As a mascara user novice, I started experimenting with different mascara brands a few weeks ago (see post here). Due to the ridiculously vast selection of mascara brands and types, I tried to focus on the ones that were personally recommended to me either by friends or a make-up artist. In my last mascara post I tried Trish McEvoy, Blinc, Lancome, and Benefit. Benefit they’re Real was my overall favorite as far as wearability, application, and making lashes noticeably longer and thicker.
In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been alternating use of the 5 mascaras shown below.
Here are my results:
Dior Diorshow – Pros: lashes are longer and thicker, no clumping if done carefully, easy to remove, brush is oversize- great if you have long/thick lashes
Cons: Because lashes are more noticeable, mistakes and a heavy hand stand out!; a little smudgy(they recommend primer, but who wants to add another step!), brush is oversize- great if you have long/thick lashes; brush is oversize- bad for short lashes!
Rimmel Scandaleyes – Pros: incredible volume and length, no clumping if done carefully, easy to remove, no smudge, easy to layer, brush is oversize- great if you have long/thick lashes, low price
Cons: Because lashes are more noticeable, mistakes and a heavy hand stand out!; brush is oversize- bad for short lashes!
Sephora Full Action – Pros: good overall volume and length, no clumping, easy to remove, no smudge, easy to layer
Cons: none unless you want a more dramatic look
bareMinerals Flawless Definition (thanks to bareMinerals!) – Pros: lashes are longer and thicker, no clumping, easy to remove, no smudge, easy to layer, brush is like a comb so great for shorter lashes and precise application
Chanel Inimitable Intense – Pros: lashes are longer and thicker, no clumping, easy to remove, no smudge, easy to layer, brush is like a comb so great for shorter lashes and precise application
The upshot of my highly unscientific research is that my favorite mascaras are bareMinerals, Chanel, and Benefit(from prior post). A huge differentiating factor was the brush. Below I’ve lined up the brushes from this post. It’s hard to tell in the pic, but the 2(bareMinerals and Chanel) on the right have comb-like bristles which really help to get in close (great for short lashes!) for precise application and reducing clumping. Benefit had the comb-like bristles as well.
L to R: Diorshow, Rimmel, Sephora, bareMinerals, Chanel
A better pic of the comb-like brush which if you already wear mascara I’m sure you’ve seen before…
Voilà. I’ve got 3 great mascaras(although they were all pretty good) and I’m done…for now.
KatjaKCNMarch 6, 2013 at 5:25 am
I love theses mascaras! I love using the more rubber material brush, regular brushes are too clumpy! I definitely want to try the Chanel and the Bare Minerals mascaras, they sounds like they work flawlessly!
GREAT post! 🙂
josephinaMarch 6, 2013 at 2:02 pm
Yes, I'm totally loving Chanel and bareMinerals. Thanks for the comment!
Love StyleMarch 6, 2013 at 6:38 pm
Thanks for the review! I haven't tried any of the ones you mentioned. I have really short lashes so I'll definitely check out your recommendations.
josephinaMarch 6, 2013 at 7:01 pm
I hope and think you'll love them as much as I do!
prettyanddelectableMarch 6, 2013 at 9:02 pm
Great review! The brushes are all so different!
josephinaMarch 8, 2013 at 1:35 am
Coline ChavarocheMarch 6, 2013 at 9:32 pm
I think this post is very useful so thank you 🙂
When it comes to buy a new mascara i never know wich one i should choose because they all promise miracles and we are always disappointed!
josephinaMarch 8, 2013 at 1:38 am
My pleasure!! I know what you mean about the disappointment, especially the ones that promise to "curl" your lashes. Really, only a lash curler will curl my lashes…