Pat McGrath Dark Star Volumizing Mascara Review - Before / After Photos
By Ree

Pat McGrath Dark Star Volumizing Mascara Review

20 Jul 2020 (Updated: 21 Jul 2020)

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I am always thrilled to try something new from Pat McGrath. I love her Fetisheyes mascara, so I was excited for this. Check out my review of the Pat McGrath Dark Star Volumizing Mascara. I have all the info along with before and after photos.

Pat McGrath Dark Star Volumizing Mascara
Pat McGrath Dark Star Volumizing Mascara

First of all, I love the packaging. The outer box with its perfect pastel pink is stunning and I really like the golden tube with pink lettering. The design team are really on it I think.

Update 21st July 2020

By popular demand I have updated the post with a comparison of Dark Star to Fetisheyes. Scroll down for that!

Pat McGrath Dark Star Volumizing Mascara Features

Pat McGrath Dark Star Volumizing Mascara
Pat McGrath Dark Star Volumizing Mascara
  • Gravity-defying mascara
  • Designed to delivers instant volume, multidimensional length, &weightless lift in a one stroke
  • Gel-Hybrid Formula glides on evenly
  • Contoured brush sculpts and loads lashes to extend and curl

  • Super black micro-fine cream pigments build volume
  • Flexible Polymers offer control, structure, and shape without the weight
  • Free from SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban
  • Contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances
  • Cruelty-free and gluten-free
Pat McGrath Dark Star Volumizing Mascara
Pat McGrath Dark Star Volumizing Mascara

Before & After Photos

What I like about this mascara is that it is really versatile. One coat gives lovely, defined and fluttery lashes, and then you can keep building for the level of drama you are after.

Here’s the before photo:


Here’s one coat on one eye:

One Coat

Two coats on the same eye:

Two Coats

And here’s it all evened up:

After – Two Coats

I really like the effect. After taking this photo, I actually then went on to applied a third coat, for a chunkier lash because it builds so nicely. I didn’t actually photograph that but I did record it and will share on my Instagram stories and save it to a highlight. Make sure you check that out soon.

My Review

This mascara wears really nicely and I love how super black it is. My lashes stayed up and curled all day, even with three coats which I think is really impressive. It dotted a little bit under my eyes, but I hadn’t really set under my eyes. When I wore it in one coat the following day, it didn’t move at all.

It gives a lovely volume to the lashes, but also lengthens and curls which is fab. Below is a side-by-side comparison with the Fetisheyes mascara. This one gives more volume than length, so it’s down to what you’re looking for.

This is two good coats of both mascaras.

Dark Star Mascara vs Fetisheyes Mascara
Dark Star Mascara vs Fetisheyes Mascara

I really like the look of them both. I’m a volume girl so Dark Star is possibly my preference, but I have always loved Fetisheyes. Which one do you prefer?

The Pat McGrath Dark Star Volumizing Mascara removes nice an easily with an oil cleanser – I used the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil*(one of my faves) – and everything came away and there were no panda eyes in the morning.

Where to buy Pat McGrath Dark Star Volumizing Mascara

The Mascara is £26 and available exclusively at Selfridges*.

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2 thoughts on “Pat McGrath Dark Star Volumizing Mascara Review

  1. I think you can get 10% off the pat McGrath website if you add promo darkstar10

    I’m a big fan of both mascaras but not fond of the smell of the fetisheyes & that one transfers after a few hours on me but the dark star doesn’t 🙂

  2. Thank you for such a thorough and objective review. I especially appreciate the comparisons. I’ll be finding a way to support you’

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