I only have a few Givenchy products in my makeup supply, so I was really excited to have an opportunity to try their latest mascara, the Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara, thanks to Influenster who sent me the product complimentary to test and review. I admit that I’m a huge Lancôme mascara snob. I’ve worn Lancôme mascaras for over 20 years and have rarely found a brand that can compete with their formulas. However, I went into this test with an open mind and hoped that I could finally add something new and different (possible even better) to my daily makeup routine. Givenchy is known for making innovative mascara wands, setting trends in mascara applicators across the beauty industry. The Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara is equally as innovative and attention-grabbing with its wand design that bends at a 90 degree angle, making the mascara easier to apply and catch the smaller lashes. What I like even better than the angled applicator is the design of the applicator bristles, which helps separate the lashes and keep them from clumping.
The formula of the Givenchy Interdit Mascara is decent. It’s not too thick, and it doesn’t clump. If you’re looking for something that will provide mega length, thickness, and volume, this isn’t the mascara for you. I was able to build it up a little with multiple coats, but not enough to make a huge difference and create a va-va-voom lash appearance. This mascara is more suitable for daily work wear, rather than hitting the town and going out at night. The formula lasted several hours, but I experienced issues with it transferring to my under-eye area after just a few hours. That is pretty common whenever I wear any mascara that isn’t waterproof. This formula is definitely not waterproof, and I’m not aware of any plans for Givenchy to release a waterproof version.
My biggest peeve with the Givenchy Interdit Mascara is that it’s very heavily scented with a rose fragrance. In my opinion, its overpowering and much too strong for any facial cosmetic product. The scent doesn’t dissipate immediately, but it seems to linger for a few minutes after application. While some people may love the smell of roses, this one is very strong and offensive to me personally. I’m not a huge fan of fragrance added to cosmetic or skincare products, at least not to the point where the scent is overwhelming, strong, and heavy. Some manufacturers add light fragrance in order to mask the chemical smell in some products, but they typically use a very light, fresh scent to ensure the large majority of the consumer market doesn’t find the products offensive. Some people, including myself, have migraines, and it’s very common for strong fragrances to trigger migraines or allergy issues. Honestly, I find it utterly ridiculous for a company to add such a strong scent to an eye product. I am more tolerant of lighter scents added to liquid lipsticks, but the eyes? No! Roses belong in vases, not mascara.
Overall, I would rate this mascara as a 3 out of 5 stars, primarily because the formula transferred to my lower eye area after a few hours, it didn’t provide a voluminous lash look, and because of the heavy rose fragrance. Considering it’s a luxury brand at a higher price point, I would expect the formula to make my lashes appear more voluminous, thicker, and longer. It was a very basic mascara that I would expect from any standard drugstore mascara. There…. I said it. If Givenchy releases a waterproof formula, I would consider increasing my rating if the formula truly lasted longer without any transfer. I love the innovative wand design, including the 90 degree angle and the actual design of the applicator bristles. The design helps to catch and coat the finer, smaller eyelashes, and it keeps the lashes separated and defined… not clumped together. The only issue with the design is that it doesn’t allow much product to grab onto the wand. The upside of that is that it doesn’t allow the formula to clump onto the lashes. The downside is that it takes more time and effort to build up the product using multiple coats. If you’re looking for a mascara that provides a more natural daily-wear look, this may be a good option for you if you can tolerate the heavy fragrance. If you’re looking for a mascara that will make your lashes pop and really stand out, this isn’t it. It certainly won’t give you the look of false lashes, even if your lashes are naturally long like mine are.
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Disclaimer: This product was sent to me complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.