Mascaras of 2008: 5-rating

Mascaras with a 5-rating by ClumpsOfMascara

It’s my birthday! Happy birthday to meeee! I am still enjoying a little vacay in Atlanta but the mascara party must go on.

5-ratings mean that these mascaras by far are the BEST in my book. Notice that all but one of them are drugstore brands! Feel free to argue with me. Hate Imju Fiberwig? Think that Lash Stiletto is the pits? Tell me!!

Best in Length:
Imju Fiberwig
Maybelline XXL Extensions
Maybelline Lash Stiletto

Best in Curl:
Maybelline Curl Power

Best in Volume
Max Factor Volume Couture

Maybelline Great Lash
Neutrogena Healthy Volume

Stay beautiful,

Mascaras of 2008: 4-rating

Happy New Year’s!!!!! I am currently in Atlanta so if you are in the area DM me on Twitter and let’s meet up. Welcome back to the countdown of Clumps of Mascara’s reviewed mascaras of 2008. We have finally made it 4-ratings. 4-ratings mean “Wow! I’m impressed”. I can safely brag about these mascaras and recommend them to others.

Mascaras with a 4-rating by ClumpsOfMascara

Best in Length:
MAC Zoom Lash

Best in Curl:

Best in Volume:

Maybelline the Colossal Volum’Express

Clinique Lash Power
Too Faced Lash Injection
Stila Major MAJOR Lash
Urban Decay Fatty in Black Cherry
Givenchy Phenomen ‘Eyes
Mary Kay Ultimate
Rimmel Glam ‘Eyes
Clinique High Definition

Do you have any favorites from here? Tell me! Enjoy your New Year’s!!

Stay beautiful,

Mascaras of 2008: 3-rating

We are at the mid-way point of the Mascaras of 2008! Think of 3-rated mascaras as the letter-C mark that you got on that midterm paper you did in high school or college. You remember….the one that you didn’t really put your ALL into. That’s how I feel about these mascaras here. They were just “eh”. Missing something. Lacking “umph”. And the funny thing is…you had high expectations getting a pretty decent grade. But…a C+? Ralphie knows what I’m talkin’ about.

Mascaras with a 3-rating by ClumpsOfMascara

Prescriptives Beyond Long
Bourjois Pump Up the Volume
CoverGirl Lash Exact
Napoleon Perdis Set
Max Factor 2000 Calorie
MAC Fibre Rich
L’Oreal Double Extension Beauty Tubes

I may get a lot of heat for that last one but I just wasn’t a huge fan of L’Oreal’s newest fiber mascara. Have you tried this one? What say you?

Stay beautiful,

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Mascaras of 2008: 2-rating

Hey fam! It’s Part Deux of the Mascaras of 2008 installment. First is the worst but in this case, second is not the best. These mascaras were disappointing. Either they didn’t do what they SAID they were going to do or they gave me basic mascara problems. You know….clumping, flaking, disappearance in the middle of the day, etc. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend these mascaras but Lord knows I’ve seen worse.

Mascara’s with a 2-rating by ClumpsOfMascara

Clinique High Impact
L’Oreal High Drama Volumizing
Christian Dior: DiorShow Blackout
Maybelline Define-A-Lash
Avon Supershock

To be honest, I have since re-reviewed DiorShow and I would rate it more than a “2”. I still find it to be clumpalicious. Have you tried any of these mascaras? What do you think?

Check out 1-rating mascaras and stay tuned for 3-rating mascaras tomorrow!

Enjoy the last few days of ’08,

Mascaras of 2008: 1-rating

I’m back! I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas. I enjoyed mine immensely. I am taking a break on Mascara Monday to bring you the entire list of reviewed mascaras of 2008.

Welcome to the first post of the 5-post installment of Mascaras of 2008! I would have never thought that I would be an avid mascaras but alas the bug has bit me and I enjoy bringing mascara reviews “Clumps” style. Whatever that means. ;)

First up are mascaras with the 1-rating. This means…well, they sucked. They were a waste of money. The only BENEFIT in purchasing these was to help others NOT purchase them. I am still having nightmares about that Wet ‘N Wild one. And don’t let Rihanna’s darling little commercials and ads fool you…CoverGirl’s Exact Eyelights, in my opinion, is the most dangerous mascara I have ever reviewed. Find out why!

Align Center

Sephora Lash Plumper

Wet ‘N Wild’s MegaVolume
CoverGirl Exact Eyelights

What do you think? Can anyone else co-sign on CG’s Eyelights? Am I overreacting? What is by far the WORST mascara that you have ever reviewed?

Stay tuned tomorrow for 2-rating mascaras.


Mascara Monday:Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara

Happy Monday, beautiful people!! I hope that you all had wonderful weekends. I managed to brave the last minute holiday shoppers and spend some time at Border’s Bookstore getting some much needed work done. I always get the best work done in a bookstore. I am a little late on reviewing this mascara being that I got several requests a few weeks ago. I have created a nice little “mascaras to review” spreadsheet that should aid in prompt review of the most requested mascaras. Thank you all for being so patient with me. Bring on the Stiletto!

Maybelline Lash Stiletto mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (a little less than $7 from Wal-Mart)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims: ” Ultimate Length Mascara…seductive length, shiny patent finish, strengths and conditions” (per the packaging)–update your website, Maybelline!

The truth: Yes ladies and gentleman, your eyes do not deceive you…this is indeed a 5! Granted I have always been a Maybelline mascara fan but this baby here actually DOES what it says it’s going to do.

What I loved about it:
Okay, we can all agree on the fabulousness that is the packaging of this mascara. So slick and classy. It is definitely a step up from neon yellows and greens that Maybelline is known to come out with. I do have other loves about this mascaras but the packaging is my #1!

What I didn’t like: What’s not to like? The packaging is hot and the lengthening is up to par. No complaints here!

Overall: Yes, I am a little late reviewing this baby. Don’t hate me. I really had a hard time finding it…rumor has it that this mascara isn’t out everywhere and that Maybelline is really just “testing” it. Don’t ask me what that means. My sources aren’t TOO sure about this so don’t go around saying, “Brit said…”. LOL! I love this mascara and think that it is AMAZING as far as lengthening mascaras go. I mean….amazing. The wand (which I forgot to take a picture of..sorry!) is my ideal wand in that it is defined enough to get EVERY lash and it is small enough to give you good control. YES!

I personally think that all mascaras need to have smaller wands..they are just easier for application. Those big chunky wands (ahem…Maybelline Colossal) are hell for the clumsy folx of the world i.e. myself.

I didn’t experience any clumps, flaking or smudging with the Stiletto. I am highly impressed with this mascara. Like….a lot. I am now putting it on the HG Lengthening mascara list. That says a lot!

Lashes with NO mascara

Lashes with TWO coats

Would I recommend it?: No, I demand it! If you need a little length in your lashes….get this now!

Have you tried you tried this mascara yet? Looking forward to trying it? Not so much? Hated it? Think I’m exaggerating? Tell me, yo!

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Stay pretty, mijas!

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Mascara Monday: Max Factor 2000 Calorie

Happy Monday, beautiful people! Can you believe that Christmas is next week? Have you snagged your gifts yet? Not me! I have never been a good gift giver. Perhaps lack of funds? Who knows..

Max Factor 2000 Calorie mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 (a little less than $7 from Ulta)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 1 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What it claims: ” Get a dramatic look with 2000 Calorie Mascara — it volumizes lashes up to 200%. Water resistant and smudge-proof hypoallergenic formula is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. With curved brush applicator.” (source)

The truth: Dramatic? Not so much!

What I loved about it:
It gave a little length to my lashes. But nothing that my current HG lengthening mascara can’t do.

What I didn’t like: The flipping wand was the worst thing I have ever seen was a clumpy mess and maybe it’s just be but I’m not a big fan of curved brushes. I don’t even see the point of them.

Overall: For starters, the picture I have listed is not the the EXACT same one as the one I purchased. In fact, after doing further research, I found that Max Factor has a number of 2000 Calorie mascara. The one I really wanted to try out was the 2000 Calorie Lash Extreme plumper. This mascara, I found to be just “okay”. I was actually a little disappointed. It wasn’t BAD, but I guess I didn’t understand what it was supposed to do. The volume was just so so. I didn’t experience and flaking throughout the day and the clump factor was down a bit. Definitely nothing to brag about.

Lashes with NO mascara

Lashes with TWO coats

Would I recommend it?: Not at all. I would hold out for the Lash Extreme plumper. Click the link below to visit the video review.

Have you tried any of the Max Factor 2000 Calorie mascaras? Tell me about it!

Enter the Rx for Brown Skin $130 product giveaway! Details HERE!

Stay beautiful,

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Mascara Monday: Rimmel Glam ‘Eyes mascara

Happy Monday, people! Can yall believe that on Saturday it was a 75 degrees here in Orlando, Florida? I know some of you are shooting me cyber birds but I am finding it so hard to get into the holiday spirit while blasting my air conditioning. Would I like 4 feet of snow? Noooo. But can a sista pull out the knee high boots? Obviously not!

I want to send mad love to the 89 of you who voted for this Mascara Monday’s mascara. Rimmel’s Glam ‘Eyes won by a landslide. Which I am grateful for because I would have been crying had yall voted for that $38 Lancome Oscillation. *wipes freshly threaded brows* Let’s bring on the review!

Rimmel Glam’Eyes Mascara

Price: 5 out of 5 ($7.29 from Ulta)
Packaging (Brush Wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “Seductive Volume. Turn heads. New VolumFlex Brush styles lashes for sensational volume and instant separation. Ultra supple elasto-bristles groom each lash, lacquering them from root to tip for a spectacular 7 x more lash intensity. Big Lash Seduction. High Definition. Maximum lash impact. Impeccable definition. Smoothing formula glides through lashes, wrapping each one for ultimate volume yet perfect separation. Lashes look dramatically amplified yet sleekly defined – even up close and personal!”

The truth: Could it be? Am I getting a little curl factor? Heyyyyy!

What I loved about it:
I’m amazed at how this mascara gave me a little curl. Now it could be my imagination. Or perhaps my lashes were already curled from the previous days’ pumps of a eyelash curler. But…I think Glam ‘Eyes did more than give me a little volume and I was excited about it! I’m diggin’ the wand too. Nothing too fancy but it was sturdy and the bristles were long enough to get my lashes without me darn-near poking my eye out.

What I didn’t like: Well, I wasn’t too WOWed by this mascara at first. As I mentioned in the video, I haven’t heard much about it. In fact, if it weren’t for readers and their requests, I probably would have never considered this mascara for review. I guess that’s not a reason to NOT like it so let’s move on..LOL!

Overall: I would say that Glam ‘Eyes does a pretty darn good job as far as volumizing mascaras go. Is it super duper OMG “this is it!” amazing? Nah, I wouldn’t say that. But it’s pretty good. I found it to be light on my lashes and build-able. Even after 3 coats, I didn’t have the “too much mascara on” look and I didn’t endure any flakes either. As I mentioned earlier, I really do think that this mascara gave me some curl…You can see for yourself in the video.

Lashes with NO mascara

Lashes with TWO coats

Would I recommend it?: Yep! I think you volume-seekin’ folx out there would enjoy Glam Eyes. Now be honest….do yall see some curl in my lashes? I do think so!!

…..thanks again for those of you who have voted! I say we make Mascara Monday: You Pick a tradition here at Clumps of Mascara. Once a month…..readers choose!

You can make your Monday a little sweeter by sticking your hand in the Honey Pot to score a Karmin Titanium Hair iron, a value of $99.99. SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY TO THIS POST. You have until tomorrow! And guess what? The same day that I announce the winner for THAT contest, I will also be having ANOTHER giveaway. Fa la la laaaaa, it is the season for giving.

Have a wonderful Monday!

Stay beautiful,

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