Mascara Monday: Milani Grandissimo Lashes mascara

Milani Grandissimo Incredible Volume mascara

Ya’ll know I love Milani. Like adore. A lot. Their mascaras have always just been okay though. Not good but not terrible either. I’ve been eyeing this one for a while so when it landed in my mailbox I got excited and wished for the best. Let’s see how we did…

Milani Grandissimo Lashes mascara

Price: $5.49 at drugstores and at Milani.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Bigger is better! The mega volume brush creates a false lash effect. Dramatically enhances and thickens even the littlest lashes. Long-lasting, smear-proof, and non-clumping formula. Paraben-free. ” (source)

The Truth: Wowsers…this is definitely one of their better mascaras!

What I Loved About It: It’s got nice volume.

What I Didn’t Like: It has a large wand and may clump on you…

Overall: I first saw the wand on this mascara and just knew that she would be able to work some magic. And she didn’t let me down. Look at this baby…

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Not too shabby, uh? When you see a wand like this, you should realize 2 things. (1) A good amount of volume is coming your way and (2) so are clumps. It is almost inevitable. You just can’t avoid the clumps when you’ve got wands like these. To minimize them you can only apply one coat of mascara but if your goal is crazy awesome lashes, you’ll want to apply more mascara. That said, I REALLY dug this mascara. It’s average as far its appearance and she doesn’t tote any ah-mazing claims but it’s a fantastic mascara nonetheless. The wand is large but if you’ve got patience, you’ll find that it’s easy to breeze through the lashes.

The formula is great too. I didn’t find it to be too thick and it applied nicely to the lashes. I only applied 2 coats to my lashes and got a good amount of length and volume. It’s dark mascara so it’s perfect for a dramatic look. It does well with holding up throughout the day and I only found clumping to be a problem when trying to apply more than 2 coats. Way to go, Milani!  

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats

 

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Do I recommend it?: Sure! It’s cheap and it works well.

 

Ooooh Milani lovers, have you tried this one?

Mascara Monday: Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan mascara

Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara

I am so in love with Josie Maran’s cosmetics. She rules. In fact, she rules so much I can’t even watch QVC because if she’s on I WILL buy something. There is no “if” about it. So yeah. I run far away from the TV if I know that she’s going to be on. I’ve finally gotten around to trying out her mascara. I got this one for review so let’s see if it was as good as everything else she’s got…

Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara tube

Price: $22 from Sephora and Sephora.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “This mascara’s patented Triple V Brush delivery system coats lashes one luxurious layer at a time for full, long-wearing, clump-free, water-resistant definition. The rich, hydrating formula evenly builds thickness and smoothness, delivering a full fringe of blacker-than-black lashes with dewy shine. This natural and exclusive formula dries quickly without smearing, smudging, clumping, or flaking. An infusion of nourishing, protein-rich Argan Oil conditions and supports hair growth for lush, supple, healthy lashes.” (source)

The Truth: I liked it! I really liked it!

What I Loved About It: I got a nice amount of volume.

What I Didn’t Like: It was just a bit flaky. Pretty common for natural mascaras though.

Overall: I truly stan for Josie Maran products. And I’ve been doing so since I tried my first oil from her. It’s a stellar brand. Especially for my fellow natural lovin’ guys and girls out there. Natural mascaras are tough to love, though. Sure they omit the nasties but they aren’t so hot on the longevity tip. And let’s face it, I don’t care what your mascara preferences are, you definitely want it to last on the eyes for as long as possible. Natural mascaras aren’t so good in that department.

But first things first, the wand…

Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara brush

It’s a typical wand that is great for volumizing. It is large and plush and may be a bit intimidating to those who aren’t so used to larger wands. There wasn’t much of a stopper in the tube so when I pulled out the wand each time I endured a ton of mascara on the wand.

Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara brush and tube

Yes, I hate when this happens. It isn’t much to remove it but it’s still an extra step that I don’t always like to take. However, this mascara is kinda worth the trouble. I really like the volumizing action I got from this baby. Using only 2 coats I got a really nice set of lashes. With very little effort. My lashes were lush, dark and fabulous, darling. The downfall of course is the flakiness I ended up getting hours after application. And by hours I mean, only a good 4-5 hours of wear. This isn’t the kind of mascara you can rock through out the night. Nope, she just won’t last on you. And it’s sad because it really is a great mascara. Like I mentioned, it’s a common issue with natural mascaras. But regardless, I love the effect that this mascara gave me. It’s definitely a mascara I’d hold on to for short term dramatic wear.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats

 

Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara on eyes

Do I recommend it?: Sure! Especially if you’re a Josie Maran fan who doesn’t need a mascara to last hours at a time.

 

Where are my JM guys and girls at? Have you tried this mascara? Am I the only one that notices that natural mascaras don’t last as long throughout the day?

Mascara Monday: Mary Kay Lash Love mascara

Mary Kay Lash Love mascara

Where are my Mary Kay girls at? This is a highly requested mascara and I am so sorry that I am just now getting the opportunity to review it. I received this mascara for review and even before then so many of my gal pals were telling me how awesome this mascara is how it’s a travesty that I haven’t reviewed it yet. I know, I know. Well, here we goooo!

Price: $15 from MaryKay.com and from a Mary Kay consultant
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Love your lashes with the mascara that defines, defends and delivers four times the volume while looking naturally flawless, soft and healthy. The flexible, sculpted brush separates and coats lashes.” (source)

The Truth: I found the volume to be just okay, but the length was niiiiice.

What I Loved About It: Um yeah. The length.

What I Didn’t Like: It was just a wee bit smudge-y for my liking.

Overall: I don’t try many Mary Kay products. Mainly because I kinda forget about the brand since they aren’t sold at Sephora, department stores or the drugstores. I know. Bad B. I should really be more hip to Mary Kay products because they really have some pretty awesome things. This mascara isn’t bad at all. In fact, I found myself wearing it weeks after I reviewed it. And that never happens.

I think most of the reason why it’s so awesome is because of the wand.

Mary Kay Lash Love mascara brush

Even if you hate plastic wands, you HAVE to like this one. It’s got those nice and stiff bristles that are great at catching each and every lash. Crazy and wonky lashes like mine don’t stand a chance against this kind of wand. I loved how it combed straight through my lashes and helped elongate the lashes.

Volume-wise, I didn’t get much plumping but I think the wand is made more for lengthening than for volumizing. And I’m okay with that since the lengthening action was decent. The downfall to this mascara? I found it smudged a bit throughout the day. A top coat mascara like Anastasia Lash Genius should set it straight though. Otherwise, it’s  a decent mascara. The formula was easy to work with and I didn’t experience any clumps. So yeah, the smudging sucks but the mascara is still worth a try.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats

 

Mary Kay Lash Love mascara on eyes

 

Do I recommend it?: If you’re a Mary Kay fan and/or really want to try a good lengthening mascara, I say give this one a whirl.

 

Any Mary Kay girls in the house? What do you think about this mascara?

Mascara Monday: Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious mascara

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A new Revlon mascara!! It is a well known Clumps of Mascara fact that I’ve always had issues with Revlon mascaras. And I’m not the only one either. Many of you have had your issues with the brand’s mascaras. The past few, however, have been decent and despite not being an insane fan of the original Grow Luscious mascara, I was kinda excited to try this one that I received for review.

And I mean, look at the packaging!

Revlon Lash Potion mascara

Revlon Lash Potion mascara

Talk about ‘Best Dressed Mascara’, uh? Let’s hope she lives up to her fabulousness!

Price: $7.99 at drug and mass retailers nationwide and from CVS, of course!
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Revlon Lash Potion drenches lashes with a potion of strengthening proteins for captivating volume and length. Lash Potion works to nourish lashes so they reach their fullest potential—looking lush, long and lustrous. The Lash Potion ‘Illusionist Wand’ has wide grooves to instantly coat lashes in formula for maximum volume and triple brushes to comb through for clump-free length – in just one swipe! There are no smoke and mirrors here – just enviable long, voluminous lashes.” (per press release)

The Truth: Not bad. Could be better though.

What I Loved About It: The volume is niiiice. It’s been awhile since I’ve tried a mascara with a good amount of volume. This one has it!

What I Didn’t Like: Revlon still can’t get the whole mascara packaging thing down right. Ugh. It’s so annoying.

Overall: I really do have a love/hate relationship with Revlon. I’ve always thought that their mascaras had so much potential but there was always something that stopped them from being awesome. It usually isn’t their wands because the wands are pretty awesome. I like this one a lot!

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Yeah, it’s pretty massive but it’s a fantastic wand for volumizing. And boy does it really bring those lashes out there! If you’ve got super tiny lids or lashes you may struggle with this one a bit. And not because the wand is so huge. But because of that huge mascara hole…

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This is so common in Revlon’s mascaras that I’ve given it a name. I’ve named it the Black Abyss. I don’t know why this feature keeps popping up in their mascaras. It does nothing but cover their great brushes with a ton of mascara goop. And it takes time to remove said goop. Time that many don’t have, well…time for. That said – as awesome as the wand is, the Black Abyss gets in the way a bit.

But if you’ve managed to remove the excess goop and apply the mascara to your eyes you’ll achieve a wonderful set of lashes. I was amazed at what this mascara could do with only 1 coat. Pretty spectacular! The formula is pretty thick so it’s best to work quickly and settle with only 2 coats of mascara if you can help it. If you go for a third you may end up with clumps of mascara. Hehe. See what I did there? 😎

There is a bit of downfall to this mascara though. I found that it tends to flake over time. It had a hard time lasting throughout an 8 hour work day. I would catch it flaking away a few hours later. Ugh. And we all know how much I hate flaking mascaras. The best way to prevent this is to apply as few coats as possible. So instead of 2, I found myself applying just 1 coat and I didn’t have the problem as much. But it kinda sucks because while my lashes looked great with 1 coat, they looked amaziiiiing with 2. *sigh*

I’m guessing the waterproof version of this should straighten that out a bit. I can’t speak on if the mascara will help thicken and strengthen lashes over time since I’ve only been testing it for a week. And as gorgeous as the packaging is, that dress of hers is very fragile. She got all scrapped up in my purse.

Revlon Lash Potion mascara

Boo.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: I do! But only if you’re in the market for a volumizing mascara. I think it’s great for short term wear if you don’t mind messing around with the excess mascara on the wand. And of course if you buy this mascara from CVS/pharmacy, it’s applicable for those awesome Extrabucks Rewards.

 

So Revlon still hasn’t fixed the “lack of a stopper” issue in their mascaras. Womp. But this is still a stellar mascara.

 


Mascara Monday Weekly Instagram Contest

Guess whaaaat? In attempts to be more active on Instagram (because I really do suck at it), I’ve decided to host a weekly contest. And it’s really simple. Look…

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Pretty cool, uh? Each week, I will choose one lucky person and I will buy their next mascara. Yep!

Additional details:

-Winners will be selected every Saturday.
-Winners must be 18 years old or older.
-Only entries posted on Mondays will be valid. The first week’s giveaway is an exception. Only entries posted Monday, April 22nd through Wednesday, April 24th will be valid.
-Contest will be following the rules and regulations here.
-Winners will be selected using random.org.
-Prize value will not exceed $25.
-Winner can decide between receiving a Sephora e-gift card, Visa gift card or $25 via PayPal.
-Winner must EMAIL me at brittany@clumpsofmascara after being messaged! Keep in mind that if your account is private, I will not be able to reach out to you.

Get a head start and follow me on Instagram. See ya there!

Mascara Monday: Clinique High Impact Waterproof mascara

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Look who has a new mascara! And a waterproof one at that. Just in time for summer, the folx at Clinique were so gracious to shoot me this mascara to test drive. I plan on doing a ton of time at the beach this season (yes y’all – I am a total beach babe) and I’m hoping that I can find a mascara that can accomodate my obsession with boogie boarding self.

Let’s see how this one did…

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Price: $16 at Clinique counters and at Clinique.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Instant volume and length that resists flaking, clumping, smudging. Our waterproof version of High Impact Mascara can stand up to heat, humidity, an active day. Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Ophthalmologist tested, too.” (source)

The Truth: Decent brush, okay performance but waterproof? Meh.

What I Loved About It: The formula is pretty groovy.

What I Didn’t Like: It was far too flaky for a waterproof mascara.

Overall: FACT: Clinique usually has pretty decent mascaras. And you wouldn’t know it unless you were a Clinique fan because this brand always comes off as being so modest to me. Other brands love to brag about what they do well, but no, not Clinique. I was all kinds of excited to try this mascara because I usually have great experiences with their mascaras. Well, I hate to say it but this one wasn’t so hot.

And it wasn’t the wand’s fault because the wand is actually the best part about this mascara. See…

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Yep. It’s a nice one. It does well at getting those smaller lashes and bottom lashes. It isn’t the most ideal mascara for volumizing but we don’t care about that because this is a waterproof mascara. All we care about is waterproofness. And that’s the thing. It just isn’t there. And that makes me sad.

Formula-wise, the mascara had a bit of glossiness to you. I liked it. It went on well and I didn’t have any issues with trying to get it evenly coat the lashes. It’s a lightweight formula and I didn’t notice any significant boost in my lashes’ appearance. Very little volume and not much length. Like I said, none of that really mattered. But the mascara totally disappointed me in that it didn’t really seem like a waterproof mascara. It flaked a bit throughout the day and after a few splashes of water in the face tests, it seemed to just wipe away. Nooooooo!!

I’ve tried better waterproof mascaras. This one isn’t horrible but I know that Clinique can do better than this. The mascara is still fairly decent because you do get a liiiiittle length.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Meh. Only if you realllly need to try something new. But don’t expect anything spectacular from this one. Your lashes may get a bit of added length but that’s about it.

 

Have you ever tried any mascaras from Clinique? Doesn’t it suck when a waterproof mascara really isn’t waterproof? Grr!


Mascara Monday: L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions mascara

I can’t even remember the last time I tried out a mascara from L’Oreal. It’s been monthssss. They don’t seem to be big on releasing as many mascaras as some of the other brands. Which I guess is okay. Better a few big hitters than a ton of sorry mascaras, ya know? This mascara came in a CVS Beauty Bag that I got for review.

Let’s see how this one did…

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Price: $7 or so at drugstores including Walmart.
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara has a lash-hugging brush with 200 bristles and a shape that simulates the eyelid to capture and precisely define every lash, even the smallest ones. In one motion lashes are separated, intensified, and look shockingly lengthened for an intense make-up result. The brush grips and lengthens the look of each lash for extraordinary lash extension effect–no lash is left behind. Its liquid extension formula coats and lengthens lashes from root to tip for shocking length and intensity.” (source)

The Truth: I’ll never complain about this wand. It is awesooooome.

What I Loved About It: Yeah, the wand. It is perfect for separating super wonky lashes.

What I Didn’t Like: It’s not the best mascara for if you want super volumized lashes.

Overall: Hi L’Oreal! So nice to tango with you again. It’s been so long, darling. First, let’s talk about the one aspect of this mascara that I’m obsessed with – the wand.

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Those little comb bristles literally comb the lashes to perfection. I’ve got cranky wonky lashes that neeeeever go in the same direction. This wands helps my lashes straighten up and act right with ease. I’ve always loved mascara wands like these. Because even though they don’t provide insane volume, they still make my lashes stand out. A wand like this gives them definition. Especially if you have puny lashes.

Formula-wise, this stuff was a bit on the thick side. It had a bit of a matte finish which is neither good nor bad. Okay wait, I lied. One of the downfalls to matte finishes is that they tend to smudge and smear a bit. Especially in high-moisture situations. I’m pretty sure they have a waterproof version of this mascara and I’d roll with that one over this one. I experienced a bit of flaking and I think that can be attributed to the formula. Your best bet with applying this mascara is to apply 1 coat, wait a few seconds and then apply the second coat. The sooner the first coat dries, the greater the chance you have of some flakin’.

Otherwise, I’m a fan of this mascara. Two coats is all you’ll need and it should last throughout the day. Don’t expect a ton of volume but if you’re looking for definition and a mascara to straighten out those lashes, this is your gal.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Yep! I’m impressed. Granted, you really can’t go wrong when you have a mascara wand like this, but still…it is definitely a mascara worth trying if you’re in the market for a new one.

 

Are you a lover of mascara wands like this?


Mascara Monday: Essence Multi-Action Blackest Black mascara

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Soooo I’m back with an Essence mascara. I am slowly but surely making my way through these mascaras. They don’t seem to release as many mascaras as other brands and that’s totally okay with me. It gives me time to mess around with ’em a bit. Next on the list is this kid…

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Price: $3.99 at Ulta and Ulta.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “This multi-talented lash lover offers an innovative brush and unique texture with carbon black pigments to ensure more volume, length and curve for the deepest black lashes! A must-have for dramatic eyes!!” (source)

The Truth: It is indeed a super black mascara but man, it’s a flaky son of a gun. Or daughter. I’m not sure of its gender.

What I Loved About It: I’ll always love Essence’s affordability.

What I Didn’t Like: It’s flaky and just doesn’t seem to volumize or lengthen well.

Overall: Ah well. You win some and loose some. My feelings aren’t too hurt that this mascara wasn’t all that. I’ve come across better Essence mascaras and so the disappointment in this one didn’t last too long. For one thing, I’m not a fan of this type of wand.

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I mean, it’s nothing to HATE. I just don’t love it. I find wands like these so tricky to use with my short and wonky lashes. Those with longer and plush lashes will have much better luck. Sweeping through the lashes is challenging if your lashes aren’t all that long but of course it is possible. It just takes some time and sometimes when you only have 5 minutes to do your face in the morning, you don’t really want to deal with super large wands.

But once you get past the wand, actual application is decent. The formula is nice without being too thick or too watery. In fact, I was confused as to why the formula flaked so much because I didn’t find it to be too thick. Typically thicker mascaras lead to flakiness. I’ll tell you one thing though, Essence calling this mascara Blackest Black is dead on. It is a super dark mascara that has the potential to really bring some darkness to the lashes. After 1 coat, I could really see a difference in terms of how dark my lashes looked.

But after 2 coats, I only saw minimal volume and not much length. In fact, if anything my lashes just clumped up a bit. Boo hoo. Hours later my lashes, the mascara seemed to disappear from my lashes and flake away. And nothing sucks more than a flaky mascara. *sigh* So while the mascara does have the potential to give super dark and lush lashes, its inability to last around for hours just wasn’t up my alley.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats


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Doesn’t look like much, uh? And note the flakiness under my eyes. No bueno.

Do I recommend it?: Nope. But worry not. Essence has plenty of other awesome mascaras.

 

Have you tried any Essence mascaras?