Mascara Monday: CoverGirl Exact Eyelights

Happy Monday, family!!

Ahhhh, the year is passing us by, uh? I could have sworn I was juuust making my way to Long Beach in California early February. But I’m not complaining because I am one of those annoyingly happy people during the holidays. I adore Christmas time and was ecstatic to hear Christmas music as I was strolling through Sephora on Saturday. It will only be a matter of time until I start getting my Christmas tree together. Yessss!

Okay–back to business. This was a reader requested mascara. I received several emails about this mascara waaay before I even saw it in stores. And then I saw the display featuring the omnipresent Rihanna. I swear that chick seems to be everywhere. Did this mascara live up claim of brightening the eyes? Hmmm….

CoverGirl Exact Eyelights

Price: 5 out of 5 ($6.00 from CVS)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 1 out of 5

What it claims: “The unique eye brightening formula combined with the patented No Clump brush technology brings out the color of your eyes and gives you gorgeous clump-free lashes.”

The truth: Wait, what? I’m looking for my eyes to be brighter? What the….is there a mini flashlight in the mascara tube or something? I don’t get it.

What I loved about it: Uh….I love how the tube is white and then fades out into a gray and then black. Seriously the only good thing about this mascara.

What I didn’t like: Gee, where to start…..okay, here’s the wand.

Not bad but not spectacular either. I didn’t like how the “hairs” of the wand weren’t elongated all the way out. You see how they start small and then get bigger? Well, what sense does that make, CoverGirl? How am I going to get the inner lashes? Yikes!

Overall: I don’t really know what CoverGirl’s motive was for this mascara. Some promise length. Others promise curl. And then some promise clump free separation, volume, long lasting wear, etc. But how many people have actually said, “Gosh, I wish my brown eyes looked brighter!” *looks around* One would assume that if for whatever you reason you wanted your eyes to appear “brighter” then you would perhaps play in around in eye make-up that compliments your eye color, right? CoverGirl has tried to be innovative and failed, in my opinion. This mascara does nothing. See for yourself…

Lashes with NO mascara

Lashes with TWO coats



The length isn’t bad but that’s not what I l’m looking for. Do my eyes appear brighter to you, folx? No. I was extremely frustrated with this claim not delivering. And while the mascara itself didn’t clump on me, I experienced terrible fall-out in my eyes. Each day that I wore it, I had eye irritation allll day. Not good. And then I figured out why. Look closely at this picture and enlarge if you have to.

The mascara apparently has little glitterly flecks that are supposed to “illuminate” your eyes. I get it! But nope, take it back to the chopping block, CoverGirl. These little flecks are irritaters (made that word up) that should not be in a product that goes so close to the eye. That’s a no-no. And I’m sure it would be far worse if I were a contact wearer. Not a good idea.

Would I recommend it: Absolutely not. I don’t think it’s very safe for the eye. I mean, at all…plus it doesn’t do anything. Definitely not a fan of this mascara.

*wipes brow* I’m trashing this baby here. So what do you think? Has anyone else tried this mascara? I hate to give such a not-good report but I must keep it real with yall. Still interested in testing out this mascara? What say you?

CoM TV featuring B…..haha, that rhymes!
*crickets* Oh….never mind


Click the link to visit video review:


CoverGirl Exact Eyelights

Have a wonderful Monday and Happy Veteran’s Day!

Mascara Monday: Givenchy Phenomen ‘Eyes mascara

Happy Monday, fam! I spent the weekend in Tallahassee visiting friends and family and having a good time for Florida A&M University’s Homecoming. My sister wanted me to incorporate her in this week’s Mascara Review soooo…..I did. Check out what we thought about….

Givenchy Phenomen ‘Eyes
mascara

Price: 1 out of 5 ($27..can’t even lie. This is TOO much money for a mascara)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara perfectly curls and separates lashes. It has a high-tech, patented round sphere at the tip of the precision wand that reaches every lash and adapts to all eye shapes. It’s a Sephora exclusive.” (source)

The truth: Wow, wow, and wow again! This claim is without a doubt…TRUE! Imagine that, kids!

What I loved about it: Well, the wand-ball thingie is amazing! Seriously. I didn’t want this mascara for awhile because I was hesitant about spending THIS much money on one. But, I got it as a gift and was doing cartwheels at first glance of the dagger-like wand.

What I didn’t like: The formula isn’t the BEST. Granted I was too obsessed with the wand to realize this for awhile but once after a week of testing this mascara, I just wasn’t impressed with its formula performance.

Overall: I gave this mascara 4 out of 5 stars for the wand alone! I can’t express to you how amazing it is! It would have given it a 5 if the mascara itself was hot stuff. But unfortunately, it wasn’t. It’s pretty smeary and has this gel-like consistency once applied on the lashes. It does an GREAT job at giving you volume but that volume seems to disappear throughout the day. The wand is successful at separating. I wish Max Factor Volume Couture mascara had a wand like this!! While I can appreciate its black intensity, I can’t get over how nasty looking it becomes if you were to gently rub your eyes. Yall know I love to play around and be dramatic but I promise you I did NOT purposely jack up Sister Clump’s eye on on this one. Check out Courtney’s lashes after she rubbed her eyes a good 10 minutes after I applied the mascara.


Yikes! Try again Givenchy….a huge thumbs up for the idea, but head back to the lab with the formula.

Would I recommend it: For fun, yes…but you can’t take it seriously.

CoM TV’s video review! Click the link to visit.



Givenchy Phenomen ‘Eyes mascara


So what do you think? Have you tried this mascara? Interested? Thinkin’ about passing on it? Hmm….

Have a wonderful Monday!!

Mascara Monday: L’Oreal Double Extend mascara

Happy Monday, fam! I hereby declare this week as “Week ‘O Reviews”! It’s been quite awhile since I’ve reviewed some products (the requested and the randomly snagged) so I have a lot in store for you beautiful people this week. But a Monday wouldn’t be a Monday without a Mascara Monday. This has been a crazy requested mascara. L’Oreal’s newest has been quite a buzz among cosmetic junkies. But is it worth it?

L’Oreal Double Extend mascara

Price: 2 out of 5 ($10.00, kinda pricey for drugstore)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What it claims: “L’Oreal introduces New Double Extend Beauty Tubes Technology, a revolutionary lash extension effect mascara that provides up to 80% longer-looking, nourished lashes.”

The truth: Wowsers! It’s a Imju Fiberwig drugstore kinda mascara. Groovy!

What I loved about it: I did a ton of comparisons (in the video) between this mascara and Imju Fiberwig and one thing that I love BOTH about them is the way you wash it off. Simply wet your fingers, massage your lashes, and it’s off. Amazement, I tell ya!

What I didn’t like: I’m not a big fan of the wand. I really wish these mascaras with “fibers” had smaller wands. Granted it may make it a little messy but I feel like I could get better control if the wand was a little smaller….or no, wait—a 3D wand instead!

Overall: This mascara is seriously the cheaper version of Imju Fiberwig; except Fiberwig does not come with a primer. Oh yeah…and Fiberwig performs better. HA! What mascara hunters have to realize about about lengthening mascaras is….that’s really all they do. Lengthen. I have to keep reminding myself that because I’m a “volume, plush lashes” kinda gal. I would rather like my lashes to look full than be long. If you desire length, then I think you’ll like this. Although, I wasn’t a big fan of the primer. It didn’t really do much.


My lashes didn’t plump up any more than usual. Here’s step 2:


See, it’s just okay. I’m not crazy impressed with it. That side angle really makes me lashes look funky, uh? I should have tried the mascara without the primer to see how that worked. The good news is, I didn’t experience any smudging or flaking. Overall, I do give L’Oreal a thumbs up for coming out with a pretty cool mascara—it’s just wasn’t all that for moi.

Would I recommend it: If you’ve ever wanted to try Imju Fiberwig and didn’t want to spend $20+ on it, then I recommend this for you!

CoM TV’s video review! Click the link below to visit.



L’Oreal Lash Extension Effect mascara

So what do you think? Have you tried this mascara? Interested? Thinkin’ about passing on it? Hmm….

Have a wonderful Monday!!

Mascara Monday: Rewind, Part II

Happy Monday, family! Every once in awhile, I like to give the lashes a rest and update you beautiful people on the mascaras I’ve been reviewing since our last update. Since then I have reviewed the following:

I decided to have a little awards ceremony for this batch of mascaras!

Best All Around: Max Factor Volume Couture provides amazing volume with clump-free application. To be a drugstore brand, it definitely delivers better than most of the higher end brands that I’ve reviewed. I love love LOVE this baby! And we won’t even talk about how amazing it is with my current HG (haven’t reviewed yet) primer. Oh-my-goodnessgraciousitshot!

Runner-Up:
Maybelline XXL Extensions: Daaaang, this gold and black tube provides crazy length!

The “Oh Hell Nah” (sorry Mom, gotta keep it real): Urban Decay Fatty Mascara in Black Cherry. Red lashes? Now that’s hot! But UD could definitely work on their mascara’s formula. It was crazy flaky and lacked length and volume. Um….ew?

The Biggest LOL: Wet ‘N Wild MegaVolume Mascara. Dear, Wet ‘N Wild, Just stop making this stuff. Like….seriously. Yours Truly, B.

The biggest exaggerated claim: Neutrogena’s Healthy mascara…granted the mascara is pretty amazing, but claiming that it will make your lashes 400% fuller is just a little bit dramatic; even for me.

Best Curl: *looks around* No one up in here, babes!
Best Length: Maybelline XXL Extensions
Best Volume: Max Factor Volume Couture

So what do you think? Have you tried any of these mascaras? I will answer any of your questions and as always, you can send me any requests at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. But I may give you a cyber side-eye if you request any more of those Wet ‘N Wild mascaras. I love yall dearly but I just….I can’t. LOL!

Stay beautiful!


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Mascara Monday: MAC FibreRich

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope that yall had a wonderful weekend. While the low gas prices should have prompted me to make some travels around Florida, I was too lazy to do so. I opted to spend some time cleaning out my closet, shopping for some shoes and continuing my training for the 5K. Loves it!! I would first like to ‘pologize for the delay on this mascara. Gosh, I was asked to review these decades okay. But I got it for you this time around. Introducing…..

MAC Fibre Rich Mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 ($12.00)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What it claims: “Fibre-rich. Good for you. Keeps lashes fit. Makes them strong, fat, well-defined. Adds muscle to short and fine lashes. Creams on. Clump proof…Spike-proof! The difference fibre makes is amazing. Add it to your lashes’ diet!”

The truth: *yawn* Oh…uh? What were we talking about? LOL, nah I’m kidding…it’s good.

What I loved about it: Well, it did lengthen.

What I didn’t like: I really couldn’t get down with the wand. That little swirly brush thing was just not working too well for me.

Overall: I’m just going to keep it real in the fied, folx. I know a lot of beauty gurus/enthusiasts love to give MAC Cosmetics crazy props even if the products are so-so. I ain’t one of those people so please…no cyber tomatoes. LOL! I’m just not THAT impressed. Had the brush been a little easier to use, I think I would have liked it more. The clump factor was minimal so that’s always a good thing. I didn’t experience any of those mid-day flakes so props for that! I mean, I did give it 3 out of 5 because I do like the length that it gave me but I know for a fact that there are other lengthening mascaras that can deliever just as good as this baby here and for a cheaper price! Maybelline XXL Extensions being one. Imju Fiberwig being the other (but only if you have some pennies to spare). So is Fibre Rich bad? No. Is Fibre Rich phenomal? No.

Would I recommend it: If you are looking for a good lengthening mascara, then yes. But if you already have one, save your duckies.

Lashes with NO mascara

Lashes with TWO coats

….okay, now that I’m lookin’ at these pictures, maybe I didn’t give this mascara a fair review. LOL, they did bring the lashes out there a bit, didn’t they? Ah well…my favorite lengthening mascara will forever and always be Imju Fiberwig.

What’s your favorite? Tell B!

Enjoy your Monday!!!

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Mascara Monday: Avon Supershock

Hi family! I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend. Time for another Mascara Monday! This is a first ever for Clumps of Mascara. I’ve never tried any of Avon’s mascaras. Are they hidden jewels or should they just STAY hidden? Check out my review:

Avon Supershock Mascara

Price: 4 out of 5 (about $8.50)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 out of 5

What it claims: “Unique microfibers instantly expand and plump lashes to larger-than-life proportions…for head-turning drama in a flash. Up to 12x more volume…in a single step. Maximum amount of mascara in just one dip. Molded teal plastic fine combs separate lashes for a precise, bolder-than-ever look.”

The truth: I mean…it’s okay.

What I loved about it: The brush isn’t half bad. I have really become a fan of brushes with these kinds of bristles.


What I didn’t like: While it gave me a bit of volume and length, I was shocked how it didn’t last the entire day. My lashes literally flopped within a few minutes after applying the mascara.

Overall: This is my first experience with an Avon mascara. I was intrigued to buy it being that Shape magazine had labeled it as the “Best Mascara”. Uhhh…so maybe I can chalk my experience up to having a bad tube? Either that or there was some exaggeration in their claims. This mascara is definitely not one of the best. While the brush is pretty effective in getting the lashes out there, the formula is way weak. And I’m not sure why because it isn’t heavy to where it weighs down the lashes. Definitely didn’t get any shock factor.

Would I recommend it: Nay to this baby here.

Lashes with NO mascara

Lashes with TWO coats

….so what do you folx, think? Have you ever tried any of Avon’s mascaras? Do they make better ones that you think I should try? Hmmm…

Oh, and a big ole’ shout-out to Jamila over at Betty Brown Beautification. She won the blogger template giveaway from Divalicious Designs!! Congrats Jamila!

Shoot me your mascara requests at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. Have a wonderful Monday, beautiful people!

Mascara Monday: Maybelline XXL Extensions

Happy Monday, friends!!! I am so excited about this mascara. I almost cracked my teeth in Target trying to do a backflip in excitement. I am a huuuge fan of Maybelline’s mascaras. The XXL Curl Power and Colossal Volum’Express are two of my favorite mascaras ever! Wondering if XXL Extensions is just as good? Better? A “hope I saved the receipt” buy? Check out the review below….

Maybelline XXL Extensions

Price: 5 out of 5 (about $6)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims: This mascara says that Step 1 will uncross unruly lashes and lock them into place and that step 2 will extend and lengthen lashes beyond belief.

The truth: It couldn’t be more right! It did all of that beyond my expectations!

What I loved about it: If you aren’t used to Maybeline’s XXL-type mascaras than getting used to the dual sided wand may take some time. For me, I love it! Step 1 (the primer) is white and a small coat of it will prep your lashes up beautifully. And YES! This wand and formula actually “uncrossed” my lashes.

Step 1:



Step 2:

What I didn’t like: I can’t say anything negative about this mascara. I am truly in love!

Overall: I love love loooove this mascara. I initally thought that it would resemble Imju Fiberwig since it had “XX-Trem Length Microfiber” on the packaging. I thought that I would get those fiber-esque pieces attaching on to my lashes but that really isn’t the case. Which is fine with me, of course. I will, however, mention that you aren’t going to get a TON of curl from this mascara. In the video I explain how you can maximize the curl effect while getting the crazy length XXL Extensions give you.

Would I recommend it: Absolutely. This is probably one of the best if not THE BEST lengethning mascaras that I have ever come across. Maybelline, does it again!!! But uh—don’t go bother trying to find it on the website. I guess Maybelline is on CP time when it comes to updating their website. Haaa!!

And uh don’t be a silly duck like me and forget to peel off the $2-off coupon:


I so should have known better. LOL!

Click the link below to visit the video review:


Maybelline XXL Extensions

….and I wanted to get your thoughts on Mascara Mondays. Should I continue to do VIDEO reviews, stick with PICTURES or both? If you love me you won’t say both. LOL, I’m kidding (kinda). I want the mascara review posts to be effective and helpful to ALL and in order to do that I want to know what works best for you lovely readers. You can let me know what you think by the poll or by simply responding to this post here.

And don’t forget to enter my Blogger template giveaway courtesy of Divalicious Designs. The deadline is this upcoming Friday!

Shoot me your mascara requests at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com. Have a wonderful Monday, beautiful people!

Mascara Monday: Napoleon Perdis Set mascara

It’s Monday again, pretty people!! How was your weekend? Did you get in some much needed sleep? Check out “Lakeview Terrace” with my God-daddy Samuel L. Jackson? Hit up a hot club? Visit your favorite restaurant? Well, I hope that whatever you did was wonderful because we are back to another looooong week.

This mascara is reader requested and I was excited to test and review it around this time since this line is fairly new to Target.

Napoleon Perdis’ Set Mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 (ohmigooodness, $15?! Yikes!)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: “Make way for the runway. A mascara that thickens, lengthens and curls lashes with professional results.”

The truth: It’s definitely not the BEST mascara that I’ve ever used….but then it isn’t the worst either.

What I loved about it: The wand is pretty coolio. I mean, granted it is you average and ordinary wand but I always love wands like these—they do a fantastic job at covering each lash with ease.

What I didn’t like: It didn’t really do anything for me. I mean…at all.

Overall: Well, I don’t know. For a $15 mascara I really expected more. I have defintely had better results with Maybelline, L’Oreal and other cosmetic company mascaras that retail for cheaper prices. I did not experience any clumping and flaking and that is always a plus but it was just such a “blah” mascara. I wanted some POW….BAM…..a WOW factor, or something. A sista got nothing and that was a little disheartening. The good news is Napoleon Perdis has a ton of other mascaras that I would be inclined to try if the price wasn’t so steep.

Would I recommend it: I would not. I can’t think of any situation in which I would re-purchase (or even use the current tube I have) this mascara.

Didn’t get around to doing a video for this baby due to my travels this weekend….but tell me what you think. Target, apparently is adding some “higher-end” brands to their cosmetics department. I don’t really know who the target (haha) consumers are considering most folx I know only purchase relatively cheap buys from Target stores and this line is anything BUT that. Check out the website for yourself.

Nevertheless, I urge you chicas to check out this and other new lines as your nearest Target. It’s rather interesting to see such a higher-end brand display at Target. It really does seem like something that should be at Sephora, Ulta or a department store. Has anyone seen this at their Target? Or tried any of Napoleon Perdis’ other products?

Let me knowww!! And enjoy your Monday and upcoming week, beautiful people!