Disclaimer: I bought this.
I know. You see Younique 3D Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes + and your first thought is, “spider lashes!”
Well, I sold Younique for a brief couple months 2015 into early 2016, and at first, the mascara elongated the hell out of my lashes, gave them volume and definition. Then other times it was a hot mess that looked like insect legs coming from my eyes. This especially happened after using the tube for a while.
I think the problem related to the fact that you used the Transplanting Gel first, apply the fibers, then apply the Transplanting Gel to finish. So it seemed to me I would get fibers into my Transplanting Gel. Another problem I had? When I’d apply the Transplanting Gel to seal everything, it would take the fibers off. So the whole thing was a mess. I stopped using the mascara.
In December, I found out through a handful of my friends on Facebook that sell Younique that the brand reformulated its hero product, and it relaunched in January. I couldn’t help but try it out. I had a couple half-off items left on my account from last year, so I sprung for the new mascara and one of their new liquid lipsticks. Here’s the brand’s explanation of how they reformulated, from their website:
“Built from the ground up, the all-new, wholly re-engineered Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ will boost your lash look like never before. We tossed out the old formula and started from scratch, and the result is a product that is built to last. See up to a 500% increase in average volume* with your first coat—and you don’t have to stop there. Whether you’re feeling subtle or sassy, defiant or classy, the new Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ will help you go wherever your mood takes you.
* Averaged results observed in independent laboratory testing, when compared against bare lashes. Two coats provide up to a 900% increase in average volume.”
Those are some lofty potential lash results. I was very, very curious to see how it performed, and I gave it a very fair amount of time to review, because I wanted to be clear about my stance on it.
Younique certainly didn’t change the packaging much on this mascara. You’d think you were getting a piece of jewelry, it’s such nice packaging!
Here’s the wand on the Transplanting Gel:
Younique says the polymers, vitamins (i.e. pro-vitamin B5, Vitamin E) and flower extracts (i.e. chamomilla) in this reformulated Transplanting Gel are designed to condition and moisturize lashes. Perhaps the best change, though, is that the brand re-engineered the bottleneck wiper to help you apply the right amount of product. The brush got a redo, as well, with bristles spaced evenly to help separate and lengthen lashes. The brush is rigid, to comb through lashes and smooth the fibers up each one for the volume.
Here’s the wand of the fibers. I immediately heard one of my daughter’s favorite toddler songs in my head, “Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear…Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair…”
The fibers are nylon, formulated with squalane and CoQ10 (ingredients the brand says are known to condition, moisturize and fortify hair and skin), and designed to easily adhere to the Transplanting Gel. They dry quickly and are not supposed to absorb the Transplanting Gel.
Here’s the instructions:
So pretty much the same application as the old version.
Let’s get right down to the wear test.
Here’s what my lashes look with nothing on them (except a Jesse’s Girl Fluid Eyeshadow used as a metallic eyeliner):
Day 1, first time trying the new formula. I always thought the Transplanting Gel was rather slippery-wet, which it still seems to be. I have no problem with that. I added one coat, then added a coat of the fibers, moving from root to tip. I accidentally poked myself in the left eye with the fiber wand. Crap, was that uncomfortable because that put a bunch of little fibers onto my eyeball!
I finished off with another layer of the Transplanting Gel, which didn’t remove the fibers as I was worried, but didn’t necessarily straighten them out as it locked them in. I found myself going over and over my lashes with this in an effort to eliminate the spider legs-look. I crowd-sourced the opinion of friends, family and followers on Facebook and Instagram to see what they thought of the effect, and I heard the same word multiple time : “clumpy.”
I also heard insect or spider legs. No one had a positive thing to say about how this looked except one woman who said at first, she thought it looked great, but upon closer inspection, the clumps and spidery appearance turned her off.
That sums up my feeling, as well.
Day 2 of my test trial was slightly better. You can see some minor clumps and random fibers, but this day, I was happy with how my eyes turned out.
On the downside, I had fallout. Lots of it.
Day 3 of my wear testing, and I felt like the mascara didn’t volumize my lashes the way I like. I like when it makes my lashes look fuller, like I’ve got more of them. This looks like I’ve got thicker, less lashes. I just didn’t care for the look. I forgot to take a shot of both eyes!
This was the last day of several that I wore this mascara:
At first glance, my lashes look amazing. Then you see all the clumps.
And at various points during the day, I found myself cleaning my under eye – AND just under my brow – where I had fall out. Check out this pic, taken after the work day ended:
That wasn’t even the worst, I didn’t even realize during a meeting at work – EARLY – that I had a big hunk of mascara under my right eye until I went to the bathroom after. I was so embarrassed.
Overall, I can officially say that I will not repurchase this mascara and I already threw the tube out that I was using.
Between the fall out and the inconsistent ability to get smooth length and volume, it’s just not for me. I am thrilled for those who use this and love it. As for me, If I spend that much on a mascara again ($29, although remember I paid half that due to my credits), I will be springing for DiorShow, which is the best mascara I’ve used so far.
Have you tried this mascara? What are your thoughts?! I really gave this a thorough wear test and time period, so I feel very confident in my stance!