Stila Mile High Lashes Mascara

I've been struggling to find a mascara that I really like lately. Every one I've tried has been a complete dud. I like the Barry M That's How I Roll but with dry eyes, the dry formula tends to irritate them so I had to knock it on the head. Going off recommendations, I tried L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll (awful), Collection Fast Stroke (terrible), Cover Girl Clump Crusher (great on the bottom lashes, sucks on the top) and a few others, but none seemed to fit the bill. So I decided to spend the extra money and try something from a higher end brand.

On BeautyBay, I came across Stila Mile High Lashes Mascara, for £14.00. I liked the idea of having long lashes, as opposed to my stubby ones, so I went for it. Only after I'd spent the money did I bother to look up reviews and found that there aren't really any. Which is odd, to say the least. I think I found two reviews and they were both from 2014 and not exactly flattering. Then I convinced myself I'd made a mistake and should have gone with my second choice, which was Too Faced Better Than Sex.

But once it was delivered, I changed my mind. This is my first high end mascara and it seemed so fancy compared to the others I own. The packaging is sleek and I really enjoyed the two tone tube. It doesn't feel as heavy as I anticipated (sometimes pricier products have a weight to them) but you definitely get more of an expensive vibe from the shape and size of the product. It also smells kind of minty, but I'm not sure if that's just my imagination.

Stila Mile High Lashes Mascara

Stila Mile High Lashes Mascara

Stila Mile High Lashes Mascara

The first thing I did was check out the wand and it scared me a bit. I've never seen a wand like this one. The bristles are slightly bowed and face each other, like a crab pincer. The wand is meant to grab hold of your lashes so you get an even coat of product on application.

I found this VERY difficult to use, the first time I tried. It smudged all over my eyelids, under eyes and flicked onto my cheeks when I blinked a bit too quickly after application. I'm naturally quite messy when it comes to applying mascara (I've never been a pro). It took quite a lot of clean up to look presentable. I put this down to getting used to a new product.

The first day I wore it was to work and this was a mistake. The building I work in has a tin roof, no air conditioning or ventilation except for the customer entrance and I applied makeup on a day I knew was going to be incredibly busy. I checked my makeup after roughly 7 hours and saw that the mascara had smudged horribly underneath my eyes. It flaked, but not too much and none of it ended up in my eyes, so that's a plus. It's not as bad as some other brands I've tried, but enough that I immediately swore off wearing it to work.

The second time, I actually remembered to take photos. I also got the hang of the wand and only ended up with one smudge, below my eyebrow. Which is pretty impressive for me.

Stila Mile High Lashes Mascara

My lashes point straight out and are thick but sparse on the left eye, but much fuller on the right, meaning it's very difficult to get them to match without applying a lot of mascara. I used two coats of this and my lashes looked long, but not insanely long, thick and voluminous without clumping too much or looking too made up. I really enjoyed it the second time round.

You can't use this for the bottom lashes though. The wand is too thick and too weirdly shaped to get close enough without getting product everywhere. I went back to my Covergirl Clump Crusher for the lower lash line.

When it comes to removal, this is a chore like no other mascara. I used my usual Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean, micellar water, makeup wipes, oils, a makeoff mitt and plain old soap and still, I couldn't get it all off my lashes. I ended up thinking I had removed it all and when I got out of the shower, I had panda eyes. So, I gave it a second round with Peaches and Clean, convinced myself I had finally cleaned it away, then when I woke up in the morning, it was all over my white pillow case and smudged underneath my eyes.

Despite the issues, I do like how it looks. I don't think I would be able to wear it in anything other than normal British weather, but I will definitely get a lot of use out of it. For the price though, it's not my favourite. I've had better cheaper mascaras (Essence is £2 and fantastic).

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