Mascara Monday: CoverGirl Queen volume mascara

Nope, it’s not new. You probably haven’t seen any commercials for this mascara in a while….if ever. I am huge fan of CoverGirl’s Queen line. Did the mascara impress me? Hmm….

CoverGirl Queen Volume mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 ($7.00-ish at drugstores)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: The packaging…



The truth:
Eh…it’s not BAD.

What I loved about it: It gave a good amount of volume.

What I didn’t like: The wand was massive. I’m so not a fan of wands like this:

Overall: I didn’t have have high expectations for this baby. And I guess that’s a good thing because it really didn’t let me down. When I think of CoverGirl mascaras, my mind always flashes back to the fabulousness that is Lash Blast. CoverGirl got it right with that mascara. Don’t get me wrong, Queen isn’t “bad”. It’s just an average mascara. Now and days mascaras are vibrating and have funky wands and colors and well, it doesn’t look like CG Queen volume can compete.

The larger wand makes for difficult application. For ladies with smaller lids and lashes, y’all will endure somewhat of a struggle. This wand doesn’t work too well with getting in the corners either.

In the volumizing department, it fairs well. In fact, I was shocked at the amount of volume that I got. I didn’t see much length but the volume was enough for me. No real major problems either. *yawn* It works. It works well. But don’t don’t expect to be blown away. And if you’re looking for just a bit of volume and don’t need any tricks….you may like this one. But if you’re like me and want fireworks after applying a new mascara…NEXT!


Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)





Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


Would I recommend it?: Only if you find it on sale or just have a general interest on how it works. I think there are better ones out there. But if you do end up getting it, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed?

What do you think about CoverGirl’s Queen volume? A fan?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

Mascara Monday: Korres Provitamin B5 and Rice Bran mascara

Jasmine rice. Check! Brown rice. Check! Rice and beans. Oh yeah! I love me some rice, y’all. This starch just makes me smile. Never would have thought that I would be reviewing a mascara that has rice in it though. Leave it to Korres to come up with such. Ahhh Korres…a brand I have dabbled in and have yet to formally introduce to the Clumps fam. No better time like the present. Introducing….

Korres Provitamin B5 and
Rice Bran mascara

Price: 3 out of 5 ($18.00)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:“Lash-strengthening mascara naturally volumizes thin and brittle lashes, while adding length and deep pigment
• Nourishes lashes with a non-clumping buildable formula, providing maximum lash health
• Provitamin B5, a proven natural hair strengthener, improves both the length and number of lashes, treating them while adding drama to the eye
• Rice Bran natural extract expands (just like rice does in water) to provide maximum lash length, volume, and fullness. “(source)

The truth:I am totally impressed!

What I loved about it: Is that volume I see?

What I didn’t like: It has a plant-y smell but this is to be expected from natural mascaras. No big problem but I can see how it may bother others.

Overall: Well, I don’t know what else to say other than I’m impressed. No, really…this is a dynamic mascara. I was sent this mascara some time ago and it sat and sat for months before I even touched it. By the time I went to grab it, it had dried out. Off to Sephora I went to purchase it for myself. I didn’t have high expectations because well…just check out the review of my first natural mascara here. This baby blew me away. I love the volume that it gave me. I didn’t get a TON of length but enough to keep me quiet. My lashes also remained soft and weightless.

Buuuut, if I had to change one thing about it, it would be the wand.


It doesn’t make for the easiest application. Especially if you have smaller lashes and lids. I would love to see this with a lash comb-esque kind of wand. It would make for better separation and enhanced length.

But other than that, I’m sold! Unlike other natural mascaras, this one was able to withstand Floridian humidity without flaking or just oozing off of my lids. Oh…and yes, it does smell funka-licious. It doesn’t bother me though. It’s the price you pay if you’re looking for a natural mascara. Aaaand, it comes in different colors including grey green. Now that’s dope.


Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


Would I recommend it?:I do! I receive a great deal of emails from ladies who are looking for natural mascaras and this is one I would definitely recommend. It works and although the price is a little steep, I think it’s worth it.Has anyone tried this mascara?

Whatcha think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

Mascara Monday: Clinique Naturally Glossy mascara

Here’s a mascara that was requested ages ago! Now I’ve heard of volume mascaras. And colored mascaras. And waterproof mascaras. But GLOSSY mascaras? I mean shouldn’t “gloss” only be used when talking about lippies? I don’t knowww…let’s see how this train rolls.

Clinique Naturally Glossy mascara


Price: 3 out of 5 ($14.00)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Gel-based formula defines lashes naturally. Lengthens, glosses, enhances. Lashes stay silky, pliant, clump and flake-free through multiple coats.” (source)

The truth: Well, what do ya know? It really is glossy!

What I loved about it: I gave me a good amount of length.

What I didn’t like: But I would have loved more volume.

Overall: When someone first told me that I should try a glossy mascara, I thought they were trying to be funny. I mean, honestly…what does that mean? A mascara with gloss? Uh? Wha? It sounds funny in speech but honestly…..this is a pretty cool mascara.

But you’d have to ask yourself…”When would I ever need to use a glossy mascara?” I couldn’t answer that question. From far away, you really can’t tell the difference between a glossy mascara and an un-glossy one. The silky effect is pretty cool but I guess I don’t see its point.

But who cares? There are a lot of “Uh?” products in the beauty world that I love! Application of this mascara was just so so. The wand was just…well….no me gusta.

It’s just….well, I guess its intentions are to coat and not separate and that’s fine but, hmmm but it wasn’t the easiest thing to use. I had to really press the wand up against my lashes to get a good amount of mascara on them.

BUT–after that ordeal, all else was easy as pie. I didn’t experience any flaking or clumpiness. It’s a light weight mascara so it doesn’t make you feel like you have 3 lb weights on your lashes. Cool!


Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara



Would I recommend it?: Ummm…not for anyone in particular. I mean, if you happen to grab it, I think you’ll like it. But it’s not a must have.

Has anyone tried this mascara?

And when would you ever be in the mood for glosssy lashes? Hmm….

A crazed mascara reviewer,


(photo source)

Mascara Monday: Lancome Hypnose mascara

Time for another Lancome mascara review! During my “What mascara should I review next?” poll, this mascara came in second so without further ado, check out Hypnose!

Lancome Hypnose


Price: 2 out of 5 ($24.50)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Dare to go up to 6 times the volume. With each stroke, the patented POWERFULL™ brush intensifies lashes from root to tip. Exclusive, fluid SoftSculpt™ formula, enriched with Vitamin B5, wraps lashes one luxurious layer at a time without smearing, smudging or clumping.” (source)

The truth: Lancome has another winner in my book!

What I loved about it: One coat is all it took, baby.

What I didn’t like: It got a little clumpy dumpy around the second coat. But the good news is…you really don’t even need a second coat.

Overall: Oh Lancome…how I love thee. Let me count the ways! I am slowly but surely becoming a bonafide Lancome lady. I know, I know….I’m late. Why didn’t y’all tell me Lancome’s mascaras were SO amazing? With each one I try, I am just in awe. Hypnose is no different.

When I first pulled it out of the tube, I was kinda like, “Uh oh”. The mascara was coating the wand and looked a little intimidating.


However, my eyes deceived me because application of this mascara was relatively easy. The bristles grab on to the lashes and coat them evenly with mascara. Hypnose is unique because it really only needs one coat to perform well.

While it is intended to be a volumizing mascara, I found that it gave me great length as well. Around the second coat or so I did get transported to Clump City, USA…but I found a way to fix that problem!

….just apply one coat! A Clumps reader brought up a good point that often times we get in the habit of applying more than one coat. But sometimes…you really just need one. Cast in point…


Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)



Lashes with 1 coat of mascara

Would I recommend it?: It’s pricey but I’ve come to expect the best from Lancome. So yes, I do recommend it!

Tried it? Love it? Hate it?

Other Lancome mascaras I have reviewed:
Lancome Définicils Pro
Lancome Oscillation

Lancome Oscillation Powerbooster primer

A crazed mascara reviewer,

(photo source)

Mascara Monday: Rimmel The Max Volume Flash mascara

Rimmel’s The Max Volume Flash is the winner of the “What mascara should I review next?” poll. A good 362 of y’all voted and 125 folx (about 34%) said they wanted to see what Rimmel’s newest had to offer in all of its hot pink goodness.

Your wish is my command!

Peep the review…

Rimmel “The Max” Volume Flash


Price: 5 out of 5 (around $5.00 at Walgreens )

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

What it claims: ….from the packaging.



The truth:
The wand almost scared me but the truth is…it didn’t! It breezed right through my lashes.

What I loved about it: It gave me some good length AND volume.

What I didn’t like: Hmm…what’s not like to like?

Overall: I have reviewed and been impressed with other Rimmel mascaras. Rimmel ‘Glam Eyes Lash Flirt received a 5. Have you seen the wand on that thing? Amazing! Then there’s Sexy Curves and the regular ‘Glam Eyes. All of which have high ratings. So needless to say, I am a fan of Rimmel’s mascaras. Let’s talk about what I love most about them…

Their wands!

The Max Volume Flash has a pretty large wand that can be intimidating at first glance. See…


But it has characteristics that puts other large wands to shame. The bristles are stiff enough to glide through your lashes. And although the photos don’t show it, the bristles somewhat flatten out toward the end. Maybe this photo will give you a better idea of what I’m talking about.


See it now? I love this little detail! If you have smaller lashes/lids and have issues with larger wands, The Max Volume Flash allows for you to press up against your lashes comfortably. The only issue with that is you may end up with mascara on your lid. But the volume you get is worth it. In the video I talk about how to can make for easy clean up when that happens.

I did experience clumps with added coats but when I stuck with a good two coats….I was fine. The lengthening factor is pretty dope too which was a nice little surprise since this is supposed to be a volumizing mascara.

No smudging or flaking but then again that has never been an issue for Rimmel mascaras. What can I say? They are simply one of the best drugstore mascaras I have ever used.


Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara

Would I recommend it?: Oh yeah….cheap AND it works? Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about.

Have you tried Rimmel’s newest yet? What do you think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

Mascara Monday: YSL’s ‘Volume Effet Faux Cils’ Luxurious mascara

‘ello there, darlings! And did everyone have a wonderful weekend? Enjoy Halloween? I spent mine at Bayside in Miami with the BFF and cousins. As much as I love the North, I also love this unseasonably warm winter in Central and South Florida. 90 degrees in November is SO what’s hot right now.

Is my first YSL cosmetic experience just as hot? Check the review….

YSL’s ‘Volume Effet Faux Cils’
Luxurious mascara

Price: 2 out of 5 ($28 from Nordstrom)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Luxurious mascara for a false lash effect. An intense look in a single stroke. The secret? A triple-film complex—a coating film for intensity, conditioning film for curve and fixing film for long-lasting effectiveness.” (source)

The truth:
I feel all luxurious and whatnot. I mean, wow…YSL mascara. Ohhh, dawliiing!

What I loved about it: That golden tube makes me feel like I’m holding a piece of…gold. I love it! And I love how this mascara comes in SIX colors. That’s dope, son!!

What I didn’t like: Blue, where you went? You went on beautifully but within minutes you disappeared. Dude, WTFrack…

Overall: So a few of y’all requested this mascara. I probably would not have reviewed it otherwise. But being that I’ve never tried a YSL mascara, I decided to give it a whirl.

I’m kinda glad I did because it’s a pretty cool mascara! First of all….10 points for YSL for having a burgundy and gray mascara. How cool is that? I’ll have to play around with those soon. It took me forever to figure out what color I was going to get. I wanted to be safe and stick with black but lately many of y’all have been asking me about colored mascaras, so I picked up #6 Deep Night and took it home.

Well….look how blue it is!


So pretty! The wand is decent. Not good, not bad but not ah-mazing, ya know? I really like colored mascaras but I get kind of annoyed when they don’t show up so well on dark brown/black lashes. I would love to see how this looks on blond lashes! Or even red…wow!

But I digress…to really see if I could get blue blue lashes, I rolled the mascara on top of my lashes. Like this…

This was after I applied on coat the “regular way”. It came out like this…


Boo. Clumpy and just..confused. LOL! This is without flash but they aren’t even that blue in person. *sigh*

So I applied it again the “regular way”.

Lashes without mascara
(photo from lash week)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


Well, hot darn! That’s some pretty good volume and length. Not bad at all. And the lashes look all curly too. They almost look like falsies.

But wait. Here’s a far-away-shot. I’ve got the mascara on the left eye only. Does it look as good? And can you see the blue?

I guess it’s okay. But darn it! I want more blue! I’m still satisfied. It is a really good mascara.

Would I recommend it?: Yep! If you have close to $30 to spend on a mascara (which I don’t…see how much I love, y’all? LOL!), this isn’t a bad one to try.

Has anyone tried this one yet? I’m really itching to try the gray. Hmmm….

A crazed mascara reviewer,

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Mascara Monday: Victoria Secret’s Beauty Rush mascara

Well, look at that! Who would have thought that I would be reviewing a mascara from Vicky S? Totally unexpcted, right? The next time you’re strolling your local VS, check out their beauty section. It’s not so bad! I received a gift set for Christmas one year and was quite surprised!

Let’s see how this mascara holds up…

Victoria Secret’s
Beauty Rush mascara


Price: 5 out of 5 (2 for $12 or 5 for $20)

Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: FA lush stroke of lash-enhancing color. Pigment-rich formula defines lashes in wearable color for look-at-me eyes. (source)

The truth:
They are just okay. It’s really the packaging that has me doing cartwheels. How cute is that?

What I loved about it: The purple is REALLY purple. Loves that!!

What I didn’t like: The black mascara fell way too flat. And neither provided much volume.

Overall: This wasn’t a highly requested mascara or anything but I thought they would be pretty cool to add to the Mascara Bin. Yana from My Own Judge snagged the black (Blacktastic) one for me and of course after seeing the purple (Violight), I had to run out and get that one.

Let’s take a look at the wands:


Pretty average, uh? Not BAD but they look a little cheap-y. I don’t have many problems with wands like this but they are soooo….2001, ya know? And they aren’t the best with separation. They kind of suck at it, actually.

Sooo….I don’t know. I had different experiences with both mascaras. Violight turned out to be pretty decent. I didn’t get much volume but I was pretty satisfied with the lengthening aspect. It wasn’t AMAZING. But it was good. That the purple really is purple on black lashes. Now that surprised me!

Blacktastic, on the other hand, was just….phooey. It was total disappointment. It weighed down my lashes and didn’t provide any kind of volume. Interesting considering these babies come from the same color. Why is Violight SO much better?

Interesting…..

Both were a tad bit smudge-y but I didn’t experience any flaking throughout the day But I will tell you one thing about these mascaras–they are build-able! I applied a good 4 coats one application and it refused to clump. But applying coat after coat didn’t do much…I was still volume-less. Boo! On to the photos!

Lashes without mascara
(curled lashes)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


Violight

Blacktastic

Would I recommend it?: I suppose they are okay ladies who aren’t looking for much when it comes to mascara application. It is perfect for my 16-year old cousin who just wants a little POP.

Anyone try any of these mascaras? What do you think?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

Mascara Monday: Fresh Supernova mascara

Okay, y’all should be proud of me because I am FINALLY getting around to reviewing this mascara. I have been working my hardest to crank out mascaras that have been highly requested. Fresh Supernova is one of them.

So yaaay! I am happy to finally add it to the Mascara Bin. Check the review below!

Fresh Supernova mascara


Price: 2 out of 5 (around $25.00 )

Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: Find out more about it here.


The truth:
Wellll…..I mean, it’s not THAT super.

What I loved about it: It is totally build-able. You can apply two coats or twenty coats and you won’t endure any clumping. At all. Now that’s pretty cool.

What I didn’t like: It didn’t give me much….well, anything. And it also seemed to flake throughout the day. No bueno.

Overall: Okay, soooo…..I had HIGH expectations for Fresh Supernova. With all of the requests I received about this baby I just KNEW it would be the best thing since the Blackberry. Buuuut, not so much.

And it’s not that Supernova is a BAD mascara….I just find that it doesn’t do much for me.

First, let’s take a look at the wand..


It’s not bad. It allows for easy breezing through the lashes. So whether you have short, stubby, long or full lashes—the wand will work well for you. So 2 points for that.

Now as far as the actual performance of the mascara—it’s good. I think it may work better for ladies with shorter lashes. It gave me decent length but not much volume. As mentioned, one of the best aspects of this mascara is how awesome it is when it comes to building.

I talk about this a lot in the video review but I think it’s amaziiiing how it doesn’t clump. You can go for as many coats as you want and Supernova just won’t get all clump-tastic on you. This aspect makes it a very diverse mascara. That means you can apply 2 coats and head to work one day. And apply 4 coats and head to a bar the next day. It gives you options which is really cool because a lot of mascaras tend to clump after multiple coats.

However, what it did do was flake a bit. I soooo don’t like flaky mascaras. I don’t handle eye irritation well. I’m so serious. I get all dramatic and am always close to clawing my eyes out so a mascara that flakes, even a bit, is so not for me.

It is also free of synthetic dyes and sulfates so 10 points to Fresh for giving us a pretty green mascara.

Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara


So the length is there but nothing spectacular. Eh. Eh. Ehhh….

Would I recommend it?: Ummmm, not really. I think there are better ones out there for a better price with better pay-off. It’s not bad bad but it’s not the bomb diggity (so old skool…ha!) either and for $25, I expected uh-maze-ing!!

A Supernova fan?

Think I’m loca for not liking?

Tell me!

A crazed mascara reviewer,