I have so many empties! Being a beauty blogger, I collect my trash. If you're new to this concept, basically we collect all our empty beauty products and share our thoughts in a video or blog post after finishing an entire product. For me hitting pan or using something up completely is always an accomplishment. So I save them. Somehow it's gotten a bit out of control, therefore I've decided to start a weekly series of empties here on the blog. This week, did I find the best mascara yet? With five mascara empties would I repurchase or recommend any of them. Like most, I am on a constant hunt for the best mascara. I have Asian lashes and dream of big full long doll like ones, so it's a quest.
WHAT IT TAKES TO BE THE BEST MASCARA
Everyone has their own requirements when it comes to mascara. Here are mine.
When it comes to the wand, it has to fit my eyes. I have flatter eyes and smaller eyes, so a giant mac daddy wand is just going to make a mess. Typically I prefer a traditional brush wand, but there are a few rubber wands I like, just not too spikey. Does the wand grab my lashes? I need a little friction to grab and pull my lashes to enhance the curl.
Not too wet and not too dry. I'm looking for a formula that offers volume, holds a curl, is buildable, and doesn't weigh down my lashes. It also can't be sticky or clumpy. A little clump is good for volume, but spider legs is not my thing.
No. Just no. I hate waterproof mascara. It's hard to remove, sticky, and I end up tugging at my eyes and pulling out lashes at the end of the night to try and remove it. To no avail, I'll wake up with mascara the next morning.
Now that you know my requirements for a mascara, here are my thoughts on five recent empties.
TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX MASCARA
I don't hate it, but I don't love it either. The wand is definitely too big for me to use without causing somewhat of a mess. Formula wise, it's great at building volume, holding a curl, and lasting all day without smudging. For me the wand kind of ruins the mascara. If only the wand was just a tiny bit shorter or thinner. (shop here)
Will I repurchase?
No, but I do have a bunch in my stash, so I'll use it if I need to.
MALLY BEAUTY VOLUMIZING MASCARA
The traditional brush distributes the mascara beautifully. Not too big and not too small. Great at building volume and lifting the lashes as you comb through. The formula is a bit wet the first few uses, but starts to break in mid week. My one complaint about the mascara is after a few weeks, you'll want to wipe off the wand before applying because the formula starts to build up. I think this is due to the tube and how it holds product by the opening. (shop here)
Will I Repurchase?
Yes, I've repurchased multiple times already. Definitely recommend for volume.
LASHFOOD CONDITIONING DRAMA MASCARA
Not a bad mascara with a traditional wand that works well with my eyes. If you are looking for a mascara that also conditions your lashes and nano-peptide complex which improves strength and vitality of lashes, then this is the mascara for you. The result is a natural volume with a bit of length. Very fluttery and perfect for everyday. I liked using this because I felt it helped with my lash fallout and lash strength. (shop here)
Would I Repurchase
Yes, while not immediately. There are lots of mascaras on the market now with peptides to help with lash growth and strength, this one doesn't stand out from the others I've tried in anyway that would make me have to have it. It is however the most affordable of the lash conditioning mascaras I've tried at $20.
Thanks to Jackie, I bought this mascara and it's primer. The mascara itself works beautifully at creating luscious voluminous lashes. Traditional wand. When paired with the primer, you can create a beautiful false lash effect. This is a tubing mascara, so no smudging and endless length and volume. Tubing mascaras do just that, create a tube around your lashes. You can easily remove the tubes by using warm water and gently massaging the lashes. The tubes will fall right off. (shop here)
Would I Repurchase
Heck yes! It's pricy since I like to also have the primer to go with it, but it beats trying to apply false lashes.
SOAP and GLORY THICK & FAST HD MASCARA
To be honest I don't remember much about this mascara. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. The wand was a bit too big and overall it wasn't memorable. (shop here)
Would I Repurchase?
No, I don't think it's worth revisiting at this time. Maybe in the future.
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