Friday, 13 February 2015

Look at me lashes: Urban Decay Subversion and Perversion

Everyone has gone monochrome crazy at the moment and Urban Decay is extending the trend to our lashes with their new mascara and primer duo! This is one of Urban Decay's recent releases and being a big fan of their Super-curl Mascara I just had to try this one out too! The products are sold separately, so you can purchase the 'Subversion' mascara primer on it's own to use with other mascaras but as the names and the marketing suggest, the two work best as a pair! Here's how I got on with them...


Remember those days of double ended mascaras? The ones with the clumpy white mess that claimed to build extra long lashes only to leave your lashes heavy and stuck together? Well luckily for us Urban Decay has changed the game. New in for 2015 is the Subversion and Perversion lash duo, an elegant grown up version of those old magazine freebies - that actually works. And of course, it's cruelty free!
The Subversion lash primer is a creamy, conditioning formula that claims to give you 'thicker, longer, stronger' lashes.  Does it work? Yes! So far I have only used the Subversion primer with the Perversion mascara however it can also be used under other mascaras.The primer coats your lashes from root to tip creating a smooth and conditioned base for your mascara to grab on to. I really like this product, it stops the perversion mascara from smudging or running and the creamy formula means I can coat up my lashes again and again to add gorgeous length and volume to my lashes, before I've even applied my mascara! What's even better is that the primer contains vitamin E, so you don't have to feel guilty about layering it onto your lashes - it's good for them!
The brush is pretty massive so with one coat you get a lot of product on to your lashes. It's also a bristle brush, now in my mascaras I prefer a rubber or plastic wand however the bristle brush works well with this primer. It feels gentle and the large bristles are perfect for adding volume. Also, I have to say one of the best points about this lash primer for me is that it works beautifully on your lower lashes. I don't usually wear mascara on my lower lashes during the day-time but popping this primer on them before a night out works wonders. It really lengthens and adds definition so that when you apply the mascara you can definitely see a difference. Big thumbs up!
I'd be interested to hear if anyone has tried this primer with another mascara and how it performs, comment below if you have! For now, read on to hear about the Perversion mascara or scroll down to see before and after photos ... 


Urban Decay's mascara promises a lot of things! It claims to give you 'bigger, blacker, badder lashes', in fact, UD describes their new formula as the 'most intense black colour imagineable' - and to top it all off they claim it will 'NEVER get brittle or clumpy' no matter how many times you re-apply or even if you've been wearing the mascara all day. Well this all sounds so wonderful, the question is does it live up to it's promises?
So, intense black colour? Yes... this mascara is black. I cannot argue with that, it's a lot darker than some other mascaras I use. No black/brown nonsense here, this mascara definitely stands out and I'm pretty thrilled with it colour-wise.
Brittle? Nope... true to it's word this mascara simply does not dry hard, brittle or flaky. And, once again true to it's word, you can apply and re-apply this mascara throughout the day; you won't be dragging your brush in vain through the dried out brittle mascara you applied three/four hours ago either, it really does maintain it's creamy smooth consistency. Re-applying is a joy! If you're in a rush and with no time to take off and re-do your mascara before going out, this stuff is amazing, just shove three more coats on and it looks freshly applied. The product doesn't stay wet it just stays flexible, creamy and smooth. I am really impressed with this aspect of the mascara (you can probably tell).
Never clumpy? Ah the non-clumping mascara promise, well I'm a firm believer that non-clumpy lashes are all down to good application and the right tools. If I apply this mascara in a rush, sure there's the possibility of clumpy, stuck together lashes. If I take my time and apply my mascara meticulously then I'm pretty satisfied that I can achieve a nice non-clumpy fanned out lash effect. However, I will say that I'm not a massive fan of the brush of this mascara. I am a rubber wand/brush convert and I really struggle to get on with large bristle brushes. I simply find that plastic or rubber mascara brushes are so much more effective at separating the lashes. SO thumbs down from me for the bristle brush. It is by no means awful though, in fact this is actually the first bristle brush in a while that I haven't absolutely hated. Application is generally good, I just sometimes find myself going over my lashes with a plastic wand just to make sure!
Another point I must raise is that personally I don't like the performance of this mascara without it's Subversion primer twin. I wore it for a day without the primer just to test and when I got home there was the dreaded mascara marks beneath my eyes where my mascara had run/smudged. WITH the primer however, this isn't a problem - it really does improve both the application and the wear of the mascara! 

Overall, this mascara is a winner for me in terms of it's intense colour and amazing amazing creamy consistency that lasts all day. It does have to be worn with it's primer however or I find it's performance lacking a little, therefore this makes it one very expensive mascara to wear day to day and if you're rushed in the mornings applying the primer is a bit of a hassle! However it's absolutely perfect for going out in the evenings as you can build it up as much as you like without your lashes going brittle or dry and it does create a gorgeous super intense black look. I think I might stick with my Super-curl mascara for day wear, but to create super long, black lashes for the evening I really do love this duo! Check out the before and after photos below to see the duo in action...


Subversion Lash Primer by Urban Decay
Perversion Mascara by Urban Decay
Perfect Brow Pencil by Anastasia Beverly Hills - click here to see my review of Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Products.

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