Thursday, April 8, 2010

Side by side: Mascaras Part 1

Oh Mascara, how do I love thee?

          I absolutely adore mascaras. If the world was ending and I have one last minute to spend, I'll be curling my lashes and slathering on some mascara... Hehe.. kidding aside, If your pressed for time to put on makeup, just skip all eye makeup (shadows,liner) and just put on 2 coats of mascara and your face will instantly brighten up! (assuming you have your foundation, blush and lipcolor on!) =D

        My mascara love affair started when I got to try my mom's Great Lash mascara from Maybelline and ever since I've trusted the brand's mascaras. But they also hit or miss. I'll review some mascaras for you to see what's my take on different mascaras out there. Remember these are just my personal opinions and what may not work for me may work for you! =D

I'll be reviewing...

First stop...

1. Maybelline's Unstoppable Shiny Black

If you have seen this one recently in the mall, you might notice that they already changed the packaging. (This is the old one.) This would have to be my favorite everyday mascara! I like that the formula is not waterproof so I feel that my lashes could breathe. I also like that it really is 100% smudge-proof! Just don't rub your eyes. (Btw, you really shouldn't!) I also like that the formula has "fibers" for lash lengthening! The trouble with fiber mascaras is they tend to have fall-outs during long wear, but this one has nada! =D
                                         Me wearing the mascara without curling my lashes.
                                                           The fibers of the mascara.

2. Maybelline's Hypercurl Volum' Express Mascara- Waterproof

 I'm not even sure if they had another formula besides waterproof for this mascara but this one I bought because it was on sale! (Yay for cheap-o me!) Nowadays, I can't seem to find this anymore and I have a feeling that they replaced this with the new MAGNUM mascara. The formula for this is not bad, but it's also not great just so-so. But when they say it's for volume, It really does deliver. It may sometimes clump on your lashes so be careful to gradually add coats of mascara than slathering on a thick layer as it will weigh your lashes down. As for the curling aspect of this one, I say it curls my  lashes a bit but not enough to skip those eyelash curlers.

No, that's not a "Higad" attatched to a stick but the wand! =D You might find the wand odd for the curved shape but it actually has a purpose. Use the inner curl to coat and add volume to your lashes and then flipping the wand to the other side to push the lashes up for the curl. Pretty nifty right? =D
My lashes did have more volume and it has a slight lift. But the formula can be a bit clumpy so be careful!

3. Maybelline's Unstoppable Curly Extension- Waterproof

This one I don't use much regularly but I can't find something bad about it. The formula is creamy but not heavy on the lashes. It is waterproof but not hard to remove. (I use a make-up remover) I usually use this for putting mascara on my lower lashes because the brush is on the smaller side and it's easier to get to my lower lashes without messing up my make-up. This one also comes in the smudge-proof formula.

The brush is really cute so this will suit women with cute lashes (read:small/nonexistent) =D

Has a bit of curling effect too!

4. Maybelline's Hypercurl Volum' Express Cat Eyes Mascara- Waterproof

Ok, now try saying that really fast x5! hehe.. When I first saw this one, I knew I must, must have it because of the fierce packaging and the incredibly unique wand!! And then I tried it and I was in lalalalove!  I was actually lusting for this but something is stopping me from buying this. So I decided to sleep on it not with it..(always remove makeup before sleeping!) So after the shock of the wand, I decided to try it again and then I absolutely hated it! The formula of this makes your lashes clump together and after it dries, makes your lashes crunchy!! Seriously if you try to push your lashes back to your lid, It would feel like getting poked by needles because it was that stiff! yikes! Definitely do not curl lashes AFTER using this! The only way to get a decent coat on your lashes is if you wipe the wand clean before using, but it just wastes a lot of product. You might be asking why I have this then? well, because it's not mine. My sister bought it and I didn't have the chance to warn her.

My clumpy and crunchy lashes! =D It looks kinda creepy!

This concludes Part 1 of my Mascara Adventures! Stay tuned for Part 2.....
Happy Shopping!!


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