Beauty Review: NARS Climax Mascara

Beauty Review: NARS Climax Mascara

With lines like “Hardcore Volume and Softcore Feel” I didn’t want to like this mascara until I gave it a shot.

With lines like “Hardcore Volume and Softcore Feel” I didn’t want to like this mascara until I gave it a shot.

Text: Stella Pak

My friends will be the first to tell you, I’m not a prude. But with the debut of NARS Climax Mascara promising that the wand “Will Drive You Wild” and all the sexual innuendos a copywriter can think of in heat, I couldn’t help but laugh. I understand that the NARS Orgasm collection is one of the highest selling products and NARS has audacious shade names such as G-Spot and Deep Throat. But this one really pushed the envelope and made me feel uncomfortable.

I finally got my hands on a sample and was reluctant to try it out at first but after flipping through Netflix with my cat, #BadGalRiver and their algorithms recommending me to watch Frasier for the evening, I figured why not play with myself and try out this mascara everyone’s been talking about.

If you’re Asian with a single eyelid reading this, you feel me. I gave up on mascara. I always envied my Middle Eastern and Mediterranean friends for having the most lush, naturally curly eyelashes. My eyelashes are thin, sparse and point down to the ground. I never wore fake eyelashes or got extensions because you end up with bald spots around your lash line as they eventually fall off in clumps. It has to be maintained with strict discipline and I just don’t have the time or patience for it.

When I put on a full face of makeup, I hesitate on mascara because it feels heavy and I end up with raccoon eyes by the time I’m on my second cocktail. And no matter what any brand promises you, all mascaras clump and smudge. If it’s waterproof, it means it’s harder to clean up and you have to meticulously clean it up with a q-tip or go over the smudge with liquid eyeliner and rock a cat eye for the night. NARS Climax Mascara isn’t necessarily smudge or clump proof. I recommend going through your lashes with a clean mascara wand with each application to brush out the clumps for a natural look. (It’s my personal method for all mascara application not just this one.) It is however, the lightest formula that gives your lashes volume while lengthening. I was pleasantly surprised with the formula innovation and recommend it. I can’t promise that the wand will “Drive You Wild” and make you moan in ecstasy as you “Don’t Stop. Keep Going.” But you know me. I keep it real. I “Never Fake It”.

Credits: IMAGE COURTESY OF NARS

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