Mascara Madness

When it comes to mascaras aren’t we always looking for the next best thing?  I know I’m constantly trying out new mascaras hoping to find “the one”.  The one that will make you stop buying more, the holy grail of mascaras, that mascara you just can’t live without.

For me when using mascaras, I consider a few different factors.  It has to

  • be either lengthening  or volumizing.
  • be super black so the color of my lashes will pop
  • separate the lashes (who want clumped up looking lashes???)
  • have a wand that is comfortable in hand and easy to manuever through my lashes

I’ll be filming my first empties video of the year this upcoming weekend.  So with me about to toss some of these used up mascaras why not share my thoughts of them with my fellow beauties right?  This first roundup of Mascara Madness features items you can get from your local Sephora or Ulta Beauty but no worries, there will be another roundup coming soon with some drugstore mascaras as well.

 

Image of Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4 in 1 Mascara

What it claims:

A lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning mascara infused with olive esters to condition, treat, and protect lashes

from TarteCosmetics.com

Does it live up???

I wouldn’t necessarily call this a lengthening mascara.  What I would say is your lashes are definitely more noticable.  The volumizing and darkening from the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes is definitely a plus for your lashes.

Any cons?

When removing this mascara and sometimes during the day I would encounter flaky fibers of lashes that came out pretty easily,  Beware as a contact wearer it is definitely not fun getting this in your eyes.

President’s Day Weekend I signed up for Tarte’s website to receive 20% off my first order.  I didn’t complete the order since the discount was not valid on their new Tartlette palette which is what I was looking for.

Image of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

 

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

What it claims

One coat and lashes are full, defined and stretched to unbelievable lengths. Two coats and they’re reaching unbelievable heights of drama. Three coats and you’ll believe in magic.

from TooFaced.com

Does it live up?

When I first tried the Better than Sex mascara I was not happy.  It was way too wet, the smell kinda bothered me (has an ink like scent which is pretty common with mascaras).  Fast forward about  weeks later I decided to revisit the tube of mascara and my opinion did a complete 180.

The Better than Sex mascara has a good balance between lengthening and volumizing.  And tat ink smell must be for how deep and dark your lashes will look after application of Too Faced’s mascara.  I don’t recommend three coats of this though, could lead to your lashes clumping up on you though.  Just do as I do and make a mascara combo for the look you desire.

Too Faced’s shipping is amazing.  I forgot to mention in my haul how I ordered on a Friday and received my package that Monday!!! Plus I was able to score a 20% discount by signing up with their website as a first time buyer.  Can we say #Winning?!!

Any cons?

There was a bit of a learning curve with the wand.

Image of Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara

Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara

Get instant lash drama in a single coat, no clumping or flaking

from Lancome-USA.com

Does it live up?

I’ve never met a Lancome mascara that I didn’t like so I had to pick up one of the Limited Edition special packaging mascara they released last year.  I chose to get the Lancome Hypnose Drama, and drama is just what it brings.  The wand of this mascara combs through your lashes separating, lengthening and darkening them; just what I’ m looking for in a mascara!

Any cons?

Honestly none I can think of at the moment, I freakin’ love Lancome mascaras and I want to try their newest mascara, the Grandiose at some point.

Tip – Best time to purchase Lancome cosmetics is at the counters when you get free gifts with purchase.  That’s how I usually get their amazing eye makeup remover!!!

Now I don’t own too many things in my makeup stash from Benefit Cosmetics but I have tried all three of these mascaras shown.  The most popular of the three would be the They’re Real mascara that is super lengthening.  Hence the name, it’s supposed to make people think you’re wearing falsies.  I personally like this mascara because it does a great job at separating and giving your lashes length.  It’s not so dark so I would use this is a base and add a deeper more volumizing mascara on top.

Image of Benefit Bad Gal Lash and Roller Lash Mascaras

 

The BadGal Lash is the mascara of the bunch that least excited me.  It has this big ole bushy brush which is supposed to be everything for increasing the amount of lashes it would appear you have.  The wand was just too fat for me and my hooded eyes for me to get it on clean and do a good job at achieving volume.

Benefit Cosmetics just released their new Roller Lash mascara which I am loving right now.  Dare I say it may be better than the They’re Real mascara???  Yes this Roller Lash mascara is the truth.  The wand has a Hook n Roll patented brush designed based off hair rollers.  The wand definitely grabs onto and glides through your lashes by curling them up while locking that curl up to hold all day!!!  With this mascara I don’t have to feel bad about not using an eyelash curler before applying my mascara because this does it for me!  My only con is that I only have a sample but I will most definitely be picking this up in the full size!!!

What’s your favorite mascara???  Let me know in the comments.

Also, be sure to check out my full 4 Minute Review on the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara below.

 

 

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  • Stila’s Major Lash Mascara is my favorite! I’ll try the Too Face mascara although that wand is really intimidating!

    • Kay’s Ways

      Yes there’s definitely a learning curve with that wand lol. I never heard anyone talk about the Stila, I may have to check it out

  • Emerald

    Hi Kay!! I love mascara!!! My favorite is Mary Kay’s mascara and I also love their eye makeup remover. If I want something dramatic, I go for falsies. The Roller Lash mascara looks cool!

    • Kay’s Ways

      I get so frustrated with falsies so unless I’m going for that full beat face I skip them. I’ve never tried any Mary Kay products but I hear they’re really good!

  • RattlesandHeels

    This was such a good review. You made me want to run out and try a Lancome mascara. I’ve stuck to Maybelline in the last few years and I really like it.

    • Kay’s Ways

      Maybelline mascaras are also awesome but those wands be kinda flimsy. I absolutely have loved every Lancome mascara I’ve ever tried, highly suggested!

  • Cassie Lee

    I’m currently in love with the maybelline miss magna mascara! It’s drugstore, but it’s marvelous <3 I've been wanting to try roller lash, but the sample size is never available when I go to sephora 🙁

    • Kay’s Ways

      Now that’s one on my list to try, I always hear great things about the Miss Manga!

  • Jessica Cox Valade

    Great review! My favorite has to be the Better Than Sex Mascara – I always get asked if I’m wearing falsies when I rock it! I have samples of many of the other mascaras you mentioned, and I can’t wait to try them all out!

    • Kay’s Ways

      Aint that better than sex mascara great?!? Trying different mascaras are always exciting

  • Erin Modglin

    Great review! I’m using half of these now! 🙂

    • Kay’s Ways

      Thanks Erin, great choices!

  • I love Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes! My HG mascara! Better Than Sex is also really nice but the wand is hard to work with- it’s too big for my eyes!

    http://mollyandstacie.com

    • Kay’s Ways

      Yeah that wand definitely takes some getting used to. That Tarte mascara is really good, I have the other one in gold packaging too. Have you tried that one? I believe its Light, Camera Flashes

      • I haven’t tried that one yet but it sounds really interesting!

  • I love the Benefit thery’re real I’m yet to try the roller lash. Love this post thank you for sharing wish tart was in the uk xx

    • Kay’s Ways

      Oh if you like the They’re Real you’ll definitely LOVE the Roller Lash! Thanks for stopping in Sarah

    • Kay’s Ways

      Oh if you like the They’re Real you’ll definitely LOVE the Roller Lash! Thanks for stopping in Sarah

  • Mimi Kitten

    I had the same thing with the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara too! It’s my absolute favourite!

    • Kay’s Ways

      Yeah after you figure out how to make it work for you it’s heaven!!! That stuff is bomb

    • Kay’s Ways

      Yeah after you figure out how to make it work for you it’s heaven!!! That stuff is bomb

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    I’ll have to dig out my TF Better Than Sex mascara and try it again. I find it clumpy and it takes forever to apply. To be honest, I prefer TF Lashgasm. I also love the Tarte you mentioned and Benefit They’re Real, but I guess I have to try the new Rollerlash

    • Kay’s Ways

      Yeah you definitely have to take your time with the Better than Sex but after you figure out how to make it work for you it’s really nice. I need to try that TF though! If you like the others then I’m sure you’ll like the Roller Lash mascara as well for sure

    • Kay’s Ways

      Yeah you definitely have to take your time with the Better than Sex but after you figure out how to make it work for you it’s really nice. I need to try that TF though! If you like the others then I’m sure you’ll like the Roller Lash mascara as well for sure

  • I really want to try the Too Faced and Tarte mascaras, I always hear great things about them!

    xo Priyanka
    http://glamourandgiggles.tumblr.com/

    • Kay’s Ways

      Don’t we want to try like every mascara lol

    • Kay’s Ways

      Don’t we want to try like every mascara lol

  • Laura

    The Too Faced Better Than Sex is my ultimate favourite, it is soooooo amazing on my lashes, loads of volume length and curl! xxx

    • Kay’s Ways

      I can definitely see how BTS is many people’s holy grail mascara. My problem is I can never just stick to one mascara because I want to try them all lol

    • Kay’s Ways

      I can definitely see how BTS is many people’s holy grail mascara. My problem is I can never just stick to one mascara because I want to try them all lol

  • Valerie Bustamante

    I love the Tarte mascara. I really do want to try the Better then Sex and Roller Lash though. Thanks for sharing:)

    • Kay’s Ways

      The Tarte mascara is great, adds loads of volume. I would say try Roller Lash before BTS especially since you’ll get the volume from Tarte, I think that would be a great combo together

    • Kay’s Ways

      The Tarte mascara is great, adds loads of volume. I would say try Roller Lash before BTS especially since you’ll get the volume from Tarte, I think that would be a great combo together

  • I must be the only person in the world who doesn’t like the BTS mascara! It flaked off my lashes pretty badly 🙁

  • I love those Tarte, Too Faced and Lancome mascaras you mentioned, they are all on the top of my list. I still need to try that Roller Lash mascara. Thanks for sharing <3

    xo brigette from http://www.brigetteramos.com

  • The Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara packaging is adorable! I used Lancome Definicils awhile back and remember liking it, but it’s been a long time since I used it. I haven’t tried any of the ones you mentioned, but I’d like to! Right now I’m using the CoverGirl Flamed Out, which is pretty meh, but I have a new tube of Benefit’s They’re Real waiting for me when I finish it!

  • I loved the “They’re Real” by Benefit. Thanks for the tip about using a base. I have also been hearing a of buzz about the new Roller Lash mascara so I may check it out as well.

  • I’m always trying different mascaras. Right now, I’m loving em volumizing – it really makes the lashes pop and it’s not lying about being waterproof. I’ll have to also check these out. Thanks.

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