Swatch & Review: Could Fairy Drops Platinum Mascara Be Your New HG?

You know how sometimes you get super excited about getting something new, but if you don’t use it immediately, it kind of lies forgotten in some dark corner of your makeup drawer? Well, this is what happened to my Fairy Drops Platinum Mascara. I got it in a swap about a year ago, but it’s been lying in my drawer till I finally decided to try it out a couple of weeks ago.

Fairy Drops Platinum mascara makes grand promises. It claims to give volume, length, glossy finish, and also functions as a treatment. It is not waterproof, but it is water resistant, and it is supposed to be removed with warm water.

The most interesting thing about this mascara is its brush. That’s where it got the name Fairy Drops from (drops as in tear drops I suppose). It looks like three balls glued together, and it is curvy.

The first couple of times I tried this mascara I was not really impressed. It does lengthen very well, but it doesn’t separate as superbly. As a result, my lashes were kind of glued together. However, after that couple of failed trials, I figured something out: you are not supposed to zigzag like crazy with this mascara the way you usually do. You can zigzag a little from the roots, but when you reach the end of your lashes, it is better to tease them apart with the tip of the brush. That way, your lashes will be lengthened and properly separated.

In this picture you can see my bare eye, my upper lashes with one coat of Fairy Drops Platinum mascara, and my upper lashes with two coats and bottom ones with one coat. Pretty impressive, no (you can click on the picture to enlarge it)?

What I LOVE about this mascara:

+ it lengthens very well.

+ it holds curls all day. I had forgotten to use my eyelash curler once, but even in that case this mascara manages to push my eyelashes up!

+ it can be easily removed with my Bioderma Sensibio. I have tried warm water as the packaging suggests, but I’m not a big fan of splashing water on my eyes repetitively, and it doesn’t happen fast enough!

+ my lashes stay feathery soft, instead of crunchy or stiff.

+it does not flake or smudge, and despite the fact that it is not waterproof, I have not experienced problems with wear.

What I don’t like so much about this mascara:

- contrary to its promises, it doesn’t volumize much.

- separating lashes could be tricky if you zigzag too much.

Bottom line: I wouldn’t claim this mascara is perfect, but there are things about it that I like more than my current HG (Maybelline fatty tubes). If you have short, straight, and stubborn lashes, I would recommend you give it a try!

Have you tried any of the Fairy Drops mascara? Do you like them? What is your current holy grail mascara?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

  • Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    I had the fairy drops scandal queen mascara and it has that brush! I wonder if it just has a different name here? Anyways I found that if I held the wand in the upside down u shape it applied really well!! (does that make sense?)

    (sadly this was the mascara that expired, if you remember my itchy eyes in march lol!)

    • Sunny @ Mostly Sunny

      I think all the Fairy Drops mascaras have that brush! I also think they have several different versions too. The Scandal Queen is something that is apparently exclusive in the US (if I remember it right). I actually do react to expired mascaras too. I’ll have to try to follow the guideline from now on. Otherwise my eyes are just itchy and scratchy. Yuck!

  • Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    Oh & I think my hg is Dior maximizer with diorshow extase! But It’s too much $ for products that I’ll hardly use before they expire :(

    • Sunny @ Mostly Sunny

      I still have to try a Dior mascara! I know it works SO well for some people, but for something that expires every 3 months it takes a lot of courage to plop that much money down lol

      • Joyce (bronzerbunny)

        exactly! that’s how i feel! I saw a kit at duty free that had both (full size) for like $49 which was good… but still a lot!

  • Christine Brigid

    Wow, what a cool mascara. One more thing to add to its virtues: its name! I want my eyelashes to look like fairy drops! :)

    • Sunny @ Mostly Sunny

      Haha Christine, yeah the name is cute. I’m not so sure the teardrop association is a happy one though :p

  • sugarmitten

    That’s got to be the prettiest packaging for mascara I have ever seen! And I’ve never seen a brush like that!

    • Sunny @ Mostly Sunny

      Hey Amy, yeah the Japanese know everything about cute packaging! I think this type of brush is found in every Fairy Drops mascara. The Scandal Queen is available at Sephora, but you can find the rest on or adambeauty. Keep me posted if you give it a try :)

  • wheetnee

    I always wanted to try this, but I’m still trying to finish my old mascaras. Looks amazing on you though!

    • Sunny @ Mostly Sunny

      Thanks hon! I have never really finished a mascara to be honest. They all expire and start making my eyes itchy and scratchy before that can happen! It does give a lot of length, so do give it a try :)

  • pamela at jadeinthepalace

    OMG this looks sooooo good!!
    the packaging is also cute! nice post >.<

    • Sunny

      Thanks Pamela! It does do an amazing job lengthening, and the Japanese are the experts when it comes to cute packaging!

  • Arianne (@TheGlitterGeek)

    Wow, really great results!!! We don’t get this at our Sephora here but maybe the Asian mall will have it. :)

    • Sunny

      I know! From nothing to something right? lol

      Try the Asian mall, or sasa/adambeauty. I’ve found Fairy Drops on both sites! Good luck :)

  • blissno9

    awesome wand!!

  • Hanne van SWG (@Hanne_SWG)

    I recognize myself so much in the beginnen of your article :) I can “discover” new products after they lie here a year and I’m so happy with those discoveries :D

    • Sunny

      Hey Hanne, high five! I get so excited about new things but sometimes I forget about them right away. And then one day I finally take them out and can’t believe my stupidity!

  • Lena

    the applicator looks really interesting! :D
    my holy grail is still L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof in black. it gives the most realistic volumized & lengthened look to my lashes.
    i just started using the majorika majorka(?) mascara which is my first japanese mascara. it certainly is different. that much i can say for now. ;)

    • Sunny

      Hey Lena, yes it is, but it’s easy to use and I haven’t poked myself in the eye with it at all haha

      I still have to try that one. Nearly grabbed it the other day, but remembered I was going to get a Cover Girl mascara in a swap so I didn’t. I’ll use this one till it’s time to throw it away, start with Cover Girl, and eventually move to L’Oreal! Can’t wait to hear what you have to say about Majorika Majorika though. Some people swear by it!

  • kapamilya_sb

    great reviewed. the things that i like about this mascara is the case, its very girly. Well, i do love to try this too, and see if this will match my standard.

    • Sunny

      You should! I am a bit immune to girly packaging because I saw too much of it growing up in Asia, but I can certainly see the attraction! I hope this works for you. Keep us posted! xx

  • anabel nove

    i haven’t tried fairy drops mascara. But 1 japanese brand that I like is the Extra Large Mascara by Sana. That one is waterproof and has fibers. You should try that one!!

    • Sunny

      Hey hon, I have heard of Sana, but haven’t tried their mascaras yet! Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll probably have to do a mascara haul when I’m back in Taiwan this summer :)

  • marijke04

    Looks really good!

  • Teri

    Oh wow, the effect is really nice and pretty on you! You really do see a difference! I might want to try this :p.

    • Sunny

      Hey Teri, yup it gives a lot of length eh! You should try it ;)

  • pearlessence

    I’ve been looking for the Fairy Drops Platinum non-waterproof version online so I could compare it to Scandal Queen! I haven’t been able to find it though :( I feel like this would be much less expensive than the Fairy Drops available in North America ($28 CAD)…

    • pearlessence

      Also, I do exactly the same thing. Except more dramatically – I hoard and hoard and hoard and forget about products that I haven’t even opened yet! I can’t keep up with the number of things I purchase and don’t have enough time to try them all out properly hahaha

    • Sunny

      Hey hon, have you tried Sasa or Adambeauty? I think I’ve seen this on both sites, and it doesn’t cost 28 CAD (say what?)! Before I started beauty-blogging I was very good about not hoarding more than what I can use, and even nowadays I try to test stuff out somewhat systematically, make my verdict, blog about it, and then move onto the new things. It doesn’t always work but I try!

  • naomihing

    Yes i love the mascara wand and the overall packaging of it! Still havent found any HG mascara for me, although the MAC false lashes extreme black so far is my favourite!

    • Sunny

      Thanks for the recommendation Naomi! I’ll have to look into that. I know some folks swear by MAC mascaras!

  • Rinny’s Beauty Diary (@rinny151)

    I’ve heard so much about this mascara when it first came out. It was all hyped up for awhile then. I still haven’t gotten around to trying it yet. It really does lengthen your lashes very well. Too bad it doesn’t do much for volume though. Thanks for the review Sunny! :)

    • Sunny

      Hey Rinny! If this mascara volumizes as well I’ll have to pronounce it my HG! I do like the fact that it holds curls and leaves my lashes soft though. Not a lot of waterproof mascaras can do that :)

  • shandimessmer

    I haven’t tried this one yet, but the brush looks awesome! My HG mascara is probably the Hourglass Film Noir mascara, but I have a lot that I love;)

    • Sunny

      Hey hon, thanks so much for swinging by and leaving a comment! We don’t get Hourglass here, but I’ve heard about Film Noir! It’s so hard to find a mascara that works for me though. I’m willing to experiment but a lot of the times I’m left feeling very disappointed. Not with this one though! It’s actually really good!

  • S.

    I want this now! I’ll definitely look online. I’m currently loving a super cheap Essence mascara, I love extreme. xxx from Italy

    • Sunny

      That’s nice! I actually find drugstore mascaras outperform many high-end ones I’ve tried, so price doesn’t necessarily guarantee it’ll work well!

  • Diana F. (@DianaAPBL)

    Oh this mascara looks great! Your lashes definitely look longer.

    • Sunny

      Yup! I’m so grateful I could cry, haha! Besides my head I am really very hairless. Sadly it applies to my brows/lashes as well!

  • Peggy Timmermans Visagie

    I had never heard of it! The brush is really funny but i like a mascara that lengthens. That’s what i want in a mascara.

    • Sunny

      Hey Peggy, this is a pretty popular brand in Asia, but I don’t think it’s caught on in Belgium yet! I need a mascara to lengthen, volumize, and hold curls, because otherwise I have NO lashes to be spoken of lol

  • kixkat

    what is maybelline fatty tubes? i googled and i looked at the maybelline website…there is not a mascara named “fatty tubes”. thanks!!!

    • Sunny

      Hey girly, fatty tubes aren’t the real names! Do you know Maybelline has some mascara that comes in kind of bulky packaging? For example the Magnum Volume Express and so on. I’ve had good experience with most of those! Hope it helps :)

  • Raelee

    This has been my go-to mascara for a couple years now (and I hardly ever buy the same product twice, let alone for years). I notice a lot of reviews complain that it can make your lashes clump together, but because of the consistency I tend to lightly blot the brush with tissue before each use when the bottle is new and I’ve had great results! People always ask where I got my lash extensions done but it’s just this mascara. Also, one tube lasts me a really long time and I add a couple of drops of saline solution when it begins to dry out. All around my favorite mascara! I’ve gotten a lot of friends addicted to it. Just remember that there’s a learning curve to it!

    • Sunny

      Hey Raelee, I think you have a good point there! I don’t have too much luck with this wand or the Givenchy Noir Couture one, but it’s probably because I don’t wipe them down properly. Also I probably zigzag more than I should to be honest. Glad to hear this works so well for you! For the moment I have too many mascara sample tubes to justify purchasing anything, but once I get those out of the way I can consider trying this again :)