So the moment finally came when I caved. And no, I’m not talking about eating that last piece of Christmas chocolate (which did actually take a lot of resisting too!) but rather about giving in to those friends who have been asking me if I’d like to try the Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes for a number of months now.
Now I sound reluctant don’t I, which seems crazy for a product that promises up to 400 times lash increase, but it’s nothing to do with the brand or the product but more me (it’s not you, it’s me!). When I find a product I love, I’m often reluctant to deviate from it and my Joan Collins Class Act is certainly a favourite right now, along with Avon’s Big & False Lash Volume, so the thought of being unfaithful didn’t come easily.
Younique is a brand I first heard about from a mum at the nursery gates when Grace started there in April last year. I heard that she ran her own business and sold Younique products and until this point I’d never even heard of the brand. Over a couple of drinks I openly joked about other brands that have similar products on the market which also promise crazy lash volume increase and at a fraction of the price; which was another reason for me holding back from giving it a go myself. I’m not sure that my thoughts came over too well for someone I’d not long met, but along with my blog; I always try to be as honest as I can!
So when a close friend of mine, Claire, also announced a few months ago that she too was going to start selling the Younique products, including the Fiber Lashes mascara, my first thought admittedly was ‘oh no, not someone else filling my Facebook feed with sales ads’ (!) but immediately after that I thought ‘let’s give this stuff a try and see how it stands up against my favourites. Certainly worth a shot on that never ending quest for the perfect mascara! After all, this could top all my favourties hands down!
So the Moodstruck Fiber Lashes mascara consists of two products, the Transplanting Gel and the Natural Fibers; in separate tubes. Application involves coating your lashes with the gel first, then the fibers and then the gel again. Three steps. On reading this on the packaging I was instantly thinking this is 3 times as many steps as I currently use and reminded me of the white and black double ended mascaras of the 90’s. Remember those?! Actually, I think you can still get them…… Anyway, the application method wasn’t a massive first impression plus, but sticking with it, I gave it a try.
The transplanting gel is like a black mascara really I guess and glides on beautifully. The fibres also apply really easily, although some do drop onto your cheeks, so having a fan brush to hand is a must. I use the Gosh fan brush but have heard that the Zoeva Luxe one is pretty nice too!
So once I’d done the mascara, fibres, mascara for the first time I could definitely see that my lashes were fuller, so I went in for a second coat of fibres and a third coat of the mascara to seal them in. This created the look below (totally un-edited; as you can tell. Otherwise I most definitely would have airbrushed my bags & chicken pox scar!!).
On the left eye is Younique and on the right is my trusty Avon comparison (which also has two coats). As you can see the Younique lashes are most certainly fuller, which you can really see in the lower image. The Avon mascara gives my lashes volume and separation which is perfect for day wear but the Younique mascara tops it with thick, fullness and is perfect for that extra flutter on a night out!
First impressions were pretty darn good to be honest! The fullness was there and once I’d levelled my eyes up, I was ready for a night out. However, there are for me 3 slight downsides to this mascara (and there usually is something with every product right?) and it wouldn’t be right to post about this hugely hyped mascara without a truthful review.
So, firstly the effort I have to go to to get the volume is a little tedious. To achieve this look it was mascara, fibres, mascara, fibres, mascara. 5 applications. To achieve the Avon look; mascara coat 1, mascara coat 2. Just 2 applications. It’s a no brainer really for me when it comes to quickly racing out of the door on a work day as to which product I will reach for. On a night out however, when I have more time, Younique will be the winner!
Secondly, one thing I HATE about layering up mascara is that it can quite easily become spider like and by that I mean clunky and chunky. There’s nothing worse than being able to see that someone is wearing lots of layers of mascara or fibres to enhance their volume, yuck. It’s up there for me with seeing false lash glue lines! Arrggghhh!! So applying this mascara for me can be a bit of an art; that’s if you don’t want spider eyes! If you don’t mind that look, then layer away baby!
Thirdly and this is probably just me, but all of the times I’ve now worn this, I find that little bits of fibre over time get into my eyes and scratch or itch. As I say, it could just be me, but I find it quite irritating. Maybe I didn’t use enough of the mascara top coat to seal them in, I don’t know. Regardless, at the end of the night I was super keen to remove it and let my eyes relax.
So overall a really good product. I can see why the reviews all speak so highly of it. For me however, the few niggly downsides won’t be making it top of my everyday makeup list but I’m sure glad I’ve got it in my kit for that va va voom when I fancy!
Have you tried any Younique products? What about the mascara? I’d love to hear what you think of it. If you fancy giving it a try like me then you can hop over to Claire’s website and grab yourself some; and let me know how you get on!