My verdict: tubing mascara

No panda eyes, no flaking, no smudging and comes off with just water. Yes, you’re reading all this right.

These are big claims to make of a mascara but a tubing or tubular mascara is not like a traditional one.

Here’s what it is

Instead of your lashes being coated which is what a traditional mascara does, when you use a tubing mascara, polymer tubes are formed around each individual lash.

It’s ideal for people with oily eyelids, watery eyes, sensitive eyes, anyone who cries a lot or if you sweat off your mascara at the gym.

With all these wild, crazy claims being made, it almost sounded too good to be true, so I had to put them to the test.

I chose to try Poni Cosmetics White Knight tubing mascara. Why this one? Because beauty genius Zoe Foster-Blake uses it.


Poni Cosmetics promises no panda eyes ‘ever’ and that it won’t ‘transfer onto the skin, even in humid weather’ plus it ‘simply slides off using just water in the shower’.

It also contains lash growth ingredients and comes with one brush that has two application options. One for volume and the other for lengthening.

I bought it myself directly from the Poni Cosmetics website one afternoon and it arrived the very next day. It took less than 24 hours to get into my letterbox which seriously impressed me. Plus, the $30 price tag is very reasonable and there was free shipping.

I’ve been using it for about 6 weeks and during that time I thoroughly tested each claim. I rubbed my eyes, gently pulled along the lashes to see if it flaked off, wore it to the gym, used water and makeup remover (micellar water) to get it off.

I used the volume and lengthening brushes.

My verdict

This mascara doesn’t clump, doesn’t smudge and doesn’t flake. It does not budge from the moment you apply it to the moment you want to take it off. It is so long lasting.

It even makes my lashes feel soft and natural when I’m wearing it, not hard and crunchy which has happened with other mascaras I’ve used.

It gives me the right amount of volume and also adds a bit of length.

I initially used micellar water to remove it because that’s just what I use to remove the rest of my makeup and it came off with just a small amount of pressure needed. 

When you remove it, you’re removing the entire tube so you’ll see small black bits on a cotton pad as opposed to more of a solid colour when taking off traditional mascaras. This is why you get no panda eye.

I also washed the mascara off in the shower and that worked too. Still no panda eyes. You can also soak a cotton pad in warm water and get the mascara off that way. I found that was effective as well.

I highly recommend Poni Cosmetics White Knight and don’t think I can go back to using a traditional mascara again.

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