A while ago I bought this 3-piece set from MAC including their Big Brow Pencil, the RebelEyes Gel Liner and the Pro Beyond Twisted Lash Mascara. The other two products have been reviewed already which means it’s time for me to review the mascara as well. I’ve been trying it for quite some time so I could form a proper opinion on it before I went on an started talking about it, but I feel like I’m ready now to spread the word. Anyway, if you’re interested in reading about this pretty special mascara, make sure you continue reading!
Let’s start off by discussing the packaging. Like always. The Pro Beyond Twisted Lash Mascara comes in a classic black MAC box and inside that box you’ll find the actual mascara. The packaging looks a little futuristic but it also reminds me of those old Essence mascara’s that everyone used to use back in the day because they costed only like 2 euro’s. Like those black bottles with the pink print on them if you remember. Anyway, it’s not the most special or unique packaging and it’s not my favourite either, but I definitely don’t hate it. It has everything a mascara packaging needs to have so that’s totally fine.
When I bought it I actually wasn’t convinced that I was going to like this mascara because on the picture it seemed like the wand was really thin the hairs weren’t my type. It almost seemed like a bottom lash mascara.
MAC Pro Beyond Twisted Lash Mascara – €24
But in real life it turned out to be less bad than I expected. It still is a very slim wand, but it doesn’t look like a bottom lash mascara in my opinion. The thing that makes this mascara stand out is the fact that it has this very unique stick part of the wand. I don’t really know what it is called but I hope ‘stick part of the wand’ makes any sense. I mean the part that is made out of bendable metal instead of just plastic. Thanks to that you can move the wand into any direction you might ever want. I don’t really know what the benefit is of that, but I can imagine it might be handy if you’re doing makeup on somebody else. Aside from that I think it just looks really interesting and I honestly quite like that about it. But I personally don’t use that mechanism myself. I just use it straight as it is.
The wand itself is, like I said a million times now, pretty slim and the hairs are very simple. It doesn’t seem that special. Because of the shape of the wand I expected this to be a separating mascara, but in fact it does way more than just that. But that’s something I’m going to talk about in a minute.
I first want to go through the claims. According to MAC this mascara will become your new obsession. It has a unique and flexible wand that bends up to 90° in every direction so you can apply your mascara perfectly. The featherlight formula doesn’t smudge, gives definition to the lashes, adds volume, lifts and curls them. All together it does sound pretty basic. It’s not like no other mascara has ever promised this. In my opinion the only really special thing about it is the bendable wand, but that’s just it.
But the fact that the claims are basic doesn’t mean that this mascara isn’t great. Let’s be real, what else can a mascara do aside from separating, curling and volumising the lashes. Not much right? If I think like that I actually appreciate that MAC doesn’t go too crazy with their claims because that would only lead to disappointments.
Moving on to the eye-swatches. I’m not a professional when it comes to taking pictures of my face and making sure the thing I want to show is shown clearly on them so it might be a little hard to tell, but I do think the pictures do show the effect of the mascara pretty decently. As you can tell the mascara does separate the lashes really well, it actually defines them. It also does a great job at adding a bit of curl to them. My lashes aren’t that curled naturally and they don’t stay up that well, but this mascara does do a reasonably good job at keeping them up.
Aside from that it also adds quite a bit of volume, but it’s definitely not the most volumising mascara ever. It’s definitely not a false lash effect, but that’s also what I like about it. And when I do want to go for that full false lash effect I just put a coat of another mascara on top and I’m good to go.
As for staying power I’m quite impressed by this mascara. It stays in place really well and it stays as intense as it is when you apply it all day.
Overall I’m quite a fan of this mascara. It actually surprised me pleasntly and I’m glad that it did. It’s not the most special mascara in the entire world, but I do really like it and I’m glad I decided to give it a go. It does a great job at separating the lashes, it defines them, it curls them and it adds a decent amount of volume to them. It also stays in place all day and doesn’t lose intensity throughout the day which is a great thing too.
And that’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post and be sure to let me know which mascara is your absolute favourite!