Hourglass Cosmetics Film Noir Mascara Review and Swatches

I finally got my hands on the latest Hourglass Cosmetics Film Noir Mascara celebrity makeup artist Gina Brooke raved about. Let’s find out if it’s worth the hype!

Hourglass Cosmetics Film Noir Mascara

The mascara comes in a sleek, glossy tube with the Hourglass logo embossed on the side. There is only one shade available, Onyx, which is a rich black color. The triple-cut, hourglass-shaped brush is long and slender and works great in separating lashes while giving them a nice lift.

Hourglass Cosmetics Film Noir Mascara wand

The Pro-Vitamin B5 enriched formula feels very creamy and keeps my lashes soft and conditioned without looking clumpy or spidery. The added polymers also coated my lashes easily and washes off effortlessly with warm water.

With just one coat, I can already see a big difference. My eyelashes looked instantly longer and more defined but to get more volume, I do have to apply a few more coats.

The Film Noir also wore very well without smearing or flaking, even in the hot, humid Asian weather. Plus like all Hourglass products, the mascara is paraben, sulfate and phthalate-free.

Overall, this is one of the most all-rounded mascaras I have used and I’m giving it two thumbs up! Definitely check it out when you get a chance!

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The Film Noir mascara is available at Sephora and Barneys New York for $28.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. can you do some more drugstore items?
    mayhaps drugstore/lower end, lower priced items like brushes, concealers, foundations for dry flaky skin ppl? :O thank you

  2. I got a sample of this mascara and it’s really great! However, I don’t think I will be buying the $30 full-size anytime soon :/.

  3. Definitely Rie! There are lots of good drugstore products too :)

    For brushes, check out EcoTools available at Walgreens and CVS. I also like Milani and NYX concealers and Rimmel foundations.

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