I have been using mascara in various forms for more than 15 years.
I’m one of those people who doesn’t like to leave the house without it on. I’m actually not that vain, it’s just that I have naturally blonde hair, which means that until recently I had invisible eyelashes. My mom got me some eyelash dye recently and it’s amazing what a difference it makes. Putting mascara on blonde eyelashes is an adventure, because if you don’t get the whole way down to the root, you get a weird floating eyelash effect. Post eyelash dye, it probably takes me half the time to put mascara on in the morning. It’s great.
But I digress. Over the years I’ve tried a number of mascaras, both drugstore and high-end.
I went through a period in junior high/high school where I was using Maybelline Full and Soft mascara. (There is a pretty good chance I used it because Sarah Michelle Gellar was in the commercials and I love Buffy…) I loved it back then, but when I tried it again a year or two ago it seemed to flake a lot and the love affair was over.
I used Imju Fiberwig (now apparently called something different?) for awhile, but I found that while the fibers lengthened my lashes, they also liked to fall off and get all stabby in my eye. That was…not pleasant.
I tried Diorshow and then pawned it off on my sister. I found that the brush was too big to allow me to get down to the roots of my eyelashes without stabbing myself in the eye with the bristles. My sister’s a brunette, so she doesn’t have freaky pigmentless lashes to contend with and that wasn’t a problem for her.
My new go-to mascara is Maybelline the Falsies in Black Drama. It takes no time to put on and it both lengthens and thickens my lashes.
(The focus on these pictures is even worse than my normal pictures because I wear glasses and can’t take a picture of my eyelashes through them, so I had no hope of telling whether things were in focus or not.)
This is what my lashes look like before curling them. (The dye works miracles, I tell you.)
My favorite part of this mascara might be the “spoon brush”.
It’s narrow on one side, wide on the other, and curved. I’m not sure why, but for some reason this makes it way easier for me to put on. I think it’s because I can use the longer portion of the bristles close to my lashline without poking myself in the eye.
Okay, I lied. My favorite part about this mascara is probably that I usually pay around $7 for it in the grocery store. I no longer feel guilty if I want to buy another tube because the other one is running out, but not completely gone.
I’ve also used the two other mascaras in the line. I wasn’t a fan of the brush on the Flared one, as it is slightly different than the normal one. It didn’t seem to help flare my lashes at all either. The regular mascara in the line is nice, but it doesn’t lengthen or volumize as much as the Black Drama does. Also, their waterproof mascaras are not messing around. They do not come off. I accidentally bought one and had to buy a normal one because I got sick of getting out the waterproof makeup remover in addition to the makeup remover wipes I normally use. I know for a lot of people this is a plus, but I lose eyelashes easily and I didn’t want to be ripping them out trying to get mascara off.