I have so many mascaras in my stash I’m slowly working my way through trying them and seeing which I prefer so the next on the list is the Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Smudge Out Mascara. I will admit that the thing that caught my eye with this is the packaging. I love how cute the Tony Moly products are and the Panda shaped mascara wand on this one just stood out to me. I’ve also found that their makeup works really well for me. The Smudge Out name on this mascara did surprise me, most English speaking countries would choose anti-smudge or something like that, but it basically means it won’t smudge, or shouldn’t anyway.
I found this mascara on the TK Maxx website a while ago, though I haven’t seen it since, and I can’t remember how much I spent on it but I want to say around the £5 mark. I think the best place to find it if you’re in the UK is eBay at the moment.
I like how you can see the tube itself in the clear plastic packaging, it’s the main draw for a lot of people after all, and it seems to have a lot of information on it in Korean. TK Maxx did stick a label on it with the ingredients in English so hopefully it’s readable in the photo below. As this packaging has already been thrown out I can’t say that it really adds anything to the product.
The mascara tube itself is definitely cute, I think the whole Panda’s Dream range looks nice. The panda shaped end is actually easy to hold, it’s not uncomfortable and I found that actually putting my thumb between the two arms meant that it didn’t twist around and added some grip as otherwise it’s a very shiny smooth top that doesn’t have the best grip to it. The wand is a sort of hourglass shape, in that it comes in at the middle, and I found this shape works well with the shape of my eye and lashes. I do tend to prefer bristles that are actual plastic rather than these more fibre like style but it works well when it comes to coating the lashes individually and not clumping which is always a good thing.
With applying the mascara I also like the formula as it’s sort of a mid consistency. It isn’t so thick that it clumps and also not so thin that it doesn’t add the volume it claims to. It does coat the lashes, and not too thick, but also keeps them separate and I found that, as it’s fairly thin, it doesn’t end up with a blob on the end of the wand so you don’t have to wipe as much off before applying it.
As far as staying power goes this one is pretty decent. It’s not amazing when it comes to my bottom lashes, but very few are, and does tend to melt a little over the day. It doesn’t all come off but there is a little flaking and a slight black rung under my eyes, mainly when it’s warmer though. For my top lashes I found it stuck well and didn’t flake off in the eight or ten hours I had it on, there was definitely a lot of the product still on my lashes when it came to removing them. Sometimes I found that I needed to use a few wipes or makeup remover with cotton wool pads rather than just the one so it had good staying power in that way.
I can’t find anywhere that says this should be waterproof but I thought I’d give it a go anyway. It survive splashes, watery eyes and rain so I’d say tears would be fine with it but it did not survive actually being submerged in water so a no when it comes to a proper soaking.
Overall I’m happy with this mascara. Once again Tony Moly seem to have come up with makeup that looks cute but works well too. I don’t think I’d repurchase it, mainly due to finding out they sell in China so aren’t technically cruelty free despite not testing themselves. I’d say it works as well as some more expensive mascaras I’ve bought so I’ll definitely be using this up and it’s one of those products that could be worth checking out, though it depends on the price and how easy it is to find where you are, especially if you like K Beauty and the cute packaging. I can see it looking very pretty out on a dressing table or display.