|It’s brilliant, you’ll love it.|
Ever in search of the perfect mascara, I cannot even count the brands and sub-brands of brands I’ve tried over the decades. Not really being an expert on the subject, just your every day user — and I do mean every day — I discovered, for me at least, from the least expensive, Maybelline, which I started using when I was in my teens (and loved) to Dior, Chanel, Lancôme, etc. all basically performed equally well.
That being said, I’ve been lucky in the lash department while not so fortunate in the eyebrow department. I have long, full eyelashes, but they need the boost of my Shu Uemura curler and a couple of coats of mascara with a brush-through between layers. (The last impression we want to give with mascara is that we cannot see well enough to separate the lashes. No clots allowed.)
I have never really had what one could call “eyebrows,” but that’s another story for another day, which, of course, I shall share with you.
|Only two colors, no fashion-y blues, greens and whatevers. But really, do we care?|
Back to mascara. . . I have a problem with all the mascaras I have tried, even those I thought were exceptional performers. It seems I tend to be allergic to them. They all go on perfectly and are fine for an hour or two and then my eyes start to itch and that drives me crazy because I don’t want to rub and ruin the look, but ultimately I do and then my eyes water and turn red and, well, you get the idea.
Since I think I don’t need lash-bulding, lengthening products I decided a couple of weeks ago that I should investigate mascaras made specifically for very sensitive eyes. Obviously I turned to my pal and pharmacist, Christine.
Her recommendation: Couvrance, “high tolerance mascara,” from Avène. It comes in black or brown and I give you my word, it delivers on its promise of: “A formula with high tolerance developed and adapted for sensitive eyes, skin and contact lens wearers.”
|I wonder. . .how many times have I shown you this little miracle machine?|
It also delivers on volume and definition. The directions tell us to use the inside of the brush, you can see it’s curved to the shape of the eye, to build volume and curl the lashes (I want much more “curl” than a brush will offer, that’s why I never leave home without a couple of squeezes of my eyelash curler). Then, we’re supposed to turn the brush in the opposite direction to separate and define the lashes. To build volume, continue coating to your heart’s content.
Personally, I never trust a mascara brush to separate properly. I use a toothbrush which I hide inside a silver cup because it’s not that attractive I admit, but it’s a brilliant tool for that purpose.
The only drawback is that Couvrance is not waterproof, but maybe whatever the ingredient in other mascaras that make them impermeable to water is what I can’t tolerate. Who knows?
Life is full of compromises. . .
Et voilà, my latest beauty secret for a mere $13-ish.