Mascara Madness

When it comes to makeup, mascara is hands down my favourite beauty product.  I’m a big fan of dramatic lashes, and I love trying out new mascaras. Today I’m reviewing a few mascaras I’ve been using over the last few weeks, some of them old favourites, and some new to me.  A few things I look for in a mascara are: extreme length and volume, no crumbling, and no rubbing off onto my eyelid.

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1. Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex

Much to my great disappointment, the brush on this mascara is so massive that I can’t even give a review on the formula because it wouldn’t go on my lashes.

2. Rimmel Scandaleyes Show Off

It’s another sad story for the Rimmel Scandaleyes. The formula didn’t lengthen or volumize, and the brush was really hard to maneuver. I was looking forward to trying out this brush because it looks similar to the Benefit They’re Real! wand, but instead the only “scandal” was the hassle.

3. Rimmel The Max Volume Flash 

This was the very first Rimmel mascara I had ever tried, and it set the bar quite high. I’m a huge fan! It’s extremely lengthening and volumizing, and while it dries quite hard it doesn’t ever crumble! The one down side is that it can get clumpy due to excess product on the brush. But when that happens I just scrape the excess back into the tube.

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4. Maybelline Great Lash Big

Let me start off by saying, I love the packaging for this mascara! I haven’t bought this one in years past, but from a young age I’ve always associated mascara with this packaging, and still do. I don’t know why that is, maybe I saw it in a movie as a kid or it stood out in stores because of the colours.

The formula is quite unimpressive as it only provides minimal length and volume.  Also, it dries quite soft, which causes it to rub off onto my eyelids since I have long lashes and oily eyelids. However, it’s good for a natural look, or if you don’t like wearing a whole lot of makeup.

I probably should have bought the original Great Lash because the smaller brush would work better for my eye size. Having said that, the big brush isn’t excessively large like the Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex brush.

While I don’t dislike this product, I don’t think I’d repurchase it, since it doesn’t possess the typical qualities I look for in a mascara.

5. Maybelline Volum’ Express the Falsies Flared (how do you pronounce that… VOLOOM??)

I read through so many reviews before making this purchase, and everyone said they loved it. So my expectations were set really high…The first thing that I didn’t like about this mascara is that it has an awful smell. Secondly, it crumbles like crazy. It starts to crumble before I even finish applying it! Now, it does provide amazing volume, and I really like the bendy brush and how it curls the lashes. But, unfortunately the bad outweighs the good for The Falsies Flared.

6. L’Oreal Voluminous Orginal

This is the first L’Oreal mascara I’ve ever tried, and I’m really impressed. It lengthens, it provides dramatic volume, and it doesn’t crumble. On hot days it does start to rub off onto my eyelids after a few hours of wear. But on regular days I don’t have this problem.

7. CoverGirl Clump Crusher

When I first bought this I was skeptical as to whether or not it would live up to its name, but it actually does crush clumps! Now, the packaging claimed to add 200X the volume, and in my opinion it adds only 3 to 4X the volume. But, this mascara is great for a natural look, because it gives great length, a little volume, and separates all the lashes. Also, when I’m using another mascara and things get clumpy or if I’m going for big lashes then I’ll use this mascara at the end to comb all the clumps out. Love!

So when it comes to choosing favourites, my top two for big long lashes are Rimmel The Max Volume Flash and L’Oreal Voluminous Original. And for a natural look or paired with another mascara for de-clumping I use CoverGirl Clump Crusher.

What’s your must have mascara?

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8 thoughts on “Mascara Madness

    • Oh that’s cool. I’ve heard that Max Factor is the same as CoverGirl in the UK, is that true? I’ve never seen Max Factor in Canada before…

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