Friday, January 4, 2013

Review: Mascara

I'ts always been a struggle for me to find a good mascara that I am happy with, and would continue to buy again. I don't exactly know why this is, but right now I have three mascaras that I love, and sometimes dislike, for different reasons. So I wanted to break down the Pro's and Con's of each (for me) and hopefully guide some of you into finding a mascara that works for you!

1. Maybelline - Volum' Express, The Falsies
Where to buy; Walgreens, Ulta, Walmart, Target etc.
Price: $6.99


  • Defines lashes, the top half
  • Gives modest amount of length
  • Fun packaging
  • Soft lashes, once dried.
  • Adds volume (at base of eyelash)
  • Tends to clump at base of lashes, i actually needed a spoolie brush to clear them out!
  • Texture is heavy, and weighs down lashes
  • Flakes off on face during day.
Good For: A thicker, more dramatic eyelash. If you have the time to apply it slowly and correctly.
Overall Rating? (3/5)

 2. L'Oreal - Double Extend
Where to buy: Walmart, Ulta, Walgreens etc...
Price: $9.99

  • Extends lashes, a lot.
  • Adds volume
  • Easy to use wand.
  • Mascara transfers nicely to eyelash and 
  • Slower drying, increased transfer to skin after application
  • Flakes once set
  • Hard to remove
  • Very clumpy when used with step 1 for me.
  • Pricey
Good For: The "spider" lash trend.
Overall Rating? (2/5)


3. NYX - Pin-up Tease, Boudoir Curl
Where to Buy: Got mine at Ulta
Price: $5.99


  • Price
  • Long lasting
  • Smudge-free
  • Defines with minimal clumping
  • *Fast drying, less transfer to skin.
  • Curls Lashes

  • Hard to remove
  • *Fast drying, difficult for 2nd coat if you wait for too long
  • No volume (as claimed)
  • Hard lashes once set
  • Odd application wand 
Good for: The 'minimal' makeup look, that you need to wear all day with no touch-ups.
Overall Rating?: (4/5)

So, as you can see all of these mascaras have some good and bad things about them. I use the NYX Pin-up Tease every day, because I have such a low-maintenance makeup look 90% of the time for my M-F work schedule. On weekends I will use the Falsies for date night or whenever I have a little more time to apply it. I use the Double Extend rarely, and probably wont be purchasing it again when this tube is gone or expires.

So, what did you think? Do you have a favorite mascara that you love? Have any horror stories of a mascara that didn't work for you? Let us know! Thanks for reading, make sure to share us on your social media of choice, and like our Facebook page to stay updated on news and upcoming blog entries!

Review By: Jessica

Disclaimer: All opinions expressed in this entry are those of the writer. We do not claim to be professionals, we simply love beauty and want to share our experiences with you.

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