Do You NEED the NARS Climax Mascara?!?!

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Read ALL about my review process including how I take swatches, photos, and more here.

So the NARS Climax Mascara. I’m sure you’ve seen it everywhere: the latest volumizing mascara from the makeup artist brand with the sexy red packaging that promises clump-resistant, flake-resistant, and smudge-resistant gorgeous lashes. But do you NEED it?

If you follow me on Instagram and watch my stories, you might have heard me say that I feel that most mascaras are scams. Me, myself, personally, I wouldn’t spend more than like $8-9 on a mascara (although there are a few exceptions) because you have to toss them every three months (or hello eye cooties) and with a proper flick of the wrist, you might be able to get the fanned-out luscious lashes you’re after without breaking the bank.

I received the NARS Climax Mascara in a recent PR package. I’m a longtime NARS fan (see my receipts here)—my very first Sephora purchase EVER back in like 2001 was a NARS eyeshadow duo and Outlaw Blush. Over my makeup years, I’ve owned just about every brightly colored NARS blush from Taos to Torrid to Exhibit A and a number of limited edition ones. I’m a fan of the sleek packaging and the highly pigmented makeup.

But this mascara? She’s just alright.

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The packaging is gorgeous (although I’m wondering why the red given the brand’s affinity for black packaging, but I’m sure there’s a story behind that) and the brush is great for getting at every corner of your lashes. The formula is nice and wet (but not too wet) like I like, but I wasn’t wowed by it especially not at $24. I’ll show you a video demo below so you can see what I mean.

NARS Climax Mascara Video Demo:

(this video has no sound, so feel free to watch from anywhere)

NARS Climax Mascara Demo from Danielle Gray on Vimeo.

I’d save that $24 and put $6 more with it and get a NARS Blush. Yes, I know blush is not mascara, but go to the drugstore and get a mascara and then go to NARS to get a blush…lol.

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Price and where to buy: $24 at, Sephora, ULTA, and NARS stores and counters.

Have you tried the NARS Climax Mascara? Would you? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas,, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.

4 Responses to Do You NEED the NARS Climax Mascara?!?!

  1. Traci says:

    Ok, as a nars fan and a mascara fan I’m a bit disappointed but I’ll live.

  2. Shani says:

    I had my makeup done and the MUA used it with the single use disposable wand and my lashes looked amazing. I brought it home and did not Have the same curl and extension with the included brush.

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