I'm not really sure why I even bothered to review another mascara, because honestly, nothing ever looks good on my sparse and stick straight Asian lashes! For the longest time I've been on the hunt for that perfect mascara that will make my lashes look lush, thick, and full, as they can ever be. Is the new Urban Decay Perversion the one for me? Let's find out!
Right now if you buy the Perversion Mascara, you will get a free deluxe sample of the Subversion Primer, too! Sweet deal! I'm not gonna lie, I purchased this mascara because it comes with the primer. ^_^ I can't help it. I love all things mini!! And besides, I need all the help I can get to achieve the fullest lash look!
The Perversion Mascara
When it comes to Urban Decay, you can always expect a bold tagline for each of their product. This mascara reads: “bigger, blacker, badder lashes“! And if that's not enough, it also says that it will: “get you sexy in one stroke“, too! Very well then! After using it everyday for three weeks, here's what I think:
I find the applicator wand to be too big for my small eyes. It's a little difficult to maneuver especially in the inner corners. The brush is nice, though, very “bushy” which makes it easy to deposit the rich pigment effectively onto each lash. But the disadvantage I see is it picks up and deposits too much product onto the lashes. I suppose you can wipe off the excess before applying but having to do that every time seems like a waste of the product.
Despite the gooey look of the brush, the formula is quite nice — creamy and lightweight. It's not too wet, not too dry, and it sets in reasonably time. The black is a rich and intense glossy black. In fact, I think it's one of the blackest mascaras I've ever seen. What I like about it is it seems to hold curls really well without weighing down my lashes or making them brittle, stiff, or crunchy. One coat is enough to give a natural finish but as soon as I layer, my poor lashes seem to stick together, creating that clumpy/spidery lash look that I absolutely dislike.
It is supposedly formulated with a complex blend of proteins and amino acids to stimulate lash growth but after three weeks of use, I did not notice any significant difference on the length of my lashes. I wonder if maybe I need to use it longer.
I don't think it does anything much to improve the look of my lashes. Sure, there is a difference when I have the mascara on, but I don't feel that it does anything more special than my other mascaras. My lashes seem to look a little longer, a little fuller (perhaps), but definitely not volumized.
The mascara smudges if worn without the primer. I wore it alone on a hot day and there was a tiny smudge around the outer edges of my eyes. When used in conjunction with the Subversion Primer, the staying power is significantly improved — no smearing, smudging, or transferring!
The Subversion Primer
The primer also has a bold tagline! It reads: “thicker, longer, stronger“! ;D While I wasn't blown away by the mascara, I have to say I actually love, love, LOVE the primer! :) I'll probably repurchase just the primer once I finished with my sample. :)
The shape of the primer brush is similar to the Perversion Mascara brush. What's different is the bristles. The Subversion Primer's bristles are blunt, thick, and less “feathery”.
The formula features panthenol and conditioning vitamin E to keep lashes conditioned during wear. I love how extremely creamy and featherlight the formula is. It applies nicely and leaves lashes looking beautifully soft and feathery in one coat. The formula seems to just glide on to each lash with ease and does not leave them looking dry or flaky like most lash primers do. It exerts a small “lifting” effect as well.
It provides a volumized base for the pigment to grab onto and also helps the mascara to glide on more smoothly. I seriously think that this primer is one of the best lash primers I have ever used. It pairs well with my other mascaras, too, so two thumbs up for the primer!
The mascara is easily removable with water, but when worn over a primer, you will need a makeup eye remover for everything to come off.
The real test
The difference is not much but I hope you can at least see that the mascara does make my lashes look slightly thicker and longer but it doesn't necessarily volumize. What's more obvious is how the formula seems to clump, making my lashes stick together, and therefore creating the elongated, spidery lash look (not a fan). The black is rich and jet black, though, and I really like that a lot.
All in all, the Perversion Mascara is an OK mascara to me. It doesn't do anything special on my straight and sparse lashes (and so my search continues). Having said that, however, I am positive that if you are blessed with lush lashes (oh lucky you), you'll see a much more impressive result.
Do you know any tips or tricks to get your lashes looking lush and full? Do you use anything to stimulate growth? I've been looking for ways to improve the look of my lashes so if you have any suggestion, please share them with me in the comments below! :)