The Great Mascara Hunt: Week 3 Wrap-Up
Weekly Mascara Wrap Up with the Mascara Madness Bloggers
This last week Beautiful Makeup Search reviewed Lights, Camera, Lashes by Tarte Cosmetics. They say that good things come in small packages. Sometimes "they" are wrong. Size does matter. This little number carries a big stick...I mean wand. It is housed in a snazzy purple snake skin-like case that screams "I am confident and ready to party on your lashes". The secret ingredient: special esters from olives Score is an impressive 9 1/2!http://www.beautifulmakeupsearch.com/blog2/
Birthday girl Beauty Addict reviewed Duwop Lash Lacquer. It delivered on its promise for "buildability" and produced no clumps after several coats. This mascara also comes with a sidekick. The robin to this batman is a waterproof topcoat that gives "shiny, smudge-proof, perfectly separated lashes". It stood up to the mean streets of NYC and kept its promises. Points off for lacklaster volume. Score a very high 8. http://beautyaddict.blogspot.com/
Capital Hill Barbie dished about politics and mascaras. They actually go together. Sometimes they can change the world for the better or never deliver on their grand promises. One mascara that actually delivered on its promises was Rimmel Volume Flash Waterproof Mascara. It has all the makings of a great leader in the mascara world. It is traditional with its handy brush applicator, has excellent pigment and darkens lashes dramatically, and holds onto a fabulous curl all day. Capital Hill Barbie also reviewed another Rimmel product this week called Volum' Eyes Lash Comb Mascara. This one did not fare as well. There were issues with application and removal but it did give more volume than Lash Exact. Scores: 8 1/2 for Volume Flash and a low 6 for Volum' Eyes. Favorite quote: "From what I can tell, I might be the Eastern European judge of the Great Mascara Hunt" http://caphillbarbie.blogspot.com/
The Daily Obsession discussed one of Blogdorf Goodman's favorite things. Primers. We go nuts over primers on this blog. The product is called Cils Booster XL Primer by Lancome. It promises to give lashes an "XL" kick in the pants to maximize results. It looks like it delivered on that promise. She had some dramatic night time worthy lashes. It scored a strong 7 with points taken off for not seperating lashes very well. http://thedailyobsession.wordpress.com/
Future Ohio gal Koneko also reviewed a primer. This one is from the cult favorite brand Kiss Me. Primers are supposed to help with issues. This little guy delivered lackluster results even with a lot of blood, sweat and tears. No mascara routine should take 10-15 minutes unless there are fabulous false lashes involved. Thumbs down with a low score of 6. http://beautydiary.blogspot.com/
Toya at The Life of a Ladybug has fallen in love. The worthy mascara is L'Oreal Shocking Volume. It slammed the competition with magnificent lengthening results. She has crowned it the best drugstore mascara. Sorry Maybelline. There is a new sheriff in town. The score is a high 9.8 with points removed for the large tube. http://www.ladybuglife.blogspot.com/
Our other Birthday girl Peej from Monkey Posh talked about her love of the Covergirl's Fantastic Lash. She raved over the curved brush that managed to make her lashes long, lush and dark. It received a rating of 9. Peej also discussed her love of Gary Gulman. http://monkeyposh.blogspot.com/
Sarah from Mystical Beauty's Musings reviewed Maybelline Lash Discovery. It delivers most of its promises. It lengthens and defines lashes with minimal clumping(do not let mascara dry between coats) or globbing. The mini brush gets high praise for getting those hard to reach lashes. However the wand bent after the second use. The score was a respectable 8. The second mascara reviewed was Loreal's Voluminous Mascara. This one scored higher with a 9. Voluminous gave Sarah thick dark lashes with no clumping or irritation. She also highly recommends this mascara for contact wearers! Read all about it at http://blog.mystical-beauty.com/
Sweet Diva has recently joined the mascara gang with a bang. Her first post is titled "Like Ted Nugent, but with a Mascara Wand Instead of a Gun". I love anyone who can tie in crazy Nugent with a mascara review. Diva lets the readers know that she is fickle with mascara and deals with anarchist lashes. Her first review is for Bobbi Brown's Everything mascara. Miss Brown promises that this mascara will lengthen, thicken, and condition your lashes. Diva discovers that it does in fact give wonderful definition to the lashes but fails at thickening. It also smudges and clumps by mid-day. The conditioning promise is shady. Hell to the No....for this mascara. (Sorry...could not resist!) Rating a very low 6. The second mascara reviewed was Neutrogena Weightless Volume Mascara. This mascara is wax free which is supposed to prevent clumping. The best benefit: no smudges, no flakes, no smears, after fifteen hours of wear. Long and seperated lashes! This rates a high 9. Make sure to also check out Diva's Ormonde Jayne perfume reviews. They are wonderful! http://sweet-diva.blogspot.com/
Favorite quote from the review: "Thank goodness the package had these helpful instructions: “Apply to one eye and then the other.” I’ve been doing it wrong all these years, going back and forth between individual lashes on each eye. This cut my morning routine time by at least an hour".
Blogrenee reviewed several mascaras. The one that caught my eye....Fasio 3D+curl volume mascara. Was it first line "cult brand from japan" that hooked me or the orange snazzy tube? Well Renee had my attention riveted. The promises are pretty heavy:
The double effect of mascara’s first “Smooth and Separate” ingredient and “Volume and Separate” powder ensures individual lash definition with no clumping, adding volume to the entire lash line. Containing Curl Set Polymers that provide outstanding curl and hold, this mascara maintains lash-line definition until it is cleansed off. Micro Multiscreen Polymers provide strong waterproofing against sweat, water and tears and enable truly lasting color with no smudging. The original 3D peanut-shaped brush fits eye contours perfectly.
With no need to pinpoint location from the inner corner of the eye to the outer and down to the lower lashes, the “Curl & Separate” effect is perfectly achieved, with each lash made conspicuous.
Have I ever told you that I have a fondness for polymers? If you say something has special polymers....chances are I will buy your product. This might be the waterproof mascara that kicks Kiss Me off the winners stand. It also delivers on curl, length and thickness. No rating provided but this one sounds like a 10.
Renee also reviewed Shu Uemura’s Mascara Basic. It requires a lot of coats to achieve a dramatic look but if natural is what you are after....this is up your alley. It has decent lasting power and does a fine job of lengthening. Make sure to check out Renee's reviews for Dior Maximeyes http://blogrenee.com/?p=265 ! Visit her fabulous blog at http://www.blogrenee.com/
I hope I did not forget anyone! If anyone wants to join in our fun just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Benevolent Blogging was a wonderful success! I am sending $50 to FINCA this week. Thanks for participating and I hope everyone had a lovely Mothers Day. Huge thanks goes to Katie for organizing all of us and being so damn cool.
Have a great sunday!!!