This is my second of the Mascara Experimentation posts, all devoted to finding my "perfect" mascara. Here's part one, and just to recap, I'm looking for a clean, non-clumpy mascara that has enough body to add some oomph to my limp and wispy Asian lashes but not so heavy that it will weigh the curl down. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that my Holy Grail mascara is the Shu Uemura Mascara Basic used in conjunction with their eyelash curler. (For more on those two products, see my Everyday Lash Routine).
As I whined about on here earlier, Shu (I feel we're close enough for nicknames) has changed the Mascara Basic into the new and reformulated Ultimate Natural Mascara. Although I love my Basic (my go-to for several years now) my one complaint has always been that it doesn't do enough. In terms of holding a curl and not clumping, it can't be beat, but it doesn't give my puny lashes enough volume and drama. This particular post, then, is really to determine if Shu Uemura did a smart thing by reformulating or if they should have left my favorite mascara well enough alone.
So here we are bright and early with freshly curled lashes! (And the Tarte Emphaseyes Inner Rim Brightener on the waterline, in case you were wondering).
A coat of the Mascara Basic applied and....
Again, look at how flawlessly clean that is! Not a clump in sight, and it held the curl perfectly! Yes, there's some definition added, but it's really not very dramatic and not so noticeable unless you're close to my face. And then the Ultimate Natural had its turn!
As much as I griped about the change, it's almost as though Shu heard my mascara prayers and came out with this product with my qualifications in mind! While it's not as spick-and-span clean as the Basic, this newer model is definitely not clumpy, holds a curl just as well as its original self and now has the added bonus of more drama! I know the pictures don't seem very different, but in real life, my lashes are much darker and more defined--you can really see the distinction between the two. The Ultimate Natural (weird name, but whatever...) is also a lot wetter than the original Basic which will hopefully mean that it can go longer before drying up. In my experience, the ultra-dry formula of the Mascara Basic (drier even than Lancome Definicils) has a short shelf-life--I had to chuck mine every 2-3 months.
I didn't think I could actually find anything better than the Basic, but of course, Shu Uemura outdid themselves in the reformulation and I'm completely thrilled with the Ultimate Natural. This has absolutely replaced the Mascara Basic for me--it kind of has to, since they don't sell that anymore!--and now has a concrete place in my makeup bag. I even got a compliment on my eyelashes the first time I wore it out! Dare I say, the search for my perfect mascara just might be over!
Next post will probably be some unfinished business--short reviews of products I show here in hauls or at random but never actually talk about. There's quite a lot to cover, isn't there?
I'd love to hear about your Holy Grail mascara if you have one--leave me a comment!
Hope everyone is well!