Monday, March 26, 2012

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara - Review, Pictures

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NO mascara is perfect. However, that doesn't stop me from trying as many brands as I can to find that "perfect mascara". Today I bring you a mascara that was sent to me for review.

I don't really review mascara all that often here.  The reason being is that what makes a mascara good or bad can be so subjective.  What might work for you may not work for me and vice versa.  There are tons of woman that swear by YSL Faux Cils mascara, but when I wear it, I just end up looking like a raccoon because it flakes like crazy on me.  Others adore Blinc Mascara but when I wear it all the curl in my lashes disappear.  I adore Maybelline Colossal Volume Mascara, but some women claim it smudges and flakes on them.  It's a no win situation.  I think that's why there are an insane amount of choices for mascara on the market.  I mean, that's why Lancome has like 17 different mascara formulations to chose from, right?

There a few things that are unique about this mascara.

First off, it comes in a tube. That means you can actually squeeze the mascara tube to get every last drop of mascara left in there on your brush.  Haven't you at least once thrown out a mascara thinking that there was probably more product n there but just couldn't get it out in a manner that wouldn't contaminate the product?  I know I have.

with mascara

without mascara

Secondly, the Eyeko Skinny Brush is unique...well at least to me. The brush as you can see with and without the mascara on it, it fairly thin; the bristles don't extend far past the wand, and they are set in a spiral like pattern around the wand. This is advantageous to those that seem to get more mascara on the lids of their eyes than the lashes themselves.  (Raises hand)  You think I wear liquid liner every day because I'm really into the retro look? Well, i kinda am, but I wear it more to camouflage the mascara transfer from the brush when I apply the mascara to my lashes.  this brings me to my third point.

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Thirdly, the Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara comes with a little guitar pick like shield to hold against your lid. By doing this you are able to get the brush all the way to the root of your lash without getting mascara all over your eyelids.  This little trick has been used for decades, but now I won't have to keep stealing Mr. Sith's actual guitar picks to implement this beauty secret.  Oh and by the way, guys really don't dig you using their guitar picks for makeup application.  Oh and another thing.  Don't leave said shield on your counter if you have a cat.  My cat, Cujo, thought the Eyeko shield was one of his toys.  He knocked it off the counter, jumped down, grabbed the Eyeko "shield" in his mouth and trotted in a stealthy like manner out of the bathroom. The shield has never been seen again. (hence the images taken from the Eyeko & instead of an actual photograph...damn cat!)

My lashes are really light. Like, you can't see them unless I have mascara on, light. So while the before & after pictures may look dramatic, remember that my lashes are pretty much invisible without mascara on.

Lashes w/ no mascara, tightlined with UD 24/7 pencil in Perversion

Lashes w/ no mascara, tightlined with UD 24/7 pencil in Perversion


That being said, I did find that the Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara did add length to my lashes that I have not gotten by using other mascaras.

Lashes with Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara and tightlined with UD 24.7 Pencil in Perversion

Lashes with Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara and tightlined with UD 24.7 Pencil in Perversion

The Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara gives an instant lengthening effect to lashes.  The formula claims to be moisturizing and contain pro-vitamin B, natural oils, and waxes to prevent breakage and promote growth.  I found the mascara did not condition my lashes as well as another mascara i use, but. I think this goes back to the subjective nature of mascaras.  The color is deep black and it does have a glossy finish.  The mascara applied smoothly to my lashes and I only needed one or two strokes to obtain thick and long looking lashes.  That being said, I found my lashes did clump a little more using this mascara than other i have tried in the past.  I did have to use a lash comb on occasion to separate lashes that stuck together too much. Also, I did not lose the curl in my lashes when I applied this mascara after manually curling my lashes which is nice.  Lastly, the Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara did not smudge, crumble, or flake while I wore it. (No Raccoon Eyes!) That's always a win!
Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara is formulated without Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs or Triclosan. (whatever triclosan is)  As long as I'm putting it near my eye, I'm happy to hear it doesn't have those things in it.

My one and only complaint about this mascara is that it was so freakin' hard to remove.  I use an oil cleansing method and this mascara did not want to dissolve in the oil.  I tried warm water (thinking it was like a tubing mascara, and it still didn't want to come off), eye makeup remover and cream cleansers.  I ended up LOSING lashes while trying to remove this stuff from my eyes.  Perhaps my specific method of removal was flawed.  Perhaps my lashes are more delicate than yours. Perhaps I'm just an idiot. (you don't need to agree to that last point so quickly.)  I told you, no mascara is perfect.

Do you NEED this? Like I said, mascara can be so subjective.  I don't know. Yes. No. Maybe.  In general, I liked it. I liked that it didn't smudge or flake or relax the curl in my lashes. I liked that the brush was thin which prevented mascara getting on my lids when I applied it. I liked that it came with a shield to protect my lids from mascara transfer. I liked the glossy black finish of the mascara and that it made my lashes look long!  I don't like I personally found it harder to remove, but others have told me they had no problems. Maybe it was User Error.  Will I keep using it?  After using it for several weeks and seeing myself losing lashes because I am obviously too rough on removing it, I think I will reserve using this for special occasions.This is not going to be an every day mascara for me.  But that doesn't mean it won't be an every day mascara for you!  You can now purchase the Eyeko Skinny Brush mascara from and in select Sephora stores.  It retails for $19 for a 0.29 oz tube. You can also purchase it direct from the Eyeko website.

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  1. Hmmm. I really really like the tube. I always twist my brushes inside the container in hopes of grabbing every last drop of mascara but I ALWAYS bust the wands... Right now I am hooked on Mally volume mascara but as soon as that tube is up I think I will have to give this a try!

  2. Hmm. Mascara that a cleaning oil wouldn't take off? I'm both impressed and scarred.

    Also, blinc takes the curl out of your lashes? Wow. I'm tempted to try it just for that. I'm the rare bird that wants less curly lashes.

  3. I liked it up until you said it was difficult to remove. I definitely don't need to lose any of my already skimpy lashes.

    1. I'm with you all the way on that, Lisa & Elvira. I even have difficulty removing non-waterproof mascaras, probably because I can't find a decent remover that
      a)is very gentle, b)doesn't cause half my lashes to come out while using it and c)doesn't cost more than the Hope Diamond. I'm open to suggestions here, btw. I read on another blog about Simple Skincare's eye makeup remover, but I can't find a sample size that was mentioned. Le sigh. The hunt continues.

  4. I agree about the tube packaging; the only mascara I've used in tube form was by Jane Iredale. It's my favorite despite the fact I don't buy it that often because it's expensive. (Full N Soft has been my go to mascara for years and I gave up on trying to find something better!) I have to keep my makeup in a closed drawer otherwise it would be lost forever in kittyland. :) They especially love to steal the makeup brushes!

  5. I agree with you on YSL Faux Cils! Flakes on me too. To each their own. I loved Eyeko also and didn't find it hard to remove. I was using the Chantecaille eye makeup remover.

  6. I was actually at Sephora looking for a new mascara today. Well, that isn't quite true I went in looking for a new foundation and of course ended up buying more than what I was there for. But back to the mascara, I actually bought the Skinny Brush Mascara today, it was a close choice between eyeko and Benefit's 'they're real!' mascara.

    The one thing, I will share with you, Dani the makeup artist told me, when you go to take off the 'skinny' mascara it will feel like rubber balls. However, soap and water will take it off. So, when I took it off tonight, using soap and water the mascara did feel like rubber
    balls but It all came off and I didn't lose a sing lash. Hope that helps.

    I'm glad I stumbled upon your blog!

  7. Maybe you can use the Klorane or Bioderma remover which are very good but also very gently for the eyes.

  8. That guitar pick-like shield sounds like a great idea. Thank you for this review--yours is the first I've read on this mascara! x

  9. I really want to tray this mascara again! I bought it once and stopped using it because it was hard to remove.
    Now, I remove the makeup with rice-oil.. hope that will works: that mascara was great!


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