The small wand makes it easy to grab short lashes, and the tubing formula gives brilliantly rich pigment. If you have difficulty applying mascara without it ending up all over your lids, this could be your new go-to.
Gives great definition
High end price
Not for those that dislike tubing mascaras
By Emma North
Kevyn Aucoin The Volume mascara proves that not all mascaras are created equal. The incredibly subjective nature of what defines the best mascara makes it almost impossible to trust the hype around certain products. But if you’re after a petite wand, a no-smudge tubing formula, and long, lengthy lashes, then your stars have aligned with this product.
Anyone with short, straight lashes will understand the struggle of learning how to apply mascara without smudging. Managing to fit a chunky, bristled mascara wand into your eye socket without black splodges ending up all over your lids is not easy.
That’s why this skinny wand is perfect for those with smaller eyes, or short or dead-straight lashes. It fits easily into hard-to-reach areas like corner lashes, and you’ll have far better control of where the wand is going as it's so easily manoeuvrable.
Formula and ingredients
Waterproof version available: No
Extra features: Jojoba oil
Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara boasts a tubing formula – but what exactly does that mean? It simply means that instead of brushing a coat of black pigment onto your lashes, the polymers in the tubing formula actually envelope each eyelash, forming a cylinder or ‘tube’ around the length of the lash.
The result? An even coating of mascara on lashes, incredible pigment pay-off, and no smudging. Ever. If that raises concerns about tricky removal, fear not. The tubes easily come off with warm water when you wash your face.
How does it wear?
If you prefer a formula that's somewhere between thickening and being the best lengthening mascara, this is the winner. It’s not a thick, gloopy formula, and it won’t clump lashes together, but it will give natural-looking fullness. The length it gives is perfect for everyday drama – and if you're looking for some extra drama, it makes a great combination with a few individual lashes.
Another great benefit of this mascara is that it’s full of jojoba oil, making it really nourishing on lashes rather than drying. It’s perfect for encouraging growth and softness while giving a great definition.
You might want to pass on this mascara if your lashes are already long and you need a bigger wand. The bristles' small design might not apply enough of the product for you to get huge volume.
Similarly, if you’re not keen on tubing formulas, you might want to look elsewhere. They’re not for everyone, but they are easy to take off at the end of the day without scrubbing, which makes them some of the best mascaras for sensitive eyes too.
And finally, the price. Make no mistake that the Kevyn Aucoin The Volume mascara is a luxury mascara, and it’s costly considering you should throw mascaras away after three months.
Overall, if you’re constantly struggling with smudging mascara all over the place when you apply and need a smaller-than-average wand, buy this one. It’s a total winner in our short-lashed eyes, and you won’t be disappointed!
Emma North is the Beauty Writer at Future Publishing working across print and digital titles including woman&home, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own, Chat and GoodtoKnow.
Before pursuing a career in beauty journalism, Emma worked as international cabin crew for over 4 years. Travelling around the globe and working night flights across several time zones at once, she is the perfect person to judge whether makeup and skincare claims actually hold up. If you want to know which foundations last 18+ hours or how to keep your lipstick looking flawless in 40º weather, she’s your go-to girl.
Emma’s flying career came to an end when she realised that beauty journalism was her true passion and she undertook internships across publications including Vogue, Elle, The Telegraph and Glamour. She was then taken under the wing of Funmi Fetto, Contributing Beauty Editor at Vogue where Emma assisted with Funmi’s debut beauty book, Palette.
Her big passion is finding truly beneficial skincare but, when she’s not testing out the latest products, you’ll find her trying to muscle her way into London’s best restaurants or relaxing at home in Devon with her dogs.
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