ON TRIAL: The Essential Mascara from Kevyn Aucoin

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WHAT: Kevyn Aucoin’s high definition mascara

THE CHARGE: The formula’s high-tech microspheres of Black Cellulo Beads are said to enhance the depth of the saturated pigment to give you a richer, deeper, denser black.

THE EVIDENCE: The custom curved brush, made of plush bristles, did hit most of my lashes in one swoop.

THE TWIST: I found a single coat gives lashes a look that’s natural enough to wear to work in L.A.; a second and third gave a dramatic look more appropriate for a big night out.

VERDICT: Guilty as charged. It does a spectacular job of adding volume without the dreaded clump.

Where to buy: $32 exclusively at Barneys.

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