Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sunday Riley The Influencer Extra Volume Glossy Mascara in Midnight Sapphire- Review

Sunday Riley The Influencer Extra Volume Glossy Mascara is part of the new breed of technologically advanced mascaras that are starting to appear in the market place.

This mascara is a silk-based, all in one formula that assures one-stroke application. It has a buildable glossy finish, it is super pigmented, and it has a rich volumizing, lengthening, and defining formula.

Key Points:
1) This is a technologically advanced formula with a unique enhanced pigment system that enhances every individual eye lash. Lashes are rendered ultra glossy, and soft even after multiple applications.
2) It has buildable coverage that neither clumps, smudges, nor smears.
2) It has a water resistant formula.
3)  It has a hypo-allergenic formula.
4) This silk-based formula actually conditions the lashes thereby encouraging healthy new lash growth. This also helps prevent breakage.
5) It has a unique brush that is very innovative. This is a patented Sustainably Certified European "Ecocert" brush derived from the leaves of the castor oil plant. It has thick luxurious bristles unlike anything that you have tried!  This sophisticated brush technology, coupled with the unique mascara formula itself, is why this formula lends itself to greater volume and thickening.
Sunday Riley The Influencer Extra Volume Glossy Mascara instantly defines, lengthens, thickens, and accentuates each individual lash in one quick stroke of the brush. Despite my best efforts, I could not get this formula to clump-- I was sure that it would- and that I would end up with awful looking "spider legs lashes," but thankfully that was not the case! After repeated use my lashes were left looking healthy and natural. The unique wand, in my opinion, is pure genius! It graciously separates and defines each individual lash- no matter how much you build up the coverage. I am very fickle when it comes to mascaras, and because I have never really found one that I love I often don't bother to wear it at all. My eyes can be a bit sensitive, and often times mascaras feel somewhat itchy and altogether too present for my taste. I do not like being aware that there is something on my lashes! This formula, on the other hand, is entirely different from anything else that I have tried. Not only do I not feel it throughout the day, but it makes my lashes look gorgeous, full and glossy! It is like a gorgeous treatment product and a mascara all rolled into one fantastic formula!

The shade that I am currently loving is Midnight Sapphire- it is a dark blackened navy blue shade that is stunningly gorgeous. I have worn it on the tips of my lashes as well as on my lashes in their entirety. Either way, this color is a pure stunner! The shade is far more subtle than you might think- it appears black until your lashes are captured by the light-- then that is when the magic happens! It is just the most lovely and subtle shade of blue. However, if that is too daring for you try Obsidian (black) or Truffle (brown) instead- all three shades are gorgeous.

Key Ingredients:
Hydrolyzed silk: Helps condition the lashes while encouraging healthy new growth.
Beeswax: Prevents bacterial growth and conditions the lashes.
Carnauba wax: Plant-based wax that gives the mascara it's gorgeous rich and glossy finish.
Acrylates Copolymer: Provides water resistant wear. This is particularly helpful if you live in a more humid climate.

Ingredients: Water, Triethanolamine, Behenoxy PEG-10 Dimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Polymethylsilsequiozane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Beeswax, Candellila (Euphorbia Cerifera) Wax, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, DMDM Hydantoin, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarine Blue, Carbon Black.

Overall assessment: This is a very nice mascara that feels and looks great. I like it, and I don't tend to like most mascaras- so that is a good sign for me!

$30.00 0.34 oz. At Barneys New York and Dermstore

PR sample sent to me for consideration.


  1. this looks amazing! do you know if they have a waterproof version?

    1. Hi Jackie- It's really lovely! No, they only have the water-resistant formula.

  2. Replies
    1. It's a really nice formula, Marcia! Your Dermstore coupon will cover nearly the whole thing- if you haven't used it already!

  3. Hmmm, you got me tempted to buy this mascara! Lol...How long would you say this mascara last before it starts to smudge or flake off? Is it very minimal?
    Thanks, x Naomi

    1. Hi Naomi, I really like this mascara a lot-- and I don't generally like many mascaras. This one doesn't get thick and clumpy- so my lashes never look like spider legs! I haven't experienced any flaking or smudging yet. I just take it off at the end of the day with the rest of my makeup and it's all there. I haven't worn it in humid conditions to test the claim that it water-resistant, and I do not have oily eyelids which can quickly dissolve mascara when the oil migrates. So for me it worked perfectly. I would hope that you would have the same experience that I do-- because it really is a lovely product. If you get it and it migrates or smudges on you-- then return it! x Lola

    2. Thank you ^_^ I will definitely purchase this mascara, along with a blush & a gloss! Hope to try some samples of the skincare as well based on your great reviews. Thanks again x Naomi

    3. Hi Naomi, I think that you will like this mascara! The blushes are great- as are the lip glosses (as we have talked about before). I can't wait to hear how you feel about these products once you get them! Definitely request lots of skincare samples-- they are very generous in giving samples- and since the products are quite expensive it's a good idea to see if you really like them (and if they work for you) before spending lots of money :-) L

  4. Great review!! I think I really want to try this, along with some Sunday Riley blush!

    G. McG

    1. I love this mascara, and I have had such a hate/love relationship with mascaras in general. I like how my lashes look and feel she I wear this. I really like the blushes a lot as well. I have three of them- be sure to take a good look at my swatches and color descriptions if you-- that will give you a good idea of what they really look like.

  5. does the mascara create volume/length or does it create more of a natural look? thank you so much.

    1. Hi! I find that it definitely imparts a more natural look-- I haven't gotten much volume or length from it. Of course the color itself doesn't really lend itself to a natural look since it isn't black or brown :-)


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