Mascara Monday: d.j.v. beautenizer Fiberwig LX

Once upon a time, back when Clumps of Mascara was an itty bitty baby of a blog, I reviewed Imju Fiberwig. I’m not even going to link to that review because, I’ll be honest….the review was poorly written. To my defense, I blogged for a looooong time without even realizing that people were reading. I have totally improved since then. Like…a lot. So has the old skool Imju Fiberwig. It’s got a name change but it doesn’t look like the formula has changed. Is that  good or bad thing?

 

Price: $24 from Sephora.com and Sephora stores
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What It Claims: Per the packaging…

This glossy, black formula contains double the fibers to lengthen lashes. As the formula goes on smoothly without clumping, it gives the appearance of naturally longer lashes and forms a film coating that prevents smudging caused by oils and perspiration. The active ingredients consist of several natural botanical essences, a silky fiber ingredient, and panthenol to help nourish and strengthen lashes.

The Truth: This is the IT lengthening mascara in my book.

What I Loved About It: It effortlessly attaches fibers to your lashes that stick all day. It’s like magic! And the makes applying those fibers super easy.

What I Didn’t Like: It isn’t paraben-free. I’ve become such a paraben-free snob, I know, but how it omits sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances and dyes and NOT parabens is beyond me. Not a deal breaker but it totally has me scratching my head.

Overall: Can you believe it? A mascara that receives 5 out of 5 marks from me. It’s a rarity, alright. But when it comes to lengthening, this mascara is king.

Or Queen. I’m not really sure if it’s a guy or girl. Fiberwig LX is perhaps one of the more unique fiber mascaras on the market simply because it is buildable without clumping. A lot of fiber mascaras are great at lengthening but don’t allow you to build up. This is what sets Fiberwig FX apart from the rest.

There are a few things that you should know about this mascara before using it. It comes with a technique and understanding its properties will really help you decide if it’s the mascara for you or not.

Are you a gal with extra time on her hands?
Simply put, you’ll need it with this mascara. To get the best results, you may have to invest 3-5 minutes to apply it. And that’s AFTER you’ve already applyed a volumizing mascara. While Fiberwig LX works great solo, it really makes a difference when layered on top of your favorite volume mascara

When applying this mascara, I like to focus on brushing the wand on the tips of my lashes. I carefully attach the fibers to the tips and gently brush out. While you can still use the wiggle from root-to-tip method, you will experience the best results focusing on the tips of your lashes. In fact, I find that I get a noticeable difference in length when I focus on just the tips of the lashes. If your goal to have volumized AND super long lashes, this mascara rocks beautifully over your favorite volume mascara.

Like most, if not all fiber mascaras, this baby is removed by simply wetting your finger tips and gently massaging your lashes. And I do mean gently. Whatever you do…don’t tug. Within seconds the mascara will start to come off. Kinda like magic. I think I’ve mentioned this before in a review, but I actually prefer this mascara removal in comparison to the having to remove with a cotton pad and eye makeup remover. All mascaras should be this easy to remove.

The cooler part is that even though it doesn’t take much to remove, it still manages to last throughout the day without smudging or flaking. Woot!

 

 

 

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 3 coats

 

 

Do I recommend it?: Absolutely! I know it’s a bit pricey but this mascara is definitely worth splurging on. If it’s length you’re looking for, this mascara will totally give it to you.

Too Faced’s has paraben-free liners? ZOMG!

It has been forever and a day since I’ve played around with products from Too Faced. Back when Clumps of Mascara was an itty bitty beauty blog, I fell head over heels in love with Too Faced. It’s been a minute since I’ve actually purchased something but I am forever keeping them on my radar. After all, they’ve got some of the most dynamic eyeshadow palettes on the markets. Like….fo real. They also have these stunning paraben-free waterproof eyeliners too.

I am picky about eyeliners. Well, I’m not. But my eyes are. Quite frankly, I’ll wear whatever. My eyes, on the other hand, demand sturdy liners. Anything less than that will result in smudging within minutes. Simply put, Too Faced’s Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliners are fantastic. Aside from actually staying put on the waterline, the formula is creamy and feels niiiiice. Because of its creamy consistency, it is perfect for smudging right on the waterline. A smudge brush conveniently sits across from the pencil making it the perfect partner for smokey eyes.

(l-r) Perfect Brown, Perfect Teal

Despite their ability to last on the waterline, I actually prefer them on the lower lashline. I am always struggling with trying to achieve an ideal cat eye and these liners make it easy because they are super duper creamy.

Perfect Brown is like any brown eyeliner. It’s perfect for gals who want a little something without looking too dramatic. I’m not the biggest fan of brown liners but this is a nice one.

And then there’s Perfect Teal, a stunning teal with a ton of personality.

But worry not. They dry quickly and remove easily with a makeup remover. The pencils go for $18 a pop which seems to be a bit steep from the Too Faced that I remember. But hey….at least you’re getting your money’s worth.

And did I mention that they were paraben-free? That totally makes the price tag a little more likable. You can get these and 4 other shades from Sephora stores and at Sephora.com.

Mascara Monday: L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara

Well, well, welllll….it’s been forever and a day since we’ve seen a mascara from L’Oreal. The last one I played around with was Voluminous Million Lashes and that was LAST YEAR. Sheesh. Let’s hope that this kid was worth the wait.

Price: $8.99 from drugstores
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What It Claims: Per the packaging…

The Truth: Well, it’s not THAT bad.

What I Loved About It: Verrrrry nice wand. Take a look at that.

What I Didn’t Like: It was beyond flaky. And the consistency was just…weird.

Overall: Okay, seriously…what’s with these brands re-using the SAME names? You’ve got L’Oreal Voluminous, Voluminous Million Lashes and now Voluminous False Fiber Lashes. It gets so confusing after awhile. And it doesn’t help that Million Lashes’ packaging looks a lot like False Fiber Lashes. Dag. Come on, L’Oreal. From a consumer and beauty editor’s point of view, me thinks you can be be a little more creative than that. I know it really shouldn’t bug me but it kinda does.

But anyway…

Simply put, this is a fiber mascara. It has tiny pieces of fiber that are supposed to attach themselves to your lashes and help elongate them. Sounds simple enough, uh? Funny thing is, I experienced more volume with this mascara than length. I’m not sure what’s up with the formula on this baby but it seemed to slowly disappear after awhile. I usually experience this with natural mascaras but have never had this problem with a L’Oreal mascara. Literally an hour after I applied 3 coats, the volume and length of my lashes just…dropped. What I was left with was flaky mascara bits oozing down my eyes. So not cool.

The crazy thing is when I applied it, I loved the outcome. I pushed it to the limit and applied 3 coats (I normally do 2) and while it was a bit clumpy dumpy, it looked great. But how could it just disappear like that? Your guess is as good as mine. Oh, and there’s one thing that I don’t like about this mascara. It’s so big!

It’s like an oversized mascara.

Such a whiny complaint, I know, but I don’t like it. It has a weird handle and can make applying a little challenging. The brush is nice to work with. It reminds me a lot of Maybelline the Falsies wand, except the bristles are stiffer and aren’t as spaced out. You won’t run into any troubles with actually applying the mascara. Whether it will last all day or not, however, is another question. The formula is on the thicker side which may be why it looks so clumpy after 3 coats. There’s a Waterproof version of this mascara too. Maybe that one is better.

 

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 3 coats

Do I recommend it?: Only if you’re itching to try something new. It’s not terrible but it certainly won’t last all day.

Yeahno. I had high hopes for this L’Oreal mascara but the formula is just not up to par.

Have you tried this mascara yet? What do you think?

Palette Lovin': LORAC Little Black Palette

Ah yesss ,darlings. Allow me to introduce another beautiful eyeshadow palette.

LORAC’s Little Black Palette is certainly a top contender for one of my favorite eyeshadow palettes for the year.

It’s so sexyyyyyy. Now y’all already know how much I looooove LORAC. Their mascaras rock my world and I absolutely adore their lipglosses. I dig their eyeshadows too. These paraben-free baked eyeshadows are also without sulfates, pthalates and synthetic fragrances and dyes. Winning!

What Sephora has to say about the palette:

“Everyone needs a Little Black Palette! Create long-lasting, hot looks for days, evenings, and after-hours in the city with this must-have palette. Shine in rich golds and bronzes with 4 color-coordinated, mineral-infused, silky-smooth, shimmering Baked Eye Shadows and a mini Behind The Scenes Eye Shadow Primer, all packed in a must-have sleek black case. Buy a little perfection with LORAC’s Little Black Palette—it’s the must-have accessory for every season!”

When it comes to eyeshadow palettes, I’m looking for convenience and quality. This baby comes with an eyeshadow primer and 4 GREAT eyeshadows and so its $33 price point is just right. Like all of LORAC’s eyeshadows, these are shimmery and feel silky smooth on the skin.

While I love the shimmer that they provide, I do kinda wish that there was a matte shadow thrown in the mix.

Definitely not a deal breaker, but what can I say? I’m a gal that loves matte shadows on her browbone. And then there’s the primer…

Cute lil’ kid, isn’t it? I am a picky eyeshadow primer user and while this one is a little too emollient to me, it actually gets the job done.

And even if I was completely against it, I wouldn’t care because the palette itself is just so fantastic. This is the perfect eyeshadow palette for gals who don’t need many options. The foil-y finishes of silver, gold, copper and brown can make for decent daytime and nighttime looks. I’m a no-fuss beauty traveler. I never really WANT to apply a bunch of makeup so this palette is perfect for me. Aaaaand, it’s only $33. I mean, come on…. That’s not bad for a bunch of paraben-free eyeshadows, uh?

So yeah. Just like every gal needs a little black dress, us makeup lovers need little black palettes too. You’ve done good, LORAC. You’ve done good. You can grab this wondrous palette at Sephora stores and Sephora.com.

Whatcha think about this palette? Yay or nay?

 

Mascara Monday: Wet ‘n Wild MegaLash Clinical mascara

I’ve been on a Wet ‘n Wild sugar high for quite some time now. Granted, I’ve AWLAYS loved their products but it’s like the brand is continually getting better and better. While some drugstore brands stay consistent and others get…lame, Wet ‘n Wild is always keeping us on the edge of our seats beauty-wise. AND, the products are still ridiculously affordable. Let’s see how this mascara does.

Price: $4.99 from drugstores
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: Per the website

Boost your batting average: Get longer, thicker, fuller-looking lashes instantly! Research shows 87% of women saw an instant improvement in the length and volume of their lashes.* Breakthrough P-Charged+™ technology delivers a peptide complex that promotes visibly longer, thicker lashes. A conditioning and activation complex provides oils, vitamins, and nutrients to condition and stimulate stronger lashes for a “wow” factor that can’t be missed. 

 

And per packaging:

The Truth: Wow…um impressed!

What I Loved About It: The wand and its curved handle makes for easy application. And the formula is really nice too.

What I Didn’t Like: I would have liked more volume.

Overall: Well, well, welllll. Check you out, Wet ‘n Wild. While this mascara isn’t one of the best ones I’ve tried, it isn’t bad. And that says A LOT considering it only costs $4.99. It’s such a relief knowing you don’t have to spend $20+ to get a good mascara. And this kid definitely proves that. Let’s take a look at the wand first…

Not a bad lookin’ wand, uh? I love how the handle curves a bit. It makes a huge difference when applying. The bristles of the wand are also nice and stiff making it easy to go right through those lashes.

Keep in mind that this mascara is supposed to be be used over a long period of time. And I don’t mean every day for a week. To achieve the results that Wet ‘n Wild claims, one would would have to use it for several weeks. That’s just my assumption but since I’m a blogger who only reserves a week to test mascaras, I wasn’t able to really take this baby for a REAL testdrive. That said, my review will be based off of the mascara’s formula performance and overall feel. I can’t attest to if it promoted any growth.

I was really impressed with the formula. It wasn’t too thick and wasn’t too thin either. In fact, if anything, it doesn’t appear to have a sturdy stopper. Stoppers help catch some of the mascara residue so that you don’t end up with globs of mascara all over your wand. The stopper on my mascara didn’t do its job too well so I had to clean up quite a bit before applying. My hope is that this is a manufacture problem in my mascara and not a problem among all of the MegaLash Clinical mascaras. I still managed to coat the lashes with a good 2 coats. This isn’t a mascara that will get insanely clumpy after a coat or two. Which is a great thing. At the same time, I wouldn’t describe it as a buildable mascara either simply because even if you apply 10 coats, you won’t get THAT much volume added on your lashes. Definition? Yes? Dark and sultry lashes? Yep. Volume? Not a lot. The mascara feels nice throughout the day and I didn’t experience any flaking.

But it’s all good in the hood. I still found it to be one of my favorite Wet ‘n Wild mascaras. If your goal is to use it for quite some time to see if can promote growth, the formula is nice enough to allow you to do so.

Oh, and can we talk about how cute the packaging is?

Niiiiice!

 

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 2 coats

See. It’s not terrible but it’s not POW either.

Do I recommend it?: Sure! It’s affordable, it does a decent job and uh…it’s affordable!

Any Wet ‘n Wild lovers in the house?

NYC New York Color’s Designer Denim palette

With the holidays coming up, I’m going to be cranking out a ton of reviews and features of eyeshadow palettes. Between traveling and searching for stocking stuffers, portable eyeshadow suffers will so come in handy. First up NYC New York Color’s IndividualEyes Designer Design palette. While this was “created for brown eyes”, it will, of course work for everyone.

Oh, and when you see brands list products being for “brown eyes” or “green eyes”, please don’t think that you can’t wear them. Certain colors make can enhance brown and green eyes by making them pop. It’s not just a marketing ploy to get you to buy palettes but also a guide to help you look your bestest.  But enough of my rambling. Let’s check out this palette…


These palettes freaking rock my world. The color payoff of each shade is always super pigmented. And whatever isn’t can easily pop over a primer or base. I wanted to go for a bit of a dramatic look with this one.


With lots of blending, these colors will mesh together beautifully. For extra drama, I angled the shadow and drew my brow out a bit. Which, um…I NEVER do.

I don’t wear it much but I really love blue eyeshadow.

 And of course you can get this palette for a smokin’ $4.99 at drugstores.

What do you think? Are you a fan of blue eyeshadows?

Mascara Monday: Clinique Lash Building primer

Ah yesss….mascara primers. While us mascara lovers can make use of any mascara item, the average beauty consumer may not get the point of mascara primers. Are they worth my extra pennies? Shouldn’t my mascara provide enough volume and length on their own? What’s the real purpose of mascara primers? And how good is this one by Clinique? Warranted questions indeed. I’ll do my best to answer them in this review of Clinique’s Lash Building primer.

Price: $13.50 from Clinique.com and Clinique counters
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: Per Clinique.com

Lash-conditioning undercoat boosts the benefits of Clinique mascaras. Unique polymer combination holds mascara to lashes for a longer, fuller look and extended wear. Moisturizing formula helps condition and mend dry lashes. Ophthalmologist tested.

The Truth: It actually does what it says it’s going to do. Oftentimes a rarity in a lot of mascara claims.

What I Loved About It: It was easy to apply and the formula did not make mascara application thick and clumpy.

What I Didn’t Like: You have to work quickly. Once it dries, it makes applying your first coat of mascara pretty tricky.

Overall: Mascara primers. For the longest, I didn’t see the point of these. And to be quite honest, I think we’d be okay without them. Yes, I do agree that a mascara should be good enough on its own. But, if you don’t mind the extra few pennies and really want to enhance the look of your mascara, then splurging on this mascara primer isn’t a bad idea. My favorite attribute about it is how it doesn’t change the formula of your mascara. Some primers can make application difficult. Mascaras that weren’t clumpy are suddenly difficult and tricky to apply. Not the case with Clinique’s Lash Building primer. I tried this with both a Clinique mascara and another brand mascara and got the same results. The formula for both mascaras wasn’t changed a bit. Coolness! The wand is nice.

Nothing special. No tricks and frills. I do love how the wand has bristles that are stiff. This allows you to really get up and through those lashes. Coating your lashes with the primer does the prep work for your mascara. Instead of your having to use your mascara to separate and elongate lashes, the primer does it. When applying your first coat of mascara, your lashes already have a good amount of volume and length to them. Having a primer is great in that instead of applying 2-3 coats of a mascara, with a primer’s use you may only need to apply one.

But there is a downside. You have to work quickly after applying the primer. While its initial application is creamy and pleasant, it can harden up a bit if you wait too long to apply your first coat. This won’t wreck anything but it can make applying difficult.

Do you NEED a mascara primer? Not really. Especially if you feel like your current mascara gives you what you want. But if you feel like your mascara needs an extra push and don’t mind spending a good $13, I would definitely give this primer a try.

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after applying primer

 Both lashes have 2 coats of mascara. Primer was applied to the lashes on the left.

 

Do I recommend it?: Yep! I likes it!

 

What do you think about mascara primers? Cool or pointless?

Mascara Monday: Almay One Coat Get Up & Grow waterproof mascara

Ah yessss, it’s Almay. The last time I reviewed a mascara by Almay, I wasn’t too happy. Let’s see if they can redeem themselves with their latest mascara.

Price: $8.49 from Ulta.com and drugstores
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What It Claims: Per the packaging…

The Truth: What the….

What I Loved About It: I think the mascara name is cute ‘n witty.

What I Didn’t Like: It didn’t really do anything.

Overall: Okay, seriously…what’s going on here? Almay, please have a seat. We have some things to discuss. Here’s the thing: if you are going to label a mascara as “waterproof”, that bad boy better be waterproof. Our eyes dependent on it. Waterproof mascaras are ideal for those of us with allergies and the last thing we need is for mascara to be falling in our eyes. This, of course, will result in eye irritation and it goes down hill after that. That said, Get Up & Grow was everything but waterproof. Within hours, it was flaking and just about disappeared. Like…what the what? Let me back up a bit, Almay. Let’s talk about the good attributes about the mascara. The wand isn’t bad…

There’s nothing exceptionally good or horrifically bad about it. It is average at best. I do wish the bristles were spread out a little better, but hey…it’s not the worst wand that I’ve seen.

The formula, however, simply wasn’t up to par. It was thick and unpleasant to use. I kept trying to sweep the wand through my lashes and simply couldn’t get much mascara on them. What DID manage to get on them was minimal and clumpy. Still. The flaking off hours later frustrated me. Usually when I have this bad of an experience, I chalk it up to being a bad tube. I certainly hope this was the case with Almay.

 

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 2 coats

Do I recommend it?: Nope! Not at all.

So while I wasn’t too happy about this mascara, do you know what a better product from Almay is? Their Makeup Remover Sticks. I’m still lovin’ those. What do you think? Think I got a bad tube or is this mascara really this crappy?