Mascara is one of our favourite beauty products here at TNL, and judging by the feedback we have already received, its one of our readers’ favourites too. We will be logging our experiences with a number of mascaras as we review products here on TNL. But , before we begin The Mascara Logs, let us tell you a bit about our lashes and what we look for in mascara so that you will have some background for future mascara reviews. If it sounds familiar and you have similar lash wants and needs, we may like the same products:
My name is Ashley, and I am an addict.
If I am going to write honestly and openly for TNL, I need to be truthful with all of our readers. I have an addiction…to mascara. I thought it best to get an explanation out right off the bat before you start to wonder why so many mascara reviews. Well, let me start my sharing a picture of my current arsenal of mascaras.
If I were to be stranded on a desert island with only three beauty products, one of them would be mascara. I love the look of mascara and I think that when applied properly it can transform my face to make it look more polished and alert. Mascara is a funny product for me. Even though I have found some formulas that I really truly love, I’m always on the hunt for the latest and greatest mascara on the market. I believe all the hype and want to try all of the new mascaras as soon as they come out. Vibrating, false fibres, tubes, tints, extensions… you name it, I`ve tried it.
One thing I have learned is that everyone has different lashes, and therefore different mascara needs. I wouldn’t need the same hair products that a bleach blonde with pin straight, thick hair would need. Same goes for lashes. I often run out to get mascara that gives a friend Kim Kardashian eyes, only to be disappointed when I try it on myself and it’s a clumpy mess. Now, I know what you`re thinking. No one really has Kim K lashes without a team of professional estheticians, lots of money, and some very posh Shu Uemera lash extensions. But, I’m here to tell you that we have a friend with real life perfect lashes. Our friend Sephora has incredibly long, thick, dark, curly gorgeous lashes worthy of mascara commercial and they are all natural.
So the goal of mascara for me is always to make it look like I have something anywhere in the ballpark of Seph- lashes. In fact that’s kind of the lash rating system that I have in my head, zero to Seph-lashes.
Here are my lash stats:
- My lashes are very long but dead straight. It is difficult to have them hold a curl without heat. After applying my mascara in the morning, I heat my eyelash curler with a blow dryer or flat iron and curl my lashes. This is the absolute only way that I can get my lashes to curl evenly and stay that way all day. I have been doing this for years and it has never damaged my eye or eyelashes. However, I suggest that if you are trying this for the first time you be very careful and make sure to test the curler on a cheek first to make sure it isn’t too hot for your eye area.
You can hardly see my lashes because they are pin straight.
- The strangest thing about my lashes is that they get tangled. Does anyone else have this problem? For this reason, I tend to look for mascaras that are very defining and separating thinner formulas. Super thick mascara will just make my lashes goop together and look a mess. I tend to have the best results with a plastic brush that is straight. The curved brushes tend to mash my lashes into one another and bunch them together.
- I like to use black mascara, although I have always been curious about trying a purple colored one like Benefit’s BadGal Plum to see if it makes my green eyes look any more vibrant. I usually choose any mascaras “black” hue over the darker ones usually called something like “deepest black” or “darkest black”. I never really understood this, how can a black mascara be darker than black?
- I often combine mascaras to give me a desired effect. I am constantly trying out new combos and I usually wear the same for about a week before I switch it up and try another one. I also tend to like mascaras best when they are freshly opened. For the first few weeks they are wonderful and they I find myself less and less impressed as they start to thicken and dry out.
- I usually lean towards drug store mascaras and I truly believe it is one of the few products where the drug store offerings are equivalent to that in most department stores.
Happy mascara eyes!
So, this brings me to the answer to a question that I get asked quite often. What is my favourite mascara? If I had to choose one high end I would say Lancôme Definicils. This is defining mascara that gives me a doll lash effect with tons of length and separation. I find that a similar look can be achieved with the drug store alternative, CoverGirl Lash Blast. Still, I am forever on the hunt for the latest and greatest in the world of mascaras. I hope you will come along for the ride and check out the reviews along the way.
Do you have favourite mascara, or do you keep switching it up too?
Wishing you all long, beautiful, Seph-lashes. -Ash
A girl’s best friend must be mascara. Even if we don’t use anything else in a day, just a little touch (and repeat at least 3 times, of course) and out the door we can go. But searching for the right mascara to suit your lashes can be more stressful than finding the perfect partner. Can I get an AMEN, girls? Okay, I also can’t live without lipstick, but let’s focus for now, shall we?
Let me attempt to describe my lashes for you – this may be a challenge, you see. My lash stats go a lil something like this:
- They are very curly with random straight ones in between and have great length. To sum it up, my lashes are unruly. The type of unruliness typical of curly lashes. I have been on a quest for The Perfect Mascara for My Unruly Lashes for years. I have tried every new product that has a great mesmerizing commercial (shout outs to Queen Latifah) and am still left wanting more most times.
- Where girls are trying their darndest to curl their lashes, I’m trying to extend mine to show their length. I’ve gotten used to the “you don’t curl your lashes? LUCKY!” comments, and even survived the daggers shot at me with their eyes when I say the curliness (is that even a word?) can be disruptive. Oh! get this! I totes love when a lash curls down, and scratches the living daylights out of my eyeball, instilling fear of a damaged retina. But when I go look in an attempt to remove the rogue lash, I see nothing. LOVE. THAT. Anyway, I digress…. Where was I? Oh! Mascara. So when I see a mascara commercial that says it gives 5,000,000x the length, I am inclined to purchase it and try it out. I’ll be the judge of that, thank you!
- I’m the opposite of Ash – I hate fresh mascara because it does nothing for my lashes. I might as well rub water on them. See what I mean about unruly? For me, I like when I’ve used mascara for about a week or so and it’s not as “liquidy”. My lashes must be ruled with an iron fist, you see; none of that soft and delicate freshness for my bad boys. I think I hear them snicker when I apply fresh mascara.
- The type of brush that comes with the product is mucho important. I have to use the comb-styled brushes… you know the ones…. They are better at separating than the wands that have fuller brush types. So if I see a new product, I check out the brush. If it’s full, the forget about it!
- I also double up, but that’s because one product doesn’t seem to cut it. Some are fab for length while others give you volume to die for. And there are the others who take “waterproof” to unknown lengths and last ALL day. So essentially, I need a first layer to separate my soldiers, then another to add some volume and/or length to make them stand at attention.Come to think of it, I might even triple up depending on the occasion.
Let’s face it, we all want giraffe lashes. And by that I mean, we all want Seph-lashes! (Seriously, whose natural bottom lashes practically brush their jaw line like that?) For a couple years I had sworn by Maybelline Define-A-Lash like no other. I was settled – this was my Mascara Match Made in Heaven. I would try new ones in between, then end running back to my love Define-A-Lash. But all good things must come to an end, and there are way too many options out there. And like my attention span, my lashes need to switch up.
I am not in as deep as Ash (we’ll be switching spots when we talk about lipsticks, don’t worry) but I have collected a few whenever they go on sale. I can guarantee that this isn’t it, though, but as The Mascara Logs carry on so will the options.
So join us on our journey, and leave us your feedback – especially if you have the same lash type. We’re open to suggestions too, as you can tell we’re not locked in to one particular mascara! The quest to achieve Seph-lashes may be a lifelong one. – Chris.