Today we are moving on to reason number 2 why I am poor… Makeup. Like most moms I don’t have a whole lot of time for daily makeup application. Honestly, I put my makeup on in the car on my way to work. I have a system: primer, when I run out to start my car, foundation on while driving Lana to school (with any luck there’s a bit of a dropoff line so I can get some blush on too), concealer and pencil in my eyebrows at any stop lights, then finally mascara as I am pulling into my work parking lot. I have about 12-15 to have a fresh face when I walk into work.
I feel like there are two staples to every women’s makeup bag… concealer (my fave is Tarte creaseless under eye concealer. It keeps my dark bags covered almost all day) and mascara. Mascara is the one item that I can’t seem to find the perfect fit for me. Somewhere along the path of life my eyes became spoiled and I can’t wear generic mascara anymore (like literally my eyes swell up and get all crusty). That means I have to actually spend some dollars on mascara. The good Lord blessed me with a decent set of eyelashes. What he did not bless me with was the ability to save money. So, I have spent a pretty penny over the last couple of years looking for the perfect mascara. Like I said before I don’t have a lot of time to put on makeup so I am simply looking for a mascara that doesn’t need 25 applications, won’t flake all over my face and I can walk into work looking like a somewhat more female version of myself.
But in today’s blog i will be rating the ones that have come close, but not close enough, to perfect. I do most of my shopping at Sephora so the mascaras I will be rating today all come from there. Before I jump into this let me say that I am not being sponsored or paid by Sephora or any of the brands that I will be rating (although if I was I wouldn’t be mad) and these reviews are my very own opinions not that of any makeup artist or brand (again, i wouldn’t be mad if someone wanted to give me their opinion on the best mascaras). I will be rating the three mascaras that have brought me the most joy… but still weren’t perfect.
I’m starting with my favorite mascara thus far! It is Dior Pump ‘N’ Volume HD Mascara This one gets a 6 out of 7! And the only reason It does not get a 7 is because it’s a smaller container than most mascaras and it’s about $30 every time I want to get it.
And after yesterday’s $50 fiasco I won’t be buying anything for quite a while. I only need about one layer so it’s easy to apply as you are stopped at a light or making sharp right turns. It makes my tired eye look gorgeous and it does not flake. Also, there is not much clumping but there is still a little . It, by far, has been my favorite but still not my eyelashes soulmate.
Next is what i am currently using Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara. I am giving this one a 4 out of 7. This one goes one so thick and beautifully I don’t even have to be at a stop light to put this one on (don’t worry Lana is out of the car already. If I wreck it’s just me dying, not her). This mascara doesn’t require eyeliner because it gives the effect of a dark lining under your eyes (please don’t confuse that with dark circles under your eyes because I know many of us have already accomplished that look). The biggest issue I have had with it is that is comes off of your eyelashes extremely easy. I’m not a fan of waterproof mascara, but if you decide to get this one you will need to get the waterproof version. This runs soooo bad! On my melting days, you know the days where you are crying but you don’t really know why, I look like a dang raccoon all day. Once it is on your skin it does NOT come off with water, so don’t think you can go into your work bathroom stall and cry it out and return to work looking normal again… nope won’t happen. If you tend to be a hide in the work bathroom stall cryer, do NOT get this one. This one is definitely not my eyelash soulmate, maybe more like my eyelash 3 month relationship and break up over text mate. Fun while it lasted but time to move on.
And finally, Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes. This one gets a 5 out 0f 7. The biggest reason this mascara rates so high is because it is vegan (I am not a vegan, but I think it’s nice when large corporations do good things for the environment) and they do not test their products on animals. Also, this is tested with eye doctors so if you wear glasses or contacts this is doctor recommended. This mascara really works wonders at first. Not a whole lot of application needed and it stays on well all day. I did have some issues with the mascara rubbing off on my greasy, saggy eyelids but once I realized my eyelids were the issue I was able to fix that problem. The biggest dilemma with this mascara is that it dries out relatively fast. Most of the time I don’t pay any attention to how low I’m running on makeup. I just try and guestimate when I bought it and when I think it maybe, might be time to buy a new one… or, most of the time, I run out on the way to work. This one dried out on me before I had the chance to use it all. This one is kind of like my eyelash’s hipster, good guy, save the environment, bumble date where we ate tofu and kale and then never talked again mate. Good for the environment but not good for me.
Now, I know there are several remedies for the reasons why I may not like some of these mascaras. I could always spend more time and money on my face to ensure that mascaras don’t flake or run or whatever, but the point of this is to find a mascara that does not involve any extra work. I will not be changing my makeup putting on ritual any time in the near future so I must work with what I’ve got.Even though these didn’t work for me they very well may work for someone else. And hopefully, maybe you have some suggestions so that I can find my eyelash soulmate. Feel free to comment or send me a message with the mascaras you love. Thanks for reading my mom blogic on makeup!