I am a self confessed mascara junkie, I need to try every new one out, see if the gimmicks are just that and to see if I might stumble across the Holy Grail of mascara. I am the kind of girl who takes advantage of the buy two from one brand get one free so I can get three different kinds even if I don't need any at all. This does lead to a lot of waste as I do throw my mascaras out after a couple of months because it's really not hygienic to keep them longer. My mascara hoarding does mean that I am never without a new tube though, so that's cool.
I'm going to show you what I have at the moment, it's actually a little embarrassing, truth be told.
Yep, all of them. Can you tell which ones have been living in the bottom of my handbag? First person to guess correctly gets a brand new unopened mascara sent to them - although I don't know which kind I am willing to part with but I promise it will be one of the good ones! (Hint - there are two mascaras.)
Today I am going to show you these ones.
First up here are a couple of pics of my lashes naked. I realise you don't see many makeup blogs with pics not involving makeup, so please bear with me and don't run from the hills at the sight of my makeup less face. Lol.
Wow, that macro leaves nothing to the imagination. The little dusty looking bits on my lashes is just mineral foundation I used to even out my skin tone for the pics. Lol. Not lash lice. I don't even know if that is a real thing.
First cab off the rank is Peep Show Madame Curl Curl by Napoleon Perdis.
Left eye has mascara, right does not for easy comparison.
What it is supposed to do - Madame Curl Curl is the ultimate eye-opener, seductively bending the will of the most stubborn lash and delivering an eye-enhancing curl which lasts throughout the day. Her super-flexible film both lengthens and lifts while she coaxes lashes into good health with a dose of much needed moisture. (http://www.napoleonperdis.com/Shop/c-34-mascara.aspx)
Does it? - Pfft, no. This is a horrible mascara and I regret the day I caved and bought it. I hate the formula, it is messy, thick and all around nasty. I hate the brush. It's curved, but that's not the problem, the problem is, the tube doesn't remove the excess product from the curve and it comes out with way to much. Much like this.This leads to uneven distribution even after you wipe off the excess, massive amounts of wasted product and mascara EVERYWHERE!
It does not curl like advertised. I used an eyelash curler in the pics before applying the mascara, like I do with all my mascaras. It also starts flaking off everywhere towards the end of the day.
Verdict - Clumpy mess, greatly overpriced and horrible to use. Would never EVER repurchase or recommend to anyone else. In these pictures I actually had to take a brush to my eyelashes and push the lashes down with my finger through the bristles to separate the lashes at all. It seriously looked like I had 4 ridiculously fat lashes beforehand and I just couldn't stand it.
Lashlight in Black Vinyl by Too Faced
RRP - $25USD
What it is supposed to do - LASHLIGHT's exclusive light-up wand spotlights every lash for the perfect mascara application every time. LASHLIGHT is formulated to thicken, lengthen, and condition while coating lashes with the glossiest of jet-black finishes to make eyes look brighter, whiter, and camera ready. The patented formula contains millions of microscopic mirrors that bounce light off lashes for the deepest, jet-black finish that lasts all day. (http://www.toofaced.com/product_template.asp?dept_sub_id=14&dept_id=3&cat_id=145)
Does it? - I found this to be comparable to the most basic mascaras I have come across. There is nothing special I could see about the formula, the wand is standard. It has LED lights built into the wand which is cool, but angle the wand the wrong way around your eyes and you get temporarily blinded by the brightness. The lights are also useless unless there is a power outage, in which case, you won't need to apply it because no one is going to see you. The handle is bulky and not overly user friendly either.
Verdict - Not worth the money. The lights are unnecessary and the formula and wand is similar to that you could find on a very cheapie brand mascara (ie crappy) you find in discount stores. I would not recommend this product.
Cils Design Pro by Lancome Paris
RRP - $35USD
What it is supposed to do - Contains 2 mascaras in one to produce best effect. One side defines & lengthens lashes and other side adds volumes to lashes. With Mini Comb to reach lashes in corner & bottom. Gives your eyes a glamorous shinny long look. (http://www.cosmeticamerica.com/lc2405685-01.html)
Does it? - I found the only thing this mascara did was clump my lashes big time. The second brush, the "Custom Design Lash Effect" one was hard to maneuver and seemed to little other then group my lashes together. Not attractive. The formula on this one and stings my eyes and I def do not fall under the sensitive eye category. I applied it and had a "It burns, save me Jeebers - it burns" moment.
Verdict - I'm glad this one was a gift because I would have been pissed if I had paid for this tube of poop.Very pricey, very overrated, very crap. Would not recommend.
Rimmel Volume Extends Waterproof Mascara
RRP - Approx $15AUD
What it is supposed to do - Lash extending & building Mascara. Build the excitement!
Does it? - This mascara has two ends, one is a wand with white stuff which you apply first to add volume and length to the lashes, then you cover the white with the normal mascara at the other end to make it look natural. But does it work that way? Fail! When you apply the white it looks like you have lash lice (again, still not sure if that's a real thing, but you get the idea). When you apply the black over that it just looks clumpy and messy.
Verdict - Not a fan. I know some people love this mascara, I am just not one of them. As you may have noticed, I am incredibly picky when it comes to mascara and this one just does not make the cut. Would not recommend.