Younique Moodstruck 3D Fibre Lash mascara needs no introduction if you spend any time on the beauty-focused part of the internet. If you’re not familiar, it’s a ~revolutionary lash technology system~ sold in an aggressive pyramid scheme. To be fair, the seller who supplied me with this set for review was polite and not aggressive at all. I didn’t pay for it, nor would I, but I was desperate to try it out to find whether my eyelashes would be transformed into something I have only dreamed of. That’s the line, for real. This turned into quite a saga, so let me recount my experience.
I wasn’t really sure where to start, but I wanted to give this system a good, fair go, so I made a morning of it. I cleared my dining room table, got out everything I thought I needed, and sat down ready to go. Based on what the internet says, my lash set should have come with instructions, and it probably did but I couldn’t find them, so I had my computer handy for guidance. I watched this video of one of the founders of Younique using the fibres and she made it look relatively easy.
Inside the case are two mascara-looking tubes. One is the transplanting gel, and the other contains the fibres. So far, so good, if a little bulky for mascara.
I figured I should take a before photo of my eyelashes for comparison. I’m wearing the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Amethyst on my eyelids, if you’re wondering.
Then I got worried and looked up Kirsty’s review of the same Younique product for more expert guidance. I was nervous. She said ‘you better have a lash comb or several hundred spoolies’ and I only had one spoolie. I figured two lash combs would be even better than one, so I went and got both of mine. I also got some toilet paper to supplement the baby wipes I already had on hand. This product seemed messy.
Okay, let’s try this again. Supplies, check.
Another before photo, check. Note the concerned look.
Then I got worried again and went and grabbed a handful of cotton buds. Just in case.
The instructions say to start with one coat of your favourite regular mascara, and then let it dry. I put mascara on, but here’s where I fucked up. I’m sorry guys. This is the step where I disregarded the instructions and only used a mascara I feel generally positive towards. Benefit Bad Gal Lash is not my favourite mascara. I blew it.
I didn’t know this at the time, though, so I moved onto the next step.
The next step was another preparation step. You’re meant to work quickly with this stuff, so I opened both the Moodstruck Transplanting Gel and the Moodstruck Natural Fibres at the same time. Then, on my left top eyelashes, I brushes a coat of transplanting gel, followed by a coat of fibres. This is how it looked.
Opinions may vary on how ‘okay’ this looks, and it’s certainly not terrible, but if you look closely you’ll see that the fibres don’t align with the direction of my lashes, especially at the tips.
There was also quite a lot of fibre fallout that I tried to brush away quickly with the toilet paper. Dregs of it are still stuck to my eyelid, which you can see above.
I decided to try my bottom lashes.
This went even worse than the top lashes, with fibres falling out everywhere and pointing in all different directions, including perpendicular to the direction of my eyelashes (look at the bottom outside corner).
Time for the other eye.
I tried following the fibre application with a quick coat of the transplanting gel to seal them in. It kind of worked, but it mostly glued my eyelashes to each other. No amount of combing, with a spoolie or either of my lash combs, made a difference.
I realised I had been very sparing with the lash fibres, and maybe that was the problem. Maybe it’s a ‘more is more’ kind of situation. Why not try, right?
More fibres means more fall out. Of course. But what if I add more?
Now it looks like my eyelashes are made out of feathers! Fun. They’re more visible now, and they look blacker, and denser, and a little bit longer. I guess this stuff does work!?
It was around this time that I realised almost an hour had passed and I was still faffing about with mascara. It was looking a bit hectic for the daytime, so I decided to test Younique’s claim that the mascara and fibres wash off easily. I started with a baby wipe.
Baby wipe turned the fibres into a sticky paste that adhered very well to my undereye area. I quite like the effect it gives. The fibres look like tiny blue veins close to the surface under the skin, like I’m super tired and fragile and sick of faffing about with fibres. I think my expression supports this. I feel Moodstruck, if you will. It also complements the tiny red blood vessels that were later visible in my eyes from the irritation caused by tiny fibres getting in them.
I’ll leave you with a semi-abstract photo of the mess one eye’s worth of Younique 3D Fibre Lash made of one baby wipe.
I think my thoughts on this product are fairly apparent, but let me conclude for you:
The Younique Moodstruck 3D Fibre Lash mascara case isn’t ugly, but it is large and not suitable for travel, especially considering you need to have a number of other tools, including another mascara, to hand. It could be slightly improved by having space inside the case for your own mascara to fit.
The process of applying the fibres is confusing, time-consuming and messy. It makes a mess of the rest of your makeup as well as a mess of your eyelashes. If I wanted more impact than usual mascara can provide, I would rather attempt to put on false eyelashes than use this again.
I don’t think I can say anything positive about this product. If you want to support Kristal, the Younique seller who sent me this set for review, you can buy Younique through her link here. I’m including this out of courtesy, because she did send me the product at her expense, and I appreciate that.
I would truly love to hear your thoughts about this product and Younique. Do you think I gave it a fair chance? Have you had a better (or worse) experience with it? What about with Younique sellers?