I’ve been around the world and I, I, I…I can’t find my
.... holy grail mascara. Why is it that there isn’t a perfect fit for me? Am I just too picky? Are my expectations set too high? I continue to buy two mascaras, yes two(!), every 3 months. Mascara has to accomplish a lot for me. For my top lashes, the mascara must lengthen and add volume - without being heavy - and absolutely cannot clump. For my bottom lashes, it simply cannot flake or smudge (honestly, is it that difficult a task?
). I don’t feel like I am asking too much with regard to my bottom lashes, really. Yet still, there is only one mascara that - absolutely under no circumstances - does not flake or smudge, and that is Blinc, Kiss Me
mascara. The bad news is, however, that it is too wimpy for my top lashes. So, I have fallen in love with several mascaras for my top lashes – DiorShow
Blackout mascara and YSL
Volume Effect mascara - and believe it or not, Cover Girl VolumeExact
. Crazy but true, a drug store mascara is all it’s cracked up to be. Amazing. As my mom says, it's her day-time mascara now. But DiorShow (coincidentally my mom's night-time mascara
) is the bomb! Be prepared, though...it only lasts 2 months. The super big brush is great. And the formula contains cashmere so it keeps your lashes soft and flexible (and you can really layer it
), which is rare these days with all the amped up mascara formulations! When you apply mascara, make sure your first coat is applied slowly. Wiggle the brush back and forth - this will enable separation for long, clump-free lashes. Your second coat can be applied minutes later at a faster pace.
Let’s talk waterproof for a minute. Hands down (many hands down)
, for Shu Uemura
Length and Waterproof mascara. Holy cow – how it lengthens! It stays on until you take it off. I can swim, shower or sweat and my lashes look the exact same. This is the only waterproof mascara I will buy. Period (unless you can change my mind, of course
Keep in mind, if you get puffy under your eyes
, you should avoid mascara on your lower lashes, as it tends to smudge. In general, to make your eyes look more open, keep your make-up to the top of the eye.
Update 9/1/08: The Mascara Report® is out! Learn which of the 45 formulas of mascaras tested performed best - on both top and bottom lashes. You will be amazed at how I have forever changed my mind in the world of mascara. Request your copy by email.