Mascaras in Spades - Mini-Reviews

Please tell me I am not alone in loving that idiom. Having things in spades, meaning having a large amount of. Can you see what I did with those cards..they are spades… *I’ll just pretend in my own little world that I am witty, shut up*. Anywho, I realised that I had accumulated quite a number of new mascaras in my collection, and I have loved trying them all out! Here are some mini-reviews of each one :)

The Rimmel London Wonder’full Mascara with Argan Oil* (RRP $17.95) is the first drugstore mascara I have seen with the infusion of Argan Oil, and I am a bit proud of Rimmel London for coming so far with their mascaras! If you read my Rimmel London Scandaleyes Rockin’ Curves Mascarareview, you will know that I haven’t always been a fan of their mascaras. I have found some in the past very clumpy and did not work with my lashes at all.

Fast forward to 2014 and I am head over heels with these two mascaras! This particular mascara is great for a natural looking day look, and really goes on smoothly and easily, with no clumping whatsoever. It has a rubber wand (new for Rimmel I think) and has small, precise bristles for catching every teeny tiny hair. It is also really bendy so it kind of catches the lashes and smoothly works it’s way to the tips. The best part about this mascara is that it doesn’t make your lashes feel stiff, they feel so soft and natural afterwards (at least, comparably so to other mascaras!). This is my new daily mascara, call me #whipped. I will be doing a full review next week with photographs of closeups and stuff, let me know if you are interested!!

In my Office Essentials Memebox, I received the Hope Girl 140 Super Lash Mascara (RRP $22.00) and I’ve used this one a few times now. I quite like the long tube that it comes in (a lot easier to manipulate than shorter wands) and the curved brush head give you great lift. I think this is a great lengthening mascara, but it’s not great for volume. Volume-wise, I feel like it really falls short. Put too much on and it appears to be clumpy and just, well…. not good. It also happens to stick to your lashes a little too well. This means.. YAY no smudging or flaking! It also means, it’s 10pm, I’ve been using a bunch of different eye makeup removers, and now my eyes hurt and I still have mascara on -_-. I will probably use this on occassion when I really need some staying power (like a wedding/reception scenario), but it’s definitely not one for those who are a stickler at getting eye makeup off (and this really should be all of us).

In my International Beauty Swap with Victoria Earls, she was kind enough to throw in a Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Flash Extensions Effect Mascara (RRP £10.00), which I have been loving using. I am loving the Soap & Glory makeup tidbits I got from the UK! This mascara has a fibrous bristles that look kind of conical and like a spiral. This is a great volumising mascara, but it did tend to make my lashes fall a little (had to whip out the ol’ eyelash curler to combat this) and doesn’t provide much in lengthening. Perhaps mixing the Hope Girl Super Lash & this one could work?? Possibly :) It didn’t flake or smudge on me during the day, and I was able to take it off easily at night time :)

The next mascara is one I have been trying for a while, and it just does NOT work for me AT ALL. I’ve heard lots of mixed reviews about the Maybelline Volum Xpress Falsies Big Eyes Mascara (RRP $19.95) (which normally happens with lots of things) but people whom I normally have very similar mascara tastes to (Sarah from More than Adored, I am looking at you!) love this product, while I can’t stand it! So weird how that happens sometimes! The main reason for purchasing this one was the lower lash wand, which I don’t mind, but the top wand for top lashes just gives me a mess of spider lashes. It flakes, smudges and by gum just does not suit my lashes at all.

Last, but certainly not least is the ever-coveted Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara (RRP $28.00) which was another mascara in my swap with Victoria Earls :) This long-wearing bottom lash mascara has the teensiest weensiest little brush that I just can’t even. I don’t use this everyday, purely because I think my eyes look a little silly with crazy spider-y bottom lashes, but I wore this on a night out for an extra pop and I did get some comments about how big my eyes looked. I am putting it down to this mascara working it’s magic :) It’s definitely one to try out.

I am planning on doing a SMACKDOWN post of Clinique vs Maybelline bottom lash mascaras….comment below if you would be interested in reading that!

What mascaras have you been loving lately? I’d love to hear your faves! :)

  • Nicola Black

    I thought I was the only one who can’t stand that 2 ended falsies mascara - i find the same thing with the upper lash wand - it’s ick!

    • Kate Flint

      So glad someone feels the same way! It’s such a disaster to use! I really feel that one was way overhyped for what it is :(

  • Lena

    I’ve been mainly been wearing the 2 ended falsies mascara. It can be a bit clumpy on top but I just use a lash comb and then it’s perfect. I recently finished a smashbox mini mascara but I just can’t quite justify spending so much on a mascara!

    • Kate Flint

      I’ve tried combing through but it really doesn’t suit my eyes at all (damn oily eyelids make a big ol’ mess). I’ve heard Smashbox make amazing mascaras too, I will have to see if I can nab a sample :)