I don’t often review mascara: I have a few favorites that I have used for a long time and therefore do not feel like trying anything new. But I like quite a few of the Essence mascaras so when they release a new one, I of course want to try. For summer 2019, Essence released a new line of workout, waterproof base products. The You Better Work line. It includes two mascaras and I tried one!Read more
Maybe I just have a thing for trying popular mascaras lately, but I finally got around to trying the Essence Lash Princess mascara ‘in the mint green tube’. Because there isn’t just one Lash Princess mascara, there are three. After trying the L’Oreal Paradise Extatic, I was curious to see what this much hyped about mascara is all about.
Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara
It’s been ages since I last reviewed a mascara: nearly two years ago. The main reason for that? Because I haven’t found any mascaras that trumped my two favorites: Maybelline Falsies Flared and L’Oreal Butterfly False Lash Effect. Until now. Yes, I bought this for the hype. Yes, it is as good as everyone says.
L’Oreal Paradise Extatic mascara
If there is one time of the year that is perfect for a luxury make up splurge it’s the Holiday season. Personally I love bringing out my luxury make up for Christmas and New Year’s make up looks. I don’t know why I don’t wear them more on the regular, but the hefty price tag probably has something to do with it. One of my favorite luxury make up brands is Charlotte Tilbury and I have a few new bits by her to review.
Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes mascara
Charlotte Tilbury The Vintage Vamp eyeshadow quad
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Cheat lip pencil
Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl Matte Revolution lipstick
Mascara is one of the most frequently bought make up items. Even if you’re not into make up, chances are that you are using a mascara. Since it is the number one beauty product, brands go absolutely crazy thinking up new formulas and brushes and as a consumer you’re left to wonder: which one should I get? Today I hope to answer that question in part, as I’m reviewing 3 different mascaras: Make Up Studio 4D False Lash Original, Rimmel Wonder’Full Wake Me Up extreme black mascara and Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket.
Make Up Studio 4D False Lash Original
Rimmel Wonder’Full Wake Me Up extreme black mascara
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket
I previewed this budget proof mascara in my first impression of the new Essence & Catrice products for fall/ winter 2015. At €2.59 this mascara could be an absolute steal if it were any good, which is why I decided to come back to it, now that I have been able to give it a decent amount of trial and error.
Essence Multi-Action Volume mascara
Talking about a long overdue review! I have been using this mascara for 2 years I believe and not once did I mention it in a review. Shame on me, and so I am here to turn the tide and introduce you to one of my favorite mascaras: the L’Oreal False Lash Wings Midnight Blacks with Butterfly Effect Fibers mascara in Extra Black.
L’Oreal False Lash Wings Midnight Blacks with Butterfly Effect Fibers mascara in Extra Black
In the US this mascara is known under as slightly different name: the Voluminous Butterfly mascara. A tad shorter and also a lot cheaper. Where this retails for €16.99 at my Dutch drugstores, in the US this retails for 8.99 dollars. I swear by the Extra Black version as I find it works just a little bit better than the regular black edition.
In case you are wondering what my other favorite mascaras are, then I can say it’s only one: the Maybelline Falsies Flared mascara. Which I reviewed in 2012, ***cue old blog post*** and that is also the last time I reviewed a mascara. If you read the blog post you may see why. What I tend to do though, is go between these two. I use the Falsies Flared until it’s gone and then I pick up this and so I rotate ever 3 – 4 months.
What L’Oreal says:
Stretch and extend your lashes like wings! Introducing Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, one of our most-exciting mascara innovations, yet. Its revolutionary Butterfly Brush™ with asymmetrical lash line shape extends and lifts outer corner lashes to give you a winged-out effect, instantly volumizing lashes at the roots and stretching lashes outward. The unique Cocoon Fibers™ instantly wrap lashes in a soft, delicate veil to create silky, spectacular lashes that flutter.
Check, check double check. I find that if there is one beauty product that always comes with the most exaggerated claims is mascara. So I always take them with a grain of salt. But for this mascara I have to say they are right on the money. I find this lengthens my lashes while at the same time giving them a bit of volume: exactly what I am looking for in a mascara.
What makes this mascara unique is its brush. It is shaped like a butter fly wing (if you use your imagination) and the theory is that the longer spikes should push out your outer lashes for a flared out, false lash effect. That of course only works if you swop around the brush for you other eye and since I cannot for the life of me achieve that, I’d thought it wouldn’t work for me. However, it does. I just use the brush as it and then use the tip to coat my outer lashes on my other eye. Problem solved!
The shorter bristles at the bottom are perfect for the lower lash line. So what I do, is I use the curved edge for my top lashes, and dip the wand back into the tube in between eyes. I then move on to my lower lashes, without dipping the wand back, and use the short bristles to coat those lashes. All I do is tap the mascara on. If I do much of a stroking motion on my bottom lashes I end up with too much of a doll like effect as I have fairly long lower lashes.
Left: before, Right: after
This is the effect you get. I did NOT curl my lashes or do anything but apply mascara. I am not wearing any other eye make up either so you can see the full effect. As you can see, the mascara lengthens, thickens and separates my lashes. Separation is not always full proof: if I have a lucky day, I will get this effect, but as the formula dries I find I that this applies best. When it’s brand new, the formula is a lot wetter and then I find I need a spooly to brush through my lashes to make sure they are separated.
Now mind you, I have fairly long lashes to begin with, but about half of them are blonde or the tips are blond. So putting on black mascara makes for a huge difference, no matter what mascara I am wearing. However, I find that this mascara works really well for me. It does not transfer from my lower lashes onto my skin, nor does it smudge throughout the day and this isn’t even waterproof. I like the formula after it dries a little bit. With this mascara I can always count on great looking lashes, no matter what.
Would you like to see this mascara on in some different make up looks? I am also wearing it here:
What is your favorite mascara?