MAC Opulash vs. MAC X Mascara – Review and Test
Can you guess what your lashes have in common with your fingerprints? You’ll never be able to find another identical pair. So all the mascara tutorials and reviews out there can only be considered as a general guideline. What’s your holy grail when it comes to mascara might turn out to be a complete mascara mayhem for your best friend. That’s why you can find so many different opinions out there in the world wide web. Which does leave one question: How do I know if a particular mascara is right for me?
So to give you a better idea of my review criteria I actually tested both mascaras on several people. Of course the final outcome won’t be individually tailored to all readers, but you might get a better idea which mascara might be your best bet.
So here are the facts:
- Both mascaras were tested on 18 different beauties aged 17 to 56
- Problem lashes that were recorded included short lashes, thin lashes, sparse lashes, droopy lashes etc
- To be able to compare more of the individual formula of the mascaras, I used not only the wands both mascaras are provided with, but applied the mascara with a MAC 204 brush on 6 of the participating beauties
I really recommend the MAC 204, especially if you are not only using your mascaras on your own lashes. Another plus, the brush is easily cleaned and you don’t have to work with an old and lumpy mascara wand.
This mascara promises you true volume, well this is definitely true for the brush so far. I first thought that I reviewed a waterproof version of Opulash, but having a closer look at the formula I figured out it is not waterproof, but quick-drying. So you have to work really fast. Opulash does create beautiful, dense lashes if you have normal thick/curved lashes. But if you try to enhance some , problem“ lashes, opulash doesn’t really do the trick.
The wand as well as the texture of Opulash remind me of Dior’s Diorshow mascara. In my opinion, Opulash should be used by beauties who don’t really have any problems or concerns with their lashes., maybe some of you have already tried and liked the Diorshow mascara, then go ahead and try Opulash. Combined with a lash curler, Opulash also delivers, the only thing I noticed was that it tends to dry down a bit fast, but nevertheless it does not leave a brittle finish. The huge size of the wand might need some getting used to. So if you like to work with smaller sized wands, Opulash will definitely be not the mascara of your choice.
If you like to apply more than one coat or if you are using a heated eyelash curler, Opulash will not do the job. Starting with the second layer, you get a somewhat rough finish, ending in lumpy spider legs. Same effect with the thermo curl, I guess this is caused by the fast drying formula or general texture of the mascara. So this is a definite downside for all of you who have hard-to-work-with lashes.
MAC X Mascara
- A classic among mascaras. Not only promises, but delivers
- An allround talent out of the book, I definitely can’t be without it anymore.
The texture of X is quite the opposite of Opulash’s. Especially when you are using a thermo lash curler, X will separate and define your lashes marvellously, even better than MAC’s Zoomlash in fact. So if you weren’t born with a set of perfectly easy to handle lashes, X mascara will be your new best friend (you can trust me on this one, I myself have tried about hundreds of different mascaras from different brands by now). Not only does X work well with lash curlers, but it is also perfect for layering your mascara. It glides on beautifully and even after several coats you do get a nice and smooth finish, which will not look brittle or lumpy at all. Talking about layering, if you have shorter or thin lashes, you probably won’t get a, false lash“ result with X, but by applying several layers you will be able to create beautiful definition and curve to your lashes, this will even work for the really thin lashes on your inner eye corner. If you are not a “pro“ when it comes to applying mascara you will love how easily X applies and how simple it is to handle.
When you are applying mascara over false lashes, X will do the trick as well by evenly coating over the tiniest gaps, which will give you an absolutely flawless look. Opulash mascara does have some problems with that, again I guess that is due to the formula and the big wand.
I personally think X mascara is more versatile than Opulash mascara. Talking about lashes that are not naturally picture perfect, X will be the solution for almost all of your problems. X mascara will not only shape but also define your lashes.
If you have hassle free lashes and you are looking for more dramatic effects, go ahead and try out Opulash. Opulash will, just like Dior’s Diorshow, provide you with that just-off-the-runway look. But you have to work very fast, the formula dries down quickly. Big plus for Opulash though: Opulash has definitely better quality ingredients than Diorshow.