You couldn't pay me to use regular mascaras; “Tubing” mascaras are the only mascaras for me. They apply like regular mascaras but dries to form a polymer tube around each lash. Tear-, sweat- and water-resistant, it doesn’t smear or run because it’s doesn’t melt back into liquid form once it dries. And the greatest thing about it: it removes neatly in one piece when you rinse with warm water and slight friction. I was ecstatic when I discovered this a few years back. Imagine: no more raccoon-eyes when you sweat, cry or get unexpectedly dunked in the pool at the next bbq. Removal is great because you won’t get residue between your lashes or on your skin.
Because the formula is so unique, selection remains somewhat limited. But if you ask me, I’ll take that over smeared bacteria-breeding mascara ink running down my face and in my eye socket! Yes, the truth can be brutal. I recall those days when I wore regular mascaras, they stung so badly when they got in my eye. I shudder at the thought of going back to regular mascaras. If you have sensitive eyes, you should ONLY be using tubing mascaras. If you don’t have sensitive eyes, I recommend you still try it for the aesthetics. It’s much more attractive when the mascara stays on your lashes as opposed to everywhere around your lashes.
Knowing exactly how lacking the selection is for tubing mascaras, I was beyond excited to discover Mirenesse, an Australian cosmetic line that carries 15 (yes, 15!) different tubing mascaras! Thanks to the generous people at Mirenesse, I’ll be testing 6 of their bestselling mascaras and their 4D Lash Evolution Primer. Don’t even get me start about the primer! Most lash primers on the market these days are filled with cheap paraffin wax. Not only is the 4D Lash Evolution Primer paraffin-free, it is made of high-technology beneficial ingredients we don’t often see here in the states. I’m excited to try all of them.
Let me direct your attention to the first Mirenesse mascara I’m test drivng- Vibralash 24HR Mascara. This is the latest addition to their tubing mascara collection. Not only is it a tubing mascara, it also sports a 3-speed vibrating wand. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any cooler, I discover that it’s equipped with my favorite type of mascara brush, the silicone rubber brush (Gah! Totally forgot to take a picture of that!). If you swear by vibrating mascaras, you have to try this. I don’t think I’ve seen one that allows speed adjustment until I met this baby.
Comparing it to other tubing mascaras I’ve tried (over 12 brands, mostly Japanese), the formulation is excellent.
The volume is 8/10.
Lengthening ability is 9/10.
Curling ability is 9/10 (I don’t curl my lashes at all and this gives a nice lift).
Separating ability is 10/10 (no glued-together lashes whatsoever and gives a nice fan-shape to lashes).
The most impressive thing: the liquid is completely smooth so it does all of the above without clumps when you build it up one brush stroke after another. It will clump slightly if you brush on more during the “between stage” of drying (almost dry but not quite there yet). However, that problem is easily solved by either applying your layers one after another or you wait for the mascara to dry in between each application. Vibralash 24HR Mascara has an ideal tubing mascara texture, unlike Clinique Lash Power (so soft that it melts/smudges like regular mascaras on hot days) and Kiss Me Mascara (too plastic-like and rigid that lashes lose their natural shape and look like spider legs). This mascara isn’t cheap (most tubing mascaras aren’t). However, I’ve noticed that the Mirenesse website have sales on their mascaras sometimes.