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Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (Review)

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (Review)

I’ve been using the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara for the past few months. I had dabbled in the waterproof version, which I quite like, before then, but I decided to give the original formula a try. Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara is a […]

Best Mascara 2017

Best Mascara 2017

I adore mascara. Whether my makeup look is subtle or glamorous, nothing polishes it off like mascara. I’ve never liked false lashes (they’re just too heavy and uncomfortable for me) and because my lashes are long already, I find that mascara flatters my eyes. There […]

Maybelline Big Shot Mascara Review

Maybelline Big Shot Mascara Review

The Maybelline Big Shot Mascara is one of the brand’s new releases. If you’re a Youtube junkie like me, you’ve probably seen advertisements for this mascara, which promises “root to tip volume.” I have been really impressed with this mascara. First of all, it has buildable volume, and it doesn’t clump at all. If you use one or two coats, it can be very natural looking. But if you want to go for a bolder lash, you can apply multiple coats. The wand is very unique, in that it is big enough to create thick upper lashes, but precise enough to coat each lower lash. I love using it with a lengthening mascara to create bold, long but thick lashes. The Maybelline Big Shot Mascara doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes, it is perfectly non-clumpy, and it is great for lower lashes.

Maybelline Big Shot Mascara   Maybelline Master Precise Curve Eyeliner

Maybelline also included the Master Precise Curve eyeliner in the box they sent me. I don’t really understand why this mascara is called “curve.” The felt tip has a unique shape, but I’m not sure that this would be useful to creating a line. Nonetheless, I love how firm the tip is. I actually use it all the time! Unlike a normal liquid liner, you have total control over the line. The jumbo pen has surprisingly precise tip. Even though you sometimes have to tug a little to draw a line, the pen is reliable and easy to use. I think it would be useful for eyeliner beginners, and I plan to use the pen. I probably won’t repurchase it, but I like it overall.

 

Maybelline is one of my favorite brands from the drugstore! What are your favorite drugstore mascaras and eyeliners?

Maybelline Mascara and Eyeliner

I received the Maybelline Big Shot Mascara and Master Precise Curve Eyeliner complimentary in return for my honest review. 

 

May Favorites: Makeup and Literature

May Favorites: Makeup and Literature

May has been a great month; not only did it bring the end of my school year, but it also brought me back to France. I have been having so much fun exploring the country, making French friends, reading, researching, and (of course) shopping. I […]

Refresh Your Makeup On-The Go

Refresh Your Makeup On-The Go

Thursday night at 8:00PM, I caught a glimpse of my reflection and realized that I looked like the living dead. Okay, maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but the little bit of makeup I had put on in the morning was all worn off, and […]

Mascara Sample Battle

Mascara Sample Battle

Thanks to all of my makeup shopping, I recently received a lot of different mascara samples with my beauty purchases. Every Wednesday morning, Ulta Beauty has a “Beauty Break” when they include a bundle of samples (often deluxe samples) with any purchase of $50 or more. These samples were all from Ulta Beauty, for one reason or another: the BareMinerals mascaras were from a beauty break, the IT Cosmetics mascara was a free gift with purchase, and the Benefit Roller Lash was my birthday gift from Ulta. I’ve been using these mascaras simultaneously, so I have gotten a good idea of how they stack up to each other. I have ranked these mascaras, from best to worst, below:

  1. Benefit Roller Lash: I was so impressed with this mascara, which boasts an unusually shaped wand. The wand is rubber and curved to curl your lashes as you apply mascara. I have naturally curly lashes, so I never use an eyelash curler. Because the mascara curls your lashes upwards it made my eyes look open and awake. It only takes a little of this mascara to make your eyes look open and your lashes look long. The mascara isn’t at all clumpy, and it does a wonderful job of making your eyelashes look long while keeping the individual lashes separated for a natural look. The only con to this mascara is that it is not great for volumizing, but it was excellent overall.
  2. BareMinerals Lash Domination Petite Precision Brush: This mascara is great for a natural looking lash. The tiny rubber-bristeled brush makes it possible to cover every lash, and it works especially well on the lower lash line. It is difficult to build this mascara because of the tiny brush, but if you like a natural lash, or you want to accentuate your lower lash line, this mascara is perfect.
  3. BareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara: This mascara was good, but it didn’t stand out as exceptional. It is an excellent companion to the petite precision brush (you could use the volumizing mascara on your top lashes and the precision brush on your lower lashes). It kept my lashes separate, not clumpy, and it made my lashes decently long and thick. I liked the rubber bristles on the brush, and the design of the actual brush is interesting looking. However, it didn’t stand out in any way and I probably won’t buy it.
  4. IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara: I really did not like this mascara. The name and the packaging are very tempting, but the product was disappointing. I felt like the formula was very dry, and it made my eyelashes clump together. It was a fiber brush, and sometimes I really like fiber brushes, but  I didn’t like this one at all. You might be able to make this mascara work, but it would take a lot of effort. And at $24 per bottle, you shouldn’t have to make it work.

 

Honorable Mention: I had a very small sample of the Perversion Mascara by Urban Decay, and I wasn’t able to test it long enough to compare to the other products. However, I had a great impression of the Perversion mascara, so I might buy it.

 

What are your favorite mascaras? Are there any I should try?