Name: High Definition Separating Mascara
From NYC’s website:
How high can your lashes take you? With new NYC New York Color High Definition Separating Mascara the sky’s the limit for a knock-down price. It smoothly separates and defines your lashes – without clumping – for a 360° wide open-eye look.
What I liked:
– intense black colour
– separates lashes nicely
– easy to take off
– bright yellow packaging
– the price
What I didn’t like:
– doesn’t provide much length and volume
– wet formula applies unevenly
– doesn’t hold a curl
– smudges throughout the day
You’d think that I knew better than to impulse buy, but if something catches my eye and the price is low enough, then it will often come home with me. Truth be told, this hasn’t worked too bad in the past. Most of the stuff I purchased on a whim turned out to be decent, if not great. But it’s still a risky business and you may end up very disappointed with your new toy.
Unfortunately, that’s what happened with NYC High Definition Separating Mascara. The bright yellow tube definitely made it stand out from the rest and, as I needed a new mascara anyway, why not try it? Well, had I bothered to check out the reviews first, I would have come up with quite a few reasons not to.
First off, the thin wand picks up too much product. This extra amount is all deposited onto its tip, and if you don’t remove it before application (in the swatch below I didn’t, so you can see what I mean), the product won’t be distributed evenly on the lashes. In an effort to remedy that, you’ll only end up with clumps. But at least, the plastic wand, which features shorter and longer spikes that don’t exactly make the mascara a pleasure to apply near the roots, does a decent job at separating lashes afterwards.
And that’s pretty much all it does: separate and define lashes. I didn’t expect much volume as this mascara is not marketed as volumising so I wasn’t disappointed when it didn’t make my lashes look thicker, but I was hoping it’d add some length. It did, actually, but very little. Oh, and don’t bother curling your lashes before putting the mascara on. 15 minutes later, the curl has already dropped.
It gets even worse. The mascara flakes and smudges throughout the day. On the plus side, that makes it very easy to remove. The wet formula also coats lashes with an intense black shade, which was pretty much all I liked about it. I guess if you wanted a very natural look and didn’t mind putting in a bit of work to achieve it, then you may get some use out of NYC High Definition Separating Mascara. But why would you want to go through all that trouble when the shops are full of mascaras that do a much better job?
Available at: drugstores
NYC High Definition Separating Mascara coats lashes with a dark black pigment, but doesn’t provide neither much length nor volume. The wand picks up too much product and distributes it unevenly, which leads to clumps. However, it also does a decent job at separating lashes. The mascara is also easy to take off, but flakes throughout the day.