Charlotte Tilbury’s new mascara isn’t afraid of making a false impression

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara, $32, Nordstrom.
Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara, $32, Nordstrom.

As they say in the beauty world, another day, another new mascara.

Sold in stores and online at Nordstrom ($32), the highly-anticipated Legendary Lashes Mascara is only the second mascara to come from celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury’s line of cosmetics (we previously wrote a raving review of the Full Fat 5 Star Mascara).

Designed to give eyelashes up to 13 times the volume in just three coats, the red carpet-inspired mascara features an innovative multibristle flutter brush made to separate and elongate even the shortest of eyelashes.

Formulated with a unique blend of waxes and nourishing ingredients, the mascara is touted as a fast and easy option for those wanting to achieve a full, glamorous look without the hassle of fake eyelashes.

First impression

Housed in Charlotte Tilbury’s signature rose gold packaging, the Legendary Lashes Mascara is like having a little piece of luxury in your makeup bag.

As mentioned earlier, the mascara features a flutterlike brush made with bristles of varying lengths to catch and coat all lengths of lashes. The mascara’s formula (which clings heavily to the brush) is extremely black and appears to be more on the wet side compared to some of my other favorite mascaras, like Dior’s Diorshow Overcurl Mascara.

To apply the mascara, there are a few rules you must follow.

Because of the product’s creamy, oily-based formula, Tilbury recommends users powder the eye area beforehand and only apply the mascara to their top lashes.

For those looking for additional direction, the brand’s website offers instructional videos for three methods (The Full Lash, The Doll Lash and The Wing Lash) that can be used to create a bigger, more intense or elongated eye with the mascara.

Fab or flub?

Fab-ish. Throw away the falsies and skip the extensions. Charlotte Tilbury’s Legendary takes eyelashes to new heights with a formula that lengthens and thickens with ease.

Turning my eyelashes blacker than I’ve ever seen them, the lightweight formula glided on smoothly and required only about two coats to achieve a full, falselike appearance.

While reading other reviews of the mascara, I noticed that some users have referred to the mascara as messy. Fortunately for me, I never ran into any problems with flaking, smudging or any other type of mascara transfer throughout the day.

The only flaw I can find with this mascara is that, over time, the formula does seem to get overly packed on the wand, making application a little tricky.

To deal with this, I simply clean the brush off with a tissue and use my trusty Tweezerman No Mess Mascara Guard when applying.