Yeah sure! There are plenty of nice ones out there imo. I’ve always been fond of L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara (waterproof, obvz). It’s a mascara I see on girls and I always get sucked into their eyes because of it and I have to ask what they’re using and it’s always Voluminous.
Rimmel Scandaleyes is also a favorite, you get ridiculously long voluminous lashes… I don’t even wear it anymore because my lashes get so long they bump up against my glasses, haha. It’s good for a Twiggy agenda.
I’ve tried most colored mascaras on the market — Medua’s Makeup (review), Maybelline’s LE line (review) — and these two brands, butter London and Anastasia, have impressed me the most. I don’t have any time for awhile to do eye swatches of them but I’ve worn each of these for several days for at least 12 hours, and did not experience any racoon eye (even when I cried, and I can SOB), the colors are genuinely pigmented and noticable, the formulations are long lasting and straight up GOOD formulations that aren’t clumpy, need to be built a lot, etc like their competitors. I’m impressed. Powderdoom approved.
Note: Beauty Brands is having a sale on butter London mascaras so they’re half off (now $10.98) — definitely worth a look.
I mentioned the new releases from Maybelline — Limited Edition Colored Mascaras in 6 shades for the month of August — last week or so, and here is an eye look with the “Vision in Violet” shade. I was skeptical from the get go about the quality of the formulation given I’m not a fan of the regular Great Lash formulation, and I wasn’t really surprised at the end.
Though you can see a very subtle change in my lashes in these photos, in reality my lashes are quite spindly and the change isn’t noticeable unless I’m in a certain light. I’m not fond of the brush, either — trying to swatch on my hand a smear of the purple mascara took like 6 tries and just looked like an ash stain on my hand. Trying to get an even, decent coating on my lashes took more than 2 coats and a mascara comb and even then I’m not satisfied. If they gave a different brush, perhaps the story would be different, but I’m disappointed.
For the only readily available drugstore colored mascaras on the market, I’d say skip them. The combination of the non voluminous, mediocre lengthening formula with a dinky wand and hardly noticeable lash color change isn’t really worth even the very affordable price tag. You’d be better off saving your money for the mid-range colored mascaras on the market, like CK and Anastasia. Maybelline does some amazing products that rival and even beat mid-range and luxury makeup brands, but this isn’t one of them.
Full Disclosure: The product mentioned in this review was sent for editorial consideration, but (quite obviously) the fact it is a PR sample does not change the honesty of my views on the product.
Maybelline has launched Limited Edition shades of their Great Lash Mascara for August in 6 new shades: Green With Envy, I See Blue, So Very Berry, Teal Appeal, Vision in Violet, and Wink of Pink.
These shades will only be available for the month of August and will retail for $6.40 — easily the most affordable colored mascaras readily available on the market. I literally just got these press samples this morning (thank you very much Jennifer!), I wanted to give you the heads up that these should be out now and won’t be around for long so get them while you can if you’ve been wanting to try out colored mascaras without breaking the bank!
Will be testing them out tomorrow for pigmentation etc and get back to you on the specs.
My (Semi) Recent Purchases
Hi lovely followers! Recently, both of us have slowed down our general beauty purchases for various reasons, making our haul posts few and far between. However, I quite enjoy making haul posts, so here’s what I have purchased over the last three months.
Essence I <3 Extreme Volume Mascara | $4.99 | link: I am constantly on the hunt for mascara I actually like, but I heard great things about this one so I bought it at Ulta. If you have any suggestions for mascara, both of us are looking for good ones. Nice volume and decent length would be nice.
Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara | ~$12 | link: Speaking of recommendations, a wonderful reader recommended that both Arabelle and I try this brand of mascara because she really liked it, so when I went to a Japanese supermarket and saw it, I purchased it! At enormous markup but it was completely worth it; the product I’m looking forward to trying most out of everything here. Isn’t the packaging cute?
Sana Super Quick Gel Pencil Eyeliner | ~$12 | link: This was an impulsive purchase but one can never have enough black eyeliner so it’s completely justified.
Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer in Deep Tint | $42 | link: Repurchased my favorite summer base product since my entire collection of drugstore foundations were breaking me out. Just enough coverage for my acne scars but light on the skin and good lasting power with a finishing powder.
Etude House Sun Prise Natural Corrector SPF 42 PA ++ | ~$11 | link: I wanted to try a new sunscreen so I decided on this one, which is supposed to act as a makeup base as well as a sun protectant. This does leave a cast on the skin, which slowly adjusts to your skintone. As an African-American, I was very surprised that it actually adjusted darker, but it needs time. This product + powder and concealer would make a great light makeup base. However, I think this breaks me out. A tad heartbroken.
Etude House Sun-Prise Water Essence Gel SPF 30 PA++ | ~$11 | link: I gravitate towards Asian sunscreens since they don’t break me out and they are better for my skin with no white cast. I purchased this from Gmarket along with the other sunscreen pictured above! I haven’t used this one yet but I think I’ll like it because it looks like the newer version of the sunscreen I used last summer – mentioned here.
Glycolix Elite Gly-Sal 5 Percent-2 Percent Pads | $16.40 | link: My skin had been reacting to absolutely everything I was using, so I decided to stop using all of my skincare for about a month except a light moisturizer, and then try something new for my acne. Found this product, and from two weeks of use, I must say I like this. Works well for my skin and my active breakouts are almost gone.
What have you purchased recently, lovely followers? Comment on the post using Disqus! o/ See you soon and as always, leave a comment or an ask if you would like a review.
There are many monthly beauty boxes available dabbled in most of them. Here is a product from yet another: Starlooks, which is $25 a month, though you can also purchase items from each box individually. This lash boosting mascara primer is $13 on it’s own and I quite like it, in fact, the packaging is one of the most beautiful makeup related things I have seen in awhile……probably because I’m also a fucking pervert and it totally looks like a vibrator. I’m just….saying….you can consider that unfortunate or funny, I choose the latter.
The actual primer seems to be a lightweight, fiber cling base. You can’t really tell it’s on your lashes at the root but you’ll notice the fibers clinging to the ends of your lashes. I chose to wear colored mascara (this is “Majestic” by Medusa Makeup, reviewed here) so you can see my lashes more prominently. If you’re wondering about the purple mascara, for like, $5, it’s adequate, but it’s definitely not waterproof as it claims to be.
Anyway! Back to the primer. I do like it a lot, not only for the packaging, but it also doesn’t dry heavy like other primers I’ve tried, and I do think using it made a difference in this case. This purple mascara is mediocre with no real lengthening abilities, but the primer makes the end results much better color and length wise without ending up spidery. I’ll be reviewing Starlooks more in depth in upcoming posts, as a monthly box and the products individually. For this product, specifically, I give it a thumbs up. You get free shipping on orders under a certain weight, so give it a shot if you’re curious.
Full disclosure: This product was a PR sample, but quite obviously does not impact my honesty regarding the product.