Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Sorry, that’s just the choir of angels in my head rejoicing at the news that there is actually a mascara in the world that does exactly what it says on the tin. That mascara is Anastasia’s Lash Lifting Mascara, and, of all the mascaras I’ve tested over the past few weeks, it’s definitely the one I’ve liked the best.

As the name infers, this is designed to lift the lashes (and also to create volume, although you wouldn’t necessarily guess that from the name alone). Now, given the multiple mascara disappointments I’ve gone through recently, I have to admit that I wasn’t really expecting much from this one either, so I didn’t even bother to curl my lashes before I applied it, feeling sure it would drag the curl out anyway. JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHERS. Gah.

But! A few swipes of the wand later, and my lashes were already starting to curl up at the ends. A few more (OK, quite a lot more: it took several applications to get the desired result, but who’s counting?) and I was impressed. OK, it’s not in the same league as my beloved Lancome, but it did thicken and curl, and that’s exactly what it’s supposed to do, and that’s good enough for me. I’ll be interested to see how it copes with pre-curled lashes, too, and will probably put it to the test on that tomorrow.

Overall, pretty damn good, especially for a non-waterproof formula, and there’s been no flaking or smudging, either,

Anastasia Lash Lifting Mascara, $22 from


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