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I was excited to test Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes ($29) because I have been looking for a paraben-free mascara that looks natural and doesn’t smudge. I have tried a lot of different kinds and still have yet to find the perfect one. My favorites are some of the newer false fiber ones like L'Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes. I don’t know if these actually contain bits of fiber in the formula, but when applied, they look like false lashes extending out of the ends and in between my natural lashes. The problem is they all start to smudge within the first couple hours of wearing them.
When I read about Younique Moodstruck, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it sounded different enough to make me think I might not have the same smudging problem. The description mentioned green tea fibers and a special non-toxic transplanting gel. I actually thought it might be like traditional false lashes: a strip for each eye that I would have to glue on at the base. I have only tried traditional false lashes once, and they were a huge pain to put on and definitely did not look natural! So I was very pleased to find out that the Moodstruck mascara is actually more like those other false fiber mascaras I had tried, except that the fibers are separated out from the rest of the formula. The package contains two tubes in a nice carrying case with instructions inside.
One tube is the transplanting gel, which is more like a basic, non-waterproof mascara than it is like a glue. It’s an opaque, dark black liquid with a typical mascara brush.
The other tube is the natural fibers, which are 100% natural green tea fibers. When I open this tube, what comes out looks like a black pipe cleaner. It’s a small rod with super-fine fibers clinging to it all around. When that rod is swept across the transplanting gel, a few fibers are pulled away and stick to the gel. You can build volume if you want by repeating the swipe. Then, a final layer of the transplanting gel seals everything.
The result looks beautiful on my 35-year-old eyes.
The fibers look just like natural human hair, so it appears as though I have thicker, longer natural lashes. They don’t clump and they don’t fall off. However, the transplanting gel does have a tendency to smudge. This just appears to be my curse when it comes to mascara because I have oily skin around my eyes. If you don’t have the same problem, you will probably be fine with this mascara. I have also just started experimenting with putting a water-proofing sealant over the top of it, like e.l.f. Studio Waterproof Mascara Top Coat. I used that before I went to a party last night, and I didn’t see any smudges when I got back home!
My favorite thing about Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes, besides that it is free of parabens and makes my eyelashes look naturally beautiful, is how much flexibility it allows. The instructions say to use it in four layers:
1. Your regular mascara
2. Transplanting gel
3. Natural fibers
4. Transplanting gel
You can do all of those steps if you want the maximum dolled-up effect. But if you want something a little quicker and lighter, you can eliminate step one or step two (the fibers seem to stick just as well to any mascara as they stick to the transplanting gel!). You can also wear the transplanting gel alone without any fibers. And you can replace step #4 with a clear top coat of your choice. Whatever works best for you and the occasion!