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Lancome Virtuose Mascara


I’ve blogged before about my favourite mascaras, but there are a few new kids on the block looking to knock them of their perch, and first up is Virtuose from Lancome. Purchased in a duty free hustle, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I’d been a fan of Hypnose for a long time, but had given it up when something better came along (I forget what, I’m not much of a mascara monogamist).

The mascara is billed by Lancome as providing ‘Beautiful all day curve with divine length’. Well, I’ll certainly admit that the ‘all day’ bit is true. This stuff does not come off. Even when you want it to. Granted, there’s no drop down during the day which is a real bonus, but removing it takes some work. Cleansing wipes, soap and water, eye make up remover – they just don’t cut it. So I was relieved to discover that my new cleanser – L’Oreal Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil was effective, otherwise I’d be waking up with waxy stuck together eyelashes for the rest of eternity!

So, to the curve and length – It’s certainly easy to create a nice sweep on the lashes, but I would put that down to the curved brush rather than any magic in the formula, and length-wise, there’s not a huge difference, but I think the plus here is the ‘thin’ formula of the product, which doesn’t go on thick and clumpy, creating the illusion of long, slender lashes.

All in all, I have to admit that I’m a fan and this might just be a new favourite.

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