Like many of you, I don’t have long eyelashes. Thank goodness for mascara! But there was a span of months when I didn’t wear any. I had been trying out different brands that looked good on me, but most of the time, there was some ingredient that made me rub my eyes constantly; probably some type of allergic reaction. It was miserable. I think most brands say they’re hypoallergenic, but I’m not too sure. (So word of advice – double check those ingredients!)
I didn’t even bother working with false lashes (falsies); so many ladies rock them and I think it’s great. I haven’t worn any since I did musicals back in college and I don’t think I apply them correctly *facepalm*.
Thankfully, through a sample at Sephora and a recommendation from a friend, I found two wonderful brands that I can use and don’t give me any trouble.
HIGH END: Laura Gellar Lash Boss
I was highly impressed by this. The wand is dual-sided – one for volume and the other for length. Of course, here’s the best part for me – I was able to apply without any itching afterwards. It was an answer to prayer. I’m running out and I like having options so in the near future, I’ll purchase the full-size.
DRUGSTORE/LOW-END: L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise
My friend Rachel recommended the Lash Paradise. Her lash game has always been on point, so when she told me about this, you know I had to check it out. I had also seen a few of my fave beauty vloggers mention it, so it was worth checking out. I was happy about this one! It’s only $10. Maybe less, depending on where you purchase your drugstore products. But I immediately noticed the difference and again, no irritation.
Benefit Roller Lash | Benefit BADgal Lash | Too Faced Better Than Sex | Pur Fully Charged | Lancôme Définicils | Pixi Beauty Large Lash | Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint | It Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing | Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion | Wet N’ Wild Max VOLUME PLUS | Elf Volumizing & Defining | Neutrogena Healthy Volume
This list varies in style and price range. There are so many out there, from popular brands to up-and-coming ones.
– Find out what works for you. Figure out what kind of mascara you need/would like. Some products focus more on volume than length, and vice versa.
– Double check the ingredients to make sure you’re not allergic.
– See if your product has a waterproof option.
– If you’re conscientious about cruelty-free/vegan products, be on the lookout for symbols on the packaging.
Wise advice from my friend C: “I always try to buy my mascaras based on the shape of the brush. The product isn’t worth squat if you don’t have a good tool to apply it with.”
Which mascara brands do you use? Why do you like them? Let me know.
Hope you’re having a great week so far!