Perversion Mascara (seriously, who came up with that name?) promises thicker, longer, blacker lashes and in truth, it delivers on each of those claims to one degree or another.
The large, full-bristle brush won't be everyone's cup of tea since it can make application a little messier, but we really didn't find it too difficult to use. Its twisted trim design allows the mascara to latch on to lashes root-to-tip, depositing a rich, glossy black finish that adds thickness and length as it goes. Successive coats increase the likelihood of clumping (but that can be said of most mascaras).
Perversion Mascara's creamy formula goes on wet so make sure to give it ample time to dry before batting your lashes; otherwise it will smear or transfer. Once set, smudging didn't seem to be a huge issue, but you may experience a wee bit. We also noticed that our lashes were left feeling a tad crispy, but at least there wasn't any flaking.
You'll definitely need a good makeup remover to get this mascara completely off. Check out our top recommendations for that here.
If you're not turned off by the "perversion" name, this is a decent, fragrance-free mascara option to check out.
FYI- Urban Decay suggests pairing this with their Subversion Lash Primer for more dramatic results. We tried it that way as well, and it did indeed create even more dramatic fullness, but with the tradeoff of more clumping.
- Adds thickness and length.
- Flake-free wear.
- Deposits dramatic black color.
- Not a fast-drying formula.
- May smudge.
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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