I purchased Leanani Mascara because I’m always on the hunt for a good mascara and I over haul Japanese makeup. I’m a natural blonde with stumpy eyelashes. Without dying or mascara I look like a clone. I don’t mean in that sexy sci-fi way. I mean in that something’s not human about her and it doesn’t look good way, less Aeon Flux more Sim. I also purchased the Leanani Eyeliner because I will buy any brown pen eyeliner. I am addicted to Japanese pen eyeliners, I’ll pretty much buy and try any Japanese made pen eyeliner.
Leanani Eyemake (レアナニ アイメイク site) is a Japanese brand that just does eye make-up: mascara, eyeliner and eyebrow pencil. I picked up the Leanani eyeliner and the Leanani mascara. I was sucked into cosme.net rankings, cheap prices, and their no-frills ways.
If you’re familiar with my where to buy make-up in Japan post you can find Leanani at Donki, Drugstores like Matsumoto Kiyoshi, @cosme store or ainz tulipe.
Leanani Eyeliner and Mascara Store and Product Shots
Eyeliner endorsed by mone-mane (impersonation) make-up artist Zawachin. At 1,300 yen or $12.00 it’s very reasonable.
Both packagings look super cute! Too bad the actual product isn’t so adorable.
The two products together. I feel it’s a bit crap how they used different metals for their items.
It’s a typical spooley wand and the mascara has packed onto the top part of it.
For those curious this is all what I bought last Spring make-up wise. Anna Sui, Kiss Cosmetics, Canmake, DUP eyelash fixer Hello Kitty edition (DUP is HG for eyelash glue) and some Les Merveilleuses by Laduree items.
Leanani Mascara and Eyeliner Review text first!
Leanani Eyeliner says it is waterproof, packed with nourishment for your eyeline, and will give you as tiny as a 0.1 mm line!
My review: I’ve found it was a solid eyeliner than I would be better than average Japanese pen liners. The color was a bit dark brown and not a true light brown. I used it solidly for several months. It does wash off with an oil cleanser and leaves no trace.
My complaint is that it transferred to my upper eye if I was wearing it for more than 3 hours. This is very common for me even with primer and setting spray. If not, I would have given this a 5. It’s my second favorite Japanese pen liner and I’ve tried so many. Leanani Eyeliner gets 4/5.
Leanani Mascara says it will provide nourishment, lengthen up to 135% and coat all the lashes.
My review: This mascara actually delivered on none of its selling points . Isn’t a fiber and so it’s not really going to lengthen. It was extremely clumpy as you’ll see below. After using it for three months (because I bought it and I don’t like throwing away a fresh product) the product started to dry out and filled with cruddy clumps of dry mascara. One of the worst mascaras I’ve ever used for all these reasons. Leanani Mascara gets 1/5.
This is why I can’t fully trust the cosme rankings. Admittedly Leanani Mascara has gone down to a 4.7 out of 7 on cosme, but here lies my pickle. People tend to review products only days after they’ve gotten them on sites like that, it’s more of a first impressions ranking than a true ranking. While Leanani Mascara may have worked for some, but the issue with drying out after three months should have happened to all users and gotten less love.
Leanani Mascara and Eyeliner Review the photos!
The eyeliner definitely lives up to the 0.1 mm line difference. It’s even hard to tell I’m in any, BUT I AM!
You can see my very blonde eyelashes.
(Apologies for my brows, I was testing some products and I definitely needed some shaping.)
Leanani Mascara and Eyeliner
Yes it’s made them darker but it’s much clumpier and I do not feel it provided much length at all.
Holy pores! Heres a side view which I think shows better how clumpy the Leanani mascara was and how precise the eyeliner can be.
Again 4/5 for the eyeliner, 1/5 for the mascara. Win for the eyeliner, booooooo for the mascara.
I’m in the Kiss Cosmetics Liquid Heart Rouge lipgloss
I posted a review of a better Japanese mascara here: the Pink Brown Long Mascara
I have a whole group review of four Japanese Pen Eyeliners compared side to side including this Leanani one, so you can truly compare the bunch. Spoiler alert, I still think Leanani is a good pen eyeliner.
I posted a poll on twitter on what post you’d like to see next and Japanese make-up reviews won pretty solidly. Hopefully I did okay. I don’t have much confidence in my photo taking of my face or my face in general so… it’s a bit nervous to do these. I’ll try to get over my stupid self and do more of these.
I’ve been squirreling away photos for so many reviews especially Les Merveilleuses Laduree, Kiss Cosmetics and Majolica Majorca. Later this month I’m heading to Japan for another month and I plan to do some heavy make-up shopping, so I definitely need to get some more reviews out before I start in on all my new Spring hauls.
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