If you subscribe to any makeup of beauty channels/pages on social media, there is a good chance you’ve seen 3D mascara before. It’s right up there with those belly wrap things (has anyone actually tried those?) bombarding our feeds. It came to a point where we just had to try it out for ourselves and see what all the fuss is about.
If, for some reason, you have been hiding under a rock of some sort and have managed to avoid any marketing for this product, here is the scoop: Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes is Younique’s best-selling product. Similar to Avon, Younique has representatives through which you would need to make a purchase.
Here is what Younique has to say about the 3D Fiber lashes:
“Our simple three-step process combines Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers to help create the appearance of incredible thickness and volume to your existing lashes. Watch as your lashes transform into something you have only dreamed of! The 3D Fiber Lashes are water resistant but easily wash off with warm water and facial cleanser at the end of the day. Try it! It will quickly become your favorite makeup must-have! “
If you have seen any before and after pictures with this mascara, it would appear to be magical. The lash transformations literally make you “oooh” and “aaaah”. However, we notice that the videos and pictures of the 3D Fiber Lashes at work are usually coming from Younique sales reps. While we worry that they aren’t unbiased reviews, it could also mean that people believe in and love the product so much that they wanted to get behind it. Nonetheless, we are here to share our unbiased thoughts on this lash product as we are in no way affiliated with Younique and most certainly bought the product with our own money.
Money. Let’s start there. This product is not cheap; it retails for $29 USD and us lucky Canadians get to pay $35 CAD. We luckily purchased our 3D Fiber Lashes from a local Younique rep, so we didn’t have to worry about shipping.
You begin by applying one coat of the Transplanting Gel (as you would with regular mascara) and then immediately move the second tube containing the fibers (without letting the gel dry) and apply. The fibers will stick to the transplanting gel and coat your lashes. The final step is to then apply the transplanting gel again to cover and seal the fibers to your lashes. You can repeat these steps as many times as you wish to achieve your desired results.
Here is a video where Younique co-founder, Melanie Huscroft demonstrates how to apply 3D Fiber Lashes.
Now that you have the scoop on what Younique Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes is and how to use it, let’s get to the point. What did we think of the product? Here are our unique (or should we say YOUnique) opinions on the product:
As you guys know, mascara is a beauty obse….errrrr….. essential here at TNL. So when the pictures and profiles started to emerge on my Instagram timeline, I was immediately intrigued. I wasn’t so intrigued by the price, which would explain why it has taken so long to do this review.
On top of our love for mascaras, we love sharing these mascara logs with you because our lashes differ so much. There have been times that Ash is head over heels about a mascara that didn’t wow me, and vice-versa. I refer to my lashes as Unruly Curlies, because they basically do what they want when they want. If you have long, curly lashes then you know the struggle.
Oh, here they are in all their splendor:
Now, I never read instruction manuals. Show me some pictures and send me on my merry way to figure out what I’m doing. But for some reason I read the manual that came with this product because I wanted to take in everything about it. The first step said to apply regular mascara and let it completely dry – interesting! Anyway, the first few times using it, I followed their suggestion and use a regular mascara first before gel-fibre-gel-repeat action.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison, so I feel cool like the girls we see on Instagram (I did not use a comb here):
Results on both eyes from another angle with my glasses on:
Overall, I do enjoy the results I get with the mascara:
The Pros are obvious:
- the mascara does EXACTLY what it is supposed to do – give the appearance of longer, thicker lashes once the fibers have been applied.
- the more I applied the more dramatic the results.
- I do love how noticeable my lashes are behind my glasses (I wear 95% of the time).
But your TNL gals are here to provide full, honest unbiased reviews, so here are some cons:
- The cost – I can think of a few of my favourite drugstore mascaras (look out for another review soon) that give me these results for literally a fraction of the price.
- The fibers can get into your eye and it is *#%&@ painful. Dude. No joke. The other night I thought for sure I’d need retinal regeneration.
- I feel like I lose a lash or two when I clean it off (I use olive oil). It’s the fibers but still – freaks me out every time.
- It is very necessary to have a lash comb to help separate any gunk and remove any fly-away fibers.
If you are interested in trying out the 3-D mascara, here is a tip (a very intentional pun) – layer how you apply the fibers. For instance, at first application only apply fiber to the tip of your lashes instead of the entire length then layer from there. I found that helped me attribute the results I really wanted, but mascara is all about preference. I also saw another tip that said sit the fiber tube in some hot water to loosen the fibers. Handy!
All in all, though I do not regret my experience with this mascara that has a very long name, I just would not be in a hurry to re-purchase it. Not when I can cross the street and head to the Shopper’s L’oreal section and see what’s on sale. But in case Santa is reading this on his free time, I would gladly accept it as a gift. *bats my dramatic 3D lashes*
Over to my co-fo.
Just a quick synopsis of my lashes for those new to our mascara logs. They are long, dead straight and super finicky.
I was super excited to try the 3D Fiber Lashes because , well…new products excite me . Also, I have seen the incredible before and after photos and hoped that I could achieve similar results. When I do not have any mascara on, you basically can not see my lashes at all because they are so stick straight.
When I apply the transplanting gel to my lashes it is a nice consistency and doesnt clump very much. Although, I do find I really have to take care in making sure I move straight from root to tip of my eyelashes without wiggling to avoid clumps. So far so, good.
I find applying the fibers on top can get a bit messy and some go rogue ending up on my face and in my eye. After some trial and error, I have learned that applying the fibers to just the ends of my lashes helps eliminate this problem.
To achieve the look I like, I apply gel, fibers, gel again, fibers again and then gel one last time. Any more coats and my lashes become a clumpy mess. I allow the entire shebang to dry and then curl with a heated eyelash curler. This is the final result.
Even though I always end my 3D mascara application with the transplanting gel as recommended. I inevitably find that a fiber or two makes it’s way into my eye at some point in the day when I use this product. This is ( literally) irritating , and I imagine it would be much worse for those wearing contact lenses or with sensitive eyes.
I am happy with the result of Younique 3D Fibers, and it certainly builds up lashes as it claims to do. However, the time and care that it takes to apply correctly and the residual fiber fall out make it not worth it for me when I can achieve similar results with other macaras.
So guys – if you’ve tried this mascara, you know what we’re going to say next! Leave your comments/feedback below!