Hi everyone! As you may have already heard, yesterday was a very historic day in Canada. Recreational cannabis is now officially legal. We are only the second country in the world to have legalized it.
In light of that fact, I thought it would be a good time to do a review of Milk Makeup’s KUSH High Volume Mascara, the only mascara I know of that contains actual cannabis oil. Why you might ask? Well, according to Milk Makeup:
“Ever since its inception, Milk Makeup has wanted to create a product that showcases the amazing properties of cannabis oil. When they started talking about coming out with a fully vegan volumizing mascara with fibers, they knew they couldn’t use beeswax, a common binding component in mascara formulas. Enter: cannabis oil. Hemp-derived cannabis oil fuses the heart-shaped fibers to your lashes without fallout. It whips the formula into a creamy texture that allows for smoother application on lashes and an easier, tug-free removal. It also provides an additional conditioning benefit. KUSH Mascara is the vegan way to get major volume and healthier-looking lashes in one hit.”
Huh, who knew cannabis oil could do all of that for lashes? (also, “one hit”? I see what you did there Milk Makeup). If you’re familiar with some of my previous posts, you know I’m fairly obsessed with and loyal to my favourite mascara, the Guerlain Maxilash Volumizing and Curling Mascara. However, at nearly $40 CAD, I’m always game for trying out a lower-cost option! The KUSH High Volume Mascara is $29 CAD, and you get a huge tube of it! Literally. It is physically one of the biggest tubes of mascara I’ve seen, and it even feels heavy when you pick it up compared to most mascaras. Turns out its 10 ml of product. My Maxilash is just over 8 ml, which seems to be the standard size for most mascaras. Oh and btw, the Sephora website has a mini version of the KUSH High Volume Mascara for only $14 CAD which is a great option if you’d like to try it out.
When I do a mascara review, I like to recap what I really like in a mascara. That way, you’ll know that if you like similar qualities and I really like a mascara, chances are you’ll like it too. On the flip side, if what I tend to prefer in a mascara is not your cup of tea, then my review might still be helpful (if I hate it, you might love it!). For informational purposes: I have quite long eyelashes, but they are somewhat sparse – I don’t seem to have a lot of them. They also are not very dark, especially compared to my brows and my hair colour. I prefer a very black, volumizing mascara that thickens my lashes. I generally like:
- a thicker, dryer formula.
- I don’t like “wet” or runny mascaras. They tend to make my lashes stick together and I end up looking like I have 4 eyelashes.
- I prefer a more traditional bristle wand instead of the new plastic ones.
- I prefer smaller, thiner brushes. Huge oversized mascara wands are difficult to apply with my somewhat hooded eyes and I end up getting it on my eyelids.
- I HATE crunchy eyelashes; that’s a total deal breaker. I like my lashes to still feel soft and natural.
- I can’t deal with flaking and smudging. I need something that stays on.
- I like very dramatically BLACK mascaras.
After testing it out, here is my review of the KUSH High Volume Mascara. Let’s start with the formula. I really enjoyed the formula, and I think its very close to what I look for in a mascara. Its consistency is more on the thicker, drier side, and it really separated and volumized my lashes. Maybe its the hemp oil, but my lashes stayed soft and didn’t get stiff and “crunchy”. It stays on very well – no flaking and smudging. In terms of the formula, the only thing I will deduct points for is the colour. It definitely is no where near as black as my Guerlain Maxilash.
The other point deduction comes from the brush design. I love that its a traditional bristle brush, but man, this brush is huge!
I know some people must like this oversized type of mascara wand, but I find it challenging to get the brush down into the base of my lashes, and to apply it without making a bit of a mess on my eyelid, which I then have to go in and touch up. I did really like the formula, so I am considering using my Guerlain Maxilash wand with the rest of this tube (something I have heard of but never actually tried before). I’m not sure if its the formula or the wand (or the combination of both) but the KUSH High Volume Mascara did give my lashes a very pretty and natural “fluttery” look. If you don’t mind a bigger wand, and like a more natural look, you will probably quite like this mascara.
I do wonder if incorporating cannabis oil into makeup products is a trend that we will see more of? What do you think? Is this an ingredient that would make you more interested in trying out a product or not? Please feel free to leave a comment.
Thanks so much for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤