The Mascara Championships: Part Two

This is the second part of my super duper Nobel-prize winning Important Mascara Research, which is the kind of thing that makes people question whether you have anything better to do with your time. Part One of The Mascara Championships is here.


When I decided to undertake the task of asking for your favorite mascara recommendations and then testing the top three, I thought I'd come out of the process—ha! Do you like how I called it a process? Better than the alternative, which was the Bachelor-esque journey—with a favorite new mascara that I loved to pieces and wanted to sing about from the rooftops. And I hate to break it to you, but I didn't. 

That's not to say I didn't like any of the mascaras I tested—I liked them all; we'll get to that in a moment—but I want to tell you straight off the bat that I didn't have any earth-shattering OH MASCARA, WE HAVE SUCH A CONNECTION, WILL YOU ACCEPT THIS ROSE? type moments with any of them. That is to say: there is no clear winner. Nothing proved itself to be head and shoulders above anything else. Which is kind of a disappointment, honestly, because I had really hoped that my Important Mascara Research—solicit suggestions, test the three most popular, narrow it down to the best—would naturally lead to the discovery of The Best Mascara I've Ever Used, My God You Must Buy This Now. 

That said, I liked each of the mascaras I tested in a different way, and I'm going to tell you about them anyway. Perhaps one of them—for you—will be The Best Mascara You've Ever Used, My God You Must Buy This Now (henceforth to be known as TBMYEUMGYMBTN, which, coincidentally, is my new line of makeup mirrors at Ikea.) 

You may remember that the three most popular mascaras—as suggested by 300 of you, which still sort of blows my mind—were Benefit's They're Real! (19 votes), L'Oreal's Voluminous (18 votes), and Cover Girl's LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara (17 votes). Just for kicks, I decided to throw a wild card into the testing, and I picked up a tube of Maybelline Full n' Soft as well, which came in at sixth place with 15 votes, and just happened to be on sale at Target. 

So, if you're ready for a bunch of pictures of me with my eyes closed, let's begin. 

First, I think you need to have a little look at what we're working with here. My eyelashes are quite possibly the most pitiful eyelashes in the history of the world; they're short, they're straight, they're thin, and they're super-duper wimpy. If I don't wear mascara, I look far more corpse-like than alive-like, and that is not a good look on anyone, except maybe a corpse.

Oh, you thought I was kidding! And then you saw this, and it turned out I was.....well, not. 

I applied each mascara in the morning when I was getting ready for work, and wore it all day. On three out of the four days, I went to the gym after work, partly because I thought it would be interesting to see whether it smudged when I got all sweaty on the elliptical machine, but mostly because I'm trying to impress my new Fitbit by working out a lot. On the one day I didn't go to the gym, I went out for drinks with friends instead, which is actually kind of the opposite of going to the gym. Still, I made them tell me a bunch of really sad things so that I'd tear up. 

Day 1: CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara (in Black), $6.94 at my Target

I liked this mascara quite a bit—I just didn't love it. In fact, I actually thought I liked it quite a bit more when I was wearing it than I do now that I see the pictures, where it doesn't quite look as good as I remember it. That said, it went on very smoothly with almost no clumping—maybe because of the weird rubber brush?—and it stayed smudge-proof all day.

It came off easily when I washed my face that night, and I think it looked fairly natural. However, I'm not really sure how much volume it gave me—didn't seem to blast anything, is what I'm saying.

 Day 2: L'Oreal Voluminous (in Black), $5.84 at my Target

I used to use L'Oreal Voluminous waaaay back in the day, and I was excited to see its star rising in the polls because I'd completely forgotten about it. I loved it back then, so it was fairly surprising to discover that I....well, I didn't love it so much now. I liked it, don't get me wrong, but I'd had such high hopes that all my mascara woes were going to be solved by the one thing that had been right in front of my face the entire time—sort of like if Angela Chase suddenly realized that Brian Krakow had been the boy for her all along; stop me if I've lost you—that my heart sort of sank when I applied the first coat and discovered that it wasn't going to change my world. Or even rock it much, honestly.

It gave me some length, which I liked, but it seemed awfully smudgy when I was applying it. It stayed on really well throughout the day, and came off easily when I washed my face, but I wasn't such a big fan of the vaguely "crispy" look it seemed to give me from the side.

I'd be willing to give it the benefit of the doubt and blame it on my own application, because I do remember really loving this one in the past, but part of me wonders if perhaps they've changed the formula since then. 

Day 3: Benefit They're Real! (in Black), $22 at Sephora 

Oh, how I wanted to love this mascara—not only to justifty the fairly hefty price tag, but also because it came in first place and I was rooting for a happy ending. That said, I'll use the tube up, but it didn't change my life in the way I'd sort of expected it to. While it definitely felt more luxurious than the two other mascaras, it caked on a whole lot thicker too, even with just one coat. 

I got the drama, certainly—though sadly I never got to tell an inquisitive person that yes, they were indeed real—but it came with a little more clumpiness than I would have liked. This may be partly my fault; the brush was sort of insane, with a little spiky head on the end, so possibly I would get better at applying it with a little practice.

I liked how thick the formula felt, and how it stayed on well all day, and I was also pleased that it came off really easily when I washed my face. All in all, I feel like with a little practice I could probably make this one work for me. Then again, part of me thinks that if I'm spending $22 on mascara, I want it to be the best damn mascara I've ever used from the start. 

Day 4: Maybelline Full n'Soft (in Very Black), $6.59 at my Target

I was really intrigued by this wild card entry, which didn't get quite as many votes as the other guys, but which nevertheless prompted some pretty passionate declarations of love in the comments. I decided to pick it up and throw it in for testing anyway, on the offchance that it ended up being The One. It didn't, I'm afraid, although I did like it a whole lot more than I expected to; it went on very, very smoothly with no smudging or clumping, and gave me probably the most natural look of all.

I also liked the slight boost in length, which was a nice surprise, and the fact that I didn't have to get it at the expense of crispy, piled-on layers. It did make my lashes full and it did make my lashes soft—way to deliver, Maybelline!—but it did also smudge a little under my eyes after a fairly vigorous bout of elliptical-machining. Apart from that, it stayed on pretty well all day and it came off easily at night when I washed my face. It wasn't particularly dramatic or life-changing, but it did give me a nice natural look, devoid of any spideriness, which I appreciated. 

So that's that, Internet. I'm really sorry that I have no wonderful revelations or passionate suggestions that you go out and buy this or that immediately; I hope I haven't disappointed you. I'm a little let down myself honestly, because I really thought a studied, scientific approach might yield The Best Mascara Ever, and instead I'm just left with four tubes that I'm fairly pleased with, but don't love enough to confidentally declare your must-have mascara.

But you know what, I guess I'm just going to have to dedicate myself to this completely now and work my way down the list of the original 108 suggestions until I find The One. It's important work, people. We'll get there. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither were your knockout eyelashes.

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Starla
Feb 17, 2012

Thank you for this scientific study, Professor Burns.
Put Dior Show on your list!

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Isobel_A
Feb 17, 2012

Ah, you see! You should have tried Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara. It is the miraculest of miraculous mascaras, and I love it dearly.

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honeypops
Feb 17, 2012

thanks for doing this Holly! I'm quite persuaded by your results on Full N' Soft. Would consider trying that one out!

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TheGirlWho
Feb 17, 2012

I recently had cause to buy a bunch of expensive mascaras for a beauty article I'm writing. I bought a couple expensive ones and hated them. Clumpy, crumbly, weird brushes etc.. Turns out, my Maybelline Full N Soft continues to rock my world. My trick: curl lashes, apply mascara, wait for it to try, curl lashes again, use eyelash brush. Repeat process as needed for extra drama.

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jasmine
Feb 17, 2012

if it helps, i thought the maybeline one looked really good on you :)

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lucy seagraves
Feb 17, 2012

Maybe this Sephora favorites mascara collection is worth a try: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P295701

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Lindsey
Feb 17, 2012

See, this just backs up my own hypothesis that it's more about the method than the mascara. I'm a mascara junkie, having regularly purchased the Sephora sets of 7-8 mini-mascaras as well as every drugstore one. As it turns out, I always ALWAYS end up using two (or um, three ...) different mascaras since one mascara cannot be all things to all people. Or even one set of eyes, sheesh. In addition to my beloved Shu Uemura eyelash curler, I use the CoverGirl LashBlast you sampled, first, then Benefit They're Real on the edges (with the medieval mace-like tip). I get rid of clumps or spidery-looking lashes with a dry spoolie brush I've swiped from Sephora's many makeup-sampling stations. This sounds like it takes a ton of time every morning, but I've got it down to a few minutes, and the results are AWESOME.

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Sarah Cool
Feb 17, 2012

Chalk this up to one of the 50 identical-in-intent comments you will get:

TRY DIORSHOW IT WON'T LET YOU DOWN.

(..... but clearly, if we've learned anything from this experience... it actually might let you down. Because my holy grail isn't necessarily someone else's.)

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Ris
Feb 17, 2012

I think the applicator has a lot to do with it, and those point, spiky, flail-looking ones have never worked for me. Sometimes I used the mascara they come with and apply it with a regular old applicator I swiped from the makeup counter.

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One Third Acre Woods
Feb 17, 2012

I think you should do a follow-up on each of these after you have worn them for a month. That would give you time to perfect "the process" and see how it works in many situations. I, for one, would find this fascinating. I don't know why since I don't wear mascara, but I love a good experiment as much as the next girl.

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Kate
Feb 17, 2012

I had commented previously about my true love, Maybelline's Lash Discovery, which I love love love for the mini-brush applicator. However, Lindsey's comment about the mini-mascaras just reminded me of the one fancy mascara I ever loved. I tried a sample-size of Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes! from Sephora and loved it for a more dramatic, going out look. I even bought a mini tube of the waterproof version (Lights, Camera, Splashes!) for my wedding. I will note, though, that I didn't care for it as much when I purchased a full sized tube. Go figure.

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Amy
Feb 17, 2012

If you are worried about puny lashes, maybe try Origins Underwear for Lashes before you put on your mascara? I use it between curling and applying mascara and my lashes are much less puny for it. Just a thought (though now that I'm suggesting it, it seems pretty high maintenance to have a three-step eyelash process, hmm).

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Tara
Feb 17, 2012

I'm a Full 'N Soft girl myself, and I always get the waterproof version. It helps minimize the smudging.

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Staci Magnolia
Feb 17, 2012

I would just like to find a mascara that I don't feel I need to wipe with a tissue before application. I currently have at least 4 mascaras in my vanity. I will say, though, that an eyelash curler is what makes all the difference for me. I am a natural blonde (I swear) and need a lot of definition on my eyes to not look ghastly. The curler has become such a necessary function in my everyday primping routine.

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Marieka
Feb 17, 2012

This has inspired me to test out some new mascaras myself.

And I totally got your Brian Krakow reference. ("To, you know, the person...who wrote it.")

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Shannon
Feb 17, 2012

Oh no! I missed the suggestion-taking post but I'll third (fourth? fifth?) DiorShow - for me it really was the holy grail of mascaras!

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katie
Feb 17, 2012

Love the way the Full and Soft looks on your lashes. I have used it for years. Will definitely NOT change now.

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CrystalthePistol
Feb 17, 2012

Until recently, I had no idea that there were these awesome places called Eyelash Bars. Have you heard of this? You go to the bar, they place one or two false eyelashes in between your real lashes across your whole lid and then tint your eyelashes-so you don't have to wear mascara while they're in. They last 3-4 weeks and then you get them re-applied again. Where I live, it's about $20.00. I can't say how awesome these places are- because I have (please don't hate me) eyelashes that don't need mascara- but I hear they are quite the business!

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sonya
Feb 17, 2012

Full 'n Soft looks best on you, by far. Why not try the waterproof version? Very natural. Oftentimes, when women talk about mascara, the tidbit they leave out is the state of their natural lashes. Maybe that's why there are a gazillion types of mascara out there?! I wonder if M.A.C. still makes a good mascara. I used to use it a very long time ago and was pleased with it.

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LizScott
Feb 17, 2012

Ohpleaseohplease work your way down the list. I need a clear winner - I think we ALL do [cue melodramatic music]

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whoorl
Feb 17, 2012

I think I might try the Full 'n Soft - maybe the waterproof version that's been mentioned in the comments.

I hesitate to say this because of its cult following, but I was very unimpressed with Dior Show. It was super clumpy on me. (But you will probably love it, so don't listen to me.)

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whoorl
Feb 17, 2012

Also, one mascara that I always come back to is CoverGirl Lash Exact. I love that it isn't clumpy, doesn't smudge and looks natural.

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Julie
Feb 17, 2012

Yay! I was so excited to hear the results of this! I think I'm going to try the Full 'n Soft. I use Maybelline now, and - don't judge - it's the pink and green one. But it's the version with the over-sized applicator, and it actually goes on quite well and isn't clumpy. But I have had hit-or-miss results with some of their other mascaras. I tried one (can't remember the name - think it was in a pink-ish bottle?) that flaked so badly it scratched my eyeball because the flaky stuff got underneath my contact. Not fun. (Also, waterproof mascara is a huge no-no for contact wearers. Just a tip from my eye doctor to you. And speaking of: he actually commented on the stuff I was wearing one time - the pink and green kind - and said it was really good because it didn't flake at all.)

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Mueble de Cocina
Feb 17, 2012

Personally I preffer Loreal brand is the better for me.

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Hanna
Feb 17, 2012

I had this HUGE realization last summer that it's not about the mascara, it's ALL about how you apply it. I did one of those makeover things at the Bobbi Brown counter, and while I do like her mascara, this works with my go-to Maybelline Volume Express just as well.

I'm not saying you're applying it wrong, just like I wasn't, but you're not getting the full impact of mascara. First, always curl your lashes. Mine are annoyingly straight but a good curl really helps them look longer Second, use eyeliner to boost your lash line. You're not going for a defined "eye liner" look here, you're just filling in your lash line. Top lid only only. Then apply the mascara, really concentrating on the roots first, that's where you want the majority of your product, and then brushing lightly to the end. That gets rid of the clumping but really makes your eyes and lashes stand out.

I'm telling you it made SUCH a difference.

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Mia
Feb 17, 2012

Ok, so I have the EXACT same type of eyelashes as you do, except mine are blonde. Even worse, right? I've actually had people ask me if I CUT my eyelashes, they're so short and straight. Here's what I think you're missing: lash primer. Anytime I've bought mascara that came with a primer, I have been much more pleased with the end result. I currently use the primer/mascara combo that Estée Lauder makes, the name escapes me, but I guarantee you can't go wrong with any of the ones they make.

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samantha
Feb 17, 2012

I was hoping for a big mascara revelation too. I used to be a DiorShow girl but then either they changed the formula or my face did because it got all flaky and started leaving mascara crumbs on my cheeks. (Of the dwarves, I prefer smudgy to flaky.) Mascara is my one essential type of makeup, and I have been without a favorite for a long time.

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Blythe
Feb 17, 2012

I agree that trying a lash primer might be a good tactic. I got one as a sample (Clinique, I think?) and use it when I want longer-looking lashes. It works nicely.

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Andrea
Feb 17, 2012

Another missed-the-first-vote vote for diorshow. I find a single coat to be very natural -- but a substantial boost -- and it's totally non-smudgy and non-clumpy.

I always wipe mascara wands on a tissue before applying, so maybe that's why I don't have whoorl's issue with the clumping?

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Erin
Feb 17, 2012

I've found that 1-2 layers of Voluminous, then a swipe or two of waterproof Full & Soft is PERFECTION. It's truly the only time people ask me either what mascara I'm using or if I'm wearing false lashes. The Voluminous gives you darkness and volume, and then the Full & Soft separates, lengthens, and gives you a nice finish.

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Dianna
Feb 17, 2012

What a bummer! On the bright side you won't have to worry about running out of mascara for a while.

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Auburn
Feb 17, 2012

I said it before and I'll say it again: Latisse.
Seriously, it will do wonders for your lash length and volume.

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jill
Feb 17, 2012

I am loving all of this! Your research and everyone's comments! I do use three of the four top mascaras and am mostly happy with them, but I also agree with others that other tools can make the difference.

I've been using Lilash for a few years and it's made a dramatic difference in the length of what used to be non-existent lashes. And I always curl the hell out of my lashes. This makes a huge difference. Lastly, Tweezerman makes the best lash comb ever! It's a folding comb of metal spikes—frightening-looking but works like a charm.

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Stacey!
Feb 17, 2012

I have long eyelashes but they're very, very unruly. I used to swear by Lancome Definicils and Hypnose. The price kept slowly creeping up, but I could never find anything else that worked quite as well. Once the price hit $28/tube, I was done. I decided to try L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes, and I LOVE it! I'm on my second tube now.

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Sarah
Feb 17, 2012

I'm telling you, the problem is that you aren't trying Lancôme Hypnose. I have super similar eyelashes and even I get compliments on how long and pretty my eyelashes are. Me! And that's without even using a curler.

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gina clover
Feb 17, 2012

Instead of wasting money on 108 mascaras, you should just get a lash enhancer. Latisse is good, but sephora has a great selection, too. Peter Thomas Roth's Lashes to Die For Platinum gave me new lashes. It's pricey stuff, but compared to the money you're spending on mascara after mascara, it's definitely worth it. Honestly, it works, and all you'll need is an eyelash curler.

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Heather Noelle
Feb 17, 2012

I remember you writing about how much you liked "L'Oreal Double Extend BeautyTubes Mascara" a few years ago. I liked it as well, and ended up using just the black mascara without the base coat. I am curious to know how you feel about it now.

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beyond
Feb 17, 2012

"the vaguely "crispy" look"! that's often my mascara problem, but i've never known what to call it. i hope you'll put an end to it with your next post.
i'm surprised not many people mentioned max factor... i know a few make-up artists who swear by the brand (just the mascara, though...)

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Marcheline
Feb 18, 2012

I'm surprised you didn't give the Revlon false eyelashes a go. You don't want to wear them to the gym, but they look fabulous for going out! Best part is, you just pull them off and jump in bed - no smudge or removal worries.

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Sarah
Feb 18, 2012

Oh shoot, I'm so upset I missed this competition to suggest my NEW! FAVOURITE! MASCARA! EVER!
I've tried 'em all, the expensive and cheap, and nothing was ever quite right. A couple of months ago I held my own super scientific research and asked classmates and browsed Sephora online for the best priced and most praised mascara. Now, I live in a city with a large Asian population so I took notice when a majority of the Asian girls suggested Fairydrops because full lashes are a big thing for Japenese and Chinese gals. Genetics did not bless the oriental with long, full eyelashes. In fact, Fairydrops was created by a Japanese TV star who was fed up with not getting what she wanted out of her mascara. I'm a american-mexican-japanese mutt myself so I am lucky to have long eyelashes and almond-esque eyes but they are so very light that they never show up. Now, tell me this isn't impressive:

Right eye without Fairydrops http://i.imgur.com/xHyWg.jpg

Left eye with Fairydrops! http://i.imgur.com/g000X.jpg

Full disclosure, I am devoted to my eyelash curler for I really feel it gives mascara that extra boost of awesome so my eyelashes are curled on my left eye and not on my right eye. I also usually give em a nice brushing before I apply because I have longer lashes that tend to point different directions and I did not do so before applying mascara on my left eye.

Perhaps this is too spidery for what you are looking for? I can attest to its lasting power throughout the day. Removal is sometimes a bit... clumpy? But not so bad as to rule it out of the running. It also holds up great during exercise.

So.... yes! Fairydrops! Give them a try if you still feel scientific. http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P281302

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slynnro
Feb 19, 2012

I cannot say enough good things about Latisse. You are the perfect candidate. I had decent lashes to start and now they are just ridic. Also try a Laura Mercier curler.

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Jane
Feb 20, 2012

I didn't weigh in on the initial debate but have come to the conclusion that I will forever be looking for the "perfect" mascara. I too have short and straight lashes and live in hope daily of finding something that will amaze me.
Also does anyones husband / boyfriend / other half have long eyelashes?.... 'cos mine does and it's just not fair!

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alliekris
Feb 20, 2012

After trying many mascaras and then seeing your post I went out and bought Full 'n Soft and I really love it. Thank you!

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heather
Feb 21, 2012

For what it's worth, I layer the CG Lash Blast in the purple tube under the L'oreal Voluminous in the solid black tube. Layering them seems to work for me for both volume AND length. Maybe that's the secret? That no mascara should have to work alone?

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Karen W.
Feb 21, 2012

I'm Korean and have monolids so my lashes have always pointed straight down. I ALWAYS use a lash curler to curl and lift my lashes, brush on mascara, and then use a METAL eyelash comb to straighten and separate lashes and to remove clumps. Sometimes after the mascara has time to really dry, I'll go back over it with the lash curler if I feel I need more curl.

In addition to the above, I have to use mascara with a drier formula--wet formulas just remove any curl I put in, and tend to smear onto my lower lids. Cover Girl's Lash Exact is my go to mascara. I also prefer the plastic spiked brush, though I don't like the Last Blast brush because it's too fat and is hard to maneuver.

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Melissa
Feb 21, 2012

Firm believer in "They're Real!" which costs even more at Sephora in Canada ($28 per tube). I have small stubby lashes but the key is curling your eye lashes.

I curl mine before I put mascara on, apply it, let it dry then curl them a second time - just once so they're really BAM in your face. Sounds like a lot of work but its only about 30 extra seconds and helps a ton!

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Whitney
Feb 22, 2012

Funny, I got totally impatient, and as soon as you revealed the votes in Part One, I went out and bought They're Real. I am completely, totally, absolutely, unabashedly HOOKED! They actually make my eyelashes look fake, to the point that I look ridiculous during the day if I wear anything more than just the mascara by itself (no liner, shadow etc). It's perfect for a night on the town! To each her own, I guess!

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Angela
Feb 22, 2012

Okay, someone shared a secret with me that I will now share with you. If you heat your eyelash curler up before you use it, whoa, amazing things happen!!! I'm serious! Just use your blow dryer and get the curler warm, be careful that it's not hot, just warm and put your mascara on -- amazing!!!! Youre gonna be happy!! I do this every morning and really it doesn't matter what mascara I use. Although I do use Lancôme Definicils and I think it's the best!

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Susan
Feb 23, 2012

I missed the first round of voting, but I feel I have to add to the list, Trish McEvoy Lash Curling Mascara in Jet Black, I've used this mascara for years and have been asked by several people what mascara I use--it's THAT good! It's not cheap, but I love it so much, I buy multiple tubes. Also, I'm Asian and have thin, straight lashes, and this mascara makes a huge difference. My ex even asked once if I was wearing false lashes. When it first comes out of the tube it seems a little "wet", but after a day or two the mascara really works well!!
that's my 2 cents.

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lesli
Feb 24, 2012

You're absolutely right that they've changed the formula for L'Oreal Voluminous - I used to love it, too, and now I try it every so often because I remember that, but am always disappointed. I'm so glad you did this because I've been trying different mascaras trying to find The One and am also constantly disappointed. (I should probably mention that my eyelashes are at least as pitiful as yours, no, more so). I think your lashes look the best with the Full 'n Soft, so I'm going to try that now. Thanks, Holly!

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Darian
Feb 25, 2012

I'm really glad I read this. I am also in the per suite of the perfect mascara and unfortunately have not found that "one" yet. But reading this I'll have to try some of these.

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skye_akimbo
Feb 26, 2012

Count me in as someone who missed the initial recommendations but who looooooooooves diorshow. It's pricey, but worth it in my mind. It's my most expensive piece of make-up, but I won't give it up!

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Lisa P
Feb 28, 2012

Oh I love how dedicated you were to this! I've been telling all my friends about the mascara experiment. I'm actually quite impressed with the full and soft...I thought it made your lashes look fab.

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Denise
Mar 06, 2012

I'm Asian with super straight lashes. I use Lipocils (like Latisse) every night to make my lashes fuller and longer. ALWAYA have trouble with smudges under my eyes partway thru the day.

Couple comments:
1) I like the way full 'n soft goes on and makes my lashes look; layer coats to get more fullness and length. The waterproof dried quickly, doesn't uncurl my lashes. But halfway thru the day I've got smudges under my eyes. :(

2) Eyelash curler is the way to go...here's the key, warm the curler. I saw another comment that said to use a hairdryer, which I find kind of scary. I just heat it up in your hand...the curve of the curler fits perfectly in your hand and warms it up enough to give you mondo curls w/ little effort and having to worry about it getting too hot.

I'd be interested in seeing which other mascaras you try and the results. I, too, am in search of TBMYEUMGYMBTN. First time reading your blog...great writing. :)

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Amy in StL
Mar 06, 2012

So two years ago I asked a lady in the gym if her lashes were really that full or if it was awesome mascara. She swore by putting on a lengthening coat followed by a volumizing coat. Her go to was Stiletto followed by Falsies. That definitely worked better than I'd gotten with any other mascara; but not what I wanted. So I played around with Loreal Definity followed by Voluminous and then tried other combinations of lengthening and thickening.

What I've finally come to is my old friends Lancome. I use the Definicils and then the Hypnose drama. A coat of each and I'm good. I did try two coats of Doll Lashes by Lancome with some good results; but I think I'm done with drug store mascara. I've tried them all and the results aren't as good. Sadly.

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Avalee
Mar 06, 2012

I've found over the years that it's less about the mascara itself, and more about how long it was sitting on the store shelf before you bought it. This came from buying a brand-new-to-market mascara *and loving it* but then each successive tube being clumpier and less impressive over all. Now I just buy whatever is newest and generally am pretty happy (although I'm pretty impressed with the look of the 'Full n' Soft' too :-)

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