Today I want to share with you all of the mascaras I have open and in use. I’m a bit of a fiend with these since I get unhappy quickly so I’ll move on only to realize that the one I stopped using isn’t so bad.
I never have guilt opening a sample size mascara since it’s rare that I’ve paid for it other than indirectly like a subscription box. Full size I’m more careful about so I’ll try to keep it to a mass market mascara and a more prestige one.
So here are the 4 I’ve got going and my opinions of them. Enjoy the read.
I’m not going to say more about Mally Beauty’s Mallywood Smoky Mama Mascara since I have reviewed it and shared what I love about it. I’m just beyond the 2 month mark and it’s starting to get thicker so it proves that 3 months is the max I should use mascara.
L’Oreal Voluminous LASH PARADISE is one of the most talked about drugstore mascara around. It does what it says – provides volume and length. I bought Blackest Black and it is truly blackest. The color is dark and the mascara gives a dramatic look. It’s the one mascara that I’ve rebought this year. It’s reminiscent of Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara so if that worked for you then you’ll want this too.
It can be hard to remove so don’t try it with just water. I use my eye makeup remover on a cotton pad and hold it on to loosen the mascara before attempting to wipe it off. It usually takes me two times to get it all off. That is not a complaint since this does what I want.
I obviously disagree with the back of the package since I don’t think soap would work on this thick mascara and I always do two coats but you know your mileage may vary.
The next are sample sizes that came in various subscription boxes or purchases. I love these smaller sizes since it gives me a good idea of whether or not I’m going to like the mascara. But they can be deceiving too. I had a mini Smashbox and loved it enough to buy the full size which then disappointed me so much that I wanted to kick myself. I had a mini Benefit RollerLash that was god’s gift to eyelashes but as much as I loved it my next full size didn’t match up to it. But I haven’t given up on RollerLash.
Speaking of Benefit RollerLash there’s Benefit’s BAD gal BANG! One really nice thing about this mascara is that you can actually buy the mini ($12) to see if you like it. Yes it’s more than a drugstore mascara but IMO it lasts as long as their full size one for half the cost.
But what’s my opinion of it? I’m very much on the fence with it. I’ve been using it on a typical day that doesn’t include anything special but I’m not going to be wearing it when I want my lashes to pop. It’s not bad but it’s not special on my particular lashes (short, straight, but they will accept a fake curl). Reviews are mixed on Sephora about the mascara which goes to show that it’s a product that can work magic on one person and bomb out on another.
MAC had a mini (and I mean mini) in my last IPSY bag. I was happy about that since MAC False Lashes used to be one of my favorites. Guess what … it’s not one of my favorites now and this didn’t tempt me to buy it again.
I thought for sure I’d like it because of the natural bristles but it didn’t really show up much. It didn’t matter how many coats I applied, it just didn’t like me. It even smudged on me. With a $45 MAC order at Ulta you can try this for yourself. But don’t go spend $45 just to try it.
My report card:
MALLY = A
L’OREAL LASH PARADISE = A
BENEFIT BANG = C
MAC FALSE LASHES = D
What’s your mascara of choice these days? I’m always on the prowl. Two new ones are waiting for me – a mini Hourglass Caution and a full size MILK Kush. Do I have to wait?? — Marcia
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