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Christian Dior Diorshow Mascara

I purchased this mascara about 2 months ago I think (it may have been longer) and I really liked it when I got it and I even thought it was the BEST mascara ever. Now… well it’s good but I think there is better out there. It looks very pretty and fashion-y in it’s black tube with silver writing and the brush it comes with is big (like Benefit Bad Gal lash big) and the mascara itself has this kind of fresh perfumy smell kind of like scented talcum powder.

The picture of the mascara wand above shows it to be bent but it actually comes straight and I bent it myself and I’ll explain why later on. Let me show you some pictures before I give my likes and dislikes about the mascara. The first pictures is my bare lashes, second is with 1-2 coats of mascara and the third picture is with about 3 coats of mascara (sorry this last picture is a bit out of focus):

Ok so the good points are that I like the way this mascara applies on my lashes when I first start putting it on and I think the size of the brush helps speed up the process as you end up coating a lot more lashes in one go. I think that the brush and the formula doesn’t leave you with overly clumpy lashes and the seperation is good for a dramatic mascara. I also quite like the scent and it’s not over powering or irritating to my eyes and I have very sensitive eyes. I actually think that the scent is a good idea as I’ll know it’s definitely time to discard it once the scent is no longer there. The formula isn’t too dry so I get very minimal crumbling and fall out from it once it dries and it doesn’t leave my lashes feeling stiff.

The bad: While the brush size is a good thing it is also a negative as this sucker takes some practice to get used to and it’s pretty easy to get product on your eyelid. This is why I bent my wand as I find it to be a lot easier to use this way and I feel like I have more control. I still find that I have to use a different mascara to reach my inner lashes and to do my bottom lashes as it just keeps getting on my skin. I should also note that even if I manage to get the mascara on to my bottom lashes without the wand touching my skin, the product seems to rub off under my eyes after a while so I just avoid this altogether for that area.

The brush itself is a more traditional wand rather than one made with silicone like a lot of brushes are now so the fibres can clump together. I found this to be the case after a few weeks and I was not getting good results from the mascara so I just took the wand out, doused it in cleansing oil and washed it until it was free of product and then put it back in the tube and now it works like new again. Another not so great point is obviously the price. This is not a cheap mascara and I can’t say that it performs so much better than cheaper brands such as Loreal that it’s a must have. I think that the Loreal Telescopic macara gives you much nicer lashes and it’s a lot cheaper.

I should also note that it’s hard to build volume that doesn’t look clumpy once this mascara dries so if you like putting on a lot of coats of mascara (guilty) then make sure you do it while the product is still semi-wet or the lashes you end up with will be quite thick and tacky and cheap looking.

All in all I think that this is a good product but not so much if you’re low on cash as this is definitely a splurge item. I like it but I don’t think I like it enough to repurchase it right now as I think I can find a much better mascara for the price. I have my eye on the YSL Singulier and Faux Cils macara and I’m also determined to try the Shiseido Mascara base and try and track down one of their Majolica Majorca Lash Extender mascaras which is only available in Japan. Although I just realised that my bff is heading that way in the next week so if you’re reading this BFF *hint, hint*.

Beauty Fail: Covergirl Exact Eyelights Mascara

I know this mascara has been out for quite a while now but I just found it when I was going through my makeup case and remembered how I felt about it and decided to do a post. So I guess the title gives it away that I was not impressed by this mascara but let me tell you why. Now, I’m not one of those people that expects alot out of mascara. I’m pretty happy with my lashes as they are and I don’t need crazy volume or length so it’s rare for me to find a mascara I hate. I do really dislike this mascara though and it actually has nothing to do with how it applies or how it makes my lashes look because it actually functions ok as a mascara. My issue with this product is that it doesn’t deliver on the one thing it was advertised to provide.

This is the spiel from the Covergirl website:
“Get 4x brighter eyes* with Exact Eyelights Mascara! Light-reflecting metallics and a hint of tint bring out your blues, browns, hazels and greens, while our patented no-clump brush helps define lashes.
* vs. bare lashes “

Hmm… I should have known better but Rihanna looked so pretty in the promo picture and I was just really intrigued by the concept of a mascara providing ‘brighter eyes’ on the basis of your eye colour so I gave it a try.

Firstly here’s the brush. It’s nothing special. I was really underwhelmed when I took it out but I’ve been proven wrong before by brushes that look normal but work wonders on the lashes.

Apparently there’s some light reflecting glitter or something in the mascara that results in this eye brightening effect. I’ll let you judge for yourself below:

I can’t deny the fact that the mascara seems to give pretty good length and it didn’t clump. I didn’t like the fact that it just makes your lashes stick straight out without providing a natural curl. In terms of eye brightening though, I’m seeing no effect. My friend pointed out to me that because the flash in the picture where I’m wearing the mascara was a bit brighter, I actually do look like I have brighter eyes but I swear the effect is from the lighting and not the product! That’s the reason why I consider it to be a beauty fail. Don’t sell me something on the basis of an effect that your product doesn’t provide! The only reviews supporting an eye brightening effect seem to be on the Covergirl website which seems a bit biased to me but anyway, that’s my rant for the day.

Max Factor Lash Extension Effect Mascara

I absolutely love mascara! There is nothing that opens up your eyes or finishes a look better then a few coats of mascara. I’ve tried quite a few different mascaras over the years, both high end and affordable and I have to say that the Max Factor Lash Extension Effect Mascara is probably my favourite for natural looking lashes.

I don’t think that the lash extension effect it’s supposed to provide is all that noticeable. I think a similar look can be achieved from most mascaras. What I do think this mascara excels at is seperation and natural volume. When you wear this mascara, it gives you the look of naturally lush lashes. It doesn’t provide ridiculous volume or length so I usually use something like Diorshow when I’m going out but this is my go to for everyday eyes.
Here are some pictures with and without the mascara on:
I also really like this mascara for the bottom lashes. I usually never bother to put mascara on my bottom lashes because they would get weighed down by the formula of the mascara or the brush would end up putting product on my skin. With this brush and formula, that is no longer a problem. This is mainly because the brush is really thin but has a lot of bristles so it doesn’t clump your lashes together and it lets you get to all those hard to reach lashes.
The only cons about this mascara would be the amount you get for the price you pay. This is a pretty small mascara compared to others of a similar price. Also, I’ve read that the mascara tends to dry out fairly soon after opening. I haven’t noticed this to be a problem thus far but apparently others have noticed this after about 2 months.

All in all, I really like this product. I think that because it doesn’t go on overly thick, it’s a good mascara to wear underneath other more thickening mascaras if you’re going for a more dramatic look. I especially like to wear this under other mascaras that I struggle to get good lashes with on their own like the Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes or the Covergirl eyelights mascara. This is definitely a must try in my books. Go out and give it a go!