Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Currently Loving #2: Mascaras I'd buy over and over


So I have this mastermind plan that if I keep talking about beauty products long enough, you'll start believing I'm an expert on all this and you'll actually want to hear my opinion. (Oh hey, Style Dunce Youtube beauty channel...)

But I have the perfect excuse for talking about my favorite mascaras right now because it's the second week of the The Happy Type's Currently Loving Link-Up.



So let's talk about mascara. Crystal's already going to kill me because LancĂ´me is nowhere to be found (sorry not sorry).

But just so we're clear, I don't have killer lashes so I'm basing my choices on mascaras that lengthen while making your lashes nice and dark. If we're going to address the controversial volume vs lengthening debate... well I'm team lengthening, so you can take that into consideration with my picks. (i.e. if you're really into thickening mascaras, these might not be your favorites.)

1. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara. Maybe one of my favorite everyday mascaras. This one won't give you super dramatic lashes, but it will make your lashes look alive without clumping or flaking. I wouldn't recommend this mascara for heavy eye make-up because, like I said, it's not particularly dramatic, but it looks great paired with simple, everyday eye looks--particularly looks without eyeliner.

2. Diorshow Iconic. For me, the holy grail of mascaras. I'm all about silicone bristles and this mascara doesn't clump for shit (sorry), flake or make your lashes nasty and dry feeling. Make-up people say mascara is one of the last things you should splurge on because the ingredients are basically the same for all mascaras (drugstore and fancy brands) but I choose to disregard this information for the Diorshow Iconic mascara. (Got to say, I didn't care for the Diorshow Iconic Overcurl though.)

3. YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll. I like this one for the same reason I like the Stila one--it's perfect for every day use (or night looks that aren't particularly dramatic). I stress that just because it's one of those lengthening mascaras that make your lashes look awesome when its set against light colored eye makeup or no make-up, but your lashes could easily get lost if it's applied with really dark shades, especially smoky blacks. For me, dark looks look the best with thickening mascaras like the original Diorshow.

4. L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga. After it was broken to me by Wayne Goss that mascara isn't the first thing you should splurge on, I went out and bought this and let me tell you right now, it's better at not flaking and clumping than many a fancy-schmancy brand I've tried. The wand is a little springy for my taste (it was designed to bend for better access), but the mascara itself is great. My bottle has dried out so I have issues with it now being a bit smudgy and clumpy, but that only means my lazy ass needs to throw it out and get a new one. Except I can't yet because I'm moving on to L'Oreals Butterfly one because I like to try new things too much.

5. Rimmel Lash Accelerator. I don't just love this mascara because Jaclyn Hill does, but, really, that seems like reason enough. I haven't noticed it help my eyelashes grow (to be fair, I don't use it consistently enough) but I didn't buy it actually thinking it would help. It is however great at lengthening and separating without flaking or ending up all under my eyes by 5 p.m., and that's all I could ask for.

So, what are your favorite mascaras?

11 comments:

  1. I love mascara! I was picking up some false lashes yesterday and actually gave a mini application lesson to the teenagers who were looking at buying them. It was funny in hindsight.

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  2. I don't have any sort of mascara brand loyalty right now, so this is illuminating. Also, it's so nice to hear from someone else who isn't blessed with voluminous eyelashes! I have a friend who will say things like, "Oh, I don't wear mascara - it makes my eyelashes bump into my glasses." And then I give her the side eye and slink away to pout. Not really - but it would be nice to have longer lashes.

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  3. The only brand name mascaras I have are the tester type ones that you get with your 100 beauty perks from Sephora. At any rate! I'm so glad you included L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga! I picked up that beaut last week and I'M IN LOVE! I've been a long time fan of the Voluminous collection, and this one beats out the Million Lashes any day!

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  4. I am really, really annoyed with you for not putting Lancome on there so yes, I am real mad. I was so mad that I went and bought the Lancome Grandiose with the swan neck applicator because I'm houghty toughty (sp?) like that. I do want to try Diorshow though with the amount you go on about it. I'll let you know how the lancome goes, but knowing me I'll think it's made out of angel wings and unicorn dust.

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  5. I've recently discovered Rimmel's Scandal Eyes Rockin' Curves and love it! But, I tend to use two or three mascaras at once and rotate around 8-10. Okay, I might be slightly addicted!!

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  6. Yes! Passing your wisdom on to the younger crowd. I think I need to wear fake eyelashes more so on the occasions I want to wear a pair, they don't itch the hell out of me. I can't wait to rip them off by the end of the night! I tend to watch Youtube make-up gurus who are all about false eyelashes and it makes their eyes look so good and big.

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  7. Oh yes, I love Tarte! I know I've tried a mascara or two before but I can't think of which ones, but I love their other make-up. Speaking of cruelty-free, I realized after writing this post that I can be a bit lax with 'nice' brands, so I had to go googling what was cruelty free or not. So maybe I won't I won't be buying all of these over and over!

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  8. Hahaha. It so would be. I would do Latisse if I could maintain buying it because long lashes are so nice! You can just put mascara on your eyes will already look amazing with no other eye make-up.

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  9. Yes! So much better than Million Lashes... and now that I've tried the Butterfly one, it's better than that too! Also, Sephora makes an annual "Lash Stash" set and that's how I've tried so many of the more expensive mascaras.

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  10. I DO GO ON ABOUT IT A LOT. Because it's so good. Unfortunately the only time I've tried the original Diorshow was purchased from that godawful mall in Manhattan and it was dry and terrible. You must tell me all your opinions about Grandiose.

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  11. Haha-- I've seen some youtube make-up gurus I watch wear a couple at once, so there must be something to it! I'll have to check out that Rimmel mascara.

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