Review: Miaray Fiberwig Mascara

InStyle released an article on May 1st titled “Japan’s top-Selling Mascara is Finally Arriving in the U.S.” which introduced me to the Miaray Fiberwig Mascara, told me that a tube sells every 20 seconds in Japan, and also noted that it would be in stock in Ulta stores on May 3rd.  The best mascara ever? Sign me up!

Lucky for me, I happened to not only be out and about that day (going to see Avengers: Age of Ultron), but I also had a coupon for $3.50 off a qualifying purchase at Ulta.  Although the store I went to did not have a display up, the associate I spoke with was helpful and friendly and told me that they just hadn’t had time to build it yet, and she happily retrieved my prize from their back room.

The Fiberwig Mascara comes in a plastic box which says the following things:

  • No panda eyes
  • Transforming formula coats and lengthens lashes like painting on false lashes
  • Removes with warm water.

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The mascara itself is in a raspberry tube a little longer than the palm of my hand – maybe about 5.5 inches.

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The brush is similar to Heroine Make’s Long and Curl mascara – slightly curved to match the contour of the eye.

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The first claim that the mascara makes is “no more panda eyes”.  I don’t experience a whole lot of panda eyes from mascara anyway, unless I’ve fallen over while applying it and poked my face with the wand, but I will say that this is a pretty dry formula.  It’s not really goopy or fluid.

The second claim is that this mascara is the equivalent of painting on false lashes, because it both coats and lengthens.  I personally find that, while this mascara coats pretty well and doesn’t clump for me really at all, it’s not super lengthening or volumizing.  It’s about the equivalent of the Heroine Make mascaras, only lighter – this mascara won’t dry your lashes into rigid sticks, which means you don’t have to worry about accidentally breaking them or something. The color itself is nice and dark – it’s a very pretty everyday look.

Here is a picture for comparison purposes.  On the right eye is the Fiberwig.  On the left eye is Chanel’s Le Volume De Chanel. I used the same amount of time and the same number of brush strokes for each product.

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Sorry for the scary eyes – I took this after getting back from an eye appointment where they dilated my pupils and poked my eyes a bit.

I feel like, since the Chanel formula is a lot wetter, it’s easier to build multiple coats and to get more substantial length and volume on my lashes.  That being said, the Fiberwig does a decent job – it’s just that once the product sets a little (which is pretty fast) I find it hard to add more mascara on to get that extra length.  I have basically the same problem with the Heroine Make mascaras.   If I were getting ready as normal instead of comparing products, I would have taken extra time with the Chanel mascara to apply more to the tips of the lashes and get some extra length.

Now let’s get to the last claim – that this mascara removes with warm water.  First, I tried removing it with cold water.  Turns out, that works too – only when I put cold water on my lashes and then ran my finger across them, the mascara came off in tiny chunks, which fell into and irritated my eye.  Not ideal.  The removal seems to be smoother with warm water, although frankly I’d rather just use a makeup remover and make sure I’m not getting grains of mascara embedded in my corneas. I need those to be not broken.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with the Fiberwig mascara – it’s not my first choice for dramatic lashes, but it’s great for every-day looks.  It’s got a nice color, doesn’t smudge or flake on me, and doesn’t make my lashes really dry or hard. I think I actually prefer it over the Heroine Make mascaras.

You can purchase this product at Ulta now – and like the package says, it’s priced at $19.

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