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If I remember correctly… I’ve never posted a dedicated mascara review. There is a first time for everything! Today’s contender is Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara in Glossy Black (rapid inhale) which Charlotte Tilbury describes as ‘the best mascara in the world’ (exact quote, pretty much), do I agree? Let’s find out.

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara Review + Pictures

The Good

Full Fat Lashes is available in one shade – ‘Glossy Black’ and it is indeed a proper black, no murky grey tones here. The brush is of the big, fluffy, natural fibre variety, my personal favourite as I find they impart the most volume.

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara Review + Pictures

If you look at the brush head on, it appears to have a 5 groove spiral thing goin’ on… which made my camera throw a tantrum but hopefully you can trust my word on this one.

In my shamefully excessive US Haul, I described the Full Fat Lashes as Maybelline Full n Soft on steroids, it offers: length, volume and separation in abundance. My lashes were unusually sad on this day, such is life.

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara Review + Pictures

Two solid coats here (letting the product set a little in between) and I was able to build some decent length and volume without clumping – often I have to comb between coats or the tips look overloaded (aka spider legs) but I had no such issue with Full Fat Lashes, it builds effortlessly.

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara Review + Pictures

I tend to favour more dry mascara formulas; this one sits somewhere in between. I can’t say whether it dries out quickly as I’ve only been using it for a month but I will report back!

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara Review + Pictures

You can make your own judgement based on the photos but personally, I really love the outcome at application. My issues arises a few hours later…

The Bad

Full Fat Lashes smudges on me, quite considerably; at the 4-5 hour mark it is noticeable but permissible, towards the end of the day it’s a hot mess. I figured it was a strange fluke, I have dry skin and mascara never smudges on me, but day after day with the same results – I can’t deny it.

It was the ideal opportunity to test the Anastasia Lash Genius Waterproof Top Coat, a clear mascara situation that is designed to ‘waterproof’ a regular formula. While it helped somewhat, I still noticed some migration, I think you’d have to approach the lashes from every angle and AINT NOBODY got time for dat.

Also worth noting that since the wand is so big and fluffy, it’s near impossible to avoid mascara splotches along the lash line (which I corrected with a q-tip for the photos above). Same situation for the lower lashes, expect a little clean up.

The Verdict

The Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes is a beautiful formula with a beautiful wand that does beautiful things to my lashes. I could look past the mascara splotches if it exhibited better longevity and I really REALLY hope that she launches a waterproof version – I’d be first in line.

I won’t throw it away or anything drastic but I won’t be using it on long days for fear of panda eyes. Full Fat Lashes can be purchased on the Charlotte Tilbury boutique for 29USD or on Beautylish for the same price, FYI both stores ship to Australia!

Have you tried this mascara? I’d love to know your experiences, leave them in the comments below 🙂



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  1. Hi Karima,

    Just when I was contemplating buying this mascara and the Anastasia Mascara Top Coat. Looking at what it does to your lashes I want to have it, like right now, but then longevity would be an issue as I have long working hours and mascaras always smudge on me. So, I am more confused now. What do you think, I should give it a go and preserve it for some special occasions where I don’t to worry about mascara smudging and panda eyes? But, then if a mascara tube is opened how long is it advisable to use? I generally smell it to check for any foul smell and also see if it is too dry, and for me that’s anywhere between 3-4 months. I know that’s too many questions, but, I trust you and your opinion a lot… and hope you don’t mind… Thanks in advance…. πŸ™‚

  2. Your lashes look beautiful! I’m pleasantly surprised that it is $29! All fancy makeup seems to cost an arm and a leg in Australia!

  3. I agree with your review, it smudges. I find that I have another problem with it too, it doesn’t hold the curl. Maybe because it makes your lashes feel extremely soft compared to other mascaras?

  4. i’ve tried this mascara a few times already since it’s my mum’s (i know you’re not supposed to share mascaras but… yeah). i expect a lot of good things about it because i love CT’s products and people say crazy things about it, and when i applied it… it didn’t do ANYTHING to my lashes. it just made my lashes appear a TAD blacker but that’s literally it. i’ve tried applying a few coats, i’ve tried wiggling, stroking upwards, applying the upper part of my lash (like, downwards, if that makes sense) and nothing.

  5. Hey Karima, great review! Have you tried L’Oreal’s Telescopic carbon black mascara? No high end mascara compares, believe me!!! πŸ™‚ xo

  6. I forgot to mention Sephora’s outrageous curl, dramatic volume and curve mascara! I had to tell you about it, you will love it! :-*

  7. Hi, I tried this as I did with docens of mascaras. This was absolutly dissapointing for me. The only thing I likes about it was the texture/finish, but I dont see any wow in volumen, curl or lenght. Longevity – same issues as you described, from my point of view, at that Price, is unforgiveable.
    I tried Chanel Le Volume in waterprof versiΓ³n and I was not impressed either.

    For a waterproof mascara I suggest give a try to Clarins True waterproof.

  8. Hi Karima! I really love your videos and I just started reading your blog and wow, the design is AMAZING. After reading this, I was wondering if you could do a post on Japanese mascaras? I would love to hear your thoughts on those. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  9. Same observations from me: loved what it did for my lashes- may them v luscious and inky, but always smudged after a few hours! Too bad. I really wanted to love it.