Mascara Lash-off

Last month I went to Sephora to restock a skincare product, and was pleasantly surprised to get an additional December birthday gift at the register – Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara, which I’ve been meaning to try out for a while! This called for a Mascara Lash-off, so I decided to face this mascara off with Covergirl’s new Bombshell Volume Mascara.

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First, the benchmark: without mascara

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Benefit They’re Real Mascara

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What It Claims to Do:  lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts & separates. Our jet black, long-wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out. A specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!
94%
 saw dramatic length & volume
90% saw base-to-tip curl
94% saw visible lift
100% saw long-wearing results

Actual Results: I think this mascara delivered for all that it claims! I saw an increase in length and volume and curl. I especially like the domed-tip, which helped get to fan out the usually hard-to-reach corner lashes to create an even more voluminous effect!

Length/Volume: Excellent. I saw an increase in both length and volume.

Clumpiness: I applied 2 coats, which seamed to do just the trick. However, a minute later I applied a third layer just to see the effect, and found that it created a spikey, clumpy effect on the lashes. So just stick to 2 coats of mascara!

Excess Product on Eyelid: Usually mascaras that create a lot of volume leave a bit of excess product behind, but surprisingly, this mascara didn’t! You can use this mascara without any eyeliner, if so desired.

Overall rating: 4/5. I love this mascara and the effect it produces, and would definitely buy again. The only thing that would hold me back is the price tag – $23 for the high-end mascara. Nonetheless, a great mascara!

Covergirl Bombshell Volume Mascara

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What It Claims to Do: The two-step Bombshell Boost System combines extreme volume with an intensifying top coat for big, sexy bombshell lashes. Step One: Apply the extreme volume basecoat. Step Two: Finish with the intensifying top coat.

Actual Results: Wow, I was pleasantly surprised how much I loved this mascara! The first coat separates the lashes nicely and adds volume without any clumpiness, while the second coat intensifies the look. I applied 2 coats each of Step 1 and Step 2.

Length/Volume: Both were excellent!

Clumpiness: None to speak of.

Excess Product on Eyelid: A little amount, I would suggest to use this with eyeliner. With the big, bold lashes created, the eyeliner will go along nicely.

Other Notes: I really liked the softness of the formulas when applied with the two brushes. It didn’t produce spikiness like the They’re Real did when applying additional coats of mascara.

Overall rating: 4.5/5. I love this mascara! It has everything that I look for in mascaras, with length, volume, intensity, no clumpiness, and soft application. Definitely a winner! However, this one is also a little more expensive than your typical drugstore mascara at $14.99.

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The Verdict: I have to say that I love both of these mascaras and would definitely buy either of them again! The higher price tags on both of them are definitely worth the splurge every once in a while! However, today I’ll have to choose the Covergirl Bombshell Volume Mascara for the winning big, luscious bombshell lashes that it creates.

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Mascara Lash-Off

Let’s be honest, don’t we all crave long, luxurious lashes? They have never gone out of style, and I’m pretty confident stating that they never will. Countless mascaras claim to lengthen, but which ones really work? Today’s lash-off will look at two lengthening mascaras, Covergirl’s Lashblast Length and L’Oreal’s Double Extend.

Benchmark: Without mascara

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COVERGIRL lashblastlength Mascara

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What It Claims to Do: Tapered brush and mylon lengthening formula combination work together to lengthen lashes and is flake and smudge resistant.

Actual Results: Was I even wearing mascara is this photo?

Length/Volume: I don’t know if it added any length, because I could hardly see my lashes! Definitely no volume.

Clumpiness: None.

Excess Product on Eyelid: Hardly any product above the lashline, so could be applied without any eyeliner.

Other Notes: If I wanted to go for a no-makeup look, I might use this type of mascara. But then again, why even bother if I wanted to go sans makeup?

Overall rating: 1/5. I was pretty disappointed with how this turned out.

L’Oreal Paris Double Extend

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Step 1: Fortifying Extender

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Step 2: Color Magnifier

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What It Claims to Do: Creates long, lush lashes up to 60% longer. The Fortifying Extender is a conditioning, micro-fiber base coat, formulated with Ceramide-R, that visibly lengthens and fortifies lashes. The Color Magnifier takes lash length further as it coats with rich color that won’t clump or smudge.

Actual Results: The two-step conditioner and color are a nice combination! Both go on so smoothly on the lashes, and there is little to no clumpiness!

Length/Volume: I’m not sure I buy into a product “lengthening” your lashes upon application, but the mascara went on nicely and I liked the lash separation. After these photos, I actually added a coat of volumizing mascara just because I prefer a little extra volume, but I think for an initial coat or if you don’t like to wear a lot of mascara, this is a great choice.

Clumpiness: None to speak of. I think the “fortifying extender” is a nice prep and the “color magnifier” brushes on very smoothly, like silk on your eyelashes!

Excess Product on Eyelid: Hardly any product above the lashline, so could be applied without any eyeliner.

Other Notes: I really liked this mascara, especially the primer/color combo. As I stated before, I like the va-va-voom that volume brings, but I found that pairing this mascara (first/second coat) with Maybelline’s The Colossal mascara (last coat) is a home run combination!

Overall rating: 3/5. I definitely use this on a day to day basis. Marks off only for the lack of intense volume that I prefer.

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The Verdict: As you might guess, the winner for lengthening mascara this round of the Lash-Off is L’Oreal’s Double Extend. Sorry, it’s hard to tell in the above photo, but trust me, in person, the Double Extend is significantly better. I’ve been wearing it a lot this past week, and it’s a nice mascara that I’d definitely recommend to anyone looking for a nice lengthening mascara. Enjoy!