NOPE: Sephora Upside Down Mascara

So shiny.
So shiny.
Nothing wrong with a little bit of instruction even if it is mascara.
Nothing wrong with a little bit of instruction even if it is mascara.

Some things don’t require bells and whistles. Mascara may be one of those things. However, I got sucked in by the bells and whistles and purchased Sephora’s Upside Down Mascara. This is definitely in the impulse buy category.

The interesting thing about the mascara is the dual brush that can be used individually or combined. You can squeeze the brush together and make a larger brush or place your lashes between the brushes for top and bottom application. You can also use the smaller of the brushes for lower lash definition.

The formula of this mascara is okay. It’s not great and it’s not awful. It only comes in black so bear that in mind if you’re not big on black mascara.

This mascara is not easy to apply. It’s hard to get your lash between the brushes and not get mascara on your eyelids. Now this may not be problem for someone who doesn’t wear eyeshadow or eyeliner because cleanup isn’t that difficult on a bare lid. I can’t imagine what it would be like to get inky black mascara on my lids after I’ve meticulously packed and blended eyeshadow on them. It seems like it would really annoying.

My bare lashes. They look like nothing I promise some are there though.
My bare lashes. They look like nothing I promise some are there though.
This is easy to clean but who wants to if you're wearing eyeshadow?
This is easy to clean but who wants to if you’re wearing eyeshadow?

When you squeeze the brushes together to make a bigger brush it’s actually nice. I liked definition and it felt like a decent mascara at that point. It makes me wish the brush was that size to begin with because it’s hard to keep it squeezed together. You have to squeeze at the handle because if you try to move your fingers lower on the brush you’re going to get mascara on you.

Better application with both brushes but kind of a pain squeezing them together.
Better application with both brushes but kind of a pain squeezing them together.

The cons about this mascara feel minor because the potential messiness of it can be fixed with a cotton bud and some make-up remover. But mascara is such a simple tool. It’s one those things you can put on, walk out your door and feel together. So just because it’s easy to clean up doesn’t mean you should have to clean it up.

This is definitely not splurge worthy. I don’t recommend this. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t mind buying mascara in this price range, this is probably one to avoid.

Sephora Upside Down Mascara retails for $22 and is sold in Sephora and Sephora.com

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