Buro. Beauty Club Singapore: Can the Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara deliver on dramatic lash length and volume?
Testing 1, 2, 3...
There are a whole host of words we'd use to describe our experience in the beauty industry. Enlightening comes to mind, as does histrionic (at times). Above all, though, we'd regard it fruitful. You see, many a lesson has been imparted upon us in our years serving at the altar of the beauty Gods. Thou shalt always blend her eyeshadow; thou shalt always wash her brushes; and, most importantly, thou shalt always remember how all that glitters is not gold. The latter lesson is ironic, really, seeing how we'll be taking this sleek, gold-encased Hourglass mascara for a whirl. Dubbed the Caution Extreme Lash Mascara, it is the vegan and cruelty-free label's first venture into the lash market. Interesting, alright. Here's what we found.
Product: Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara
Shade availability: 1
Uses: Lengthening, volumising, and defining lashes all while dispensing a dramatic, sky-high lift.
Waterproof capabilities: None
Smudge-proof capabilities: None
Emily Heng, Beauty Editor
Buckle up, buckaroos — we're going to be taking on a non-waterproof mascara in this scorching heat. Knowing this, you can't blame me for being appropriately cautious (ha) at the revelation. Nevertheless, I slicked on coat after coat of the Caution Extreme Lash. I liked how it wasn't the thick, clumpy formula of nightmares, but rather, a buildable one that allowed for multiple layers with ease. By my fourth swipe-through, my lashes looked significantly lengthened and perky. And, despite my doubts, I'm pleased to report that the mascara held up well all until lunch time, where I braved the humidity for a kopitiam lunch. Alas, not all good things last. Perhaps I'll use this on days where I know I'll be safely ensconced in air-conditioned malls and offices.
Sharlyn Teo, Beauty Publicist
Someone asked me if I had eyelash extensions on while I was wearing this mascara — so that's testament to how good this is in terms of lengthening and volumising. Packaging-wise, I like how it looks luxurious and has a good weight to it so it doesn't feel flimsy. The best part of it is probably the brush, though. It "grips" onto my lashes really nicely, enough so that it coated them relatively well even when I was trying it on without a mirror. My main concern was that it wouldn't be able to hold a curl thanks to my slick-straight lashes that sink at just about any provocation. Surprisingly enough, I have no complaints in this area. The pigment on this is insane, too, which I love.
Hazirah Rahim, Digital Creative
I made the mistake of attempting too many layers the last time, and it started feeling a tad clumpy. My second attempt with just two layers definitely fared better. All in all, it's a light formula that'll have you forgetting you have any mascara on even after a full day of wear. I'm also very much in love with its gold packaging — it feels expensive, though my only gripe is that it's a little heavy to tote around in my tiny makeup bag. I didn't experience much smudging, but that's probably assisted by the fact that I don't have oily lids.
Lim Jie Le
I like how much it delivers in term of volume. My lashes look crazy voluminous with just one coat, which I appreciate. If you're the type who considers smudging a deal breaker, though, then you should probably avoid this. I noticed smears along the lower lash line after a few hours. Another plus point: how it could be easily removed with just a potent micellar water, unlike other waterproof options that leave me tugging and yanking at it all day.
There's no doubt as to this mascara's lengthening, volumising, and defining capabilities. Qualms, however, range from smudging to clumpiness after applying too-much layers, so be sure to keep that in mind should you take it out for a spin. All in all, we recommend slicking this on when you know you'll be indoors. Mighty as it is in giving dramatic, lifted lashes, it quails in Singapore's heat.
Join in the fun: sign up via this form to join our Buro. Beauty Club. Then, send an email to [email protected] expressing your interest in trying out this week's find. We'll invite you to swing by our office to test-drive the goods for yourself. Naturally, you'll get to bring the product home. We'll contact you a week later so you can send in your final thoughts. Easy-peasy.