REVIEW: My Mascara Guide

I used to think that all mascaras were completely the same, the only ting differentiating them from another was the package. Okay, and maybe the slightly bigger or smaller brush. Well, now a few years later I have to admit that, well,... I was... less right.

I was sixteen when I started using my first mascara, I basically just picked the first thing that came to my hand, which happened to be the pink one, Great Lash, from Maybelline. At that time, I used to apply mascara only to my upper lashes, not the bottom ones because I thought that having mascara on the bottom lashes looked... weird. Mind you, I do apply mascara on my upper and bottom lashes now.

The Maybelline label is pretty solid, it did the job, and if you're looking for a simple, classic mascara for everyday look, I'd say go for the Maybelline Great Lash. I personally did repurchase it about three more times. Why I stopped using it, you ask? Because in the 00s, the advertisers started bombarding the customers with new full volume mascaras. And what teenage girl wouldn't want to have super big lashes to bat at her latest crush?

I've tried all kinds of full volume mascaras, from Maybelline's Full and Soft to the really cheap ones from Essence, I think it was called BIG LASHES. The Essence label kind of let me down, my eyelashes were clumpy and I just wasn't satisfied with the product. I did like Maybelline's Full and Soft, but it's no longer being produced.
Let's go back to the future, my current favorites, after more than ten years of using mascara almost every day would have to be (and I am starting at the bottom here) Max Factor's 2000 Calorie Dramatic Volume, L' Oreal's newest Miss Manga mascara and Deborah's 24 ORE Volume Mascara.
Max Factor 2000 Calorie Dramatic Volume: Okay, there really isn't that much ''dramatic volume'' going on with this mascara. Or maybe I just imagined what ''dramatic volume'' looks like a little bit differently. As far as I am concerned, this would definitely fall into the category of ''classic mascaras'', the ones you buy when you want to go for the simplest product and you basically just want to wear some mascara. Great for any day look with a simple brush with short and thick bristles. I'd give it a solid 8/10.

L' Oreal's Miss Manga Mascara: Cute packaging but funny smell. Seriously, I mean how much do you pay attention to the smell of your mascara, right? But as soon as you open it, it reeks of... I don't know... burnt tires, I guess. Which is a pity. Casting the funny smell aside, the brush is a total win as far as the 360 degree flexi brush that ''covers your lashes from top to bottom.'' End quote. It's sheer delight to apply the mascara with this brush! But on the other hand, it does make my lashes a bit clumpy. I don't know, maybe the guys at the L'Oreal wanted to go for the clumpy look on purpose, because after all, this look is about manga, but I'm just not... feeling it. I'd give it 8/10 only because of the amazing flexi brush.

Deborah's 24 ORE Volume Mascara: I like the very original packaging which reminds me a bit of the swinging sixties. It has an oversized brush that, sadly is not a flexi brush, but it does add that lash volume and the best part is that it is completely fragrance free, which minimizes the risk of irritations. So no funny smell of burnt tires gets a brownie point as far as I am concerned.

I googled this mascara and it is supposedly enriched with a Triple Carbon Black Complex, whatever that is, to create a pure and intense color. What I really liked about it was that it does not clump my lashes and it makes them look naturally long and sexy. I give this product 10/10 and I would definitely repurchase it.

I hope you've found this post helpful,


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  1. I love a good mascara purchase but always find it so difficult to decide which one to get! I always want volume so when my current mascara runs out maybe I'll try Deborah's 24 ORE Volume Mascara.

    I do like the name ' BIG LASHES' though - it somehow sounds like a macho way to sell mascara!


    1. LOL! Now thatßs an interesting approach the advertisers have taken to sell mascaras to women;)


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