Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Illamasqua Masquara in Raven - Review & Photos

Masquara($23) is Illamasqua's mascara released as part of the Theatre of the Nameless collection. "Raven" is the only shade available & claims to lengthen, define & dramatize lashes to extremes. The brush looks very promising and the jet black pigment is something I look for in every mascara.

The good:

  • Raven has rich, black pigment that looks super glossy.
  • It does a great job of lengthening my stubby lashes with great definition. Does a decent job of separating lashes too.
  • Even after a good 3 coats, it does not feel heavy or weigh down my lashes so much.
  • The formula does not flake and there's very minimal smudging after 4-5 hours. So, I don't have to worry about mascara flecks on my cheeks.
  • Removal is easy since it is not waterproof. 

The Bad:

  • If you have sparse lashes like me, you need 2-3 coats to achieve good volume.  
  • It does have a tendency to clump after the first coat so be sure to remove excess from the wand before applying.
  • Since the brush is quite big, a lot of precision is required while applying else, you may end up getting a little on the upper lash line. 


Illamasqua Masquara in Raven
Two Coats of Masquara
    Overall, I see Masquara more as a lengthening mascara than a volumizing one. I really like the end result of long, separated lashes but since I have sparse lashes, I would also love more volume. The rich black pigment is a great bonus that I love.

    What are your thoughts on Illamasqua's Masquara in Raven?

    Disclosure: The product in this article was provided by PR for consideration. All opinions are my own. For more information please refer to my Disclosure Policy.


    1. Ooh, this is a nice one! I think I do usually look for volume when I go for mascara, though.

      Also...I love your eyeliner :D

    2. It looks really lovely on your lashes! I tend to go for length more than volume personally so this would be something worth trying out :) xx

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    3. Holy long lashes!! But yeah, I need more volume as well.

    4. Wow that's a lot of length!Awesome!!

    5. @Larie - Thanks! I look for volume too, maybe just a little more would be nice :)

    6. @Theothersideofcool - If length is your priority, this is an awesome pick :)

    7. @Tracy - I know! I could use some more volume as well :)

    8. @Erin - It is! Love the way it lengthens :)