Does New NARS Climax Mascara Take Lashes to the Peak of Perfection?

Wizarding wand? — or new mascara from NARS?

This being NARS we’re talking about (because even my glam granny knows that NARS has a thing for naughtily named makeup), I’m pretty sure the new NARS Climax Mascara was named after the big “O,” but can we pretend François was inspired by Klymaxx’s Meeting in the Ladies Room?

I’ll be back real soon…

Now, after you’re done dancing in your chair to the song (because you know you’re feeling it), please do actually meet me in the ladies room, because that’s where you’ll find me applying another coat of this easy-to-layer mascara, because it builds like WHOA!

NARS Climax Mascara ($24)

First Hourglass Caution; now NARS Climax. I’m really liking this trend of featherweight, flexible mascaras you can endlessly layer without clumping.

nars climax mascara
Three coats of Climax

Doesn’t matter if you add another layer one minute after that first coat, one hour or five. You can easily add fresh layers during your mid-morning break, and then again after lunch, and again right before going out for drinks after work. Your lashes would still look good.

From the NARS website…

“Don’t stop. Keep going. Reach your climax with explosive volume. Exclusive ribbed bristles load up with whipped, blackened pigments for hardcore lift and a softcore feel, all with a featherweight touch. Its Lash Moisture Complex goes all the way—from roots to tips and back again—for buildable intensity without clumping or smudging. Just the way you like it.”


  • Clump-resistant
  • Flake-resistant
  • Smudge-resistant

Climax is like Hourglass Caution in its affinity for layers. You can really pile it on and not feel like your lashes are wearing a heavy down jacket, and they don’t feel bumpy or gross.

In fact, I think Climax is a little better than Caution when it comes to building volume, especially at the roots (it’s totally obvs when I get up to a fourth or fifth layer), so if you like a thicker lash look, reach for Climax.

Hourglass Caution, however, beats Climax in terms of lift, length and holding a curl. Overall, I think lashes wearing Caution look more dramatic, and you can get bigger, longer, lusher lashes with fewer layers.

nars climax mascara


Water/Aqua/Eau, Paraffin, Glyceryl Stearate, Synthetic Beeswax, Stearic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Acacia Senegal Gum, Palmitic Acid, Polybutene, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Ozokerite, Aminomethyl Propanol, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Stearyl Stearate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tropolone, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (CI 77499).

Still, that’s not at all to say that I think Climax is a bad mascara. It’s not. I think it’s pretty good — even better than Audacious, the last new mascara from NARS (the one with the funky hooked bristles).

In this price range…unless you only care about lash volume, I think you’re better off with Hourglass Caution, especially if you don’t wear falsies and want BIG. But let’s be real — if you’re gonna pay more than $20 for a mascara, you probably want it all — volume, length, curl and drama. In other words, errrrrr-thang!

❤️❤️❤️❤️ 4 out of 5 hearts.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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