Mascara Monday: Hard Candy Lash Tinsel glitter mascara

Well, well, wellll….what do we have here? It’s a Hard Candy mascara! I get a lot of recommendations to review these mascaras and for the longest, I didn’t think that they were even in Orlando. Until I went to Walmart one fateful day and discovered that the Walmart nearest me actually has a ginormous selection of Hard Candy mascaras, lippies, polishes and eyeshadows. Well, heyyyy! With the holidays rolling around, I wanted to review a fun mascara. You know…something that can help you stand out at that holiday party. What can be more show stopping than a glitter mascara?

 

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

What It Claims: I didn’t spot any claims on the packaging or website. Weird.

The Truth: This mascara makes your lashes rock hard.

What I Loved About It: The color is really pretty and I didn’t have to endure any glitter falling in my eyes – and I was afraid that I would.

What I Didn’t Like: The glitter didn’t look as noticeable as I wanted it to.

Overall: I think this is my first time reviewing a glitter mascara. Why yes. It is. To be quite honest, I’ve never been a fan of them. If you know me, you know that I really don’t like anything with glitter around my eyes. I’m just too paranoid that a fleck will fall in my eye while I’m driving and I’ll crash into a pole or something. That sounds ridiculously dramatic, I know, but I don’t want to take any risks. And so I usually run away from liners, mascaras and eyeshadows with large glittery specs. But in light of the season, I decided to push my fears to the side and try something new. Aren’t you proud of me?

The consistency of this mascara is on the gel side.

I think the consistency is actually better fitted for an eyeliner. It’s thin (but not too watery) and dries to a sturdy finish – just like a good glitter eyeliner. But because the glitter floats in a thin base, it makes applying it on the lashes difficult. And the mascara’s wand isn’t much help either.

It’s just so — cheap looking. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t need a super top-of-the-line wand that automatically applies my mascara for me. But I would like it to have bristles that are closer together. These bristles are spread out so far apart but it takes quite some time to get the mascara on the lashes. Once I managed to apply a few coats, I couldn’t really TELL that I had on a glitter mascara. Up close, I could see a bit of the teal but far away…nothing. If I’m going to risk wearing glitter mascara, doggone it – I want it to be seen! An hour or so after applying, my lashes became hard as bricks. I haaaate stiff lashes. I always feel like stiff lashes are victims of being accidentally pulled out. Yikes!

Yeah, I don’t know about this guy. Its saving grace is the beautiful shade of teal and the fact that if you have a small enough brush, it can double as an eyeliner. But using it as  a mascara? Not a good idea.

 

 

Bare Lashes




Lashes after 3 coats


Do I recommend it?: Only if you’re okay with only getting a minimal amount of glitter on your lashes. You could of course layer it over a mascara that you already have on, but that can result in flaking. This mascara is cheap enough to be useful for some and even if you don’t think it’s hot, you didn’t spend too much money so all is good.

Have you ever tried glitter mascaras? Yay or nay?

Mascara Monday: Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum mascara

Nothing excites me more than getting the opportunities to test drive mascaras from brands that I’ve never tried. It’s like meeting a new friend. And hoping that they don’t stink. I always have high expectations. Did this mascara wonder from Hourglass impress me?

Price: $28 from Sephora and Sephora.com
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: Per Sephora.com

Film Noir’s signature hourglass-shaped brush is designed for optimal application, adding volume, length, lift, and separation to lashes. The intense concentration of Panthenol (ProVitamin B5) adds a reflective, jet-black sheen for dramatic impact.

The Truth: This may be one of the best paraben-free mascaras that I’ve ever tried.

What I Loved About It: Pretty groovy wand. It’s nice and stiff and breezes through the lashes with ease.

What I Didn’t Like: I wish it would have given me a little more volume.

Overall: Have you ever heard of Hourglass? This is my first time covering the paraben-free brand. Launched in 2004 by beauty guru Carisa Janes, Hourglass has the style and grace of a higher end brand without overloading the products with synthetic ingredients. While the products are steep in price, I admire the purpose behind the brand. If I’m going to spend close to $30 on a mascara, I love that it would come without the yucky ingredients. That is such a rarity in higher-end cosmetics.

In terms of the mascara, it delivers! I didn’t get as much volume as I would have liked, but it did well. The wand made for easy distribution and application. Wands like these are my absolute favorite. I wish more brands would take the hint and give us wands that work for everyone.

Despite being free of parabens, the formula for Film Noir was nice and consist. It sat comfortably between being too watery and being too thick. The mascara also did a phenomenal job at lasting throughout the day. Despite my love for natural mascaras, I also get irritated with how flaky they can. I have yet to find one that would hold up throughout the day. Film Noir was epic. I didn’t experience any flakiness and it lasted throughout my 12-hour work day.

There is one downfall though. It can be a wee bit clumpy. I applied 3 coats here but even after 2 coats, the mascara clumped up on me. Key with this kid? Slow strokes are best. You won’t get insane volume with one coat but it’s the best way to guarantee zero clumps.

 

 

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 3 coats

Do I recommend it?: Yep! Yes, I know a lot of ladies may not want to spend close to $30 on a mascara, but some don’t mind. If you’re conscious about the ingredients in your beauty products and don’t mind splurging, this is a great mascara to check out.

What do you think? Think this baby could be worth your money?

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.

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?

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?

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?

Mascara Monday: Mark Lash All You Want High Volume mascara

I always feel like throwing a welcome party every time I review a brand that’s new to Clumps. And then I feel all bad because I’m like…”Why haven’t I tried this brand before?”. That’s just one of the many guilts us beauty bloggers have. But sadness I will not feel in celebrating Mark and their mascara with an uber cool name.

Price: $10 from a Mark salesperson or online
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: Per MeetMark.com

Instantly add up to 12X the volume in just one coat! Unique brush has bristles at the tip to get at the tiniest lashes.

The Truth: Not bad. Not exceptionally good either though.

What I Loved About It: It has a realllllly nice wand.

What I Didn’t Like: I didn’t get as much volume as I would have liked.

Overall: You’ve heard of Mark, haven’t you? Similar to Avon and Mary Kay, Mark (or Meet Mark), Mark is sold online and from Independent Sales Representatives. Rep Tiffany was gracious enough to send me this mascara to review. In return, I decided to plug her the best way I could. 8) Mark’s products seemed to be geared to the younger gals of the makeup world. Where your Mom may love Mary Kay and your slightly younger Aunt may love Avon, you and your younger sister may love Mark. I may be off here but keep in mind, these are just my observations. I happen to love some of the goodies that Mark has to offer and I’m glad I could break the brand in with a mascara.

Just how awesome is the name Lash All You Want? It makes me giggle. The mascara, however, is just okay. I didn’t get a ton of volume or length, but what it did provide was okay. If you’re a lover of everyday-wear mascaras and mascaras that give a little somethin’ without being too dramatic, this mascara will be up your alley. It is a bit on the flaky side so your best bet is to go slowly with applying the coats. If you let the coats dry before applying a second or third coat, clumpiness and flakiness will be in your near future.

I’ve come to understand that not ALL mascaras have to give insane volume and length for them to be decent mascaras. Such is the case with Lash All You Want. Oh, and excuse my lids. They are a bit swollen due to my allergies.

 

 

 

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats

 

Do I recommend it?: Sure! While I prefer bigger and badder lashes, if you’re a lover of something not AS dramatic, this mascara may work for you.

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