The Reviews | Mascara Madness

Long time no makeup post, eh? Well I’m going to try to ease myself back into these posts because I definitely do have makeup thoughts. Today I’m going to share some thoughts on different mascaras I’ve used recently. For reference, I have fairly long lashes that do curl naturally and sensitive eyes. I’m looking for volume primarily in my mascara and I prefer drier formulas. Here are my musings. I apologize in advance for some of my dingy-looking mascara tubes and that I lack the coordination to have pictures of the mascaras on my eyeballs:

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Maybelline The Colossal Spider Effect Mascara ($10.99 CDN): I don’t hate this mascara but I do hate the wand and kind of feel like I screwed up buying it. I should have put in my research beforehand and found out what wand I’d be dealing with before I bought the mascara. It’s a long skinny synthetic bristled wand that tapers to a point and kind of feels like it is jabbing into my eyeballs when I apply it a certain way. I like that the brush is large and gets in there for some drama quickly but it’s not for me. The mascara performed fine, adding some volume and length but it got too spider-y for my taste when built up. Essentially, it wasn’t one I was excited to reach for because of the wand. It didn’t smudge or flake particularly easy and it removed nicely. I’m lukewarm about this mascara and I kind of agree with their choice to discontinue their Spider Effect version of this mascara.

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt Mascara in 873 Blackest Black ($13.99 CDN): This was another case where I didn’t do my research on the wand and made a poor buying decision as a result. It had a weird almost triangular shaped jab-y synthetic brush that was supposed to create fanned-out volume and get in close to the lashes for a tight-lined effect. I will say that it was good at getting close to the lash line and did offer good length and some volume and drama, without smudging or clumping much. The wand shape was a bit too weird for me and I guess I’m just not a synthetic wand kind of girl and I kind of wanted more volume than it did offer.

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Deep Burgundy/ Cobalt ($9.99 CDN): I had tried the L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara before and while I wasn’t floored by it, I did like it, and I found myself purchasing it when they released it in new shades again. I do really like the medium-sized regular natural bristle wand and how easy the wand applies mascara. It provides good volume, length and definition that is somewhat buildable. My only pet peeve with this mascara is that I found it started to flake on me rather early in the tube later on in the day or if I took a bit of a nap, in a way that I didn’t experience with some other mascaras. I also wish that the formula was more volumizing, as that’s what I look for the most in a mascara. I found myself quite liking the formula in coloured variations for some reason. The blue offering isn’t for me, as I don’t find it blue enough to make a statement and it’s not a particularly flattering hue on me. I really like the deep burgundy, though, for an everyday look thats flattering on my blue eyes when I don’t want the full-on black treatment. I will note that it’s not particularly dark and looks noticeably lighter than say black liner. I think it’s great on lighter eyes and would be fantastic on blondes that don’t love the look of black mascara on an everyday basis.

Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Tinted Primer ($11.99 CDN): I can’t give you a full review on how this one performed as a primer because I think I’ve only used it once or twice that way – I honestly can’t be bothered much with mascara primers. I did like the black tint and how much length, volume and separation it offered while still looking natural. As a primer, it being tinted was really helpful, as were the lack of clumps. I did notice an altogether more lash-y volumized look. I really like this mascara as an everyday one, as it’s not frighteningly black, is buildable and adds volume and drama while feeling light on the lashes. I like the medium-sized basic natural bristle wand too.

L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara ($13.99 CDN): This is a repurchase of mine and is quite possibly the best mascara I’ve ever tried. I love how dry and super volumizing the formula is, and it gives the most dramatic lashes that I’ve ever seen on myself, without making my sensitive eyes irritated. It can get slightly clumpy but I deal with it because I love the formula and the natural bristle large standard shaped wand. It’s not a bitch to remove and doesn’t smudge or anything either. Dare I say holy grail status?
 I will note that the tube is impossible to keep in good condition.

What’s your current mascara favourite?
Maggie, x.

July/August 2017 Favourites

Over the last few months I used things and some of these things are my favourite. Let’s get into it before too much rambling occurs:

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L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara ($12): I’m not someone who really ever ‘got’ what the hype was about the original Voluminous mascara – but it might be a me issue, as I vehemently hate the prized Maybelline Great Lash Mascara as well- and with this being housed similar medium-sized natural bristle wand, I expected it to be another mascara that clumped and didnt provide the volume and separation that I’m looking for. For me, this mascara proved itself as everything I wanted the original mascara to be – offering loads of volume and separation, along with a dose of length thats easily buildable. The formula wasn’t the driest to begin with but acted like a dry mascara in the best way. It performs well for me, doesn’t smudge or flake and gives me very voluminous lashes. I haven’t tried the Too Faced Better Than Sex to compare it you, if anyone’s wondering.

Lorac Pro 3 Palette ($58.33): I’ve absolutely fallen in love with this warm and kind of rose-gold hued neutral palette in the last couple of months and have been happily reaching for it, without grabbing other shades. I’ve gotten back into wearing more eyeshadow on a regular basis and I attribute it to the ease of this palette. The powdery nature of the shadows has been a learning curve, but I love the combination of the essential matte shades (‘pink nude’ as a transition shade, ‘clay’ to add depth in the crease, ‘cool taupe’ in the brows and to add depth to the outer corner, ‘terracotta’ in the crease for when I want something warm and mustardy and ‘jet black’ for when I want a liner or some smokinesss in the outer corner/lashline), along with options for lid colours – and two different highlighting shade options. On the lid, I’ve been liking ‘almond pearl’ as a barely-there iridescent champagne, ‘Light Pewter’ when I want something slightly taupe-y but still very neutral and ‘rose bronze’ when I’m looking for something with more depth. It’s an easy palette to work with and offers versatility for more subdued neutral looks along with smokier neutral offerings.

MAC Next to Nothing Face Colour in Light Plus ($38): Whenever I wanted to put a little bit of something on my face this summer, I happily reached for this sheer to light coverage multi-use product. As a lover of natural glowy looking skin, I use it as a tinted moisturizer of sorts but it can be used under or over foundation. It created a seamless look on the skin with a glow that held up all day long even on the sweatiest of days. It evens out the skin and adds a bit of glow that holds up for longer wear on my dry-combination skin and never looked greasy in the least and worked even when I went through a phase of horrible dry patches. I will note that this product tends to pill when its built up overly much. The ingredients are also fairly nice, as its formulated without drying alcohol or fragrance and contains a couple of antioxidants in the upper portion of the ingredients.

Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Alexander ($44): I feel like an absolutely ridiculous human being for singing praises for a miniature (but not that mini) lipstick that costs about forty five dollars but it’s a gorgeous comfortable cream formula that is smooth and creamy without gliding into lip lines or onto the face. It’s a nudey peach that’s in the colour family where it can be worn without a liner and without that much makeup on the rest of the face but might be on the paler side of my lips but better. I like its ease and it was a fun treat for myself.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Prismatic Amethyst ($46): Moreso in the beginning of the summer when I was so completely pale – I hadn’t seen the sun in months – I was loving this cooler pale pinky lilac highlighter. Now as I have a wee bit more colour, I find the cool silvery tone a little bit more difficult as it can look a bit jarring in comparison to my warmer complexion – but it looks nice when its used a little lower on the cheekbones. This would be an excellent one for cooler or quite fair complexions. It’s a pale pinky lilac that has a holographic silver shift that gleams and provides a sheen without visible shimmer particles. It’s flattering and a bit more subdued head-on than Becca’s other powder offerings. It doesn’t emphasize texture and can provide a flattering brightening effect.

Calvin Klein One Summer 2015 ($80): Even though it lasted – at most – six hours on my skin, I happily sprayed the effervescent lime gin and tonic scented eau de toilette on my pressure points this summer. It lingered longer on my clothes and hair, I note and it has that freshness and unisex citrus lean that I kind of adore. I wont go on about this because it was limited edition…

Any thoughts?
Maggie, x.