If there’s any one makeup item that is harder to review than others, it would have to be mascara. Granted, all makeup experiences are inherently personal and personalized - what works for me won’t necessarily work for Elvira, and what works for Elvira might not work for you, etc. Skin texture and skin color/lip color undertones do something to how eyeshadows, blushes, lip colors, foundations, and concealers appear and work on an individual person. But we all have eyelashes, right? And eyelashes are all made out of hair, right? Ok, so some people have fairer eyelashes than others, but one would really think that mascara would be the one product that people can generally agree on. It makes sense, no?: Everyone has the same starting base (eyelashes) so mascaras *should* theoretically respond the same on everyone. So why is it that when you ask the MakeupAlley Makeup Board girls to list their favorite mascara, you get a ton of different responses and hardly anyone ever ‘seconds’ a given product?
I have no flipping idea.
Honestly, why is a holy grail mascara so hard to find, and why can people never agree on a given mascara? I don’t know ladies, you tell me what you think. Personally, I think that we all have different lash “looks” we aspire to achieve when we do our makeup. For example, I love having really thick, long, and exaggerated lashes. Think falsies, but without the glue. Now, I know that’s not the look everyone else goes for, but it’s what I like. Some mascaras are better at giving this effect than others, just as some mascaras are more ‘quiet’ and give a natural effect.
In the 10+ years that I’ve been wearing makeup, I’ve experimented with quite a few different mascaras. I’ll try to list the ones I can remember:
Maybelline Great Lash
Maybelline Thick and Soft
L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black
Rimmel Sexy Curves
Rimmel Glam Lash
YSL Faux Cils
Clinique Naturally Glossy
Bourjois Pump Up The Volume
L’Oreal Lash Serum (I forget what it’s actually called)
Armani Eyes to Kill
Maybelline XXL (there are different versions and I’ve tried them all)
Cover Girl Lash Blast
That’s all I can think of, but there’s definitely a lot more I could add to this list. There are some I would never repurchase (my hatred of CG Lash Blast might be legendary to some of the old-time MUAers, and Maybelline Great Lash and Thick and Soft are crap). There are some that I have returned to over and over again (L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black, Rimmel Sexy Curves). There are some that I would bathe in if it weren’t for the exorbitant price tag, like Chanel Exceptionnel (Rimmel Glam Lash in the original black and pink packaging is an excellent dupe) and Armani Eyes to Kill. Right now I’m currently using the L’Oreal Lash Serum mascara, and it’s just ok. My darling and beloved ladyboss actually brought me back two tubes of the new Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express mascara from London last week. It’s supposed to be the latest UK drugstore mascara craze, and I am so excited to be able to try it since it’s not available here. I’ll definitely report back with pictures and a review once I start to use it.
So what do you think? Am I stupid for expecting us all to agree on a mascara? What mascaras have you tried lately, and what do you think of them? I’m curious to see what you all think!