I've been buying this mascara for about three years now online. It's not cheap, but I'd tried SO many products before to try and avoid raccoon eyes and failed, that I consider it absolutely worth every dollar.
I put mascara on every 2 days or so, and a tube easily lasts me 6 months. I tend to not layer it on though - one single layer for a more natural look is fine by me. If you layer it too much it gets clumpy REALLY quickly and dries and sometimes 'crumbles' around the eyes in little black flakes (better than big black smudges IMO, but still.)
I have very small Asian-shaped eyes with a tiny lid, but REALLY long eyelashes. I'm not sure if this contributes to raccoon eyes with any other mascara, but that's how it is. If you have eyes/lashes like that, Blinc will be a lifesaver.
Also, be veeery careful when removing this mascara at night. I usually cup warm water in my hand and hold it against the mascara to soften it if I'm just washing my face before bed, and that makes the product loose and I can gently pull it off with no lashes being torn out. But SOMETIMES, it happens. I think my lashes are more sparse than they were before I tried this mascara. Which is the only downside. If you're having a hot/warm shower and you splash your face, within a minute or so the lashes will come right off.
I've also cried with these on and they've come off, too. So not totally waterproof, in my experience. But it's still the best product out there to fight smudging.
First things first - if you received a mini tube of this mascara I just want to let you know that the regular sized Blinc Mascara is slightly different. The wand/brush on the mini is fuller, while the traditional Blinc Mascara sold in stores has a smaller, thinner brush. I prefer the full sized Mascara (vs the mini..) as the thinner brush means it's easier to coat bottom lashes without the mascara itself being smeared all over my bottom lid.
Moving forward, this stuff is awesome. Blinc was my first glimpse into the tubing mascara world & I don't think I could ever go back. I "suffered" from the dreaded raccoon look for years. Even the most waterproof formulas could not hold up against my greasy skin. Tubing mascara zaps that issue as it can ONLY be removed with water. Oil make up removers won't take this off, thus the oil on my pizza face won't be smearing it around either.
I have tried many tubing mascaras since receiving a mini Blinc Mascara from Sephora back in their January '13 promotion. Clinique Lash Power, FAIRYDROPS, Too Faced Lash Injection, L'Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes, along with others. I can say with complete honesty that none of the competitors compare. Blinc has the best formula, best brush, & when you go to remove it - this is the only tubing mascara I've found that actually comes off in tubes. I was hoping L'Oreal's version would work for me as that's much easier on my wallet. Nope. I don't enjoy spending $26 on a mascara, but out of all the pricey products I've bought at Sephora - this is the only one I've yet to regret. Unlike foundation, or blush, or lipgloss - there is no drugstore equivalent for this mascara.
Last but not least, let's talk about longevity of this product. Most mascaras dry up before I can ever finish using them, within 2 - 4 months. I used the travel sized version of Blinc almost daily....and it's STILL GOOD. The formula has not gotten clumpy nor dry. Keep in mind as I write this review I received the travel version 10 MONTHS ago. The only reason I purchase a full sized tube (this week) is because I was running out...definitely not because the formula started to go bad. That's amazing.
I obviously will be repurchasing...for as long as they sell this mascara.
FINALLY I have found a mascara that doesn't give me panda eyes and doesn't flake. I use the mascara together with the primer to bulk up my lashes a bit, but it is also good on its own. Looks the same at the end of the day as it does when you first put it on. Will be buying Blinc for some time to come.
I got a free sample of this at a Trade Secrets, and I'm glad I didn't spend my own money on it. It's actually quite a shame, because it really does make good on its promise to not smudge and/or flake. This is unheard of for me, as I have very oily eyes and even the most waterproof mascaras end up slightly smudgy by the end of the day. Problem is, it doesn't do much else either. It did absolutely no volumizing, did not hold the curl, and barely lengthened. Maybe if you already have full, long, nicely curled lashes, and you just want a little boost, this would be for you. But as I have very straight Asian lashes, this just won't cut it for me. The removal was easy as advertised; just gently pull your lashes in the shower, and the little stringy things slide right off, with absolutely no residue. Ugh, if only this stuff actually DID anything, I'd be 100% on board!
Tried this for the first time yesterday. I curled my lashes (my normal routine) before applying and I applied the product as directed. It immediately pulled the curl out of my lashes and left me with clumpy, flat lashes that looked worse than if I had no mascara on. I made the mistake of applying this for the first time right before leaving for work, so I couldn't wash it off and start from scratch, which is what I really wanted to do. If you need to curl your lashes, I do not recommend buying this because it definitely doesn't hold the curl. And for the price, you could get a few great drugstore brands.
I'm torn about this mascara. The best thing about it is that when you take it off it doesn't leave smudges -- no need for a separate remover. To take it off, I rinse my face with water and then rub gently until the flakes come off. Easy peasy. However, I think the price is exorbitant -- $22 for a pretty large tube. (I've gotten cheap in my old age, hahaha.) Also, it's hard for me to make this mascara look natural. I usually comb through the lashes with a spoolie after applying the mascara (after it dries), and unlike regular mascaras, the "flakes" get pulled through and come off. Ugh! The mascara also applies very wet, so if you get it anywhere, have a Q-tip ready before it dries. However, I want to try other mascaras, so this won't be a repurchase for me. If you're curious, go for it! :) (For reference, my favorite mascara ever is Clinique Naturally Glossy in Jet Black, which is about $8 cheaper.)
Love this mascara! Over the years, I have bought so many tubes of this fabulous, Holy-Grail status mascara. Not only do my lashes look defined & dark, they never-ever smudge! Honestly. When applying this tubing mascara, if you do smudge around the lashes etc..., just wet a Q-Tip, press out the water and clean up the area. Easy. Taking off this mascara is easy too. No makeup remover is necessary (use it to remove any shadow/liner, but not needed for mascara). Just run water over your face in the shower or use a damp washcloth and lightly smooth up your lashes with your fingers. Little "spider legs" will fall off and you will be mascara-free. Don't worry; those "spider legs" are not your lashes. Really. I highly rec this tubing mascara. Note: The Amplifying Mascara is for those who like a big, bushy brush. I don't. Since I have both mascara formulas, I use the regular Blinc mascara brush and dip it into the Amplifying formula. But, the regular Blinc formula is the one that I buy over and over and over...
I am allergic to just about every mascara. And I have tried them all. This mascara is the only one that doesn't irritate my eyes. Also I am notorious for having raccoon eyes. I have oily skin and I sweat (and cry) easily. This mascara does not come off until you want it to!!! Just take a warm washcloth and hold it over your lashes for 30 seconds and then gently tug the mascara off ur lashes. Voila! Also I think that my eyelashes are longer now that I am not using drying waterproof mascara that is so hard to remove.
As far as overall effectiveness goes, Blinc mascara is the best that I've found - it vamps up my lashes while still looking natural, and doesn't smudge but comes off easily with warm water. However, the ingredient list isn't great reassuring. I don't need a mascara that contains sunscreen, especially not oxybenzone...moving on...
Not only was this product very thin but it also made my eye lashes clump immediately. To top it off, you couldn't even tell that I was wearing mascara! When I washed my face, the mascara came off immediately and in clumps-- i thought that my eye lashes had fallen out! It was a horrible experience and I have had way better experiences with drug store mascaras that are under $10. I would never recommend this product.