In our experience, NARS doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to eyelash-enhancing products, but Climax Mascara is its strongest entry yet, and, if you’ll pardon the pun, worth a look.
This mascara’s bright red tube with ridges from top to bottom is bold and attention-getting. A slightly oversized spoolie brush does a good job coating each lash with dark black mascara for a dramatic lash look.
The fragrance-free mascara inside adds slight curl, a good amount of length, and a substantial amount of volume to lashes. This has a slight tendency to clump, especially if you apply multiple coats, but any clumping is easy to brush out with the applicator brush.
It also holds up well over time, with no smudging or flaking, even after a solid eight hours of wear. It’s easy to remove with a standard makeup remover, or even your favorite cleanser.
While not the best of the best, Climax Mascara does reach new heights for NARS and we’re confident many will find it a worthy splurge.
- Brush does a good job coating lashes with mascara.
- Provides some curl, length, and substantial volume to lashes.
- Doesn’t smudge or flake.
- Fragrance and irritant-free.
- Clumps a bit during application.
Don’t stop. Keep going. Reach your climax with explosive volume. Exclusive ribbed bristles load up with whipped, blackened pigments for hardcore lift and a softcore feel, all with a featherweight touch. Its Lash Moisture Complex goes all the way—from roots to tips and back again—for buildable intensity without clumping or smudging. Just the way you like it.
Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.
Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining attention with vibrant, deeply pigmented colors, sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqu shade names.
As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengthsit reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If youre a fan of bold colors, youll find them here, and the brand offers consistently impressive foundations and concealers. NARS consistently impresses when it comes to offering a wide range of shades to suit nearly any skin tone.
Where NARS often falls short is in the amount of fragrance added to many of their skincare formulas. In some cases, the amount and specific fragrance ingredients chosen outweigh the potential benefits, so be sure to double check their review before buying. Overall, NARS offers a lot to love, and if you dont mind splurging a bit (as their prices can be on the spendy side) there are quite a few makeup picks that come with our highest recommendations.
Strengths: Superior foundations and foundation shade options; excellent blushes; splurge-worthy lipsticks; beautiful bronzers and consistently impressive color products.
Weaknesses: Can be expensive; a few skincare formulas contain high amounts of fragrance.
For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.
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