With the eyes being the windows to the soul and all that, I think it’s safe to say that mascara would be within the top 5 of most women’s desert-island must-haves. However, finding just the right mascara can seem like a never-ending journey of goopy formulas, funny brushes, panda eyes and clumpy lashes.
Having not been blessed with thick lustrous lashes myself, mascara is one of my many best friends; I want it all; plumping, lengthening, conditioning and long-lasting! Willing to try yet another newly developed, supposedly miraculous mascara, I found myself staring at a shiny new tube of Sisley’s newly launched Phyto-Mascara Ultra-Stretch.
This first thing I noticed about this product was that the brush is surprisingly understated…no combs, separating spikes or oversized nonsense here, and I’m a firm believer in the brush being just as important as the formula when it comes to mascara, so Sisley was off to a good start. Each extraction of the wand from the tube yielded the perfect amount of product on the brush and with not a clump in sight on this one I was hopeful. A gentle dip in the middle of the brush meant it followed the curve of my eyelashes perfectly and a blend of fibres made the brush hold and deliver colour evenly.
One coat immediately brought my lashes to life with a subtle, deep, definition. However as every mascara-wearing woman knows, it’s not just about the initial effect, but how mascara wears throughout the day that makes one better or worse than another. With many mascaras causing brittleness and resulting in a shocking number of eyelashes appearing on the cotton pad at the end of the day, the Rice Phytocermaides, Pro-Vitamin B-5 and Castor Oil in this formula strengthen and nourish eyelashes and prevent them from breakage.
A second coat built beautifully and I suspect the Wheat Proteins are the reason my eyelashes seemed longer than before. With the last ingredient of Sisley’s new product being a duo of polymers to curl and set colour into the lashes, I was ready for my third and final, volume-busting coat (I was really going for it).
Still with not a clump in sight and high-impact, full-volume lashes at the ready I was eager to see what state I would be in at the end of the day.
A midday glance in the mirror reaffirmed that my eyes were still framed with fluttery lashes and intense colour. Ok…so far so good. With the pollen count being sky-high and hayfever causing major eye irritation, I was glad this mascara didn’t flake one bit and stayed just where I’d put it…many tend to have minds of their own and wander about I find.
The evening brought on cocktails with my girls, for which I of course wanted to look as fresh as I did in the morning for. A thorough inspection in the Ladies’ resulted in nothing but a bit of primping with my hair and an application of lip gloss; my mascara was just as I’d left it in the morning. There was not a flake in sight, not a black smudge anywhere…brilliant! Had it glued itself to my eyelashes I wondered…would it be a nightmare to take off perhaps? The answer was no…and no. All my eyelashes thankfully remained attached to my person when removing my makeup, and my lashes were left soft and slightly glossier than normal…not a bad thing at all!
So have Sisley created the perfect mascara? Very possibly! With hundreds out there to try, I highly recommend that Phyto-Mascara Ultra-Stretch gets bumped up to the top of the list.
By Kavita Kaul
Sisley Phyto-Mascara retails at £37 and is available in Deep Black, Deep Brown and Deep Blue
Sisley is available in Harrods, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis, Peter Jones, Fenwick and House of Fraser