I love a dramatic look to my lashes but I have tricky eyes - oily lids, watery eyes and quite sensitive eyes so it's very important that I bin mascaras after around 4/5 months, even if there is plenty of product left in them because of risk of infection (I didn't always stick to this rule and my eye lids would swell, which resulted in my brothers calling me the beast from Beauty & The Beast!) . Because of that I always have a stash of mascaras on the go and I want to share my thoughts on my most recent additions with you today.
When it comes to mascaras, I am fussy and I don't mind spending money on them as the only drugstore mascara to tick all of the boxes for me was L'Oreal Lash Paradise. I want volume, length, and curl. I don't want flaking or smudging and I want it to be easy to remove. My all time favourites are YSL Faux Cils, which I repurchased consistently and exclusively for around 15 years and Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara. Those are the two that all others are compared to as they tick every box for me. How do the new additions compare?
Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara: I love that Hourglass are now selling minis of so many of their products! Also because Hourglass is Cult Beauty's Brand Of The Month for August, there is free international shipping on all products so there has never been a better time to buy the minis! There has been a lot of hype around this mascara launch - the packaging seems to have divided people although I really don't know why! This mini is pretty standard black packaging but the full size is in gold, which is gorgeous! The wand is described by Hourglass as having two intertwined brushes into one and for this reason, it really does coat every single lash. I like that it's buildable - I think I could honestly put on 6 layers and it wouldn't clump but it does give volume. It's also really black, which I love and it doesn't make my lashes crispy. The only negative for me is that it doesn't seem to hold a curl - not because it feels heavy on the lashes, it's actually pretty lightweight - it just doesn't hold a curl for some reason. £12 for a mini or £25 for full size. Last day for free shipping is Friday!
Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes 2 Mascara: I was so disappointed with the original Legendary Lashes mascara (see post here) - it gave amazing volume to my lashes but it smudged all over my lids and under eye area! I was very intrigued when I heard that it was being re-released and was happy that Charlotte listened to her customers. As with all Charlotte Tilbury products, the packaging is gorgeous - rose gold with burgundy coloured accents. The brush itself is densely packed, which is exactly what I like in a mascara. It is jet lack in colour and give instant drama and volume to my lashes. Thankfully, there is no smudging or flaking with this new version of the mascara - just dramatic, curled, supremely volumised lashes! A hit! £25.
By Terry Expert Twist Brush Mascara: Again, another hyped mascara that I had wanted for a few months and received for my birthday. This has a plastic wand, which is not my favourite but I don't mind this particular one. In its original position, this wand lengthens the lashes, which might be enough for some people on a day to day basis but when the lid is twisted, the wand shortens and thickens, which is used to add volume. You can use one or the other, or both if you like both length and volume. I like this mascara - it isn't the most voluminous I've ever used but it does define the lashes, add some volume and it holds a curl. It is very buildable without the risk of clumping and it doesn't make my lashes feel crispy. It gives an overall very fluttery look to the lashes. £25.
Clarins Supra Volume Mascara: I love the limited edition packaging of this mascara with little mascara wands and eyes with fluttery lashes all over it. The wand is bristles rather than plastic, which is my preference. This mascara ticks every box for me - it gives volume without clumping in two coats, it's very black, it doesn't smudge and it holds a curl. What I love most about this mascara is that my lashes feel soft and it pretty much gives a false lash look. It doesn't feel heavy on the lashes and is easy to remove without any tugging or rubbing. I am seriously impressed! £22.
I was tempted to buy the new Nars mascara next but I have heard that it smudges - have any of you tried it? What's your favourite mascara?
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