This is a post I’ve been meaning to tackle for sometime now. I admit, I’m pretty blessed in the long eyelashes game, but I love a great mascara and have tried my fair share. So here it is, my picks in the mascara market – six mascaras to try sooner rather than later!
As I’ve lived in Phoenix, Austin and now Houston, I’ve had to adjust my mascara game accordingly. Admittedly, I used just one of these mascaras for years before finally branching out and trying new types and brands.
For the longest time, I thought that makeup from the drugstore wasn’t worth trying because, well that’s just it, you can’t try it before buying it. However, I’ve been lucky to meet some gals whose mascara game is super strong and whose recommendations I trust.
Without further adieu let’s jump right into my top six mascaras. These mascaras run from high to low priced but are each part of my beauty routine pending on my plans, travels and the weather. Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Ultra-Natural Mascara c/o // I recently received this mascara and have been using it regularly for about two weeks. I really love how soft and full it makes my eyelashes look. I usually swipe about two-three strokes on each top lash and am good to go.
I really love that this mascara is organic. Honestly, I am usually skeptical of organic beauty products because I just find that they don’t work as effectively. However, this mascara is really, really good. The formula, although filled with phtyo-pigments, is similar to that of any top brands I love.
The one qualm I have about this mascara is it smudged a tad after I worked out the other night. I’ll have you, I was rubbing my eyes during the BBG workout, which obviously ends up causing smudging. But I wore the mascara all day from 10 am on, and experience no issues.
Diorshow Extase // This mascara is a longtime favorite. I’ve been using it since high school and still consider it a strong component to my beauty routine. The brush is full, giving each individual lash a plump and full feel.
I think I’ve stuck with this mascara for so long because it wears all day long and is easy to take off at night too.
The one complaint I have about it, is the mascara itself sometimes clumps up onto the portion where the handle meets the twist top portion. But again, this isn’t a deal-breaker for me.
Chanel Le Volume de Chanel // My mom introduced me to this mascara a few years ago. I really do love it, too. The brush is bigger, however the actual bristles are both long and short for extreme volume.
This mascara takes the thinnest and lightest of lashes and makes them full and voluminous. It also stays, like legitimately stays on all day long.
But on the contrary, it’s rather hard to take off. Even if I use eye makeup remover along with cleansing my face and toner pads, I still often more times than not cannot get it off. Which is a little troublesome to me, because I definitely do not want to go to sleep with smudges of black mascara left underneath my eyes. I already wake up with dark circles at times and don’t need more reason for it to happen.
IT Cosmetics Tightline c/o // Last year I had my makeup done during New York Fashion Week by an IT Cosmetics makeup artist (see post here). She used this Tightline mascara and since then it has quickly become a favorite.
I actually specifically use this mascara for my bottom lashes. As you can see in the photos above the brush head is super, super thin. The bristles are teeny-tiny making for a really tight difference between the root and end of my lashes.
I don’t often use mascara on the bottom lashes, more just for nighttime events or when I have an event or shoot. I really like the definition that this mascara gives to the bottom of my eyes – I don’t usually put on under-eye eyeliner on when I use it.
It claims to have an eyeliner effect, which I wouldn’t exactly stand behind, but it definitely gets down and deep into the roots of my eyelashes.
Rodial Glamolash Mascara Skinny c/o // I was gifted this mascara earlier this year, and honestly did not take it out of the box for a few months. However, I came across it again in May when I was attempting to clean out my makeup area and underneath my sink.
This mascara has become a new fan-favorite. Almost every time I wear it I receive at least one or more compliments on how long my lashes look.
The consistency is not too thick, nor thin and the skinny brush is great for packing in the volume. I really only swipe about one, maybe two layers of mascara total when I use this mascara. I find that it really lengthens and separates my lashes for a completely voluminous look.
Again, I had never heard of Rodial before this year, but I am a huge fan of this mascara and find myself reaching for it more and more everyday.
Maybelline Lash Discovery mini brush // This mascara has been in my arsenal for a few years now. An aesthetician recommended it for use on my bottom lashes. I was a bit skeptical, because as I mentioned above I am not a huge drugstore makeup purchaser. However, my skepticism was proved wrong because I love this stuff.
Under $8, it’s definitely comparable to a touted skinny brush mascara that can be found in a big-box department or makeup store.
This mascara also stays. I know all too well because I wear it almost solely on the bottom lashes, which are much more susceptible to smudging and movement. The bristles are designed to catch your lashes as you swipe the brush through and there is really no gloppy-ness or clump to be had.
Do you have a favorite mascara? I would love to hear what yours is, because I may need to snag it and try it out for myself!