mascara monday: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly

Hello again and happy mascara Monday!  It’s been a while, I know, but here I am again with a mascara I’m really excited to write about.

I know L’Oreal mascaras have some hype to them, but to be honest I’ve never been all that impressed. Given that I’m pretty picky when it comes to mascara, I thought they were just fine. Not bad, but not amazing. I was so excited to try the Voluminous Miss Manga, for example, but it just didn’t blow me away. But I’m so happy to have found one that I absolutely love! It’s always nice to add a great drugstore mascara to your collection, isn’t it? I truly believe mascara is one of the products that drugstore is just as good as high-end, sometimes even better.

L'Oreal Butterfly Voluminous

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mascara mondays: benefit roller lash

The hype around the launch of Benefit’s new mascara, Roller Lash, was crazy. I could not go on any form of social media without being inundated with news about this mascara. And to be honest I kind of rolled my eyes. Benefit had two other mascaras prior to launching this: Bad Gal and They’re Real!  I found Bad Gal to be very average and not at all impressive or worth the price tag. They’re Real is an incredible mascara but it’s basically IMPOSSIBLE to remove without ripping out 30% of your eyelashes, so I rarely use it.

With this track record, I wasn’t all that jazzed about Roller Curl. But, as a mascara obsessive I finally broke down and figured I should investigate for myself and report my findings to you. And I’m so glad I did! Guys, this mascara is great.

Benefit Roller Lash

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mascara mondays: rimmel wonder’lash with argan oil

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a mascara monday! I haven’t been all too impressed with the mascaras I’ve tried out recently, but I’m definitely extremely picky. I am a huge fan of Rimmel mascara (remember the scandaleyes retro glam?) so I had high hopes for their newest offering, the Wonder’Lash Mascara with Argan Oil. Unfortunately, this one wasn’t a win for me.

Rimmel Wonder'Lash Mascara with Argan Oil

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mascara mondays: mac zoom fast black lash

When I started doing mascara mondays, I knew I’d quickly go through my current fave mascaras and would have to start expanding my collection. I wanted to revisit old favourites as well to see if I still liked them. Years ago, I remember Mac Zoom Fast Lash being my absolutely fave for big dramatic lashes, so I popped into a Mac store to see if the love was still there.

Sadly, not.

I’m really torn on this mascara.

On the one hand, the formula can build quite full lashes, and the brush is a classic shape, natural bristles, no-nonsense brush which I like. But on the other hand – it’s just so damn hard to work with!

Mac Zoom Lash
see the clumpyness?

I remember this being my go-to mascara for high-impact lashes. I do not remember the extremely frustrating process of building it up on my lashes. The formula is just. so. clumpy.  It’s one of those really wet formulas so you really need to give it a minute or so between coats otherwise your eyes will be a hot black mess. Even so, the coats just really stick together – not in a good way – so that your lashes are all clumped together with visible “pieces” of mascara between the lashes. Now I actually don’t mind semi-clumpy lashes for the most part, because that helps with volume, but this formula really takes a while to get used to. What I’ve started doing it using a synthetic mascara wand after my desired number of coats of Zoom Lash, to kind of comb and separate things. I would think that a regular lash comb would do the same thing.

So why do I keep using it?

Well, the spiky factor is quite good.  It gives me nice spiky lashes.  Also, once you’ve wrestled with this stuff and are finally satisfied with your lashes, it has good staying power throughout the day, with very little of that “droop” of lashes you sometimes get throughout the day.

Zoom lash mascara

My verdict?

  • Formula: 5/10
  • Brush: 7/10
  • Overall look: 7/10

Disclaimer: these pictures were taken weeks ago before my accident, I did not apply that much mascara with my left hand (right arm is still in a sling!)

If you want an easy,  one and done mascara, this isn’t your guy. If you’re addicted to mascara like I am and are open to messing around a bit, this is worth considering.

What mascara do you want me to try next?

mascara mondays: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes

Another mascara Monday, featuring what just may be the best mascara I’ve tried in a long time – and that’s saying something!

 

I haven’t tried much from Tarte but so far everything is a winner. I recently purchased Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara  from a recommendation and I was immediately impressed. This is rare for me because it usually takes me multiple uses to really “get to know” a mascara, figure out the best application techniques, how many coats I need, etc.  This is marketed as a full-on impact mascara; Tarte claims that this will “increase the appearance of lash volume by 424 percent”. Now I have no technical way of verifying the 424% claim (how could you?), but suffice it to say that this stuff is amazing.

The brush is your standard-shaped, natural-bristled brush – no gimmicks which I like. A few coats and you’ll get full on thick, full, voluminous, very black lashes and it also holds a curl quite well. Look at the picture below – no mascara gives me this kind of life and curl!  The formula builds really well on itself so you can keep applying coat after coat and get an effect pretty close to false lashes.  Now the “spiky factor” isn’t amazing but since the results are so damn good I am willing to forgive them.

Lights Camera Lashes mascara

 

The packaging is kind of odd – instead of the standard cylindrical tube this is encased in some type of squared-off purple leather. However, this unique packaging in no way impacts the performance of the product so I can deal.

Lights, Cameras, Lashes

 

Final verdict: this is hall of fame mascara. Seriously impressed!

  • formula: 9/10
  • brush: 8/10
  • overall look: 9/10

Have you ever tried this mascara? Which one should I try next?