I tend to feel like I look a lot more put together if I at least have a little mascara on, but I usually don’t have time for applying and removing makeup every day. So the idea of a lash stain that promised multi-day wear had me hooked immediately. Does it live up to its promise? I tried it…
The product: Hard Candy Lash Ink 4 Day Lash Stain ($7 at Walmart.com).
The claim: “Mascara that won’t quit until you do…paint Lash Ink on and don’t reapply for up to 4 days. Shower, go in the pool, cry, rub your eyes, or get rained on—your lashes will stay flawless no matter the circumstances!” (from the tube)
I tried it: I applied the lash stain per the directions and let it dry. A word of warning: this stuff isn’t called a stain for nothing, so let your top lashes dry before applying it to the bottom lashes to avoid getting spots on your skin. The spoolie is just a basic brush, nothing big and scary, so it’s easy to wield. The formula does seem to take a while to dry, though.
As promised on the tube, the stain is waterproof and rub-proof. However, I must say that after one shower, the stain on my lower lashes smeared and wore away—not surprising, considering no mascara formula I’ve ever tried has lasted more than a few hours down there, but odd considering how budge-proof my upper lashes remained.
The formula really did stay put through 2-3 days—no flaking, no smearing—but I think stating that it lasts four days is pushing it a bit. Still, three days was enough to make me happy.
My final thoughts: This would be a perfect option for a long weekend, a day at the beach, or for anyone who wants to apply it 2-3 times per week and then forget about it. If you prefer your lashes darkened but don’t want the everyday hassle of applying mascara (and then worrying about smears), then this is the product for you.
However, Hard Candy Lash Ink is not the formula for anyone who likes volumizing/lengthening/curling mascaras, since it doesn’t do any of the above. It merely stains your lashes jet black. My lashes are already long enough, so for me, this is the perfect formula.
In short, I love it, and at $7, it’s actually cheaper than my current favorite mascara, Revlon Grow Luscious, which typically retails for around $9 at drugstores. Considering that summer is just around the corner—that season of smeary makeup and on-the-go, no-time-for-the-mirror schedules—I think this is one product that will find a permanent place in my beauty bag. Visit hardcandy.com for more details.