So today I’m writing a review I didn’t think I would ever write. I’m sure many of you have heard of Younique, especially if you’re active on Facebook and Instagram. I definitely have heard of Younique but it did seem a bit gimmicky to me so I wasn’t really interested. I’ll admit that some of their marketing approaches do come off as aggressive sometimes, which can be a little off putting. Their products have quite the following so I was still excited when I was given this as an early birthday gift. I was curious to see if this was worth it’s following.
I have been wearing this for over a week now testing it out for the purposes of review so I feel like I have a good idea on how this mascara works and performs. I definitely went into trying this process with an open mind.
What is it?
This mascara is a 2 step fiber mascara duo. Essentially the process includes a tube that has little tiny pieces inside that attach to your lashes to make them longer and thicker. For this product, the fibers are natural and made from green tea. Now some of you might remember a fiber ‘mascara’ review I did a long time ago on the Essence Volumizing Powder, which is a similar concept. That product made my eyes seriously itchy so my only concern with this product is that it might do the same.
This retails for $35 in Canada or $29 US and can be purchased through a Younique rep or through a rep online.
When reviewing a product I always look at it’s claims because that’s really what I want to see. Does it do what it’s advertised to do?
- 300% increase in length and volume
- Will look completely real and natural
- Water resistant, but will wash off easily with warm water and facial cleanser
How does it work?
This particular mascara is a 4 step process beginning with applying a coat of your regular mascara. Then you’re supposed let the mascara dry before applying step 1 of the 3D mascara. Step 1 is the Transplanting Gel, which is basically what the fibers are supposed to stick to. I apply this from root to tip of my lashes. Right after that’s applied, follow up immediately with the fibers which is step 2. For these I really don’t like the look of it applied from root to tip so I just almost push the fibers at the base of my lashes and half way up, not going all the way to the tip. Once the fibers are on, you go back to step 1 and seal everything with the Transplanting Gel. The instructions say that you can repeat this process as many times as you want.
Transplanting Gel wand ^
Fiber Wand ^
Okay so now that we know what it is, what it claims etc., let’s test it out. I left my eyes completely blank for this demo so that no other makeup could interfere with the results.
To begin, here is a look at my lashes pre-mascara so you can see where we started basically. All I’ve done at this point is curl my lashes.
Step 1: Apply your regular mascara
For this step I used the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara since that’s what I’m currently using at the time of this review.
Step 2: Apply the Transplanting Gel
I let my mascara dry and then applied the gel. This doesn’t have any impact on length or volume so I don’t have a picture since there was no change.
Step 3: Apply the Fibers
Right after I put the gel on, I went in with the fibers at the base of my lashes and about halfway up like I mentioned earlier.
Step 4: Seal and repeat as desired
Here is the result of what 1 round of the Younique Process. I didn’t put this on my lower lashes at all because I tried that prior to this review and I wasn’t a fan at all of how it made my lower lashes look. You do have to watch though because I was finding that if even a little of the transplanting gel got onto my lower lashes, fibers would stick there.
For the purposes of this review, I repeated the process once more to show how it builds up.
Here is a comparison of 2 rounds of Younique, vs. 2 coats of mascara
2 coats of mascara ^
2 coats of Younique ^
You can definitely see a difference particularly in volume. There would have been a more drastic difference in length of I had applied the fibers from root to tip, but in my experience that made my lashes look super spidery and clumpy which isn’t a style I like. I definitely like the added volume it gives.
Like I said I have been testing this out, so I do have a few things I want to mention. First, this does not make my eyes itchy, which is amazing because so many regular mascaras do and I’ve never had luck with a fiber mascara previously. The first day I used this I did have some fallout on my face, which is a bit annoying. I have never experienced that since so I’m going to guess it was how I applied it. You definitely want to do the fibers in small coats. The one thing I notice throughout the day that I don’t like, is that it’s almost as if my lashes fall down as the day goes on. This is obviously a heavier formula, so it doesn’t hold a curl well. I will agree that this is for the most part water resistant in my experience. A huge plus for is that despite the multistep formula, it doesn’t make my lashes crunchy! They actually stay softer than most mascaras I’ve tried.
This isn’t too difficult to get off, but it does take a little bit to make sure it’s all off. I wouldn’t say it’s any more difficult than just using a regular mascara and probably less difficult than a waterproof one.
I definitely like this more than I thought I would based on pictures and what I’d seen prior to receiving it. If you use this lightly, it does give a boost to your lashes. I do like false lashes when I’m going out and I don’t see this replacing that, but on a daily basis when I just want a little extra to my regular mascara this does fill that. It is quite the process to get the results, so you will need a little extra time to use this. It really depends on how long your makeup routine takes you, how long you like to spend etc. Most of the time it doesn’t bother me, but if I’m in a hurry to get out the door, this wouldn’t be one of my top priorities. Definitely if I have time, I will use this because I do like the results it gives. But in saying that, it’s the time it takes that makes it look good. If you try to just whip this on, you’ll have a clumpy spiders for lashes. They suggest using a lash comb, but seriously if I have to do that then it’s not worth it to me. I understand that clumps go hand in hand with this time of product, but I wouldn’t make the time to use a lash comb. In my experience, if you use this lightly like I said, you won’t need a lash comb. I wouldn’t say this meets it’s claim of looking real and natural. It definitely gives volume and length, but I wouldn’t say it looks like naturally long lashes.
One major consideration that I have to mention is the price. This is expensive. More expensive than a lot of high end mascaras. You also have to factor using your own mascara into the price, which makes this over $40, which is insanity. I would suggest just buying a cheap mascara if you plan on using this, since it doesn’t matter and it will bring the cost down a little. It’s hard to say whether or not I will purchase this myself. I like it, but I’m not sure yet if I’ll miss it when I’ve used it up. I suppose time will tell on that.
Definitely this is a product you could seriously go overboard on. I wouldn’t recommend this for makeup beginners because I think that there are too many ways to make an error with it. With restraint, it does give you full, long and soft lashes which is what most of us look for in a mascara. This product definitely pleasantly surprised me.
Once I completed this review, I did go back and add 2 more coats and added 1 coat to my bottom lashes just to show you what it would look like.Probably not my cup of tea for every day (they were pretty dramatic at this stage) but definitely lots more volume and length. I do like how you can add to this after it’s dried since they don’t get crunchy. Definitely use caution when building it up though, because you do get some fallout.
1 Layer, 2 Layers, 4 Layers.(left to right, top then bottom)
So there you have it! What product have you tried that surprised you? Leave me a comment below!
Bye for now,