After a lukewarm start, I grew to love Le Metier de Beaute's Anamorphic Mascara. About a month ago, the time had finally come to replace the first one I'd bought, and I decided to go for one of the coloured mascaras after reading this post on thenonblonde.blogspot.com. As I was buying the plum/chocolate/gold Hypnotique kaleidoscope kit at the same time, I opted for the Aubergine Anamorphic.
Pictured top, Aubergine on left, Black on right. Quite often in cosmetics 'aubergine' denotes a warm browned-plum type of shade, but this is the colour of a real aubergine; an almost black, cool-toned purple.
The wands, again, Aubergine on left, Black on right.
Swatched on kitchen paper, Aubergine on left, Black on right.
Swatched on skin, Aubergine bottom, Black top.
The difference between the black and the Aubergine is very subtle, but that's what I wanted; I wasn't looking for a coloured mascara that shouts 'colour!' I find the Aubergine looks a touch softer than black and is also brightening and flattering to my sludge-coloured eyes. It's a nice option for a blonde/redhead who wants a mascara that is softer than black that isn't brown.
Le Metier de Beaute Anamorphic Mascara costs £22 and is available from Liberty in the UK. I like it because it doesn't make my lashes crunchy, it holds a curl nicely, you can build it without clumping and it doesn't flake or smudge. I still wish the brush was thinner though.