“I tried Glossier’s new mascara for a week and this is what I learned”

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Lucy Partington
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Stylist’s beauty editor has been using Lash Slick, Glossier’s brand new mascara for a week. Here’s how she got on

One of the (many) good things about working in beauty is that I get to try new products before they launch. Current case in point? Glossier Lash Slick, £14. A new mascara that’s literally just dropped out of nowhere – but I got my hands on it last week and have been road testing it since.

Lash Slick is billed as ‘the mascara you’ve been waiting for’ and it claims to ‘lift, curl and sculpt, enhancing the look of your natural lashes instead of clumping them together.’ The formula is made with Japanese fibre technology which is, so I’m told, tiny little curved fibres that hook onto the lashes. The claim being that they act like little lash extensions. Sounds good so far. 

The brush is small and plastic, so if you prefer big, bushy mascara wands, look away now. Glossier say the bristles are tiered which helps make sure application is always even, as well as making it easier to apply right from the root through to the tip of the lash. 

Initially, I was slightly underwhelmed when Lash Slick landed at Stylist HQ. The packaging is cute in classic Glossier style, and I do prefer plastic wands, but I wasn’t excited. Now is probably a good time to mention I’m cynical, though. I’m probably a bit too cynical, if I’m entirely honest. I see hundreds of new product launches every month so it takes a lot to catch my eye. 

I should also mention that I’ve never been immediately sold on new Glossier products (Wowder and Boy Brow are part of my every day kit now though, so make of that what you will). But since I’m wholly dedicated to my craft, I took Lash Slick home and gave it a good run for its money. 

Lucy’s lashes before applying Glossier Lash Slick mascara

Lucy’s lashes with one layer of Glossier Lash Slick mascara

The first layer I applied I genuinely wondered what the point of it was. It didn’t do much at all - but if it’s just a subtle lift you’re after then that might be enough, but I like a lot more definition. Then I added a second and third and things improved. It’s important to remember this isn’t a volumising mascara, though, so if that’s what you want, this probably isn’t the mascara for you. Its aim is to lengthen, and that it does – but it takes some building. 

It is easy to pile on though – I do three layers and it doesn’t clump - and that’s enough to make my lashes almost touch my brows. Not bad going. The small wand also means it’s perfect for grabbing the tiny bottom lashes too, so it really works to open up and define my eyes.

Lucy’s lashes after applying three layers of Glossier Lash Slick mascara

But, the thing that impressed me the most was that it genuinely doesn’t flake, smudge or budge during the day. The Stylist office can get quite hot which usually means I end up with mascara everywhere (except on my lashes) because it’s transferred down my face. That doesn’t happen with Lash Slick. It was perfectly intact after a 12-hour day. 

It’s easy to get off, too. It’s not waterproof (important to note!) so there’s no scrubbing required at bedtime. Instead it comes off like a dream with a bit of hot water. It’s suitable for people with sensitive eyes and anybody who wears contact lenses, too.

I think it’s pretty safe to say Lash Slick could be my favourite Glossier launch yet. 

Main image: Glossier

Images: Lucy Partington