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Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara 

To be completely honest, I’m not super picky when it comes to mascara. I find that most of them get the job done, although some do stand out more than others. Recently, however, I had the opportunity to try the Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Arresting Mascara which can be purchased from Sephora and similar retailers for $25.

The first notable thing about this mascara is that it really coats the lashes well. It only comes in one shade – black – but it’s a really great shade of black. My lashes look instantly darkened with a lot more volume. I have pretty long but thin eyelashes, and I do think this makes them look better.

However, this mascara is also really hard to remove, even with my fave Clinique Take the Day Off Balm. I feel like I kind of have to scrub to get it all off, and I don’t really want to treat my lashes and the delicate skin around my eyes so harshly.

Finally, I don’t love how this wears throughout the day. Even though it’s hard to get off, it also tends to migrate. By the end of the day, I resemble a raccoon more than is ideal. It never feels completely dry and does get kind of messy around the eye.

Overall, even though I adore this brand, I just wouldn’t recommend this mascara. The cons definitely outweigh the pros for this product.

What mascara are you currently loving? Please, let me know in the comments section!

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Bobbi Brown Eyes 

I love eye makeup. There’s something that is so mesmerizing about eyes. It’s the feature I stare at most in others, so it makes sense that most of my makeup routine revolves around creating different eye looks. I recently received two eye makeup samples from Bobbi Brown: the Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick and the Eye Opening Mascara. These can both be purchased from Sephora for $30 each.

First, let’s talk about the cream shadow stick. I loved the texture of this product – it’s very creamy  (as its name suggests). It’s easy to apply and does dry down. Unfortunately, without an eye shadow primer, it does tend to settle into the eye crease. Also, I was pleased with the staying power of this product. It definitely did last all day and still looked vivid and sparkly when I got home from work. I would definitely recommend this shadow, especially for people who prefer creams to powders for eye shadow. If you’ve never considered a cream shadow, I would recommend one if your eyelids seem to lack natural oils. If lids are too dry, it can make powder shadows look a bit patchy. If this frequently happens to you, maybe you should try a cream shadow which has a bit of natural moisture and might glide on well with a drier eyelid. People with oilier lids can use cream shadows too, although they might not last as long on an oily lid.

As for the mascara, it was definitely just okay. For $30, I expected a much better finish. It had a bold brush and deposited a nice amount of product, but while my eyelashes did seem to have more volume and were appropriately darkened, they remained very straight and would not hold a curl at all. My overall lash look seemed very lackluster with this particular mascara, so I will probably be giving this sample to a friend. I will not be purchasing the full size.

Have you tried anything from this brand? I’d love to know your thoughts on some of their other products!

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Lancôme Cils Booster XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base

Eyelashes are one feature that I love looking at on other people. When someone has a thick set of dark, perfectly curled eyelashes, I get so envious because I just can’t get mine to behave. I’ve tried everything! Recently, I tried to enhance mine with the Lancôme Cils Booster XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base. This eyelash primer can be purchased from Sephora for $25.50.

My eyelashes are very straight and very thin. Because of them being so thin, I have to be careful not to weigh them down with too much product because if I do they won’t keep their curl at all. So, I have found that I have to apply just a little bit of this product. However, I do see a difference in my lashes when I use this base. My eyelashes look thicker, and the added volume is very nice. Even though this goes on white, it’s easily covered by my regular mascara. I definitely recommend this to people who need a boost and have thin eyelashes but remember to only use a little bit because it can get heavy and weigh them down.

Do you use an eyelash primer? If so, which is your favorite? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara 

I’ve tried a lot of mascaras in my day, but they still fascinate me. It’s amazing how much of a difference the shape of a brush or the formulation of the mascara can transform lashes. Recently, I received a deluxe sample of It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara from Sephora. The full-sized version of this product can be purchased for $24, which is pretty average for a mascara at Sephora.

I had high hopes for this mascara because I have really enjoyed other products I’ve tried from It Cosmetics, but this one was a disappointment. While I did like how the brush was stiff and seemed to separate my lashes while brushing through them, I just hated the formulation of this product! It took so long to dry and I felt like it smudged a lot both initially and throughout the day. It also did not make my eyelashes look longer or more voluminous – the two primary claims that it says it will do. Overall, this was just a bust for me, although I know that mascara is very personal, so I’m sure this is just fantastic for some people. Personally, I care more about curl than length, and I just can’t deal with mascaras that take too long to dry!

In summary, here’s the pros and cons for this product:

Pros:

  • I liked the brush.
  • My eyelashes did not clump.
  • The color is very dark, which I found flattering.

Cons: 

  • Very wet formulation that took too long to dry.
  • Smudged like crazy!

 

Have you tried this mascara? If so, did it work better for you than it did me? What’s your favorite mascara?

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Diorshow Mascara – The Original 

I think that one of the hardest products to buy is mascara. There are so many formulations and brushes. It can be so hard to find the perfect one. I find that I change my mind about mascara more than other products, but I always seem to come back to the original Diorshow Mascara.

This is a pretty expensive mascara at $28.50, but it does seem to last quite a while (however, please keep in mind that if your mascara starts to smell weird, throw it away even if you have a lot left – don’t mess around with potential bacteria near your eyes!)

The brush is really big and fluffy, which I think helps to create a very dramatic effect. I find that just one or two coats can do the job, and I love the jet black finish. The formulation is light enough that it doesn’t weigh down the eyelashes, and I’m able to keep a nice curl throughout the whole day.

I’ve had a few people ask me to recommend a mascara that doesn’t run throughout the day or flake off and settle in the lines underneath the eye. This is absolutely what I recommend. It is not waterproof, so it shouldn’t damage your eyelashes over time like waterproof mascaras do, but it does have remarkable staying power. It’s not going to hold up if you go swimming or have a crying fit, but it will last throughout your average day – even if you got kind of sweaty.

Overall, I think this is one of the best mascaras on the market, and it’s no surprise that so many makeup artists consider this a holy grail product. If you’re in the market for a mascara and you’re willing to splurge a bit, I highly recommend this one!

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Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint

During the Sephora semi-annual sale, I cashed in 100 beauty rewards points for a deluxe sample of the new Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara from Tarte.

So much product!

I was initially afraid to try this product out because so much mascara appeared on the wand, but this formulation was great and did not result in any clumps or those weird spidery lashes. It’s also $23 (the full-size version) which is pretty standard for most mascaras at Sephora.

Pros: Like a great bra, this mascara lifts and separates. It provides amazing definition and coats lashes with dark drama. It doesn’t curl lashes when used alone, but it pairs really well with an eyelash curler. It keep the curl pretty well and lengthens the lashes too which makes the curl extra spectacular.

Cons: I only use black mascara, but my blonde friends looking for a brown mascara will be disappointed since this one only comes in black.

Overall, I think this is a great mascara. It provides way more definition than my go-to Diorshow. Some have said that this is too similar to the original bestselling Tarte mascara Light, Camera, Lashes, but I think this provides way more separation (because this brush is spikier) and keeps the curl better. I think I’ll be purchasing the full-size of this product once I’m ready for another purchase.