Mascara Review

Happy Friday!! I’ve been wanting to share a review about my favorite and not so favorite mascara’s as I often get questions about what I use on my lashes!

1. Tarte Lights Camera Flashes

I tried this mascara a few years ago when I was looking into Tarte products because they are a “cleaner” brand than some others out there on the market. This mascara was not my favorite because the brush seemed very hard on my lashes and it didn’t last me very long. The brush did, however, do a good job at separating my lashes but didn’t give me that super voluminous look that I go for on a daily basis. If you’re looking for a cleaner brand and a more natural look, this might be a good product for you to try!

2. Lancome Clis Booster XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base 


I first received this lash primer as a sample in a random gift with purchase and instantly loved it. It really does prime my lashes for mascara and definitely makes them seem longer. I’ve since bought the full size of this primer and use it all the time. If you’re looking for a great primer, I would definitely recommend this one!!

3. Bobbi Brown ‘Everything’ Mascara

I grew up on this mascara, so to speak! It’s the first mascara I ever tried and I really think it’s such a great every day mascara if you’re looking for something that will help lengthen and give you volume but isn’t over the top. I probably used this mascara for 5 years without trying anything else because it really coated my lashes, didn’t flake and was just a good quality product. I would say that for a night out I would recommend a mascara with a little more volume, or applying multiple coats. But for a great every day mascara you can rely on…I would recommend this one!

4. L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara

Oh my gosh I love this mascara duo. I first found out about this through another blogger – The Skinny Confidential I would say almost two years ago maybe? Sidenote: if you haven’t checked out her blog and you’re looking for a total wellness/fashion/lifestyle blog that does NOT hold back, Lauryn is awesome. She is so real and tells it like it is and I appreciate her voice in the blogging world so much! Anyway, this mascara has one end that is a primer which is fabulous, and the other end is mascara. I love the brushes, love the formula, and it’s $10 on Amazon. So you really just can’t beat that! I would highly recommend this product!

5. Le Volume De Chanel Mascara

You guys, this is it. This is my hands down, consistently great, favorite mascara. I LOVE this mascara. This is that mascara that instantly gives me longer, fuller lashes that stay all day – no flaking, dryness, etc. It’s even easy to take off. I could not recommend this product more. When people comment on my lashes I’m wearing two coats of this and it shows! Just so you know, I normally use the primer from the L’oreal before I apply this, or I use the Lancome primer. But before primers were even a thing, I used this mascara without the primer for over a year and couldn’t get enough! Buy this mascara and let me know what you think! 😉

6. Lancome Definicils Lengthening and Defining Mascara 

This mascara is one of those that if they discontinued it I would never miss it, but if it was the only mascara in the world, I could use it everyday and be fine. LOL. It’s just for me not amazing but it works. I like the formula a lot and it doesn’t flake, it separates my lashes, etc. but it does not give me super volume at all. Sometimes I’ll put on a few coats of this and it does the job, but I’m not like “WOW MY LASHES ARE HUGE TODAY” with this product. To be 100% honest with you, I think it’s the brush. The brush isn’t my favorite shape. My favorite is the more pinecone shaped brush, and this brush doesn’t give me the volume. I know a lot of people who really love this mascara for it’s more natural look but for my lashes, I need more volume!

7. Clinique “Lash Power” Flutter-to-Full Mascara 

To be honest with you, lol this is the worst mascara I’ve ever tried. I’m not trying to be dramatic, but please save yourself the $ and don’t buy this! It was SO FLAKEY, hard to get off and the next morning I still had flakes under my eyes. Yuck.

8. L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Primer

I think this is the same primer that’s in the 2-in-1 mascara I love, and I would highly recommend this product. It’s a fabulous price point (under $10), great, consistent product and really works. Not much more to say but you should always have a tube of this in your make up bag! This is a fabulous product!!

9. Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Mascara 

I got this mascara the same time I got this primer  (#4). I actually really liked using this product but since haven’t bought a normal size tube because I’ve been using my L’Oreal + Chanel, but I really liked this a lot. The brush was so much better than the definicils for my lashes, and it gave me fuller volume. I will say – I just checked the brush from my sample (I’ve had it for probably 6 months) and my brush shape is much more pine cone shaped rather than this squigly shape. So, I will probably order this to see about this brush situation. I was surprised by how much I actually really liked this formal/brush combo!

One Response to Mascara Review

  1. Susan Asselstine says:

    Hi Lauren,
    I was checking out your blog and wanted to have you come try Beautycounter’s amazing mascara! Unlike many other mascaras, this one is formulated with the highest standards of safety and performance! Ingredients include organic pomegranate oil,organic cocoa butter,organic Shea butter ,organic available oil all to hydrate and condition lashes! It won Allure’s Best in Beauty award:)

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