I am a huge fan of lash extensions (and have talked about them several times on my blog) so I haven’t been using mascara since…..well probably July. However, I have decided to let me lashes “rest” for a month or two and have gone back to using mascara.
I’ve found that the mascara ‘market’ has expanded, and I have accumulated different types of mascara quite quickly (some of that’s a personal problem though. ha.) I thought I would share some of my thoughts on some of the mascara that I have been using recently. I didn’t pick these 5 for any special reason-these are just the ones that I have right now:
From Top to Bottom:
Annabelle Le Big Show
Marcelle Precision Volume
L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Million
MUFE Smoky Lash
MAC False Lashes
I am a 2 coat kind of girl when it comes to mascara.
Color doesn’t matter too much to me, but usually I go brown-black or BLACK.
Lash drama is okay but not all the time (and since I workout 3-4 times a week, I try to get extra ‘dramatic’ with lashes in between).
I’m not a huge fan of curling my lashes, although I will if I am going out. I have a horrible fear of pulling my lashes out with the curler for some reason.
I am a big brush kind of gal-in fact, the bigger the better. All of these mascaras have big brushes. I like the brushes to be somewhat flexible, and 2 of these mascaras had the ‘stiff’ brushes.
I don’t have to have waterproof mascara-but I won’t turn it away either. I have heard stories about more expensive brands smudging/flaking almost immediately. That’s a no-go.
Honestly, if I had to pick out of the 5 mascaras above, my favorite (at this moment) is the Annabelle Le Big Show. It does the job in 2 coats with a big brush that gets all the lashes-lots of volume and buildable. It doesn’t flake or clump.
MAC False Lashes. When I saw this I immediately visualized some serious lash drama. Then I applied it. It’s “okay”-nothing special. Certainly does NOT compare to the Le Big Show (!). I’ll use it until it runs out but won’t repurchase I like MAC products but have never been a cheerleader for their mascara. One thing I am going to do sooner rather than later is take a peek at their lashes. I have heard MAC false lashes are amazing. Any truth to that ladies?
My least favorites (yes that is plural):
Overall disdain: MUFE Smoky Lash. I don’t think MUFE and I were meant to be at all. I have tried so many of their products and they have all been huge fails. Everything from foundation to eyeshadow to this mascara. Don’t get me wrong-I wanted to love this mascara; the brush is large, and the packaging says “Volume, Length, and Curl.” Something in the formula just doesn’t work for me. This mascara clumps, flakes, and is NOT buildable. 2 coats weigh my lashes down to the point that they are sticking straight out (no curl at all!). 1 coat isn’t enough. I wanted to like it, I really did. I think it’s time for me to stop buying their products. There, I’ve admitted it.
Stiff brush mascara-in this case, the Marcelle precision, and the L’Oreal voluminous million. Both mascaras did an adequate job, but working with the stiff brush is challenging and a bit uncomfortable for me. The Marcelle brush is curved, which I liked, but when you poke yourself in the eye with either one of these, it hurts! I won’t totally write these two off, as I could probably grow to love them.
So for now, I’m sticking with Le Big Show. There are so many mascaras available now-I think I could review a different one everyday for an entire year!
What’s important to you when you look for a mascara? What are your favorites?