It’s time for me to go through my mascara stash, throw out the old ones and bring in a new bunch of beauties to try. But first, let’s get down to reviewing them – which ones are worth your pennies? This time around I’ve got quite a few sample sizes and quite a few high end ones in the mix…
How hyped up can a mascara really get? Well, with a name like that you’d hope it’s good stuff! My relationship with this mascara has good days and bad days. Some days it makes my lashes look incredible, holds a curl and stays put all day long but other days it makes my lashes go a little bit clumpy. It all depends on my application. I’m definitely not used to how wet the formula is. Luckily, there are many more good days than there are bad days so I’ve been mostly enjoying this one.
It’s a pretty clever idea to have an all-in-one liner and lash set – perfect for travel. The liner itself is actually surprisingly easy to work with, even for a noob like me, the small handle makes it easy to maneuver and it’s got awesome pigment. I quite like curved brushes for mascara (even though they can be a tad messy) and have enjoyed using this one but it’s a fairly natural, subtle mascara – probably not one that I’d pair with eyeliner, it doesn’t really bring it on the volumising front, which is what I’m after when I’ve got that extra drama going on with the liner. For me, it probably won’t be worth a repurchase as it didn’t wow me.
This one’s super pricey so I was worried that I’d fall in love. The brush is just up my alley – separating and lengthening and after first applying a coat or two, my lashes are looking pretty great, the formula is quite dry which I totally love but still, the curl doesn’t hold for very long and by the end of the day they’re looking fairly lacklustre. Maybe not worth the $62 price tag.
Another super hyped up mascara in the beauty world, people seem to have quite the love/hate relationship with this one. The first time I cracked it open I managed to poke myself in the eye with the wand, not a good start. But I can totally understand why people love this one – if separated, long lashes are your thing then this one is well worth a try. I’m still playing around with this one as it’s still a fairly recent one but so far, it’s looking promising.
I was really pleasantly surprised by this – I wasn’t expecting much but it was essentially love at first use. The wand is perfect for lengthening, volumising and separating and it actually manages to hold a fairly decent curl too. Some days it decides that it doesn’t want to work for me but that’s a fairly common issue that mascara and I seem to have. It’s pretty close, however, to my perfect everyday mascara. This one might actually be a repurchase…
Somehow I managed to pick up the brown version of this so I’ve been reserving it for chilled out days. The plastic wand is quite thick with short bristles so it has a tendency to get everywhere if I get a little too close to the root of lashes when applying. It doesn’t give much in volume but it does a good job of giving a bit of natural definition to my very blonde eyelashes. Probably won’t be a repurchase for me because as you can see, I’ve got more than enough subtle, every day mascaras.
Another one that’s a little on the pricey side and another one with a wand that took my fancy straight away. It’s a similar story to the Chantecaille mascara – it does really nice things to my lashes, they look fluttery and long, but, again, it doesn’t quite hold a curl as much as I’d like – I’m very hard to please. The length is lovely but it definitely hasn’t wowed me enough to justify a repurchase.
No surprises that this is appearing again, I’ve always got this one in my stash. Lately, I’ve been using it mostly on my bottom lashes, it’s the perfect smudge proof pick for bit of definition. The brush on the one picture was looking pretty ratty but I actually pulled out my backup and used it recently and fell in love with it all over again.
I just can’t seem to get along with this one, the formula is super wet, messy and clumpy on the wand and that translates to the lashes. It manages to make my lashes look clumpy and strange each time I try to make it work. I’d heard so many awesome things about this one so I was a little sad that it didn’t work out for me.
As you can see, I’m a very fussy girl when it comes to mascaras – I’ve yet to find ~the one~. But my picks of the bunch? Bobbi Brown’s Smokey Eye Mascara might just be here to stay, Too Faced Better Than Sex has been working well and although Benefit’s They’re Real needs a little more testing, so far it’s looking good!
What are your favourite mascaras of the minute?
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