Mascara Monday: Milani Total Lash Cover mascara

One of my beauty BFFs has two new mascaras hitting the scene and I’ll be reviewin’ both of ’em. First up is this gal. And oh my words…the wand on this mascara may just have you gasping in horror. Or gasping in ________ (insert a great antonym for horror). Which sounds insanely dramatic, I know, but come on…what’s a mascara review without some dramatics? Yeeeeuuuuuh!

Price: $7.79 on CherryCulture.com 
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “Mascara with 3 zone brush. 3 Zoned Brush applicator provides multi-performance zones: Zone 1: DEFINE inner & outer lashes, Zone 2: BUILD center lashes, Zone 3: CURL comb applicator, Non-clumping. Long-lasting, comfortable wear.” (source)

The Truth: ZOMG! This wand is scary!

What I Loved About It: It’s a rich and super black mascara. If you can avoid it the clumping, one coat should be just fine.

What I Didn’t Like: The wand is too large and in charge and it makes applying difficult.

Overall: I can’t believe this is my first Milani mascara review. Lame, uh? What a way to start the day because I am actually really in love with the packaging of this kid. And despite its curves, I can actually appreciate the hefty wand….


Until it makes its way to my lashes. I’ve used several (okay, more like 150+) mascaras and this one is definitely one of the most interesting. I kinda dig how pretty the wand is when their isn’t mascara on it.

But man is it somethin’ else WITH mascara. The concept makes sense to me. Define, Build and Curl. Cool. But execution is something else and if you don’t have a stead hand, you may run into some problems with this bad boy. For one, because the wand is so large and gets coated with so much mascara, application gets tricky. Especially if you have super short lashes like me. While I managed to coat my lashes evenly, it was no easy feat. Attempting to not get mascara on the lower lashline was tough. But once I got the mascara on the lashes, it gave me a good amount of volume and length. Curl? Meh. But you know how I feel about mascaras that say they “curl” lashes. I think the curling action comes more from technique than actual formula. But of course, that’s just my theory. What do I know?

I managed to push it to the limit and get a good 3 coats on my lashes, but it was time-consuming. The large wand and my short lashes don’t work well together. Formula-wise, the formula is a bit on the thicker side. Ya gotta be careful with those thick mascaras as they tend to flake throughout the day. Such was the case with this baby. The flaking wasn’t horrible but if I went to rub my eyes, I’d rub away a bit of the mascara away too. Womp.

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 3 coats


 

Do I recommend it?: If you can get past the weird wand and semi-flaky formula, this isn’t a half bad mascara. It just didn’t work well with my special needs lashes. :(

Yo Milani lovers?! Have you tried this mascara yet?


Mascara Monday: YBF Beauty Xtreme mascara

Haven’t heard of the brand YBF? Well, up until a few months ago, I hadn’t either. This brand has launched on Ulta’s website and I just had to check out their mascara. But of courseeee. Oh, and what does YBF mean? It stands for “your best friend”. Cute, uh? And yes, cheesy too. 😀

Price:$14 at Ulta.com
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5

What It Claims: “Xtreme Mascara builds the lashes to create super sexy, sultry irresistible looking peepers in an instant with dramatic definition! The patented, half-moon shaped, thick mascara brush hugs and separates each lash for precise application for high definition, curl and volume! Water resistant formula helps keep lashes pliant, glossy and flake free! It will last all day and night!! For flirtatious lashes, you’ll love two coats!” (source)

The Truth: What an interestiiiiing formula.

What I Loved About It: Whoa! This mascara gives a great amount of length!

What I Didn’t Like: The formula is weird and it starts removing itself from the lashes throughout the day.

Overall: Oh man, this mascara is so wonky. What a way to start a review, uh? I wanted to like this but it’s just…strange. Let’s talk about the wand first. It isn’t the worst.


In fact, it isn’t bad at all. I don’t have  anything negative to say about it. It’s the perfect wand for a mascara with this kind of formula. And what kind of formula is that you ask? This is a matte mascara. I’m not of friend of these kids and for several reasons. Matte mascaras, are the absolute worse when it comes to lasting all day. In fact, within a few hours of applying this one, it virtually disappeared. I don’t know how or why but it did. If I happened to rub my eyes, instead of flaking away ,the mascara smeared away. Which means it definitely isn’t an ideal mascara for those with sensitive eyes. So no, I’m definitely not a fan of this mascara because the formula and longevity just aren’t up to par. The good news? Some of the other products from YBF Beauty look pretty awesome so I’ll definitely be trying some of those. Have you seen the packaging of their lipsticks? They are goooorgeous!

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 2 coats


 

Do I recommend it?: It pains to say it but no. But if you’re partial to matte mascaras, you may like it.

Have you tried anything from YBF Beauty? And what’s your take on matte mascaras?


Mascara Monday: COVERGIRL Queen Lash Fanatic waterproof mascara

It’s been a minute since I’ve tried a COVERGIRL Queen mascara. I don’t hear much about COVERGIRL Queen releases until they they’ve been out for  a while. I so wish that they were on the same radar as the regular COVERGIRL stuffs but I don’t think they are. Oooooh well. But letter late than never, right?

Price:$5.19  at Drugstore.com
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Get up to 2x* the look of more lashes rain or shine!* The mircochannels in each bristle of our Lash Surround brush smoothly and precisely deliver mascara to each and every lash – creating the look of more lashes.” (source)

The Truth: What a really cool wand!

What I Loved About It: This is a fantastic waterproof mascara!

What I Didn’t Like: It didn’t promise to volumize but I wish it gave me  little more.

Overall: I am sooooo impressed with the wand on this mascara. Granted it’s not innovative or anything but it does a really good job at breezing right through those lashes. Because the bristles get shorter towards the tip of the wand, you are able to get into those inner corners with no problem.


Yeah, I know. There are a lot of mascaras like this, right? Still. Somehow this one worked better for me than most. I am not much of a waterproof mascara wearin’ kind of gal because I find that most “washable” mascaras do okay with lasting on me all day. But if you suffer from allergies, find yourself constantly rubbing your eyes, do a ton of sweating, or need your mascara to last more for more than 8 hours or so, a waterproof mascara is ideal. And if you fall in any of those categories, you should definitely take a peek at this mascara.

This baby doesn’t budge. I mean..not one bit. BUT, it removes with ease with my makeup remover. Formula-wise, it’s got a nice consistency that helps darken the lashes. Lengthening and volumizing is meh, though. Which hey, not all mascaras are made to give you drag queen lashes. And that’s  cool. The longevity of this mascara made up for its lack of volume. I tested it by wearing it during an intense workout (BTW, I neeeever wear makeup when I work out. Never.) and it stayed put. Score!!

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 2 coats


 

Do I recommend it?: If you’re looking for a mascara that stays put no matter what and don’t care too much about a ton of added length and volume, you’ll love this one.

Any waterproof mascara lovers in the house?


Mascara Monday: NARS Larger Than Life Lengthening mascara

Oh boo. How have I not tried any of NARS’ mascaras? This must be some kind of beauty crime. NARS has the best blushes and eye shadows everrrr so of course I assumed that this mascara would be up to par. Let’s take a look see…

Price:$25 at Sephora.com
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “This mascara delivers length and separation with its high-performance formula. The high-tech bristles on the conical brush allows for maximum lengthening capabilities and precise lash definition that lasts all day. Nylon fibers cling to lashes for extra length, while macadamia nut oil and vitamin E help enhance their suppleness. You’ll be left with impossibly long and impossibly sexy lashes.” (source)

The Truth: Man, I expected more.

What I Loved About It: It’s a light mascara that didn’t weigh down the lashes.

What I Didn’t Like: It didn’t give me enough length.

Overall: Welllll, you win some and loose some. And that’s the case with everything. Mascaras included. It’s hard to find a good lengthening mascara. In fact, I find the best the lengthening mascaras are fiber mascaras. They are easy to apply, they help elongate your lashes and they are easy to remove This mascara claims that it has nylon fibers in it but I can’t locate them with my bare eye.

The good news is, the mascara has a nice and build-able formula. Once it goes on the lashes, it feels light. Not wispy light but it doesn’t feel heavy and weigh down the lashes. Which is always a good thing. The wand is pretty groovy too.


But I don’t feel like the mascara did enough for my lashes. Due to testing out waaaay too many mascaras, my lashes have been skimpier than ever and so I was hoping that this lengthening mascara would realllly bring the lashes out there. That wasn’t the case. The wand allowed me to separate beautifully and while I got a just a bit of volume, the lengthening just wasn’t there. But considering the mascara gave me a lil’ bit of something, I gave it a 3 out of 5. Because it’s not a terrible mascara. It’s just an okay one.

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 2 coats


 

Do I recommend it?: Meh. If you’re a NARS lover like I am, you’re better off spending your money on one of their fabulous polishes, lipsticks or eyeshadows.

Any NARS fans in the house? Have you tried any of their mascaras?

 


Mascara Monday: NYX Cosmetics Provocateur mascara

I am just a breezin’ through NYX’s Boudoir mascara. I’ve already reviewed Pin Up Tease and next up on the list is this baby.

I just love saying Provocateur. It sounds all fancy… Pro-vaaaah-ca-touuurrrr. 8) Hehehee.

Price:$6 at Ulta stores and NYXCosmetics.com
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “To volumize and separate lashes. Start with level 1 for heavy application then level 2 to lighten and separate.” (source)

The Truth: It’s one of those mascaras with 2 wands. Interestiiiiing.

What I Loved About It: Both mascara wands do a really good job at giving two 2 different looks.

What I Didn’t Like: The packaging was a little wonky.

Overall: Some people don’t feel the need to have 2 wands in 1 mascara. In fact, I think I’m one of those people. When it comes to my desires, I’m pretty simple. I want the most volumized lashes everrrr. Oh, and I could do without the clumps of mascara too. 😉 That said, while Provocateur may not be a necessity for me, the good news is, it’s a darn good mascara. The 1 brush, 2 styles feature may appeal to many and I’m just glad that the mascaras claims are pretty dead on.

NOTE: Unless you want to mess the mascara up, do NOT remove both wands at the same time. Trust me on this one.

First things first, formula-wise, the mascara is decent. I didn’t have problems with applying it to the lashes. I was a huge fan of the longevity. Yes, girl. This mascara lasted alllll day without flaking and smudging on me. Huge win for me.

Let’s rap about Level 1’s wand first. It’s my favorite. And according to the packaging, Level 1 has a wide wiper that is designed to grab more mascara for fuller and heavier application.

When you remove this wand from the packaging, it’ll be loaded with mascara. Almost too much, though. You see, the hole that the mascara is removed from is large (and in charge) and can put just too much mascara on the wand. You may find yourself wiping it off on the rim of the mascara. Despite that, the overall appearance of the mascara using this wand is niiiiice. I got a good 2 coats in and it made my lashes big and bold. I didn’t see much length though. But who cares. I’ll take volume over length any day.

Then there’s Level 2. It has a narrow wiper that is designed to grab a light amount of mascara for finer application. While it’s great for lower lashes, I find the wand is too big to do so.

I’ll be honest, Level 2 isn’t my style. But that doesn’t mean that it the wand isn’t effective. If you’re a fan of whispy-er (okay, I made that word up) lashes, you’ll love this one. It does do a pretty good at separating and that’s a function that I can always appreciate. The wand is decent but it doesn’t hold a ton of mascara on it and even after 2 coats of mascara, my lashes didn’t appear to be heavily coated.

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 2 coats using Level 1

Lashes after 2 coats using Level 2

Do I recommend it?: If you enjoy having options in 1 mascara, I’d give this one a whirl.

 

Are you a fan of mascara options in 1 tube? Whatcha think?

 


Mascara Monday : Noir G de Guerlain Exceptional Complete mascara

There is a first time for everything. And that’s what I love about life. While sitting in a comfort zone ain’t always a bad thing – taking a walk on the wild side can be exhilarating. That said, this is my first time reviewing a Guerlain mascara. This is a big deal because Guerlain is such a luxury brand. One that I’ve always had a crush on. And while this mascara may be pricey, honey…using it was an experience. I feel so refined now. I know. I’m so dramatic.

Hold on…I think Hollywood is calling.


Price:$49 at Sephora.com
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “This innovative mascara combines the extravagant luxury of a mirrored jewel case with a do-it-all formula that adds volume, lengthens, and curls. Black Pigments create perfectly defined eyes without any risk of smearing, smudging, or clumping. A fortifying agent helps to regenerate lashes by stimulating keratin for fortification and lash growth. Noir G goes one step further in creativity with its refillable applicator, making it convenient and easy to switch to a new wand as soon as you need it.” (source)

The Truth: I just….I can’t find the words.

What I Loved About It: This packaging is like a piece of jewelry. It’s amazing!

What I Didn’t Like: The fragrance. Thankfully it dissipated after application.

Overall: Before you get to griping about how much this mascara is, remember that there are folx who don’t mind dropping close to $50 on mascaras. The same goes for clothes, shoes and purses. Makeup, for many, is like an accessory and if making hefty investments in cosmetics is your thang, I say go for it! I will be reviewing this mascara based on its performance not on the premise of “OMG, it’s so expensive.” bit. Sound good?

That said, before I even pulled out the wand, I was impressed with the mascara’s feel.

It really feels more like a piece of jewelry than a mascara. It’s heavy so it probably won’t be great for toting around but for keeping on your beauty boudoir? It’s the perfect piece. The wand though? Meh.


It’s not the best wand I’ve ever seen but it isn’t the worse either. What makes the wand tricky to use is the mascara’s thick formula. This mascara’s formula reminds me of the formula of a mascara that has gone bad. Instead of it being fluid, it’s thick and it takes some swirling around in the tube to pick up enough mascara to get through the lashes. I actually prefer thinner formulas because I feel like they allow for build-ablility and can lessen the chance of clumping.

Luckily, the mascara didn’t give me clumps. Buuuut after 2 coats of mascara it gave me heavy matte lashes. Matte lashes are better than crunchy lashes but I found that hours after wear, the mascara started to flake away. No bueno.

While it lasted, it looked good. Not great. Not amazing. But good.

Oh! And there’s one more thing you should know about this mascara. It has a fragrance to it. It almost smells like a perfume. It  doesn’t stink. And while it was pleasant, I could have done without it. The smell dissipates after application but leave it to Guerlain to give you some “umph” in your mascara, uh?

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 2 coats


 

Do I recommend it?: If your wallet can handle it and you’re looking for something extra fancy, I’d give this one a try. I did expect more because of the price point. The good news is, if you find yourself loooooving this mascara, you can buy the refill for $26. Which is a whole ‘lot better than having to pay another $49.

What say you? Is this mascara one you think you’d want to try?

 


Mascara Monday: e.l.f. Studio Mascara Primer

It’s e.l.f.! I haven’t reviewed anything from my favorite brand in quite some time and so I figured it was time to hop to it. Plus, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about their mascara primer. Their $3 mascara primer. Their $3 mascara primer that works as well as the higher-priced ones. Yep. And this is why e.l.f. rules.

Price: $3 at EyesLipsFace.com and Target stores
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Lengthen and volumize eyelashes instantly with this Mascara Primer. Revitalize lashes with Pro-Vitamin B5, Hydrolyzed Wheat and Soy Protein-enriched formula. An excellent conditioning base for mascara. Coat each lash with this nourishing primer for lashes that appear naturally thicker, longer and stronger!” (source)

The Truth: Always wanted a mascara primer and didn’t want to drop pennies on one worth more than $10? This one is sooooo worth your $3.

What I Loved About It: This baby really helps thicken lashes quickly.

What I Didn’t Like: The wand doesn’t suck but getting into those inner corners sucks just a bit.

Overall: Primers, primers, primers….do ya need ’em? I guess it’s a personal thing. As a mascara junkie, I always like to keep a good primer on hand. And considering e.l.f.’s is so affordable and does a REALLY good job, I’d go with this one. It’s hard to review primers because on one hand I feel like they are all so similar. Except for the wands…


The wand for this one is just okay. Getting the corner lashes is tricky but if you accidentally get some primer on your lower lashline, it’s no biggie. You can simply wipe it off and keep on truckin’. That’s the best thing about primers…they do REALLY good at “prepping” the lashes for the mascara. This primer lengthened my lashes and bulked them up a bit and by the time I came through with the mascara, the lashes were already voluminous.

Another great thing about primers is that they make it so that you don’t need to wear more than one coat of mascara. While I normally feel the need to wear 2-3 coats of mascara, this primer gave me the look I was looking for with only 1 coat of mascara. Score! And while 2-3 coats of mascara would normally leave my lashes brittle – the primer kept them softer. Not that I NEED soft lashes but it was a nice little perk.

Do you need a primer? Not really. Especially if you’re okay with how your mascara performs. But if you’d like to push it to the limit to see if the mascara can be enhanced, this $3 primer is worth a try.

 

 

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 1 coat of primer

 

Lashes with 1 coat primer, 2 coats of mascara

Lashes with 1 coat primer, 2 coats of mascara

 

Lashes to the left are just 2 coats of mascara. Lashes to the right have primer and 2 coats of mascara.

 

 

Do I recommend it?: Sure. But only if you want to try something new.

Are you a fan of primers or do you find them a bit pointless?

Mascara Monday: Urban Decay Lush Lash mascara

Huge news, y’all! This mascara review makes the 150th mascara review added to the Clumps of Mascara Mascara Bin. It’s hard to believe that I’ve tested over 150 mascaras AND wrote reviews for them. Is there a Guinness World Records section for something like this? Seriously. In honor of the 150th mascara review, I’ll be giving away UD’s Lush Lash. Aaaaand, it’s an International-friendly giveaway! Details after review!

Price: $20 at Sephora stores and Sephora.com
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “A thickening and lengthening mascara formulated to help lashes actually grow longer. ” (source)

The Truth: The wand is a dream!

What I Loved About It: This mascara lengthens nicely.

What I Didn’t Like: You probably won’t get the complete benefits of this mascara unless you use it in conjunction with Urban Decay’s Lush Lash System (Growth Accelerating Serum and Conditioning Mask). And that goes for $42.

Overall: Here’s the dealio, because I can’t spend weeks reviewing a mascara, I won’t be able to say much about this mascara’s ability to make the lashes healthier over time. What I will do is rap on the awesomeness that is the wand, the formula and whether or not the mascara’s overall performance is up to par.

Let’s take a look see at the wand.


Nice, uh? This is the perfect wand for maneuvering through wonky lashes. The bristles are smaller than I’d like but at least they are sturdy.

Formula-wise, I think this one’s formula is nice. It plops itself on the wand easily and distributing it on the lashes is easy. It flaked a bit on me throughout the days I wore it but this can be alleviated but applying a coat of your favorite mascara primer before applying the mascara.

This baby promises to thicken and lengthen and I think it does a darn good job. Like I think it does better lengthening than thickening, I love that I can apply 2-3 coats without it clumping up on me. I didn’t get insanely longer lashes with Lush Lash, but I find it be the perfect everyday mascara. Aaaand, if I weren’t too busy reviewing so many other mascaras, I would definitely use this for days and weeks at a time to see if helped lead me to healthier lashes. It’s been such a long time since I’ve reviewed an Urban Decay mascara and it’s a plum shame because Urban Decay is one of my favorite brands.

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 3 coats



Do I recommend it?: Sure do. Especially if you need a good separating mascara.

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