MAC Opulash Mascara ($14.00) is the latest mascara from MAC, and it’s exclusively at Nordstrom until May 27th (when it will launch at all MAC locations). It’s designed to give you “the most extreme volumization ever seen” along with curl without “clumping or Spider-Woman Syndrome” and “superlative separation.” It’s only available in one shade–Bad, Bad Black.
The wand is incredibly large–probably the largest MAC wand to-date–and reminded me quite a bit of DiorShow, actually. It’s large, kind of fluffy (but not actually fluffy), and it has a very tapered edge. I do like the tapered edge, because it does make it easier to reach the lashes on the inner corner of the lid as well as coat the bottom lashes. Even though the brush is on the larger side, I didn’t find it unwieldy–there wasn’t much of a learning curve. If you prefer smaller mascara wands, though, this will definitely be a mascara to check out in person first.
The formula itself is very lengthening while doing an excellent job at separating lashes and not clumping–except if you wait too long between coats. This is a drier mascara; there is no wet, glossy look, and it does dry down quickly, so you need to work fast in order to get the maximum effect with this mascara. I found it gave me some volume, but it wasn’t over-the-top. I didn’t encounter any smudging or flaking while test-driving this mascara for the past week either.
I liked the soft, feathery look Opulash gave my lashes along with some very nice length! I’m actually surprised I didn’t see length pushed in the marketing write-up for Opulash, because I look at the before/after photos, and I see longer, slightly blacker lashes, but not necessarily a ton of volume. I found two or three quick coats was all you needed to get the feathery lash effect going. More than that resulted in a bit of clumping, but if you don’t load up your lashes with the product, it’s a nice, full and feathery lash that’s clump-free.
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- Product: 27/30
- Value: 8/10
- Ease of Use: 4/5
- Packaging: 4/5
Recommendation: If you love length and volume, Opulash might work well for your lashes. If you have naturally lengthy lashes (lucky you!), you may want to pass on this one, because it may be super length… like obnoxious length (who knew there was such a thing!).
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Before / After