If you get the above mentioned reference then congrats, you too are an old-school KISS fan. 🙂 Can’t help it, every time I read the name of this mascara I think of that song.
Stila Black Diamond Mascara in Black Shimmer is a black mascara (was that redundant enough for you?) that is “blended with shimmer and infused with genuine black diamond powder”. It’s supposed to help lengthen and adhere to lashes due to the jelly and filmogen complex in it. It’s also free of parabens. There is a blue version of this mascara as well called Blue Shimmer.
When I got this I was pretty excited to test it out, hoping it was an amazing black yet silvery mascara. I wound up being a little disappointed though, unfortunately.
The tube is nice and big. It’s 0.35 oz, and has a nice design on it. Appealing so far.
The wand is nice sized, but not too large. I don’t like wands that are either too huge and thick or too tiny or thin, so this works well I think. I also like the fact that it’s not a curved wand, those are not my favorites.
Here you can see what the actual mascara looks like. It’s not really black is it? It’s more silver/grey than black, which bummed me out. I expected a deep black with silvery shimmer in it, but it wound up almost looking like a metallic silver mascara.
On my eye it does lengthen pretty nicely. But it just wasn’t dark enough for me. I don’t have blond or very pale lashes, but I do need black or very dark mascara on in order to feel like I am wearing any. You can definitely see the silvery shimmer on, which is good.
It just didn’t darken or thicken enough for me. I could see using it over another black mascara, but then again, I am really lazy and have little patience for layering, so I probably wouldn’t do that myself.
It was on the clumpy side for sure, so you might need to use a spoolie brush to get rid of any clumps.
I don’t think Black Shimmer lived up to it’s name. It’s not really “black” but you can definitely see the diamond dust. It’s kind of a personal preference here I suppose; some people might like it just for it’s silvery look.
Have you tried this mascara yet? What was your experience?