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Friday 5 August 2011

Mascaras on Trial

Mascara is just about the only make up that I regularly wear. It is surprising just how quickly I get through mascara. For some time, I was a loyal Maybelline mascara wearer but when my last one ran out, I decided to be a little more adventurous and try some of the new masacaras on the market this summer. Did any of them live up to the challenge?

loreal lash architect 4d mascara

L'Oreal Lash Architect 4D Mascara

The L'Oreal Lash Architect 4D Mascara sounds and looks like it means business. It comes in a long, chunky, metcallic tube (err... what is the thing that mascara comes in called?). I actually do think it is the most impressive of the mascaras I have tried this summer.

The mascara itself is quite a lightweight one and doesn't hang too heavy on the lashes. Additionally, the brush seems to only hold a small amount of mascara so you don't end up plastering it on.

Lash Architect has a really nice long brush with a slight kink at the end which seems to make application so much easier than normal - you can really get to the root of the lash.

I don't think I would go so far as the packaging does and claim to have a 'false lash effect' when I wear it, but I do think it is the only one of the mascaras I have tried this summer which genuinely increases the look of volume in my lashes. I am also not entirely sure that volume, length, texture or curve strictly qualify as dimensions (hence the 4D name tag).

Despite the bling packaging and the overstated title, I'm happy to have the Lash Architect mascara in my bag, mainly because I think it represents good value for money.

alva coleur mascara

Alva Coleur

The Alva Coleur Mascara is an organic mascara available from mypure for £14.35.

The colour is a really nice deep black with no glossiness for a really consistent look. It is a really creamy texture with a very traditional brush so can be a bit lumpy to apply.

I found that the Alva Coleur Mascara was the only one of the mascaras that rubbed off during the day; actually, I don't think its do much that it rubbed off, but that because it is so creamy, it takes an incredibly long time to dry so if you blink, or accidentally rub your eyes before it is dry, you end up with panda eyes.

The Alva Coleur organic mascara features vitamin E and rosehip oil and is free from parabens, phthalates and sulfates.

estee lauder sumptous waterproof mascara

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Waterproof

The Estee Lauder Sumptuous Waterproof Bold Volume Lifting Mascara really surprised me. I've a fear with waterproof mascaras that they will never come off, even with hardcore eye-make-up remover... this one comes off really easily and yet is still true to it's waterproof title.

On my holiday earlier this year, I swore by this mascara at the pool and on the beach. It isn't a dramatic mascara by any stretch of the imagination - I wouldn't say that it offered dramatic volume or deep colour, just a little bit of something noticeable that you would miss if it weren't there.

The Estee Lauder Sumptuous Waterproof mascara comes in black or brown. I've tried the black which is a nice inky, matt black. The brush is quite traditional in shape but has very soft bristles and a nice long head so I found it easy to apply.

At £19.50 it isn't the best value for money in terms of volume but I think I would definitely buy it again for future holidays.
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