I am a major mascara junkie. In my opinion, no single cosmetic makes you look more feminine or more awake (which is a frequent problem for me). So when I started to get wind of the new semi-permanent mascara options and read rave reviews from other beauty editors, I was excited when a company offered to let me try a treatment.
I tried CryBaby, a salon treatment which just launched nationwide and costs around $40. It lasts about two weeks, unlike some other semi-perm mascara options–LashDip lasts six weeks with a touch-up in the middle. I liked that it is a relatively short term commitment.
I went to the salon, where aesthetician and trained lash and brow guru, Elke, told me what I already knew: my lashes are on the shorter side and pretty straight. After discussing coverage options, I decided to do a “natural” look on the upper lashes only. While I’m a fan of caking mascara on, it’s not really a look I like for everyday and the gym, etc. When she told me I could apply a special mascara on top to beef up the look when I wanted to, that clinched it.
The application process isn’t bad. The weirdest part was having my lower eyelashes taped down so they wouldn’t stick to the upper lashes. It was very Clockwork Orange. Elke combed the lashes, curled them, then applied several layers of product, which is a paste. The whole process took about 15 minutes. I was given a stern warning to use “oil free everything” on my face, told to avoid the shower for three hours, and given a tube of CryBaby mascara, which you can apply on top of the treatment if you want more volume, and which removes easily.
My lashes were perfect and gorgeous for about three days, and then the trouble started. One morning, I found big chunks of paste which had flaked off, leaving the area below my eyes covered with soot, but most disturbingly, leaving my lashes half-coated. After a week, I just had clumps on the tips of my lashes that I couldn’t disguise with regular mascara, because the clumps were as hard as a rock. On two occasions, I had four individual eyelashes just snap right off–that’s how stiff my lashes got. For someone for whom every single lash is a precious commodity, this threw me over the edge.
I started using the oiliest things I could find on my lids in order to speed up the product’s disintegration process. After two weeks my lashes were back to normal.
So in conclusion: I’m not adding this to the list of already cumbersome salon treatments that are on my agenda, but it could be good for brides or someone going on a long beach vacation who doesn’t want to deal w/makeup. Also, the CryBaby mascara was actually a really good product–and I’ve tried them all.
Back to my 18 open tubes of mascara….