Nothing completes a makeup look like mascara, no matter how much other makeup i have on, if mascara is missing it’s likely i’ll end up looking a little bit like a baby mouse. I’ve had several love affairs with different mascaras over the years; i was in a committed relationship with everyones old school favourite Maybelline The Falsies for a good few years, i vowed to never change my Benefit RollerLash for a couple, and more recently i’ve been repurchasing the Charlotte Tilbury legendary lashes time and time again. As usual another mascara release popped up and i had to give in and give it a whirl, so is this mascara really made for trouble?
The first thing that hits you with the new UD Trouble Maker is obviously the packaging, i don’t want to dwell too much on it because i know you’re here for the facts, but it would be rude not to talk about this prismatic rainbow tube, wouldn’t it? This is just so Urban Decay, looking slightly like it could’ve been a creation from the nineties, but with a modern unique twist that we love them for.
Packaging aside the first thing i do when i get a new mascara is anxiously pull out the wand, because we all know the wand is make or break here. If i’m honest i was a little disappointed when i pulled out the wand, recently i’ve been using the big bristle brushes rather than the plastic ones and this is a thin plastic applicator, but i have used and loved them in the past so i didn’t give up there.
I’ve found there’s a kind of specific way to use the wand, initially i wasn’t really getting anything from it but i found once i turned the brush to where the bristles protrude a little bit more, you can actually see the brush grabbing your lashes and coating them in mascara. This brush is quite amazing when you actually get used to it, the fact you can actually see your lashes being collected together and pulled by the bristles, gives you the same satisfying feeling you get when you pop bubble wrap – bit of a weird comparison but y’know.
I have to say i didn’t get off to the best start with this, when i saw it had a plastic applicator and when i initially used it and didn’t see much of an effect i was disappointed, but like with a lot of cosmetics (particularly mascara) once you learn how to work with it you can get a really good result.
I’m a big believer in a second coat and the Trouble Maker mascara is no exception, once you’ve applied the first coat and gotten that lash pulling effect from the brush, the second application helps to build volume. I wouldn’t say volume is this mascaras strongest feature however, although you do get good volume with this i think it’s best feature is the brushes ability to lengthen the lashes and really give that separation and lift.
Another huge plus point with this is the huge claims it makes when it comes to lasting power, although i haven’t tested this to the ~ extreme ~ it really does last! I have a huge problem with mascara transferring onto my brow bone and around my lower lash line, it’s the thing that annoys me the most about wearing makeup, and i’ve been trying to find a mascara that doesn’t make it’s way around my face during the day, and i seem to have found it with this. I also don’t find my lashes drop during the day either, there’s nothing worse than applying a mascara, getting great lift and having that lift disappear after lunch time – my lashes stay upright until i take my makeup off at the end of the day, and that’s what i like to see.
I’ve come to the conclusion that this is my perfect “long day mascara”, i wore this last week when i had three events in central London, which means a lot of tube journeys and a late night all rolled into one and this lasted perfectly. It managed to give me enough separation and length, that i didn’t have to wear a pair of falsies and worry about keeping them on for 11 hours.
Although because of the plastic applicator this wouldn’t be my go to for really dramatic volume, it definitely would be if i was after lift, separation and natural volume with perfect lasting power – so if that sounds like your dream mascara checklist this would be perfect for you!
Have you tried the Trouble Maker mascara?
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