Canmake Gokubuto Mascara & Gokunobi Mascara Review

Canmake has two sister mascaras out: Gokubuto, the volumizing one, and Gokunobi, the lengthening one. Both are tubing mascaras, meaning they come off with warm water. But as with all wash-off mascaras, you’re left to wonder–will it smudge? Can it hold a curl? What’s the finish like?

This time around, our editing department purchased both the Gokubuto and Gokunobi mascaras and tested for the above. We also made sure they were easy to apply and remove. This is everything we learned.
  • Last updated: 10-27-2019
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Tell Me More about Gokubuto and Gokunobi

First, what they have in common. They’re both tubing mascaras, so they wash off with warm water. Both contain plenty of wax, which should help them hold a curl; it should also make them resistant to sweat, sebum, and tears. They’re safe to use on top of false lashes or extensions.

The Gokubuto mascara covers your lashes in thick coats, adding volume. Currently, it’s only available in black, but Canmake did release some limited edition colors like Antique Chocolat Rose and Lady Khaki.

Gokunobi’s formula contains fibers of two different lengths. This helps it add on natural-looking length.

Putting Canmake’s Gokubuto and Gokunobi Mascaras to the Test

Putting Canmake’s Gokubuto and Gokunobi Mascaras to the Test
We had a group of editors put Canmake’s Gokubuto and Gokunobi mascaras to the test. Specifically, we were looking for the five following factors.
Test ①: Application
Test ②: Finish
Test ③: Smudge Resistance
Test ④: Curl
Test ⑤: Removability

Test ①: Application

The easier a mascara is to use, the better.

Gokubuto is Difficult to Apply in Sleek, Even Coats

Gokubuto is Difficult to Apply in Sleek, Even Coats
Because Gokubuto was so thick, it adhered to the brush in great powdery clumps. We also felt the applicator was too long; it was hard to get at the lashes near the corners of our eyes without hitting skin.

Gokunobi’s Brush is More Suited to Delicate Work

Gokunobi’s Brush is More Suited to Delicate Work
Gokunobi’s brush was slightly curved and conformed more closely to the slope of our eyes. It was easier to reach bottom lashes and the lashes at the corners of the eyes.
We didn’t get too much excess product on the brush, and the fibers readily adhered to lashes during application. We got a smooth, even coat, even without wiggling the applicator.

Test ②: Finish

We were looking for volume and/or length–without clumps.

Gokubuto: Kind of Makes Your Lashes Look Like Dead Tree Branches

Gokubuto: Kind of Makes Your Lashes Look Like Dead Tree Branches
Gokubuto gave us volume–by sticking our lashes together in tree branch-like clusters. And we had only applied a single coat at this point. For a more natural finish, make sure to brush your lashes through with a spoolie. After it dried, the mascara looked more powdery than sleek.
In addition, because the brush was so hard to use, it was hard to get at the roots of our lashes without dabbing mascara onto skin. You may want to keep cotton swabs or tissues close by, especially if your hands aren’t particularly steady.

Gokunobi: Lengthens and Separates Lashes, Though We Would’ve Preferred Less Clumping and Crookedness

Gokunobi: Lengthens and Separates Lashes, Though We Would’ve Preferred Less Clumping and Crookedness
Gokunobi also clumped, though not as badly. Our lashes were like baby tree branches. They were spread out farther and would probably be less crooked if we had gone through them with a spoolie.
Some of the fiber strands did litter themselves around our eyes, so we also recommend keeping a tissue or cotton swab around.

Test ③: Smudge Resistance

We put both mascaras through an 8-hour wear test.

Neither Will Really Budge after a Day at the Office

Neither Will Really Budge after a Day at the Office
  1. Gokubuto Mascara: Right after application
  2. Gokubuto Mascara: After 8-hour wear test
  3. Gokunobi Mascara: Right after application
  4. Gokunobi Mascara: After 8-hour wear test

At the end of the day, we had a bit of black powder around our eyes, but neither of the mascaras had really budged. They might smear if your eyes were to water a lot or if you were to rub at them, but if all you’re doing is sitting in the office all day, you’ll be fine.

Test ④: Curl

We also looked at how curled our lashes were at the end of the day.

Neither Mascara Will Cause Your Lashes to Droop, though Gokubuto Offers More Lift

Neither Mascara Will Cause Your Lashes to Droop, though Gokubuto Offers More Lift
  1. Gokubuto Mascara: Right after application
  2. Gokubuto Mascara: After 8-hour wear test
  3. Gokunobi Mascara: Right after application
  4. Gokunobi Mascara: After 8-hour wear test

Gokubuto lifted our lashes and held on to a curve the entire day. Gokunobi required a bit more work with a curler, but it was light enough that it didn’t cause our lashes to droop.

Test ⑤: Removability

While we don’t want mascara that smudges, we do want mascara that comes off easily at the end of the day.

Comes off with Warm Water, as Tubing Mascara Should

Comes off with Warm Water, as Tubing Mascara Should
  1. Gokubuto Mascara: Right After application
  2. Gokubuto Mascara: After rinsing
  3. Gokunobi Mascara: Right after application
  4. Gokunobi Mascara: After rinsing

We rinsed off our mascara with 40℃ (104℉) water. Both Gokubuto and Gokunobi started coming off in huge flakes. You won’t need a separate eye makeup remover for either.

The Final Verdict: Gokubuto Does Indeed Provide Volume and Gokunobi Length. Both, However, Take Some Skill to Apply

The Final Verdict: Gokubuto Does Indeed Provide Volume and Gokunobi Length. Both, However, Take Some Skill to Apply
The good: both Gokubuto and Gokunobi are smudge-resistant, yet manage to come off with warm water. They’re light-weight enough to keep a curl and volumize (Gokubuto) and lengthen (Gokunobi).
However, they do clump. But as long as you’re smart about application–comb out your lashes, wipe off excess product on a tissue–you should be good to go.

Want to Shop Other Mascaras Before Settling?

Want to Shop Other Mascaras Before Settling?
All mascaras have their pros and cons, fans and detractors. If you worry that Canmake’s mascaras won’t work for you after all, feel free to check out other options below.

Summary

We put Canmake’s Gokubuto and Gokunobi mascaras to the test. We liked the formulas because they didn’t really smudge but were easy to remove. However, they do both clump easily, so make sure you get rid of excess product before application!

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