By September 22, 2007 13 Comments


I don’t know many girls who don’t wear mascara. It’s sort of like a rite of passage – I’m a woman, thus I can coat my lashes with a black (or brown… or any other relevant color) paste that will elongate my lashes and dramatize my eyes. Some guys think that mascara is a rite of passage for them as well, but that’s an entirely different post.

Nothing makes me happier then a great mascara!

So, today, I’m gonna banter on the real deal with some of these mascaras!

Sue Devitt Microquatic Black Widow Mascara:
Claim to Fame – Thickening and volumizing
How it REALLY works – It volumizes but it doesn’t really thicken. In fact, I sort of felt like it gooped instead.
Rating – 7 out of 10

Diorshow Mascara:
Claim to Fame – Super volumizing, lengthening and curling
How it REALLY works – Definately does all three. Loved this mascara until my lashes seemed to become immune. Also, not keen on the brush. It made it a tad hard to get close to the lash line.
Rating – 8 out of 10

Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara:
Claim to Fame – Oversized brush builds sexy, thick lashes
How it REALLY works – Oversized brush is two fold – it does make the lashes thicker but, again, it makes it hard to get close to the lash line, and it doesn’t lengthen like Diorshow. I do like the blackness of this mascara though.
Rating – 8 out of 10

Tarte Lights, Camera. Lashes:
Claim to Fame – Adds volume, length, curl and shine
How it REALLY works – This mascara definately extended my lashes, made them bold and camera ready. The wand makes it easier to get into the lashline and really work on those timy little hairs on both corners.
Rating – 9 out of 10

MAC Zoom Lash Mascara:
Claim to Fame – Instant volume lengthens lashes and curls them
How it REALLY works – Does lengthen but the gooey residue left behind is practically unmanageable. I spent so much time trying to seperate my lashes that I couldn’t really enjoy the length of them! But, hey, if you like goopey lashes, this is a great mascara!
Rating – 7 out of 10

L’oreal Double Extend Lash Extender & Magnifier:
Claim to Fame – 2 step – Basecoat extends, Black coat magnifies. 60% longer lashes. Smudgeproof.
How it REALLY works – It sure does magnify! As long as you follow step 1, the basecoat, which can seem a little tedious, this mascara will elongate your lashes like you’ve never seen! I, however, did find the process to be a tad messy, so you’ve got to take your time and be precise!
Rating – 9 out of 10

Prescriptives Here to Stay 24-Hour Longwear Mascara:
Claim to Fame – Lasts 24 hours, waterproof.
How it REALLY works – I have never, in my entire beauty obsessed life, found a mascara that really does stay on for 24 hours! This one does… and even after washing you face, a tiny coat still remains. Great for sleepovers with that special person. Also, wand is plastic (ya!!), thus it allows easy access to the lash line, creating longer, divided lashes!
Rating – 9 1/2 out of 10

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