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Adventures in Mascara, With Sheila

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.

Mascara #1: DiorShow

Price: $24

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!

Mascara #2: Maybelline The Classic Volume Express

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.

Mascara #3: CoverGirl Lash Blast

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!

Mascara #4: MAC Plush Lash

Price: $14

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.

Mascara #5: Maybelline The Falsies

Price: $5

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.  

Plush Lash on the left, DiorShow on the right

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?

  • http://thevinylwordandothermusings.blogspot.com Deb

    I have to agree that Plush Lash is wonderful. Right now, I am using MAC Opulash. It has a very similar brush to Diorshow and a much blacker formula. I found that I got better results with it than with Diorshow. I also got a little bit more length than Plush Lash or Diorshow.

  • Miss Boom

    I keep going back to Lancome Difincils, mostly because it never, ever ends up under my eyes. It stays in place and is easy to wash off.

  • admin

    Deb – I specifically went to purchase Opulash, because of your rave, but unfortunately they were out!!! I asked which was volumizing and went home with Plush Lash. Will definitely get Opulash next time!

  • admin

    Miss Boom – I’m one of those rare people whose lashes don’t like Lancome. I know so many others, though, who absolutely LOVE Definicils.

  • http://Kimmiekarmalove.blogspot.com Kimberly Marquez

    I haven’t tried any of those but I LOVE Loreal’s mascara! Right now I’m using the collagen one and I plan on getting the million lashes next!

  • Jean

    Right now I’m loving Avon SuperMagnify (wearing it DAILY – in Navy, no less!) and Rimmel GlamEyes Lash Flirt is my backup.

    I’m really impressed with the Maybelline The Falsies on you! And the price is fantastic. Great look, great price – I’m trying that one next time I purchase mascara. I definitely agree with you on your assessment of the others (based on the pictures).

    Lancome Definicils seems to be a classic: it’s been around forever because (almost) everyone loves it. It seems to have no real competition, from what I hear.

    I can’t afford department store brands, so anytime I get wind of a drugstore brand that makes the grade, I jump on it!

    (Sorry for the ramble…)

  • http://silhouettescreams.blogspot.com SilhouetteScreams

    I loved Lash Blast WP when I used it, but since then I’ve been gifted a few mascaras and have been using them instead. I wouldn’t mind going back to it afterward though :)

  • Jemma

    I love DiorShow too and after recently running out I bought L’oreal’s Voluminous and its really close to diorshow, i find it a bit thinner consistency though so i needed to get used to a different application style. Next time I am going to pick up the covergirl one and see how they compare!

  • http://alotofcontestsandsuch.blogspot.com Nessa

    I am loving Maybelline Full N Soft and Colossal volume express. The Full N Soft really does make my lashes full and soft to the touch- not crunchy. I love using Colossal with Hard Candy’s 1,000 lashes primer. Sky high lashes and volume= awesome!

  • Abby

    I am happily married to CG LashBlast (waterproof). Initially, I would have smudges along the top lash line because of the short bristles on the wand. It took some adjustment, but so worth it for me. My lashes are very long, but not thick, and with LashBlast I have a thick fringe of glory. Couldn’t be happier. Every time I stray, I slap myself.