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.

Side-by-side:

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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!

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Mascara Lash-Off

Shopping for mascara can be overwhelming, with so many different brands and formulas to choose from. Who’s to say what actually works? I confess, I’ve been buying the same mascara for the last few years, mainly because it’s a great mascara, and it really seems to do the job for me!  However, instead of just going with what I know and like, I think it’s important that I do a thorough study of mascara and what options are available to me and my readers, so I’ve decided to compile a series of “duals” by comparing 2 mascaras side by side under the same categories and discovering which formula/brush combo emerges victorious.

Mascara is a very short-lived product – most formulas start to dry up and clump after only 3 months of use. For this reason, it’s ideal to stick with drugstore brands, since it’s easier to justify spending under $10 every few months than some of the higher price points found at the makeup counters, and I’ve found the quality of drugstore brands is just as effective.

For today’s “Lash-Off,” I’ve decided to compare two Maybelline varieties in the Volume category. Maybelline has a ton of great mascaras, but what really is the difference beyond the pretty packaging? Let’s take a closer look at two of their mascaras, “The Falsies,” and “The Colassol.”

First, here’s a no-mascara benchmark:

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Maybelline Volum’Express “The Falsies”:

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What It Claims to Do: Unique flexible wand helps to lift and separate lashes to provide the look of more lashes. The Patented Spoon Curler brush loads every lash with flexible hold formula to instantly build volume that goes up and out at the corners.

Actual Results: 

Volume: Not bad! I felt like it was successful in adding some “umph” and creating long, thick lashes.

Clumpiness: Slight clumpiness factor, but easily combed out with the brush. However, after more than a week of being opened, this clumpiness is harder to comb through and doesn’t go away like I’d like.

Excess Product on Eyelid: Requires careful application, because excess product is prone to get on the area above your lashline. Definitely wear eyeliner with this mascara to cover the tracks easily.

Other Notes: I love the “false lash” effect of this mascara! Only bad thing about it is the smell! Kind of like play-dough…

Maybelline Volum’Express “The Colossal”:

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What It Claims to Do: Mega Brush instantly zooms on 9X the volume, without clumps. Volume-pumping formula contains collagen.

Actual Results: 

Volume: I love the way that this mascara effectively separates and elongates the lashes to create volume. The formula isn’t quite as thick as “The Falsies.”

Clumpiness: I didn’t notice it on the first coat, but the second coat produced some slight clumping that was easily brushed away. Once again, this product shows more clumpiness after the first week of being opened.

Excess Product on Eyelid: There was also a slight amount of unwanted mascara on the upper lid upon application; once again, I would be careful applying and wear eyeliner to cover it up.

Other Notes: Like I mentioned, I like the detailed separation of lashes with this mascara. Like “The Falsies,” however, it also has a bad smell!

And here’s a view of the two mascaras side-by-side:

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The Verdict: Both mascaras score a 3.5/5 overall for their performance. This is a tough decision to make, and I’ve waivered back and forth all day! I think it ultimately comes down to preference and the look you are looking for, because these are two excellent mascaras. “The Falsies” created a thicker lash, with a softer effect, while the “The Colossal” defines the lashes by separating them effectively to produce a more intense look, with less thickness than the first. However, someone has to win this dual, so for today, I’ll choose my preference. The winner is “The Falsies” for a soft, full lash look!

What do you think? Which of the two mascaras do you prefer?

Note: I’ve found that after about 3 weeks of using both of these mascaras, I like them less than I though – my origin 4/5 score for both I downgraded to a 3.5 score. After about the first week of “freshness,” The Falsies gets noticeably clumpier upon application, and The Colossal has less of a volumizing factor than I’d like, with additional clumpiness.