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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: Benefit Prrrowl Mascara & Lipgloss Duo

Benefit's Prrrowl is an iridescent mascara topcoat and shimmer lipgloss duo. While the two may seem mismatched together, I think the idea of the set is to bring overall brightness to the face. This unlikely pair caught my eye a while back, but it wasn't until ULTA's 21 Days of Beauty that I was able to snag it for a bargain.

Iridescent Mascara Topcoat

The iridescent mascara topcoat is just as it sounds. It's chock full of blue and purple shimmery flecks in a navy blue base and it's meant to go over lashes that are already coated with another, more opaque mascara. The formula is thin, so you don't have to worry about it clumping your lashes or weighing them down. While it looks beautiful in the packaging and on the wand, I didn't really notice it on my lashes. I tried using it both over mascara as well as alone, and in both uses I didn't notice any iridescence.

Shimmering Lipgloss

Shimmering Lip Gloss on Bare Lips

I could definitely notice a shimmer in the lipgloss! On the wand, it looks like it would be a milky, opaque light pink. But, on the lips it sheers out and the creamy finish can sink into lip lines. While not a huge deal, when looking at it from far away, it gives the appearance of an uneven lipgloss application. I would definitely recommend wearing this over another lip color to punch it up in order to avoid the appearance of unevenness.

Overall, I'm glad I tried this duo, but think it has limited applications. Rather than being a product you incorporate into your morning routine, I would use it as a refresher product throughout the day because both products work best over pre-applied product. While I found Prrrowl in an ULTA store, I couldn't find it online. After some googling, I found it on ebay for as low as $15 and $17 from stores like Macy's.

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