good!