Mascara Resurrection isn't a mascara; rather, it's touted as "the ultimate do-over" to smooth out and prep already-mascara'd lashes for another coat of mascara—particularly helpful when you want to touch them up before a night out. The result? You get a smoother base for your additional layers of mascara to glide over—virtually eliminating any frustrating flaking. We love it when a beauty product that sounds clever on paper actually works in real life!
Mascara Resurrection's serum formula softens the dried on mascara that you're already wearing—without removing it. The fragrance-free formula also contains film-forming agents that help create a more cohesive, pliable coating, which makes for an easy surface to reapply your mascara over.
You simply comb the slightly gooey, serum texture through lashes with the curved, mascara-like brush, and voila… your mascara can now glide through lashes rather than tugging, or getting stuck as you brush it through. You get the thicker, more va-va-voom lashes you were going for without a flaky mess.
Urban Decay also points out that you can use Mascara Resurrection as an immediate fix for a botched mascara application. To use it that way, quickly sweep it through the mascara that you just applied to separate clumped lashes. It does an OK job in this respect, though if your mascara is super clumpy to begin with, Mascara Resurrection can only help so much. (It's a mascara wand, not a magic wand!)
It takes a little experimenting to figure out how much of the serum to apply, and the results can vary a bit depending on the mascara you're already wearing. We found three to four coats of Mascara Resurrection did the trick in most cases, and with that much, we saw some additional thickness as well.
We also tested Mascara Resurrection with waterproof mascara: FYI, it was more difficult to smooth things out with such a tenacious formula.
This does contain a high amount of alcohol, but given it evaporates quickly and lashes won't see the same impact as skin would, it's likely a non-issue.
Mascara Resurrection earns our praise for delivering on its intended purpose to provide a unique solution to freshen up your mascara and increase thickness along the way. It may not be a must-have for everyone, but if you're the type who likes to take your mascara from day to night without washing it off and reapplying, then this might just be your new secret weapon.
Urban Decay At-A-Glance
Strengths: Workable options in almost every category; excellent cheek tint; bonanza for anyone who wants lots of shiny eyeshadows; good mattifier; bronzing powder; brow products; makeup brushes.
Weaknesses: Mostly average to poor mascaras; limited foundation shades and some disappointing lip glosses; the products designed to help makeup last longer don't help.
From its unconventional beginnings in 1996 with the debut tagline of "Does Pink Make You Puke?" Urban Decay has been at the forefront of the ongoing trend toward unconventional colors. Their approach to beauty is still rooted in steering clear of the norm, but for those creative, unconventional folks who want the opportunity to express themselves with well-formulated, edgy products, this is the line to look to.
Now representing itself by the decidedly tamer "Beauty with an Edge" slogan, the line still offers several shiny options (which excel by virtue of how well they cling to skin), but the items that really deserve your attention include some of their mascaras, bronzing powder, blush, and brow products. The brush collection is highly recommended and priced on the low end when compared to other department-store lines, and Urban Decay counters (as opposed to Sephora stores, where the line is typically sold) offer helpful literature about how to design a complete makeup look. The colors may be unconventional and more clownish than classy, but their placement advice is right-on.
Shortcomings of this edgy line include the lack of lipsticks and some glittery products that apply terribly. Those who appreciate products that make a statement (though it may not always be one that puts you in your most flattering light) should explore the best of what is offered here, as should those whose makeup concepts occasionally lean toward the adventurous side.
For more information about Urban Decay, call (800) 784-URBAN or visit www.urbandecay.com.
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