Lately I’ve been wearing Hourglass Cosmetics Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara. Don’t you love the name? I like it. It’s a basic mascara that is buildable without clumping! Here’s my review:
The Formula: I like Film Noir mascara and not just for the name. Film Noir is a basic mascara that covers all of the bases: lengthening, darkening, and thickening. It is a bit of a “wet” formula. It isn’t dry or fibrous. Because it is wet, it is easy to build without making clumps. I haven’t had any issues with clumping or flaking while using this product. None. The color is Onyx, a neutral black with a teeny bit of blue in it. I usually like black/brown mascaras because they look more natural on me. Onyx isn’t too harsh. It dries to a soft and shiny finish. No brittle lashes! You can see my before and after below, no flash. I think the mascara does a good job of looking natural.
The Packaging & Wand: The packaging is a winner. It’s heavy, metal and it feels expensive. I love the fonts and the names. The wand is exactly what you see above, a very understated hourglass with wider spaced bristles. These wider spaced brushes seem to work better with naturally thick lashes.
My only real complaint with this mascara is that it is jammed full with product. It gets those mascara gobs on the tip of the wand. I have to tissue these off so that I don’t make a mess of my lashes or the pretty Hourglass container. Wasting perfectly good product drives me nuts.
Who may like Film Noir? Give Film Noir a try if you are looking for a “basic” mascara meaning that you want something that does a little of everything. I call this an everyday mascara. It isn’t too dramatic. Give this a try if you like mascara that dries to a subtle sheen and leaves lashes soft. (Film Noir has lots of Panthenol). Film Noir is easy to remove and is washable. I think it works best for thick but short lashes. It does a really good job with separating on thick, short, light lashes like mine.
Who may not like Film Noir? This formula is not waterproof, so it will run. But, I haven’t had any issues but I don’t go swimming in this. I never go swimming…and I’m not watching or reading Where the Red Fern Grows while wearing this either! In my experience I have found that waterproof mascara holds curl better. The price is hefty. I know that it is difficult to pay almost $30 for something that you know you are going to through out in a few months. The packaging is heavy. I’m guessing that some people may dislike that. And only one shade is available at this time.
Overall, I like this one. I have no sensitivity to it and I’m a contact lenses wearer. I like this mascara better than many others in its price range from other department store brands like Lancôme or Givenchy. We all know what we’re willing to splurge on.
Hourglass Film Noir Mascara retails for $28. It is available at Sephora.
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