You know what I’m talking about; the smudge of black mascara under your eyes, known in my world and yours as panda eyes, raccoon eyes if you reside in North America. That annoying smudge is as ubiquitous as mascara itself. But it has to stop! It can ruin a professional or romantic moment, the dash for the school pick up or a desperate stop for coffee at 11 am, let alone A Night At The Opera. But fear not Glossaholics, for I have the solution to this beauty problem.

The dreaded "Panda Eyes"
The dreaded “Panda Eyes”

Mascara for the bottom lashes is an essential for me – I’ve never been a top only girl. I both like and need my bottom lashes to be painted (having slightly protruding bulgy eyes makes it’s a necessity) and usually wear a dark brown on in the day. Black when I need to up my game.  If you’re doing a fifties thing, you might not care so much, as that look  is all about being top heav. As more of a seventies girl I prefer a doe-eyed look, so that’s top and bottom mascara. It also helps to “knock back” protruding eyes, aka Bette Davis Eyes! God bless Kim Carnes.

The original single I bought in 1981. She's so precocious, and she knows it.
The original single I bought in 1981. She’s so precocious, and she knows just what it takes… all the boys thinks she’s a star

The only problem is, as much as I love wearing it…mascara on the bottom lashes always smudges off (or did, before I made this discovery) leaving you with the dreaded racoon eyes by the afternoon (not a great early morning look either, so make sure you clean your eye makeup off before bed!) and god forbid it rains, you watch Terms of Endearment or wear mascara to the gym. Yes, I wear mascara to the gym most of the time. Don’t judge me.

Glossaholics, there’s lots of info out there about how to prevent the mascara from running, but HEAR THIS – putting powder under your eyes is an absolute no-no after the age of thirty. And it doesn’t work in any case. You’ll have smudges on top of the powder, and that’s a hot mess. Nor would I suggest not wearing eye cream in the day (this seems to be another bit of sage advice to stop mascara smudges) because a tiny bit is preventative and nothing but a good thing. And again, it doesn’t work. Mascara smudges. But not this one.

I am in the business of making people look good, and making them look good for long periods of time, so I’ve tried and tested loads of mascaras for wearability and durability. There’s lots of great ones for the top lashes (I’m still compiling my Top Ten for you) but only one works for me for the bottom lashes without moving around under the eyes. Regular waterproof mascaras are all well and good, but even most of them smudge off the bottom lashes, and if they’re a bugga to remove and therefore hard on the eye area, I’m not going to use them on myself or anyone else.

I found Blinc MASCARA years ago when people were raving about it as a generally brilliant product because it was new and seemed fabulous. I used it myself but didn’t like it – I found it so heavy that my straight eyelashes just drooped under the weight of it and it didn’t add anything in terms of volume or length. Nor could it keep a curl. It was a bit of a flash in the beauty pan but had new technology from Japan that made it interesting.

Blinc Mascara, it has the technology
Blinc Mascara; it has the technology

Here’s the blurb:

Blinc is the original mascara invented to form tiny water-resistant “tubes” around your lashes that add volume and length and cannot run, smudge, clump or flake, even if you cry or rub your eyes. Only when you are ready, a combination of lots of warm water and gentle pressure, from your fingertips or cloth will slide the tubes effortlessly into your hand. No makeup remover required.”

So I can testify that as a general beauty volume mascara it’s not up to much but the tubes thing is where it excels. It doesn’t come off until you want it to. And yes, you use only water to wash it off, and the tubes you see in the sink are not the legs of unfortunate spiders but the tubes that formerly coated your lashes in glossy black or brown. I think there’s even green, blue and a purple now.

Here’s what it can do for you and how it looks:

Here’s how to remove it…couldn’t be easier or gentler! The only way this mascara will come off before you want it to is if someone throws a bucket of water at you!

Get yourself some blinc if you can’t take the smudging anymore. I haven’t smudged for years, and now I only get raccoon eyes when I want them!


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