Thursday, May 23, 2013

Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in Blue Note


When Chanel announced their Summer 2013 collection would include different colored mascaras, I knew one would have to be mine. Their collection includes a yellow, green, aqua, and blue. I don't believe I have ever seen mascara in yellow before. I got all kinds of excited and immediately began scoping out my local counters until I found one that had these in stock.

Chanel recommends only applying these mascaras to the very tips of your lashes to create an effect much like butterfly wings. Well, I tried the green one in store (lime light) and I quite frankly thought the look was a bit clownish. I would still like to try the yellow and aqua at some point, but I picked up the more low-key royal blue colored Blue Note and I am torn on whether I like this or not.

"The mascara that delivers it all -- volume, length, curl and precise separation -- in a long-wearing, waterproof formula that won't flake or smudge. Pro-Vitamin B5 hydrates and conditions lashes to keep them supple and healthy-looking. A unique brush design provides perfectdefinition of lashes, even the finest."

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With Flash
First the mascara itself. This is the first Chanel mascara I own, let alone an Inimitable waterproof mascara. Personally, I don't specifically like waterproof formulas to begin with, and this one is particularly hard to get off, which might be a pro for some, but is a con for me. Next, I have a hard time getting this to look thick on my lashes and it wasn't till I tried to apply this to my arm that I realized it's just really hard to get product off of the applicator. Speaking of the applicator, I dislike the plastic type applicator that this utilizes. I do not think this mascara does anything that it says it does. I don't think it specifically curls, provides volume, or length. It does separate my lashes, but only if I am careful that they don't stick together while drying.

As for the color. I really like the color itself and I am always taken aback when I pull the wand from the tube and I absolutely love the look on my lashes, but it doesn't stand out as much as I would have liked and I cannot apply this to just the tips of my lashes because you absolutely cannot see it. I have even tried layering this over my black mascara in general so I can have the oomph of mascara, but the coloring of this and it cannot compete with the black at all. This can only be worn by itself, which means when I wear this I have to contend with weak, meek lashes. 

In conclusion, I am torn because I really do like the color and how it looks on the lashes, but it is a seriously crappy formula which I would never willingly purchase if not for the color. 

Have you guys tried any of these? What do you think of the formula/colors. Should I bother trying the other colors?

This product can be purchased from any Chanel counter - Macy's, Lord and Taylor, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Barney's, Saks...etc. or online at http://www.chanel.com or any of these retailers online.