O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara
Given that this mascara is subpar in its ability to add thickness, the name O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara is at best an exaggeration. In fact, we’d consider O!Mega Lash more of a lengthening mascara—not that it’s overly impressive in that realm either, but at least it does a decent job.
Otherwise, O!Mega Lash is resistant to smudging and is fairly easy to remove. The bristle brush and wet formula also make it less prone to clumping; just make sure to allow ample time to dry or it can get a little messy. We did notice a tiny amount of flaking by day’s end but nothing too bad.
From a formulary standpoint, you can ignore the claims that this curls and conditions lashes. It doesn’t, and in fact there’s enough SD alcohol in the fragrance-free formula to pose a slight risk of irritation along the lash line. We didn’t experience any such issues ourselves, but we have to point out the potential, particularly for those who have extra sensitive eyes.
All in all, this is a decent mascara for lengthening (not volume), but why settle for decent when there are such stellar mascaras on the market today? Check out top-rated options on our list of Best Mascaras, many of which cost a fraction of the price!
- Adds length.
- Resistant to smudging and clumping.
- Not too difficult to remove.
- Doesn’t add volume as claimed.
- Inclusion of potentially irritating alcohol poses a risk to sensitive eyes.
- Application requires ample dry time or else it can get messy.
- Overpriced for mediocre performance.
Strengths:Silky-smooth Perfection Powder Featherweight Foundation; exceptional bronzer; Brow Tamer Grooming Gel.
Weaknesses: An abundance of mediocre to poor products; issues with faulty packaging; some irritating formulas; several unflattering color choices; terrible eyeliner (Magic Marcer Precision Pen Waterproof Eyeliner).
Marc Jacobs first made his mark (pun intended) as a fashion designer and has now expanded his namesake brand to include fragrance and beauty products. Marc Jacobs Beauty is no doubt instigated by his fashions straight from the runway, but just as couture clothing doesn't always transition well into the real world, nor does Marc Jacobs' attempt at makeup. This color line may be pretty to look at, but the performance tends to be less appealing!
One of the problems facing the line is faulty packaging. Although it looks beautiful, multiple products have issues with leaking or just outright breaking. For a line that is supposed to deliver the utmost quality, you should expect more, especially given the high price point (other designed lines do this kind of thing much better from Givenchy to Giorgio Armani).
The line also has far more unconventional colors that pay homage to Jacobs' philosophy that "there are no rules when it comes to beauty." That may work in the fashion world, but when it comes to what you put on your face on a daily basis, you at least want colors that complement your skin tone. You can still find attractive shades in this line, but you have to do some serious weeding to get there.
The biggest drawback is the potentially irritating ingredients that are found in many of the products. We also feel obligated to mention that the anti-aging claims are significantly overhyped, and that's a major disappointment considering consumers are being asked to pay more for something that doesn't deliver.
On the bright side, it's not all doom and gloom. There are a few good products, and hey, at least their clever names might keep you entertained. We also have to applaud MarcJacobsBeauty.com for disclosing their ingredient lists online (many cosmetics companies still don't do this, despite consumer demand and FDA regulation that makes ingredient disclosure mandatory, at least on the packaging so why not on their website!).
We had high hopes for Marc Jacobs Beauty, especially given the designer's success in the fashion and fragrance worlds, but as is, color us unimpressed. And judging by customer reviews we perused on sites like Sephora.com, many of you feel the same!
For more information about Coty-owned Marc Jacobs Beauty, call 1-888-215-8636 or visit marcjacobsbeauty.com.
Marc Jacobs Beauty is sold at Sephora, Marc Jacobs stores nationwide, and online at marcjacobsbeauty.com.
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