Favorites Makeup Roundup

Favorite Mascaras in Rotation

July 13, 2018

Today I have a new updated mascara roundup. I’ve become quite a bit more adventurous in the last couple of months testing new formulas and have some hits to discuss today. Triple digits have been keeping steady here in Vegas so finding a mascara that holds up in extreme dry heat can be a process.

  • Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Volume 2 (reviewed here) – is actually a very recent addition to the favorites list. I love how this mascara provides volume, thickness and length without clumping, smudging or flaking. The brush really grabs the lashes and separates them instead of gluing them together. Formula-wise it’s a true black and buildable and gives a nice push-up effect while effectively holding a curl that lasts all day. It leaves my lashes feeling noticeably soft but not brittle or dry-looking
  • Dior Iconic Overcurl Mascara – is another classic and it’s not new to me because it’s been my favorite for years. Boosts and lifts the lashes, holds a curl, volumizes, coats evenly, no smudging, etc. I’ve repurchased this one the most out of all the mascaras I’ve ever used
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara (reviewed here) – is still going strong. I’ve tried countless drugstore formulas over the years and only 3 really stood out, including the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara. Blackest Black is a really rich true black. It’s volumizing, lengthening, holds a curl, does not smudge, does not flake, does not clump, properly defines and separates, I could go on. Basically, it instantly gives the false lash effect. For me this is such a hit
  • Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Dark Brown – is my go-to for the bottom lashes. Regardless of what kind of look I’m going for, i.e.; natural, low-key, full-face, I always coat my bottom lashes in a brown-based mascara as opposed to black. I picked up this trick from renown makeup artist Patrick Ta. I like to use brown mascara on the bottom lashes for a softer look and also because it’s more flattering especially when up close
  • Smashbox Super Fan Mascara (reviewed here) – needs to be mentioned again. This mascara checks off all the boxes in terms of volume, lengthening, etc., but I really like it for its lifting properties and the brush which literally fans the lashes out distributing product fully and evenly while separating lashes. The brush design and small bristles allows me to get to the base of the lashes without touching the skin and reach those stubborn tiny ones in the corners

That wraps up the formulas I have been loving as of late. If I had to pick one mascara to use for the rest of my life it would actually be one that is not featured here today. Tom Ford’s Extreme Mascara is by far the best on the market in my opinion and outranks every single one on this list, even the Dior. The downside is that Tom Ford’s mascara comes in at $45 per pop. Considering the rate I go through mascara it’s not really feasible to keep up shelling out $45 on a mascara every couple of weeks. The Dior Iconic Overcurl Mascara comes in a close second and is about $15 cheaper.

What are your favorite mascaras at the moment?

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  • Lena L July 13, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Thanks for the tip on lower lashes – I dismissed Great Lash a long time ago but to think about it it’d make a great lower lash mascara. I also like Lash Paradise wp but I use it with the original Voluminous Carbon Black wp. From higher ends, I like Chanel volumizing mascara wp.