Last week, when I was at Barney's to pick up Mr. Alexander Wang, I spent a little time playing at the makeup counter. I hardly ever do this, because I'm surrounded by makeup and beauty products all day, but it's part of my job to stay on top of things.
I had been wanting to check out Serge Lutens minimalist makeup line for sometime, and I had just enough time to really get my hands dirty and test each product. I've been using SL makeup remover pads on my clients for a while, so I knew the line was pricey, but $65 dollars for a mascara?! You've got to be out of your mind!!! Well, I may actually be out of mine, because I can't stop thinking about it! It really is the most amazing mascara I've ever tried, and I've tried everything! I will even go as far as to say, it is the HOLY GRAIL of mascaras! What's so amazing about it? Well, let me tell you...
It has a comb wand, which makes it perfect for getting to the base of the lash, the color is SO inky-black and glossy, it volumizes and lengthens without clumping, and your lashes are left with a flexible hold. There's zero crunchiness to this mascara! It also deposits a bit of color at the lash line, giving you the look of a lightly lined eye. There literally, is nothing of this quality on the market, and that quality comes at a steep price. Yes, there are plenty of good mascaras out there, that get the job done. My favorites have always been drugstore brands, partially because I go through them so quick, but mostly because they work. Mascara is where I usually "save," so I can splurge on things like Armani Foundation. But, now that I've found the HG of mascaras, how will I ever be satisfied with my usual Maybelline?
The rest of the line is a well edited collection of basics, of the highest quality. (and the highest price!) Some of my favorites are:
Most fine powders are triple milled, but Serge Lutens takes this a step further. This powder/foundation has the most velvety texture, and creates a flawless finish without looking dry or cakey.
Blusher as they call it, is more of a really beautiful bronzer. It has the same texture as the Compact Foundation, with an ever so slight luminosity. You're paying extra for the fancy case for both of these powders, but they do sell them individually as refills for $80. (bargain)
Yes, $75 for a lipstick! Again, you're paying for the case as these are refillable as well. ($55) Packed in each sleek tube is a high amount of pigment. It only took the tiniest amount of lip color to give me the most gorgeous, berry stained lips. I also tried their Lip Pencil $55, which is pretty much a "one color - suits most." I typically don't use lip liner, but the tone of this one is surprising. I loved how it perfected my lip line without looking overdrawn or outdated.
I already mentioned that I've been using these for a while, and they are the most incredible things ever! They aren't wet, like typical wipe removers, instead they have a dry/oil feel. They remove everything, including the most stubborn waterproof mascara, and leave zero mess behind. You're left with a clean and moisturized eye area. Honestly, they are like nothing you've ever used to remove your makeup. I was floored the first time I used them, and now they've become a staple in my kit. (an expensive staple)
I know these prices are ridiculous for most people, but I'm a makeup artist and can write this stuff off. Still, I'm curious...Would you spend $65 on mascara? Am I crazy for even thinking about it?