Once upon a time I promised to discuss my experience with Japanese mascaras. I am finally doing it. This post will most likely only interest those of you with short, straight, sparse eyelashes, or perhaps it will not interest anyone. Ha!
Anyway, I have never been a mascara wearer. It always irritated my eyes, and I never felt like it did much to enhance my eyes or anything. When the tube mascaras such as Fiberwig and Blinc Kiss Me came out, though, I became curious. The tube mascaras are waterproof yet easy to remove. You just wet your lashes, rub them between your fingertips, and SLIDE off the little “tubes” of mascara that have formed around your lashes.
SO, last year when I went to Japan, I picked up a couple mascaras to try. The red tube is Opera MyLash and the cute floral tube is a limited edition of Fiberwig. My preference, hands down, is the Opera MyLash. As you can see in the photo above, the Opera MyLash has the smaller brush, which is much better when you barely have any lashes at all. The fat Fiberwig brush was essentially too large for my lashes, and I couldn’t maneuver it to get much coverage on my sad stubby lashes. I also tend to be somewhat uncoordinated and prone to stabbing myself in the eye or elsewhere with the mascara wand. It is much easier to control the Opera MyLash wand if you have similar issues.
Okay, so the third and very critical piece is the tube on the very top in the first photo. It is a battery operated, heated eyelash curler! NO JOKE! And it is like magic! Again, if you have short, straight lashes, it is really difficult to use one of those manual eyelash curlers. I tend to clamp my eyelid into it, and that is rather painful. Also, those curlers don’t really work that well for the stubborn Asian lashes. I have found that if I apply mascara then use the heated curler, my eyelashes actually curl! I don’t know if it is that noticeable to anyone, and really, who is getting that close to my face to notice, but it is really fun. Panasonic Heated Eyelash Curler is like the one I have.
I have a couple other mascaras “in reserve” that I am going to try, but so far my favorite is Opera MyLash. I have been pretty lazy about putting on mascara lately, but maybe it’s time to start up again. If you have any suggestions or questions, please let me know!