Mascara Monday: Neutrogena Healthy Length mascara

Yay to the first mascara review of 2010! I had a wonderful experience with Neutrogena’s Healthy Volume mascara back in the day. Is Healthy Length just as good?


Neutrogena Healthy Length mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (I got it for $7.99 at Ulta)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “This breakthrough formula with rice protein instantly extends lashes, while nourishing and strengthening lashes to allow them to grow to their fullest potential.” (per packaging)

The truth:
Hmm….not bad.

What I loved about it: This mascara uses what’s called the “Clean Lash Brush”. Per the packaging it “provides a smooth, clump-free application by combing through lashes from root to tip, for outstanding definition and beautiful length”. I don’t know about all of that but it was great with separating my wonky lashes.

And I don’t know if it’s a defect or not but my wand has a gangsta lean to it. I kinda like it though. It makes applying easier.

What I didn’t like: It does flake a bit which is no bueno for contact wearers.

Overall: Well, Neutrogena has won my heart again! They simply come out with really good mascaras. And it’s so unexpected because when you think of mascara brands, you don’t necessarily think of Neutrogena. Let’s talk about the GREATs of this mascara.

It’s build-able: Some people really desire this in a mascara. While it’s not a must for me, I can appreciate the mascara that is such. Healthy Length will look just fine with one coat and it looks even better with 4 coats. Thanks to the great wand, you won’t experience any clumping.

It’s soft: This mascara just doesn’t feel heavy on the lashes. I love that! In fact, it almost feels like your natural lashes.

The packaging ain’t lyin': Look at this…

Isn’t that grand? I’ve seen SO many mascaras that claim to give you 100x your natural length. LOL…or 80% longer lashes. WTF does that mean? I don’t know. But thank you Neutrogena for keepin’ it real.

This baby did tend to flake a bit but I didn’t notice this until the end of the day and it wasn’t so bothersome that I had to remove it.

Lashes without mascara
(curled lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Not bad at all!

Would I recommend it?: I would. My lashes got great length and if you’re in the market for a new lengthening mascara, this one isn’t so bad.

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,

  • Askmewhats

    I know what you mean girl, I've seen mascara ads that promises volume and length and you can see through it that they used falsies on models! :) I love it when companies keep it real too!

  • IMM

    Love your review. I'm so jealous of your naturally beautiful and curly lashes :)

  • Execumama

    Um, I actually don't like the pics w/ the mascara on. I've been called weird many times,so perhaps this is just further proof,but the "before" pics show your lashes as soft and feminine looking (with what seems like a great natural curl), and the "after" pics…um…they made me want something crunchy to snack on.
    *Hmm, maybe I should delete this comment in case she finds it rude*
    *Naah, I think she'll get that I'd never go that route; not in a public forum #tacky!*

  • B

    Nikki—> Isn't that the first? LOL!!

    IMM—> Thanks lovely. Naturally curly? No ma'am…I HAVE to use a curler or else. HA!

    Execumama—> OMG, I LOVE YOU! You are cracking me up. They really look crunchy to you? *steps back to view photo* Hmm. They don't look THAT bad in real life. Crap. I actually put this mascara in a gift basket to give to you. Um, uhh…..heheheeee!

  • Annelise

    Please review RIMMEL Extra Super Lash… I got it for 2.50 at Bed Bath & Beyond in the Beauty Dept and it's now my new HG!!! Also, how about Shu Uemura's mascara??? Thanks!!!

  • Lavendar

    I'm actually impressed with the length. I may have to check this one out….they got me at the nourishing and strengthening part! Thanks B~

  • Evie

    so jealous of your beautiful and LONG lashes!
    have you ever used any lash serums to help them grow this long? I'm trying to find one of those that really works and has less or NO irritations at all…

  • vivabrownbeauty

    Very nice i love that lenght :) and it seems healthy as well lol

  • B

    Evie—> I haven't tried any serums. Yet. 😉

  • Anonymous

    i love reading your reviews! i am such a fan. i, too, am a mascara addict. i purchased this mascara a week ago and i was just curious..
    does it dramatically grow out lashes as it claims to do? thanks mucho! :)

  • B

    Anon—> I didn't wear it long enough to see. I review so many mascaras. Ha!