By Sheila Arkee
As the year is coming to a close, I have to say 2010 has been quite adventurous. Part of said adventures included a multiple mascara search for a worthy, and cheaper, replacement for my beloved DiorShow mascara.
There are few words to describe how much I love DiorShow … to me, it was PERFECT, but alas it is $24, and just a little bit out of my budget at the moment.
So, I engaged in a personal mascara test, to see which one out of the many out there would be able to find its way into my makeup loving heart. The result? Yes, there IS a worthy, and actually even better mascara out there. One big thing I realized along this journey is that I really like mascara about two weeks after it has been opened – the consistency is always better and clumpless!
Many say that its not the formula that matters, but its the brush that makes all the difference, and after this test I have to agree. My final word is coming up, but in general, for the look I’m going for – full and defined lashes, the more compact and full the brush the better.
The contenters, from left to right: DiorShow, Maybelline Volume Express, CoverGirl Lash Blast, MAC Plush Lash, Maybelline The Falsies.
Results: Looking back at my pics, I’m not as impressed as I thought I was back then! My lashes aren’t as full as I’d like them to be, quite honestly!
Price: Around $7
Results: Out of all of the mascaras, I liked this one the LEAST. Featuring a thin brush, there is just not a lot of staying power, not a lot of oomph, not a lot of anything, really. I’m not using this one anymore.
Price: Around $7
Results: The very first time I tried this mascara, I fell in love. The second through fifth time I was in hate. It was wet, gloppy, clumpy, just frustrating to work with. Then, two weeks passed and it was a whole new ballgame. I fell in love with this mascara, and have to credit the short brush. The bristles are plastic, which some people don’t like, but it helps separate and add volume at the same time. Genius!
Results: A sweet reader commented that she can tell when I wear this mascara, because it makes my lashes look perfect. I have to agree! Lush, defined, and clump-free, this mascara knocks it out of the ball park with a short and full brush. I’ve tried many MAC mascaras, and this is by far their greatest yet.
Results: For the price, this is a great mascara. The brush is curved and flat at the same time, which is an odd description, but it allows you to get extremely close to your lashline. For the price, it’s amazing, and definitely worth trying out!
When it comes down to it, my top pick is MAC’s Plush Lash, with CoverGirl’s Lash Blast coming in at a close second. Comparing the DiorShow brush to the Plush Lash brush, the Dior Show has a longer wand, and is not as thick as the Plush Lash wand.
Looking at the photos, I’m not sure I’m that eager to buy DiorShow should I have the chance. My next purchase will be one of the Rimmel mascaras that Kate has so highly recommended.
I’m curious – what are your favorite mascaras?