FAIRYDROPS Scandal Queen!! Or — a brief introduction to mascara mania

*tap tap tap*  Is this thing on?  It is?  Ok, let’s go!

Hi! I’m Daena.  Welcome to my blog.  While I could write a long boring intro about who I am and what my blog is about… I’ll save that for another day and get right down to business.

While I’m pretty much obsessed with makeup, my favorite is mascara.   Oftentimes mascara is the only makeup item I wear.  Being pale, naturally fair-haired (unnaturally rainbow-haired) and light eyed, a bit of mascara can mean the difference between looking normal and having total strangers come up to me and ask if I need to sit down and need a drink of water.  (True story.)  Without any definition to my face, I can look a wee bit ill.  And with my goth days behind me, that’s not a look I’m currently cultivating.

So, mascara to the rescue!  I’ve tried so many kinds and am usually disappointed.  So around the holiday season when Sephora came out with their “Sephora Favorites Lashstash” that had 10 mascaras to try (including 2 full sized ones!) — well I was all over it!  Surely — surely — I could find an amazing mascara with 10 to choose from.  And not just 10 mascaras but ones that I had heard really great things about.

Now I have to say, I can be pretty picky about mascara.  Just to make things more difficult on myself, I know.  Since my lashes are decidedly average, I want a mascara that does everything.  I want volume, I want length and I want the mascara to hold a curl.  My lashes naturally are very straight and point almost down so I curl the everliving crap out of them before I apply mascara and the last thing I want is for my hard-earned curl to droop.

When I got the Sephora Lashstash in my greedy hands, even the packaging was right up my alley — all pink and glitter and shiny.  Definitely appealed to my magpie nature!

Sephora Favorites Lashstash

But wait… it gets even more shiny…

My precioussss.....

Inside is a plethora of mascara!  The big issue now is — WHICH TO CHOOSE FIRST???  Gahh!!!  My eyes are immediately drawn to FAIRYDROPS Scandal Queen mascara.  Seriously.  Fairy. Drops. Scandal. Queen! In a hot pink tube.  Maybe this will be The One.  Like the Neo of mascaras that will set my eyelashes free on a magical fairy journey of awesomeness.

Really? (Ya, really.)

I remembered i had read a bit about this mascara at Musings of a Muse. (She’s awesome, go read her blog. No, wait I mean AFTER you read mine, silly!) I rushed off to Sephora to read up a bit more.  According to their website, Fairydrops is:

Without:

Sulfates

Synthetic Fragrances

Synthetic Dyes

Phthalates

GMOs

Triclosan

Sounds great, right?  It’s also supposed to be a volumizing mascara that is water/sweat resistant and full of fiber.  Oh wait… fibers.   Uh oh.  Fibers in mascara are usually like a one way ticket to Itchy City for my eyes.  Suddenly, the FAIRY is sparkling a bit dimmer.  But, we’ll crack on anyway.  This mascara also has a super spiffy wand that is so spiffy it’s patented in Japan.  Let’s take a look!

 

Spiffy!

Macro spiffy!

FIBERS! *flail*

So now that we’re done oohing and ahhing over the way the mascara looks — how did it work?  Let’s see!

I have eyelashes, I promise

One coat of Fairydrops Scandal Queen

Two coats of Fairydrops Scandal Queen

End result?  I admit my feelings are mixed.  I loved the fluttery way my lashes looked. I love that the fibers didn’t irritate my eyes.  I loved that the mascara was a nice deep black (and not greyish as so many “black” mascaras are).  I love that it didn’t flake or smear even after 12 hours of wear.  But I don’t love that it took the curl right out of my lashes, leaving them a bit sad and droopy.  So it’s not The One (sorry, Neo).  But it’s a mascara that I will use again and work with.  I’m thinking that I will revisit this one using a lash primer or a light coat of waterproof mascara under it and see how that works.

The Pros:

Great formula free of a lot of bad stuff that you probably don’t want in your mascara

Gives a nice fluttery look

Easy to remove with my normal facial cleanser

Nice deep black

Didn’t flake/smudge

Adorbs packaging with a spiffy wand (stop saying “spiffy!” UGH!)

The Cons:

Can’t hold a curl for anything

All in all — not bad! I think it is a great mascara — just maybe not for my particular lashes.  I give it a B-.  Or 7.5 out of 10. Or… well I haven’t settled on a rating system yet — it’s my first post, eh?  7.5 out of 10 zombie kitties? Sound good? Ok then.

You can buy Fairydrops Scandal Queen at Sephora!

Anyway, that’s my first post!  Stay tuned (actually, subscribe if you want to get all high-technical) if you’d like to read more.  And if you’ve read this far — thanks!  Feedback is encouraged and appreciated!  I’m still getting the hang of this newfangled WordPress thing but things will only improve, right? (Please agree. lol)

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12 responses to “FAIRYDROPS Scandal Queen!! Or — a brief introduction to mascara mania

  1. First, CONGRATS on starting the blog. WooHoo!!!
    Second, I hunted high and low for the Fairydrops Mascara thinking it would be the end of my mascara hunt…But sadly I wasn’t happy with it at all. It was clumpy on me and did smudge and didn’t offer any volume that I couldn’t get with a cheaper choice.
    I hope you have better luck…but if not you do have a whole box of mascaras to pick from 😉

  2. My favorite mascara was discontinued and I have been looking for a good one for awhile. I am not a big fan of fibers but would have tried it because I am a sucker for fun brand names and cool packaging. Great writing…kept it fun and interesting! Looking forward to more.

    • I’m such a sucker for packaging. I keep eying that “newish” one from Physician’s Formula that looks like a leaf and is all shiny green. I’m a magpie — anything bright and shiny and I want it.

      Thanks so much for reading!

  3. Excellent first time out! Looking forward to more. I am a Maybelline Ultra Lash girl myself, although I try other ones now and again.

  4. Well, ya finally did it! I’m so damn proud of my cute, pixie friend!!! Yes, that’s right – that’s YOU! Great start to a blog! Can’t wait to see what else you’ve got in store!!

    • Aw, thanks so much Nancy! ❤ You really helped inspire me to start the blog b/c I got infected by your enthusiasm on your youtube channel.

      I should have another review up this week. I'm gonna try and do 1-2 per week. Or more if I can!

  5. Congratulations on your blog! I’m so excited that you decided to do this. Great article.
    I’m a bit worried though since I have a brand new Fairydrops (and no receipt) waiting to be used. I sure hope it performs better for me.

    • Thank you Marcia! I think if this mascara had held the curl, it would have been really good for me. My lashes are like the rest of the hair on my head — really stubbornly straight. I will definitely revisit this one using a primer and see if that helps! But for my initial review I wanted to see what it did on its own.

      Hope it does work better for you, though!

  6. good thing it worked for you. i’ve read a couple of negative reviews on this. I got a different Fairy Drops mascara and did a review here: http://beautyanon.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/review-fairy-drops-mascara/

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