Hey Everyone! I hope y’all have been enjoying your weekend so far! I have been doing exciting domestic projects like cleaning and yard work. Not very glam, but it gives me such a feeling of accomplishment. I need to sort out my closet, but just can’t seem to make myself go in there and face the chaos. So, instead I am choosing to review a few Japanese mascaras.
I love trying out Asian cosmetics, particularly Japanese brands. Though they cost more and are sometimes hard to find, the quality (usually) makes it worth the effort. As you can see, I have four different types to share with you. I have very skimpy lashes that stick straight out. I am always trying to find a miracle worker to add some heft to my scant lash line. These four are very popular in Japan and get rave reviews. All four are waterproof, which helps hold the curl in your lashes.
First off is Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume & Curl and Long & Curl Mascaras. I use both of these together. Both formulas are made to enhance lash curl. (That’s a lot of curl in this paragraph).
The volume formula is okay by itself. It does actually hold the curl in your lashes. The wand is skinny on the inner part and gets fuller towards where your outer lashes are. It is not a big and fluffy brush as most volumizing mascaras are, which is a plus for me.
The magic happens when you add the lengthening one to the mix.
This wand is your typical curved deal. It really does lengthen my lashes. Both are fiber formulas, and contain chamomile and camellia extract to nourish the lashes. It stays put with no flaking. The fibers aren’t annoying. Since it is waterproof, you will need an oil based remover to break it down, or things could get ugly. Fast.
Next is Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus Mascara. Majolica Majorca is made by Shiseido, targeting the more trendy makeup lovers.
As you can see, this is also a fiber formula (no, it is not errant cat hair!!). The strange name is supposed to explain that this mascara “expands” your lashes as the unique applicator deposits color along your lash line to look like it is “framed” – like eye liner. Also sort of freezing your lashes “upright” for a doll-like look. I did not notice this effect at all. If you are one of the lucky people that already look like you have liner on because your lashes are so dense, this would probably enhance that.
Application is a two step process. You use the fatter side (top of this shot) first to lay down the formula, wiggling between the lashes as you apply. Then immediately go over your lashes with the skinny side, wiggling also. Hmmmm….
I happen to like clumpy mascara. This definitely goes on clumpy. The fibers are also visible if you look real hard. It really is a bit of a hot mess in my opinion. But I like it. Don’t ask me why.
Lastly, I have Fairy Drops Volume Burst Film Type Mascara. There is also a waterproof formula, but this one didn’t budge, almost like it was waterproof.
This mascara was created by a Aya Yasuda, a Japanese TV personality. She wanted to create something to make her eyes pop and be more noticeable on television. I had high hopes for this baby since I am such a fan of the Fairy Drops BB Cream. As you can see, this mascara also has fibers.
The triple ball wand was designed to lift the lashes to create curl, and make the lashes thicker. It was a total dud for me. I found the formula very cakey and hard to work with. I’m not sure if I just got an old tube or a dud? It is well within it’s expiration date, so I don’t know what that is about. I did not notice any curl at all, much less anything extra. Very disappointing.
I really liked the Heroine Make mascaras, and will definitely repurchase. The others, no. Even though I like the clumpy one
I bought these on imomoko.com. They can also be found on Amazon for around the same price. These are the drugstore variety, so if you have a Japanese market in your area, they should be available there.
Do you have any international mascaras to recommend?
Again, thanks for reading! kxoxo