Mascara Monday: NYX Doll Eye waterproof mascara

It only took 600 years but I am finally reviewing this mascara!

NYX Doll Eye mascara
Price: 3 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: “
Doll Eye mascara offers the latest advanced mascara formula for perfect all-around full lashes. Contains natural oils, vitamin E and fibers to extend and protect lashes.” (source)

The truth: It’s average.

What I loved about it: The wand was pretty groovy. It’s not original but helps with lengthening and separation.

What I didn’t like: While I like fiber mascaras, one of their flaws is the flakiness they tend to give you after you’ve coated your lashes. This isn’t the case with ALL fiber mascaras but it is certainly the case with NYX’s.

Overall:  Fiber mascaras ain’t for everybody. I think they are best suited for ladies who have short ladies. Small strokes and few coats are key for fiber mascaras. And if you have have super sensitive eyes, they may not be the best for you because of the flakiness. Doll Eye does well with one coat but I didn’t find it to be spectacular. The volume was so so but the lengthening wasn’t where it should be for a fiber mascara.The best thing about it is the removal process–simply wet the lashes, massage them and it’s off! It’s like magic!

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)
Lashes with 1 coats of mascara

You can purchase it for $9 anywhere NYX Cosmetics products are sold. 

Would I recommend it?: Nope. While, it’s not a bad mascara per se, I didn’t find it to be one that I would purchase again.

Until next Monday…

A crazed mascara reviewer,

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Mascara Monday: Smashbox Hyperlash mascara

Just in time for summer, Smashbox debuts their newest mascara. Let’s see if this baby is worth packing for your summer getaway.

Smashbox Hyperlash mascara

Price: 4 out of 5
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What it claims:
“Rev up your lashes with this high intensity all-in-one mascara that lifts, lengthens, volumizes and defines. The unique dual applicator has a brush on one side and a comb on the other for beautifully full, amazingly long, clump-free lashes in seconds. Naturally derived peptides and antioxidants help protect and repair, while rich pigments bind to lashes for an ultra-dramatic look. “ (source)

The truth: Not bad. I am totally loving the wand.

What I loved about it: Check out the amazing wand!

While the teeny tiny bristles may be TOO tiny, I think they are perfect for separating and elongating the lashes.

What I didn’t like: I would have liked a little more volume and length before it got a wee bit clumpy.

Overall:  Mind if I vent for a quick sec? A light bulb recently went off when a YouTube subscriber left a comment saying something like “I don’t know why people complain about a mascara clumping when they’ve applied 3 coats.” By george, this is true! Not all mascaras are build-able and are meant to have more than 1 coat. Such is the case with Hyperlash.

First, let’s talk about one of the things that I love about Smashbox.

Enough said. Very rarely do we run into a higher-end brand that gives us paraben free products; namely mascaras. The majority of their products are gluten-free and they are a brand that consistently supports organizations like Food for the Poor and Children’s Miracle Network. Yay to them! If you are looking for a green-conscious, world lovin’ brand that makes great products, Smashbox is it!

Back to Hyperlash…I think it does well. I think the comb wand performs beautifully but while testing it, I had no idea that it had 2 functions.

I was confused at what I was supposed to DO with Step 1 and Step 2 but I think it does provide a good amount of volume. Length? Hmm….not as much. This is a great mascara for someone looking for a natural lash look. It’s perfect for long wear because it does not flake or smudge throughout the day.

But don’t overdo it with more than 1 coat. You may be able to get away with 2 but a 3rd coat will definitely send you packin’ over to Clumps City.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 1 coats of mascara

You can purchase this baby for $21 at your nearest Smashbox counter or online.

Would I recommend it?: I do if for none other reason than it’s paraben-free formula. I do wish it gave more length but it’s a great mascara for ladies who don’t desire a whole heap of lash drama.

Any Smashbox mascara lovers?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

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Mascara Monday: Maybelline The Falsies Volum’Express mascara

Good ole’ Maybelline is gracing us with another mascara. If you ask me, I don’t think Maybelline can do much wrong when it comes to mascaras. I haven’t run into one that was just horrible. Think this one will be an exception?

Maybelline The Falsies Volum’Express

Price: 5 out of 5 ($7.99 and I’m sure you can catch it on sale too. )
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“Patented spoon brush and Kera-fiber formula instantly build 8x more volume without clumping to complete the false lash look”. (Per packaging)

The truth: Another winner!

What I loved about it: It gave amazing volume and length. I love how dark my lashes are.
What I didn’t like: I can show you better than I can tell you.

Maybelline Colossal was the same way. In fact, the stopper that I had in Colossal completely popped out. It’s not a good look but the outcome of the mascara totally made up for it.

Overall:  First of all, can we talk about that beauty that is the packaging? How gorgeous is that magenta? If it were a gloss it would be NYX’s African Queen. Look at me going off topic. Focus B Focus!! Okay…so with a tube this big, you would think that the wand would be just as large as Colossal’s, but it wasn’t.

The wand almost reminds me of Lash Stiletto‘s. And that’s a good thing. It makes for great separation. The only issue may be with the control. If you aren’t used to holding a wand this large, you may struggle with initial application. Practice makes perfect in this regard.This is one mascara that really needs only one coat. I applied two but of course that brought up the clump factor. Which isn’t THAT bad but still…who wants clumps of mascara. Hahaaa! Get it?

I’m hoping that Maybelline soon comes out with a waterproof version of this mascara. It’s a washable mascara so it removes easily but smears away when I wipe my eyes during a work-out.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Click here for my video review.

Would I recommend it?: Well, of course. Maybelline is affordable and easy to find and you will get amazing results with this mascara.

Another winner, kids. Have you tried this one yet?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

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Mascara Monday: MAC Opulash mascara

I feel ca-ra-zy for  posting a Mascara Monday on a Tuesday. But better late than never, right? This past weekend I was vacationing in Savannah, Georgia (post coming soon!) and completely forgot to draft a post. Please forgive me, darlings. Let’s get this show on the road. Allow me to introduce you to…

MAC Opulash mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 ($14 at MAC counters, stores and online at
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims:
“Big, fat, bouffant lashes. Dramatic density and curl achieved with a giant brush. Fibres go in all directions for a thick, rich, even application. No clumping. Long-wearing formula, up to 15 hours, quickly thickens lashes, root to tip. Contains natural beeswax”. (source)

The truth: Ah crap…not one of those enormous wands.

What I loved about it: It gives rich and dark lashes with only one coat.
What I didn’t like: That stupid wand. I mean, look at this…

It isn’t the worst I’ve seen but I had such a hard time bringing this through my lashes. Wiggling didn’t work because I ended up smearing it all on my lid. And small strokes don’t get enough of the mascara on my lashes. I don’t know WHAT to do!

Overall:  My homegirl friend who happens to be a MAC Cosmetics make-up artist was the one that told me that I HAD to try this mascara. I gave her the “you’re not just saying that because you work there, are you?” look but she promised me that I wouldn’t be disappointed. I don’t remember her being THIS excited about a mascara so I hit up my favorite MAC store and picked up Opulash. Well, it’s dramatic alright. It definitely thickens the lashes with just one coat. You’ll see once you scroll down to the pictures but a second coat is almost TOO much. This mascara reminds me a lot of L’Oreal Voluminous. It is designed to give you dark lashes with crazy drama but both mascaras have wands that are just unpleasant to work with.

If you have baby lashes, smaller lids or need a mascara wand that helps to separate your lashes, you won’t get it from Opulash. What you’ll get instead is a mess. I find it so hard to control wands like this. If you’ve got longer lashes then we hate you, then you won’t have much of a problem. You will be able to glide the wand through your lashes with ease while the rest of us have to struggle a bit.

But that’s not a reason to hate the mascara. It’s actually pretty good. It does a good job at volumizing and is great for a night on the town or just when you want some “out there” lashes.

The one thing I don’t like about this mascara is how it doesn’t have a stopper in the tube. We’ve seen this before in several Revlon mascaras.

The big hole (or the Black Abyss as I like to call it) makes for messy application because when you remove the wand from the tube, here is what you get…

Mascara reside on the all over the wand. Not a good look, MAC. You should know better. Go sit yourself in the corner and think about what you’ve done.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 1 coat of mascara

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

And how it looks from a distance…

Would I recommend it?: I do. I don’t think I would purchase it again because of the wand and packaging issues but I can see how others may love it. Especially make-up artists. The mascara does well very well!

Think you’ll try this?

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,

Mascara Monday: Lancôme Définicils Precious Cells mascara

Happy Monday, lovelies! A few months ago I had the opportunity to try what I called in my posts, a “secret mascara by Lancôme”. I’ve been using it in several of my FOTD Fridays and it is finally time for a formal review! Introduciiiing…

Lancôme Définicils Precious Cells

Price: 2 out of 5(pretty steep for $29 at Lancôme counters in Nordstrom and
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims:
Experience the first mascara from Lancôme that visibly regenerates the condition of lashes. Reveal fuller, beautifully defined, stronger lashes. Lash fallout is minimized during makeup removal.

Lash Densifier Complex
  • Precious plant cell extract
  • Hyaluronic acid known for hydration
  • Madecassoside, an ingredient known for its strengthening properties
  • Arginine, an amino acid known for its nourishing properties
  • Multi-faceted brush designed to deliver optimal amount of product, while delivering lash by lash separation (source)

The truth:
I mean honestly…can Lancôme go wrong in the mascara department? Me thinks not.

What I loved about it: I loved that I was able to get pretty long lashes with only one coat.
What I didn’t like: Tis was a little clumpy the second coat and beyond.

Overall:  I’ve always loved everything about Lancôme mascaras. And not just because they are inventive but because they actually do what they SAY they’re going to do. More than 50% of my mascara reviews’ scores come from if that mascara claims are true or false. And for the most part, Lancôme mascaras don’t let me down. Definicils Precious Cells comes with a motto: “An apple a day…for your lashes.” Through research and tests, this mascara has been proven to make lashes look healthier and stronger using ingredients like swiss apple extract.

I could ramble on and on about how much thought and research was put into this mascara, but I don’t want to bore y’all. Instead, I suggest you check out Lancôme’s site. There’s a whole section dedicated to this baby. 

I reviewed this mascara before I knew what it was supposed to do and for the longest, I thought it was a lengthening mascara. I got such good length with only one coat. And that’s the thing about this mascara. You really only need one coat. I know, I know. We’re so used to applying two, three and sometimes four coats but sometimes you only need one. Holla!

An extra coat or two of Precious Cells can send you to Clumps City. The key is use small strokes and going from root to tip. I took my time with using this mascara. Some mascaras allow you to apply and dash. Nope nope…I think to get the most out of Precious Cells, you have to take your time.

The wand rocks!

The bristles are nice and thin and allow for great separation. I do wish the end of the wand made it easier to get to the inner corners but not so much. Still, this is the kind of wand that ladies with smaller lids/lashes will love and that’s a plus in my book.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 1 coat of mascara

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: I do! Especially if you’ve tried and like other Lancôme mascaras. This is a great everyday mascara that requires some work but will give you great length with only one coat. I can’t say if it helped with preventing my lashes from falling out or not but it’s definitely one of those mascaras that I would use regularly to see if I could get great results.

Think you’ll try this? Whatcha think?

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,

This review contains a sample product sent for post consideration. Read our disclosure policy here.

Mascara Monday: Revlon Grow Luscious mascara

Well well, my darlings. Look what we have here. Another Revlon mascara review. After being highly disappointed with the Double Twist mascara, my hopes weren’t so high for Grow Luscious. Did Revlon win me back or are they still on my naughty list?

Revlon Grow Luscious by Fabulash


Price: 4 out of 5($9.99 from Walgreens)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 out of 5

What it claims:
Per packaging

The truth:
Uh…maybe Revlon should just retire from mascara making. I’m just sayin’…

What I loved about it: Why lie? I didn’t love anything about it.
What I didn’t like: The flaking was out of control.

Overall:  Okay, first things first. This is one mascara that makes A LOT of claims.  Let’s list them, shall we? Grow Luscious claims to:

-Give you longer and lusher lashes
-Give you stronger lashes with prolonged use
-Make those lashes waterproof
-Improve lashes overall appearance

As a mascara reviewer, I could not dedicate a month or so to see if this mascara improved my lashes’ overall appearance. Because of that, I will not judge that aspect of the mascara. But I will say this…a mascara has to be pretty darn good for me to want to have to use it regularly. If it is less than up to par, then I don’t care WHAT it promises, I’ll just stop using it.

And that’s the thing about Grow Luscious. It isn’t the kind of mascara that made me want to keep using it to see if my lashes would indeed get stronger. For one, I didn’t notice much length. Or volume. I mean, I got a little bit of both but I was looking for something more.

Waterproof? Not so much! In fact, I experienced nothing but flakes with this mascara. See…

And this was happening whether I rubbed my eyes a few minutes after applying or if I rubbed my eyes a few HOURS later. The mascara seemed to flake away by the end of the day. Which is NEVER a good thing with mascaras; especially for contact users and those with sensitive eyes. You risk a greater chance of eye irritation with flaky mascaras.

And then we run into the SAME packaging issues that Double Twist gave us. Like that HUGE hole.

Look familiar?

 I really don’t know HOW and why Revlon keeps getting this wrong. Don’t they realize that a larger wand entrance means that you end up pulling out (and wasting) a whooole bunch of mascara? And we won’t even talk about the kind of bacteria that has the chance of getting in your mascara when you wipe the excess mascara on the side of the tube. With my Double Twist review, many commenters said that they experienced the exact same thing. So I ruled out my having a bad tube. And if I DID have a bad tube, well so did other ladies in Michigan, Australia, the UK and Canada. LOL…I’m being sarcastic, y’all.

The wand is less than perfect too.

This is not my ideal mascara wand as I find it to be difficult to control; especially if you have smaller lids and lashes. And it doesn’t make it easy for separating as well. Notice the huge glob of mascara at the end of the wand? Hmm mmm…this means you can use the tip to get in those inner corners.

Lashes without mascara
(did not curl lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: Nope. Not at all.

I was very careful in reviewing this mascara. I didn’t want my experiences with Double Twist to sway my opinion for this one. But it looks like Revlon is making the SAME mistakes. Even if I loved what the actually mascara did, they still get a fail in the packaging department. And I’m not the only one saying this. Want to know the most popular Clumps of Mascara blog post EVER? It’s the Revlon Double Twist review. Many left comments in that post claiming that they had the same awful experiences with Double Twist. Fail and double fail. While Grow Luscious is nowhere near as bad and Double Twist, it’s just not good either. I don’t know. I don’t want to write off Revlon completely because I actually like their polishes and lippies. But maybe mascaras just ain’t they thang. I can deal with that.

What say you?

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,

Mascara Monday: Chanel Inimitable Waterproof mascara

Finally! I am reviewing another mascara that has been on my “To Be Reviewed” list for a little over a year. I know, I know. I am certainly late with this one but let’s go ahead and get this party started!

Chanel Inimitable Waterproof mascara


Price: 1 out of 5($30…yowzers!)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims: 
“Exceptionally gorgeous lashes that stay that way, even through inclement weather or time in the pool, are now yours. The mascara that delivers it all — volume, length, curl and precise separation — does it with a long-wearing, waterproof formula that won’t flake or smudge. Pro-Vitamin B5 hydrates and conditions lashes to keep them supple and healthy-looking. A unique brush design provides precise definition and separation of lashes, even the finest.” (source)

The truth:
Um, yeah…this is a $30 winner!
What I loved about it: It feels light on the lashes and gives GREAT volume!
What I didn’t like:Well, because I’m cheap and don’t like spending this much on a mascara, I wasn’t a fan of the price.

Overall:  I’m not much of a shopper. Never have been. I shop only when I need to (which is usually the day or night before a big event) and I’m in and out within an hour. But there’s something about strolling through department stores like Bloomingdale’s. I could have $6.49 to my name and I would still want to try on shoes, glide my fingers over purses and play in luxury make-up lines. Including Chanel; a brand that I have never tried before.

This mascara REALLY surprised me. I’ve heard both good and bad about it but…wow! It really exceeded my expectations. Yes, it has a ridiculously high price tag and true, it’s a mascara that I would never purchase without y’all requesting it but it is phenomenal! This mascara gave me such thick lashes. It is build-able so you can apply one coat or three coats without running into clump issues. Score! Inimitable leaves the lashes light weight and that eliminates flaking. My least favorite thing about it is that it burns! Perhaps it’s just me but I noticed my eyes burning just a wee bit when the first coat. Not sure what that’s about. I don’t think it’s a deal breaker because it wasn’t painful or uncomfortable, just…odd.

The wand reminds me a lot of Maybelline’s Pulse Perfection‘s wand.

Which is a good thing because it makes for great separation. Are you a fan of waterproof mascaras? Oh yeah…this baby holds up!

Lashes without mascara
(curled lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: I do! While I think there are drugstore mascaras that can give you the same results, it’s great to know that you can get what you paid for with this Chanel mascara.

Until next time…..

A crazed mascara reviewer,

Mascara Monday: Guess how many I’ve reviewed?

Check out one of my tweets from last night…

 It’s true!!

And feel free to count the reviews if you don’t believe me. 😉

If all else fails in this thing called life, I can always say my contribution to (wo)mankind was providing honest mascara reviews. Ha! I’m taking a break this go ’round to get some commentary from you guys.

What’s your absolute FAVORITE mascara? And what’s one that you hate? Are you a dedicated buyer of the same mascara or do you like to buy the newest ones hitting the shelf?  Got any recs, tips or questions for me?

Let me know! I’ll be back next week with the 83rd mascara review.  I think by the time we  hit 100, I should have a massive mascara giveaway. Maybe giving away one a day for a week? Hmm….whatcha think?

Have a great Monday!