Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Effet Extension ($28.00) is an extension (harhar!) of Givenchy’s Phenomen’Eyes Mascara. This is a lengthening mascara, whereas the original Phenomen’Eyes is more of an all-purpose mascara, though it is designed to curl and separate lashes. Both mascaras describe the final result as “lashes with a panoramic effect.” I tried out Phenomen’Eyes Effet Extension in Extension Blue, which certainly looks like a medium navy blue on the wand and in the tube.

On my lashes, the color itself is minimal–if you have lighter or blonder lashes, I imagine the blue will be more pronounced. To get more color pay off, I do recommend trying it with a fleshy-colored lash primer (most lash primers are white–my favorite is Lancome’s Oscillation Primer). Aside from the color, I was incredibly impressed by the superior length I achieved with a few coats of this mascara. My lashes looked longer, just a smidgen thicker (but I wouldn’t call this mascara thickening), and it kept my lashes pretty separated.

The biggest downside is this product takes some getting used to. It definitely has a revolutionary wand, which is a sphere-shaped wand with little spikes. I’d say it took me about three to four uses before I started to feel like I was getting the hang of the application. You have to play around and experiment to see what’s the best method to apply it is. I don’t think this separates perfectly, but I also think that the “spikes” on the wand can sometimes clump up with product, so blotting can help. One or two brushes with a lash comb will separate lashes and give you a great finished look, and I find I usually do this step most of the time, since I have a tendency to PILE on the mascara. :)

Bottom Line: For a great lengthening mascara, Givenchy’s Phenomen’Eyes Effet Extension Mascara is killer. It also gives my lashes a natural curl and keeps it in place all day. I don’t find this mascara smudges or flakes on me, either. My only issue is the blue doesn’t really show up that well on me, though it’s more noticeable in person than in photos. I’d probably just get the Extension Black shade instead, but I really found the formula to work! It’s not the easiest mascara to use and it is a bit pricey, which keeps this product from getting a better overall score.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 3/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

Recommendation: For longer lashes, Givenchy’s Phenomen’Eyes Effet Extension Mascara delivers!

Availability: Sephora.com

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33 thoughts on “Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Effet Extension in Extension Blue Review, Photos, Comparison Shots

  1. Nice, maybe I’ll try the black one out.

  2. MC

    I ordered this (in black) from FF… I should be receiving it today. I’m very excited now!

    [I'm really glad you're honest that you're sent stuff to review! One of the many reasons I'll forever be a loyal Temptalia fan.]

  3. glitter princess

    I bought this when it was first out and do love the effect but always have to us another masacara wand to seperate out the bottom lashes but it does seem to clump a small bit but i heard they have changed the formula and its better tried it at the shop and have to say i prbably would re purchase!

  4. I have this in this blue color and I found the wand very difficult to work with. I couldn’t get good results ;( I tend to do better with my Benefit BadGal Lash Mascara in Blue.

  5. Anitacska

    I love the regular Phenomeneyes mascara, so will try this one out too, but in black, not blue, I already have a gorgeous blue shade of Guerlain’s Le 2 mascara and don’t need that many.

  6. Avatar of Chantale Macaddict

    About 1 month ago, when I was @ Sephora, I finally caved in and purchased it! It was on my wish list for a while now. I really don’t need another mascara (I have about 20 @ home…)but, like you, I HAVE TO try new(er) products out there. I love colored mascaras and I already have many purple and blue ones so I decided to be different and purchased the khaki-colored one. I also purchased the “extension” one as opposed to the regular one. I did not find it hard to use at all. I, too, was VERY impressed with how long it made my lashes look! It’s an incredible mascara and I don’t mind the price since it does what it’s supposed to/says it does. In fact, it’s almost my HG mascara! On the other hand, I purchased the Chanel Exceptionel one and it went to the garbage after 2 usages. It TOTALLY sucked! I was so disappointed in it! I’m telling you, from now, between me and Chanel, it’s going to be only lippies and fragrances…

  7. Lorna

    thanks for the comparison shot. if i didn’t already have three mascaras in rotation right now, i would give this a shot.

  8. amy

    I love the lengthening aspect of it, but it would be nicer if the blue was richer and brighter, after all that is the point of colour mascaras.

  9. I think it’s a decent product but not something really amazing :)

  10. Wow what a difference! It looks great! You may have said this before but please tell me what camera do you use??? The pictures are awesome! :)

  11. Avatar of Karen kp

    i think the wand is genious…but the formula tends to bleed a lot. I get splotches where my lashes touch my eyelid and that is after the product dries down. I don’t want to shell out more $$$ for a waterproof one. sigh.

  12. Nice, but for me black is the best.

  13. Ribbons

    I love the effect but as a coloured mascara I would expect more colour. I think I’ll get it in black though :)

  14. Saira

    Can u do a review of the new L’oreal Explosion Telescopic mascara it has the ball to.

  15. Krysta

    Great review! :D

    Your eyes are gorgeous, btw!

  16. DonnaN

    I got mine on Friday, from my FF2009 order. No learning curve with the wand. This is my NEW makeup fav!!!

  17. I love the waterproof formula. The applicator is great for getting all those tiny lashes in the corner.