Friday, October 19, 2012

My Mascara Findings

Many of you have been asking about my mascara experiment, so I thought I would share what I have figured out so far.
Here are the contenders:
Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion
Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies
L'Oreal Double Extend
Maybelline Illegal Length
And the last, which I cannot find an image of, is Borghese Mascara which I picked up at Costco.
I guess I should let you all know what I look for in a mascara before I tell you which ones I prefer.
My Mascara Commandments:
Thou shalt wash off easily.  
(I don't do waterproof.  I want all my make up to come off when I wash my face at night.)
Thou shalt not undo the curling that I have done with my eyelash curler.  
(I have noticed that many mascaras make my lashes go completely straight after I have just spent time making them nice and curly with my curler.)
Thou shalt not clump and give me tarantula eyes.
(You know, when your lashes are so thick and clumped together that they resemble the legs of a tarantula.)
Thou shalt not give me raccoon eyes.
(Pretty self-explanatory)

I will start with the worst:
L'Oreal Double Extend
My biggest complaint with this is that is was clumpy.  And it completely straightened my lashes.  I threw this one away after 3 tries.
Maybelline Volum' Express
Nothing special here.  It did wash off easily, but didn't do much for my lashes, except make them straight.  I haven't thrown this away yet, but I probably will soon.  I also did not enjoy the shape of the brush.
Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion
I really enjoy the brush on this mascara.  It seemed to actually get all of my lashes coated.  The mascara didn't clump, but I don't feel like it made my lashes stand out in any way.
Maybelline Illegal Length
I do like the lengthening capabilities of this mascara.  It was not clumpy, and did not make my lashes completely straight.  I do NOT like the brush on this one.  It is an awkward shape.
I had actually been combining the Illegal Length with the Lash Blast and I did like that combo, but that defeats the purpose of the drugstore mascara.  
If I have to purchase 2 of them, I may as well purchase just one of a better brand for about the same price.
That is when I found the Borghese at Costco (2 tubes for around $12).
I have only tried it once, and so far it is my favorite.
I will have to use it a few more times before I can give a definitive result.
But so far, that is the winner.