Mascara Monday: Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber mascara

Well, well, welllll….what do we have here? Looks like Maybelline is starting the year off with a new fiber mascara. Considering I find fiber mascaras to be one of my favorite kind of mascaras (after volumizing mascaras, of course), I could not have been more happy. And Maybelline rarely disappoints me when it comes to mascaras. Let’s hope this one won me over…

The packaging looks a bit like Lash Stiletto, uh?

Price: $8.95 in drugstores. Of course you can probably get it cheaper with a coupon.
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims:  “Defy the rules with new Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara. A Maybelline New York first, this new mascara features fiber-extension technology for longer-looking lashes – 4mm visibly longer looking lashes to be exact!

How does it work? Maybelline New York incorporates 4mm black fibers into our formula. These elongated, dark fibers provide a dramatic, almost illegal length to lashes. Our exclusive Fiber Fix formula actually seals the fibers to each lash while the Fiber Fix Brush catches each lash for optimal fiber placement. Lashes extend to their fullest, most traffic stopping lengths! No flaking – no breaking.” (via press release)

The Truth: This wand is the best at defining, y’all. The best!

What I Loved About It: The wand. It’s just amaziiiiing!

What I Didn’t Like: When I think of something, I’ll let you know.

Overall: Maybelline does it again! *does the cabbage patch* I’m so excited! Okay, let’s get back at square one. You know what a fiber mascara is, don’t you? Essentially these little fibers give you dramatic length by attaching themselves on the tips of your lashes. You know how some women wear hair extensions to make their hair longer and fuller? Fiber mascaras do the same thing for eyelashes. I’ve discovered that there are 2 kinds of fiber mascaras; ones that promise volume and others that promise length. Both types of mascaras have to have great wands to be effective. Illegal Length Fiber is winning in that department.

Because of the wand’s slimness, I was able to apply the mascara on the tiny tips of my lashes. This can be challenging with a larger mascara wand but ILF was perfect. Like most fiber lengthening mascaras, the consistency of the formula was far from thick. Which is another good thing. A thick formula would make it difficult for you see the bristles on the wand and applying would be a wee bit of a hazard. Another plus of the wand (can you tell that I’m obsessed with it?) is that because the bristles are so stiff and tiny, applying on the lower lashes are super easy. Woot! Oh and even if length isn’t what you’re going for, the wand does an amazing job at helping you comb your lashes.

ILF lasted all day (most fiber mascaras do) without any smudging or flaking. This mascara also comes in a waterproof formula and I’m interested to see the differences between that and the non-waterproof one.

The best way to apply a fiber mascara for optimum results? Apply it on top of your favorite volumizing mascara. A coat of Maybelline The Falsies + Illegal Length Fiber, I imagine would be an amazing combination. I don’t mind wearing ILF solo though. And like all fiber mascaras, removal is easy peasy. Simply wet your fingers and gently massage your lashes. It’s off  faaaaaast.

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 3 coats




Do I recommend it?: Oh yeahhhh. If you’re one of those guys or gals with super tiny lashes and REALLY want them to stand out, go for Illegal Length Fiber.

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

Mascara Monday: COVERGIRL LashBlast 24HR mascara

Ohhhhh, check it out. COVERGIRL is hittin’ us with a new mascara in 2012. Well, technically this mascara came out in 2011 but still….a lot of y’all have sent me emails letting me know that you are just now seeing it in your neck of the woods. Gosh. It’s been FOREVER since I’ve reviewed a COVERGIRL mascara. They’ve been a bit quiet on the mascara scene so I was really excited to review this one.

Even if was another Lash Blast one. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I loved Lash Blast. But we’ve seen the original, Lash Blast Length, Luxe AND Fusion. They are kinda doing that whole Maybelline Falsies thing. Same mascara with different attributes. It bugs me but hey…if the mascaras work then I’ll take it.


Price: $8.95 in drugstores. Of course you can probably get it cheaper with a coupon.
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Combines a longwear formula and an incredible volumizing brush for full, captivating lashes that last up to 24 hours.”

The Truth: Dang. This bad boy certainly lasts.

What I Loved About It: It certainly lived up to its claims.

What I Didn’t Like: Removing can be difficult.

Overall: Okay, here’s the thing: I don’t need a mascara to last 24 hours. Not even 10 hours. I get where COVERGIRL is going with this but come on, y’all. Use your better judgment. I don’t think anyone should wear any kind of makeup for hours and hours at a time. Mascara included. But because I really wanted to see how long this mascara could last, I actually rocked it for an entire 24 hours. Don’t worry. I still bathed and washed my face. I just didn’t do any mascara removing. And I must say…it stayed put. Seriously. It didn’t move at all.

Because it’s a Lash Blast mascara, it has the exact same wand we’ve seen in the other kids…

Yep, I’m still a fan of this wand. You either love it or hate it. There really isn’t an in between. Is it tough to control because it’s so big? Yep. Does it make sweeping through the little lashes challenging? Yep. But does it do a darn good job at bringing out the lashes and coating with them mascara? Oh yeah. I will always love this wand. The formula for this mascara, however, was just okay. While the consistency seems to be just like the original Lash Blast, I felt like I had a tough time getting it on the lashes. But when I did, I got a good amount of volume and was so so in lengthening department.

In terms of longevity, the mascara will last. It’s almost TOO good at lasting. It took a dozen or so swipes of my ol’ faithful Lancome Bi-Fail to finally get rid of the mascara. Yikes! The good news is, while it does take some time to get off, once you apply this mascara, you can rest assure that you won’t endure any smudging or flaking.

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 3 coats


Do I recommend it?: I suppose. If you’re a die hard fan of Lash Blast, you’ll like this mascara. Is it difficult to remove? Yep. Is the volume and lengthening as GREAT as the original Lash Blast? Sure. And if it’s longevity you’re looking for in a mascara, this baby has it.

It was great, COVERGIRL. Now give me somethin’ else grand. Just not another Lash Blast. Kthanx.

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

Mascara Monday: Black Opal Lash Defining mascara

Woo hoo! This is the first time ever that I’m reviewing a Black Opal mascara. I always feel like throwing a party when I review a brand’s mascara for the first time. I love me some Black Opal. This drugstore brand is most popular among women of color simply because their drugstore foundations selection is phenomenal! Quite the rarity for many brands and especially drugstore brands. While I love their eyeshdaows, lippies and brow products, could I possibly be a fan of the mascara too?

Price: $4.95 at Black Opal Beauty
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: Give yourself luscious lashes with this hypoallergenic formula infused with Vitamin E and Panthenol, which help condition lashes while a unique spiral brush works to separate and lengthen.
 (source)

The Truth: Hmm , not too shabby.

What I Loved About It: What a cool lookin’ wand!

 

What I Didn’t Like: It didn’t do much and the fragrance was just waaaaay too much.

Overall: Off hand I can only think of 2 other mascaras that have strong smells. Somehow the fragrances of those mascaras didn’t bother me as much as this one did. For a gal who wears fragrance-free oils and lotions and runs away from bottled perfumes, to have my mascara smell this strongly was just…interesting. While the scent disappeared after application, it was just way too much for me to handle while sweeping the wand through my lashes. And don’t get me wrong. It didn’t stink. It had a clean smell…like a shampoo. It wasn’t horrible but if fragrances aren’t your thing when it comes to cosmetics, you may have some trouble with this guy.

The good news is – the wand is pretty cool. It’s great for sweeping through the brows with ease. And call me loco, but I find it to be aesthetically pleasing too. I didn’t have any problems with using it. In fact, it was quite the honor. *bows down to thee mascara wand*

The formula was a little on the thick side. This wouldn’t be a problem if this was a volume mascara but considering it’s a lengthening mascara, I was expecting it to be a little thinner. Application wasn’t a problem and instead of giving me a great deal of length, I found the mascara gave me volume! Not bad. But still…that wasn’t what it was supposed to be. I know it sounds silly complaining about volume but when a mascara promises length, then dang it, length is what I want .

Lengthening was minimal and volume was decent though. Nothing to write home about but it was good.

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats


Do I recommend it?: The mascara is less than $5 so it’s definitely worth a try. If you can handle the smell, of course.

Are you a fan of Black Opal?

Mascara Monday: Sephora Atomic Volume mascara

Oh wow. It’s been forever and I day since I’ve reviewed a mascara from the Sephora collection. I’m a little ashamed because Sephora has quite a few what look to be pretty groovy mascaras. Buuut, if you’ve ever been to a Sephora store, you know what it’s like to walk in there and be completely distracted by the rows and rows of brands screaming your name and asking to be purchased. So, I don’t mean to step over the Sephora collection goodies, but hey *shrugs* it happens. I was super excited to get my hands on this mascara and with a name like Atomic, I just knew it would give me the volumized lashes that I was looking for!

Price: $15 from Sephora and Sephora.com
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: Sephora Brand Atomic Volume Mascara – Ultra Black blows all other mascaras away. The dramatically dark color formula conditions lashes, keeping them pretty, healthy, and seriously stunning.
 (source)

The Truth: I don’t know if it’s all atomic-like, but it’s not bad.

What I Loved About It: The wand was a cinch to use. It really got through those lashes.

 

What I Didn’t Like: It left my lashes really really hard.

Overall: Here’s my belief about Sephora brand products. In order for us consumers to be swayed away from the glitter and glitz that are other brands in Sephora, Sephora’s products have to be impeccable. I know, I know…it seems a little unfair, but such is the world of beauty. Sephora collection brand products have to compete with so many different brands and I reckon that is anything but easy. That said, I kinda wish the packaging of the mascara was a little more unique and out there. It is simple at best, but us die hard mascara lovers can easily fall in love with a mascara having not even tried it yet if the packaging is all that and more. So while the packaging wasn’t there, the wand’s performance was. You can’t go wrong with a wand like this. It does a phenomenal job at catching and lengthening those super small lashes. If you’ve got curly lashes that hate to be straightened out, you will adore this wand. But, on the down side, the wand can be a little tricky when attempting to apply the inner lashes and lower lashes. The tip of the wand doesn’t have any bristles so unless you’re a mascara applyin’ pro, you may struggle with getting those teeny tiny lashes.

Formula-wise, I wasn’t insanely impressed with Atomic Volume. I found the formula to be a little too hard. It wasn’t as fluid as most mascaras. My mascara had a seal on it so I knew it wasn’t previously opened but it gave the same kind of performance of a mascara that had it over-extended its shelf life. Application took a little longer than I liked as I had to struggle to really bring those lashes out. The good news is, applying a second was easier and I was really able to see the volumizing that the mascara did. Still. It wasn’t enough to appease the volume monster than lives at the base of my lashes. I wanted more — more — more and Atomic Volume, well, it gave me some at best.

I also found that the mascara left my lashes hard and brittle. This, of course, resulted in flakes if I happened to rub my eyes. So not cool yo.

Oh and weather changes have my eyes a little puffy. Also so not cool. Sorries!

Bare Lashes



Lashes after 2 coats


Do I recommend it?: Only if you’re just itching to try it. If it’s not a mascara that you’ve never considered buying before, you won’t miss anything.

I’ve got another Sephora mascara to review and I’m wishing on a star in hopes that it’s better than Atomic Volume. Have you tried any of Sephora’s mascaras?

Mascara Monday: Rimmel Sexy Curves Full Body mascara

Okay, so it’s not Rimmel’s fault but their mascaras are starting to run in together for me. I am having a hard time setting them apart. I guess that’s a good thing because that means they have A LOT to choose from but for a beauty editor, me head gets all kinds of confused. I know, I should really just suck it up, uh? Let’s see if this mascara can leave a lasting mark…

 

Price: $7.50 from Ulta and Ulta.com
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: Per the packaging…

The Truth: This wand looks like something I’ve seen before.

What I Loved About It: It does a great job at really bringing those lashes out there.

What I Didn’t Like: It flakes within hours. Which really sucks.

Overall: The problem with reviewing so many mascaras is that I tend to forget the properties of each one. Unless a mascara was REALLY good or just terrible, I can’t always remember how the other 140-somethin’ worked for me. Sometimes people will email me and ask me “Hey, what did you think about this mascara.” and I usually have to refer to my own blog posts about said mascara. Ha!!! Is that weird? Probably.

Anywhoovers, this mascara’s wand looks like another mascara’s wand and I just can’t put my finger on which one. I’m almost positive that it’s an Asian-mascara but don’t take my word for it. But we digress….according to Rimmel, this mascara really dosen’t seem to be all that different from the original Sexy Curves. In fact, the only difference that I can note from packaging and claims alone is that Sexy Curves Full Body has a different wand. That’s it. Formula-wise, it has a nice consistency without being too thin or thick. I’ve talked with several beauty gals who said that they have issues with Rimmel’s mascara formula. I have always found it easy to apply and didn’t have any issues with it with initial application. However, hours AFTER application is a different story.

While I really liked the volume and length that this mascara, it simply flaked away after a few hours. I simply can’t with flaky mascaras. There should be signs on the highway that say “Don’t Drive and Wear Flaky Mascara”. Like fo reals. Mascaras that flake can get caught up in your eyes and cause some serious damage. That didn’t happen with me and Sexy Curves Full Body but it could have. And that would have really sucked.

Maybe I had an old tube. Maybe it would have done better over an eyelash primer? Maybe. That said, the only reason why this mascara has such an average score is because of its flakiness. Everything else was up to par and its flaking is the one thing that kept it from having a perfect score.

 

 

 

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 3 coats


 

Do I recommend it?: I’m not sure if there’s a waterproof version of but if there is, I’d give that one a try over this one.

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.