I am obsessed with mascara. I have really long lashes, so my needs are usually based around volume. And staying power. I’ve never found, NEVER, a mascara that stays on through the night. I’m always rubbing underneath my eyes on the dance floor just to make sure there aren’t dark circles under my eyes. It makes me appear to be crying or really tired, and the efforts are in vain. When I get home and stumble into the bathroom, I think I’m seeing things in the mirror as I look like a raccoon. Add to that the fact that my lashes are so long that they leave a series of dots underneath my eyebrows. It looks like a plastic surgeon marked me for a makeover. For anyone who wants to offer advice, don’t. I’ve tried everything from Clinique to Maybelline. Waterproof just makes it worse. It still comes off my eyelashes, but then I can’t get it off my skin.
Anyway, last year I bought the mascara sampler pack from Sephora. 10 mini mascaras for $40. I tried a new one each day, developed a rating system based on length, volume, staying ability, and overall look. I found 3 I liked and rotated buying those for the last year.
For Christmas this year, I got the deluxe mascara sampler from Sephora. New brands and a new eyelash curler. And a bonus 100 beauty points when I buy one of the full size versions. Woohoo! So, this year I’m cataloging the different brands here, starting with Blinc Kiss Me Mascara and Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Mascara.
I put on the Blinc mascara Christmas day. Nothing special. It provides subtle color and length, nothing in the way of volume. So, it’s a pretty standard mascara. Then it didn’t come off all day. And then it didn’t come off all through the next day when I didn’t shower because I was on a series of trains, subways, and buses to get home in a snowstorm. That really gave it extra points.
Fast forward to the next night when I finally did take a shower. The Blinc mascara is one of those fancy ones that deposits tubes around your lashes. When you go to wash it off, they come of in clumps that look like I just smushed a fat, black spider with my hand. Anyone who has witnessed my self-diagnosed arachnophobia knows that this did not make for a pleasant shower experience. Negative points.
In sum, Blinc mascara is a good, solid product. Nothing too fancy or extravagant, but it does what it’s supposed to. And you barely need makeup remover since the tubes come off essentially in one piece. I do recommend it, especially for someone with shorter eyelashes, as long as you can stand the spider resemblance.
I’m wearing this mascara as I type. The dark color and volume are great. The mascara wand was a little too bulky for my liking. I tend to prefer the newer small, plastic bristle wands. Thus far it has weathered hurricane winds, horizontal snow and the resulting watery eyes. Though I haven’t worn it all day, I feel that was enough to give it my stamp of approval. However, I won’t be buying this one because, while really good, it’s not any better than the Sephora brand mascara that I discovered in last year’s gift set.
That’s all for today. I will continue my valiant effort to find the best mascara and report on them every couple days. Hopefully by New Year’s Eve I find something that resembles fake lashes and stays on all night.