SOS: Volumizing Mascara
Sep 6, 2012
Writing about mascara is difficult because different women have different needs. Some women need length, others need volume. Some women like a bristle brush, others prefer a wand. But most of us are still searching for our perfect mascara.
Splurge. My Mother and I took a little trip this weekend to see Bonnie Raitt in concert (ah-may-zing) and stop at the Ulta store. I had never been in an Ulta, so I spent a lot of time roaming the aisles. One thing I spotted and just had to try was this Benefit They’re Real! Mascara.
I had heard great things about this mascara. It’s supposed to give you lashes that are beyond belief by volumizing, separating, lengthening and curling. But the second I opened the bottle, I knew this mascara would disappoint me.
The hair on my lashes, like the hair on my head, is baby fine. I need LOTS of bristles to grab all those skinny little follicles, and this brush has just a few plastic bristles scattered across the surface. So while I loved the formula–super dark, lengthening and volumizing–the brush just didn’t do it for me.
My other complaint is that the mascara was difficult to remove. Even after hitting it with my face wipes, using olive oil and rinshing with water, I still woke up with black smudges on my pillow cases. Blast!
Save. I may stray, but I always come back to the Covergirl LashBlast Volumizing Mascara. Always.
The formula is good–dark, volumizing, not sticky. (Though I do wish it didn’t smudge.) The brush has enough bristles to grab my itty-bitty lashes. And at $7 a tube, I can replace it every 90 days as recommending without feeling like I’m throwing money into the trash heap.
Verdict. Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara is a solid B+ performer. So if you want to try it, buy the $10 mini version and see if it suits your needs. If you don’t think it’s for you, or you don’t want to become beholden to a $23 mascara, stick with the Covergirl LashBlast. I am.