Back on Black Friday when Sephora was offering the little $10 deals, I purchased two Buxom Full-On lipsticks, which are normally $19 each. One of them came in a set with a mini tube of the Sculpted Lash mascara, so not only was I getting the lipstick at a discount but I got what I thought of as a little freebie, too. I just recently brought out the mascara to give it a try, and have some thoughts and photos to share. The Buxom Sculpted Lash mascara is advertised as a nourishing, vitamin-rich formula that creates a “full-on, fanned out effect”.
I had already owned one of Buxom’s Full-On lipsticks and already knew that I enjoyed the formula, so it didn’t feel like a gamble of a purchase. I also liked that I’d get a chance to try a mascara from the brand for the first time. One thing about the Sculpted Lash is that it looks awfully familiar to me … both the full-size tube design and the s-shaped wand remind me of Lancome’s Hypnose Drama, which I tried about a year ago and enjoyed.
Sculpted Lash’s wand is fatter and perhaps a bit curvier than Hypnose Drama, and the bristles are very short but thin and almost hair-like. The wand itself has a bit of bend and flexibility to it, which I can feel as I press it against my lashes. I like the s-curve style wand, though I found that Lancome’s slightly less exaggerated version a bit easier to twist around and use at different angles. Buxom’s seems a little less handy.
This mascara is a bit lengthening, but it’s not volumizing. My instinct is to try and build up coats because I like a little volume, but I’ve found that if I let a coat dry and then try to apply more, I git a little bit of balling up right at the tips of my lashes, so I prefer to try and build it up while it’s still a little wet. It holds a curl pretty well. All in all, it’s not really my kind of look … it’s just a bit too natural for me. The kicker is that it smudges a little under my eyes throughout the day, which is sort of the deal-breaker for me.
Above, I’m also wearing a blend of Revlon Colorstay Whipped in Nude and L’Oreal True Match in N2 (review) liquid foundations, NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder (review), and Maybelline Master Hi-Light in Light Bronze (review) on my cheeks.
My take is that this isn’t a terrible mascara, and looking back at these photos I actually think it looks pretty, but it’s not my thing and I won’t be purchasing a full size. The smudging issue is really unfortunate, and I’m guessing a consequence of the “healthy” formulation. It’s free of parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, and triclosan. I’m not an expert of healthy mascaras, but I had better luck with Jane Iredale’s Pure Lash lengthening mascara (review) in terms of longevity.
Have you tried it? Did you have better luck?