In my last post, I talked about the natural based, American makeup brand Younique and how I’d been so impressed with the company and it’s products. To follow on from that, as promised, I’d like to introduce you to their best selling product – the Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes (they sell over 20,000 of these a day!) This is the first Younique product that really took off and the one which most people think of when they think of Younique. It is also the first product I was introduced to in the Younique range. The UK newspaper The Sunday Times declared it ‘The World’s Best Mascara’ and it’s even been given away in goodie bags at the Golden Globe Awards. Here’s what I think of it…
Younique is an American online only brand whose products are available to purchase from the website of independent representatives known as ‘Presenters’ so this is not a brand you will find on your local high street. As part of their agreement to represent the brand, Presenters are also not allowed to sell on other websites such as ebay so if you’re tempted to purchase from there – beware, your product is highly likely to be counterfeit…
Like many people, when I was first introduced to the 3D Fiber Lashes, I’d never actually heard of Younique so had no idea what to expect. I’ve never been someone who is loyal to one or two brands so I tried it with an open mind. The product has patents pending and claimed to boost the thickness and volume of your lashes by up to 500%. Not so great if you like ‘natural’ looking lashes but if like me you love the look of false lashes or lash extensions, this sounds fantastic!
Your first impression of this product is the packaging. It comes in a beautifully designed box – almost like a gift box (it would make a great last minute gift or stocking filler), within which you will find full instructions and a handy travel sized pouch containing the product itself. Another thing that I like about the packaging are the clear viewing panes along the side of the tubes so you can see how much product you actually have left. I’ve never come across a mascara with this before so it’s a neat touch.
Many people refer to this product as a mascara (which given that you apply it like mascara is an accurate description) but I would say that it is more ‘brush on eyelash extensions’. It’s just like false lashes but without the glue (and much quicker to apply). The product consists of two ‘mascara’ tubes – one containing transplanting gel and the other containing the dry 3D fibres. The product is ophthalmologically approved so don’t worry, the fibres are safe and are suitable for contact lens wearers (I even poked myself in the eye once with the fibre wand and suffered no ill effects!) The only difference to applying this mascara is there are three steps involved.
Firstly, make sure your eyelashes are completely clean and free of any residue from any other mascara or cosmetic products you have been using (this is important to get the best out of this product as any grease and grime left over on your lashes mean that the product won’t adhere as well – or look as good). Apply a few coats of the transplanting gel first for the fibres to adhere to (the gel works well as a mascara on it’s own). Then apply the fibres over the top which will grab on to the transplanting gel and build volume and add length. Finally finish off with more coats of the transplanting gel to seal the fibres. So it’s actually very easy apply and not a great deal different from applying regular mascara. Keep going until you have created your desired look. You control how much or how little you apply and where which is why you see a variety of results in photos. If you’ve forgotten to curl your lashes first, you can use a hairdryer on the cool setting to curl them. Simply point your hairdryer upwards towards your lashes when the gel is still wet (hold it about 30cm from your face) and use a shot of cool air to blow your lashes upwards (it sounds mental but trust me, it actually works!)
Depending on how heavily you use it and how many coats you apply, it will typically last 12-18 weeks (but like all mascaras, it should really be replaced every three months due to bacterial buildup). Another option is to apply 3D Fiber Lashes over your regular mascara. This helps to build volume and is a great way to transform your look from day to night. If you really want to make your lashes stand out for maximum impact, curl your lashes first (never curl lashes after applying product – it can break your lashes) and after applying your 3D Fiber Lashes, brush through with a lash comb while the gel is still wet.
As I mentioned earlier, both parts are applied just like mascara so it’s really easy to do. A good tip is to make sure you only work on one eye at a time and don’t start your other eye until you have finished the first. Once you have finished, the difference is remarkable and your lashes look long, volumised and dramatic. Once applied, it is very long lasting (the above photo was taken 14 hours after I first applied it) with no flaking or residue. The ‘mascara’ is really easily removed with soap and water or a good quality makeup remover or facial cleanser. I have been really pleased with the results of this product and now use it as my regular mascara. I’ve tried other volumising mascaras such as Too Faced’s ‘Better Than Sex’, Benefit’s ‘They’re Real’ and Urban Decay’s ‘Perversion’ and this product beats it hands down.
One of the main selling points of Younique makeup is that it’s hypoallergenic, mineral based and uses natural ingredients. It’s also cruelty free, vegan friendly and gluten free. Unlike many other mascaras, 3D Fiber Lashes is free of fragrance, dyes, parabens, latex, sulfates, PABA, BPA and nano-particles. There is also a 14 day money back guarantee if you don’t like the product – not many brands offer this! The gel was completely reformulated in January 2017 and contains four advanced polymers known to provide ultimate adhesion, conditioning and moisturising properties, pro-vitamin B5, known to attract and hold moisture, vitamin E known to nourish skin and hair and provide antioxidant benefits and chamomilla flower extract, known to provide antioxidant benefits. It also contains other natural ingredients such as beeswax (which is good for holding an eyelash curl and makes mascara formulas last longer), carnauba wax (which has water resistant properties and gives the gel it’s ‘stickiness’ when wet) and black iron oxide (which gives the gel it’s striking black colour).
The fibres contain nylon which dries quickly and adheres to the transplanting gel without absorbing it for smoother coating. Nylon fibres are smooth and elastic, allowing for easy application along the eyelashes and are resistant to oil. The fibres are also formulated with squalane and CoQ10, ingredients known to condition, moisturise and fortify hair and skin. This is great as so many other mascaras and eye makeup products contain harmful carcinogenic ingredients which are absorbed into your body (eek!). It also contains Younique’s ‘Uplift Serum’ to help nourish and condition your eyelashes and promote healthy lash growth and doesn’t damage your eyelashes unlike falsies. The applicator brush provides volume, separation and length while applying the right amount of gel. Rigid brush bristles are spaced evenly to help separate and lengthen lashes, while the fibres fill and add volume to lashes.
As a natural redhead, I have light blonde eyelashes so mascara is probably the most important makeup product I wear and the only one which I refuse to leave the house without (I look like I have no eyelashes without it) so the fact that this ‘mascara’ is water resistant is great. I can go swimming, exercise or go to the beach without having to take it off! If you like the false lash look then you are going to love this product. It’s beautifully packaged, contains quality, natural ingredients and really frames your eyes and makes them stand out. And it is so much easier and cheaper than applying good quality false lashes or extensions (and it won’t damage your natural lashes). I have even seen men using this product to fill in sparse beards and moustaches! As I mentioned earlier in this review, Younique are an online only brand available from authorised Younique Presenters only. If you would like to try the Moostruck 3D Fiber Lashes for yourself, please click here (currency can be changed in the top right corner).
Until next time, stay beautiful x