Meet Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Stretch Lengthening mascara*. Bit of a mouthful, so we can just call it my favourite (ever?) mascara.
The first thing I should probably address is that the photos do no justice to how black this mascara is, but I didn't want to edit the photos too much...I'll leave that to print media! As a result the effect is not quite as impressive, so you'll have to just trust me on this one.
The ends of my lashes are blonde, ombre if you will, so they are longer than they appear without mascara (lengthening or not), but they are most certainly not as long as they look with a coat of the ETK mascara. It gives the sort of (non-spider-y) length that I look for. Armani describe it very well as 'a high definition fringe in a single sweep'. It leaves my lashes long, but fanned out, slightly volumised and still somewhat natural looking. Unlike the L'Oreal False Lash Telecopic, it holds a curl and lasts all day without smudging or flaking.
The brush is semi-flat, meaning you have dense bristles along two edges to grab and coat longer lashes, but also two shorter bristled sides to coat smaller lashes without smudging mascara all over your face - I didn't have any issues with clumping either. There is also a light, natural floral scent that I can't quite put my finger on. It's somewhere between rose and peony but it doesn't irritate my eyes at all. The end of the wand is slightly weighted too...it's the little things!
It feels luxurious, and so it should because the price, as you could probably guess, is the real let down. High end mascaras from Dior, YSL etc. seem to hover around £22-23 but the Eyes To Kill Stretch Lengthening mascara is slightly more at £24.50. For me, it is worth it and I'm planning to use up all my current mascaras (I always seem to have multiple average ones on the go) and purchase this one. It out-performs all of my other mascaras without needing any titivation to sort out clumps/smudging/flaking. It's just luxe but highly dependable.
Available from Selfridges.