Two products I received over the summer in my Sample Society subscription boxes (you can read about all of the products I received here) were the Jane Iredale Longest Lash Mascara as well as the Jane Iredale PureLash Extender & Conditioner. I’ve been wearing them off and on for the past few weeks, and have discovered that they make a pretty good team. Each one on their own (or in the case of the conditioner, paired with a different mascara) left me a little disappointed, but they seem to be formulated to complement each other and I really like wearing them together.
The Mascara: Although it’s officially called a lash thickening and lengthening mascara, I’d say that this is primarily a lengthening mascara. The shade is called Black Ice, and two other shades are available for this product, Espresso and Slate Grey. Besides the claims about how it’ll make your lashes look, the website also says this product includes a proprietary blend of seaweed lipids that will condition and protect your lashes (even if not paired with the dedicated conditioner). The ingredients, which I’ve listed below, really are pretty impressive.
The mascara comes in a golden squeeze tube and has a fairly standard looking wand, with traditional fiber bristles spiraling up and tapering at the end.
One small thing I really like about this wand is that it doesn’t hold on to a clump of extra product at the end as you pull it out of the tube. In actual application, I feel like it does an ok job, but has a little trouble grabbing my lashes and pulling the mascara all the way through them. The formula itself is dark and smooth, and though it doesn’t add much in the way of volume, it really does make them look nice and long. I can add a couple of layers without having any issues with clumps, and it’s a beautiful formula and brush for the lower lashes. Even on days when I decide to wear a bolder mascara on my upper lashes, I still really like to wear this one on the lower lashes. I can also say that this formula does a great job sticking around through moisture and humidity. I haven’t experienced any flaking, smudging, or dark tears. It even bravely withstood eye drops at the optometrist’s office, which I could definitely feel get all up in my lashline. No transferring whatsoever.
Ingredients: Water, Algae Extract, Beeswax, Carnauba Wax, Cellulose, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Algae Extract, Vanilla Tahitensis Fruit Extract, Sweet Almond Seed Extract, Tribehenin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Panthenol, Oleic Acid. May contain: Iron Oxides, Carmine, Titanium Dioxide.
The Conditioner: This a white conditioning formula is intended to be swiped onto the lashes immediately before applying mascara. The website claims that this not only conditions lashes with algae extract but also prime them before mascara application by adding extra volume and length. The formula appears white on lashes but seems to dry completely clear, and you’re meant to add mascara on top while a single coat of conditioner is still wet. It has a small wand with very short, dense fiber bristles.
This is kind of fun to use, and it always goes on smoothly. My biggest complaint with this is that it’s very easy to get a little too much product on my lashes, which usually results in clumping lashes together a little. But with a light hand, this really does help the Longest Lash Mascara out by adding some extra definition to my lashes. And by adding some wet formula to my lashes, it also seems to help the mascara grab and coat my lashes better. While the mascara seems kind of pricey to me, $16.50 for a full size conditioner actually sounds more reasonable. Now, one thing I have noticed is that when I try to pair this with a bolder mascara, the extra layer of conditioner seems to weigh down my curl pretty substantially. This leads me to believe that one of the reasons these two Jane Iredale products work so well together is that the mascara is so lightweight, and thus the combination of the conditioner and mascara doesn’t result in anything too excessively heavy.
Ingredients: Water, Algae Extract, Beeswax, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Carnauba Wax, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Oleic Acid, Vanilla Tahitensis Fruit Extract, Sweet Almond Seed Extract.
General Comments: As for the actual conditioning power of both the mascara and conditioner, I really haven’t noticed a difference in the health of my lashes. I don’t typically use mascara that’s overly harsh and I never use waterproof mascara, so it may be that my lashes are generally healthy already. The other thing is that I haven’t been using these products as consistently as I assume I’d need to in order to see results. I think they make for a really pretty subtle look, but most of the time I prefer something a little more volumizing in my makeup routine. I’ve probably been using these maybe 50% of the time for the past 3 weeks for “minimal makeup” looks. However, I am definitely impressed by the ingredients of both products. If you’re someone who’s concerned about the iffy ingredients companies sometimes stick in cosmetics, this may be a great pair of products to try out.
Let’s look at some photos, shall we?
In both photos, I’m wearing two coats of mascara on the top lashes and one coat on the lower lashes. I think it’s pretty easy to see in these photos how the lash conditioner (added to the top lashes alone) helps add some extra definition. It helps the mascara formula look and feel “wetter”.
Here’s an example of a “minimal makeup” day. I think the conditioner/mascara duo looks pretty nice both in photos and in person, but I just need to take it easy on the eyeshadow on the days I use it because it’s easily overpowered. I’ll definitely keep using these until they run out (or dry out), but I probably won’t be making any purchases after that.
In the photo, I’m also wearing: Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation SPF 15 in shade 2, warm vanilla (review), Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in shade 10 – light blonde, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer, Sephora Collection Microsmooth Blush Duo in 02 Fuchsia Flushed, and Maybelline Baby Lips in Yummy Plummy (my lips are naturally pretty pigmented, and Yummy Plummy is very sheer on me).