Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara Review, Photos

Hourglass Film Noir Mascara – I did not curl my eyelashes

Usually, I don’t find high end mascaras worth it so I stick to my drugstore favorites.  However, last year I bought Sephora’s LashStash sampler which contained several mini-versions of high end mascaras when it was on sale. It’s a really good way to try out a bunch of mascaras – however, it’s already April and I haven’t even finished the second one (which is why I’ve decided to sell several of the untouched ones on my blog sale). The first one I opened was Fairydrops, which I hated, and the second was Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum, which I absolutely love.

The Hourglass mascara is in a lovely, classy black tube, and the brush is (very slightly) hourglass shaped. The brush does not end up with clumps of extra mascara on the end, which I appreciate.

I have two absolute requirements in a mascara. First, it needs to separate my lashes well – I hate clumps, and I dislike using a lash comb.  Second, it needs to last without flaking – I tend to rub my eyes, and I hate flakes.  Hourglass Film Noir fulfills both of these requirements beautifully. You can see the great separation I have in the photo, and there was no flaking even after a 16 hour day.

I also (of course), want as much volume, length, and curl as possible – I love the “false lash” look, which I have never really achieved – though I’m always hoping for it! Hourglass mascara does a great job of lengthening, but doesn’t add much volume. It adds a lot of curl, even without curling my eyelashes.  Overall, I’m very happy with how my lashes look with this mascara, even though it does fall short on the volume front.

Easy removal is a bonus for me, but since I’m used to wearing waterproof mascara, I’m used it removal taking a few minutes.  I find that Hourglass Film Noir, which is not a waterproof mascara – but lasts like one! –  is easier to remove than waterproof mascaras, but more difficult to remove than most non-waterproof mascaras.

If this mascara was under $10 like all my other mascara favorites, it would be my all time favorite mascara ever. It is my favorite mascara formula ever.  But – it’s $28, and frankly, for a makeup item that needs to be replaced as often as mascara, I don’t think it’s worth it for the price.  So, I will treasure and use up my mini tube, but I don’t expect to buy a full size one!

If you’re less wary of expensive mascaras than I am, you can purchase Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara at Sephora.

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