Mascara Round Up with Mini Reviews

5:06:00 PM

Hey ladies, it's time for a mascara round up! I'm trying to use up all 5 tubes of mascara the I currently have in rotation before I decide to buy another one. So it's high time to share my thoughts on these.

I've started using a couple of these mascaras late last year, so some of them are almost empty.  I know that mascaras should be replaced every 3 to 6 months for hygienic purposes. But I continue to use them anyway. I just don't like throwing them out when they still work well. However, I only keep them for up to 8 months before I toss it out.

First up is the Laura Geller GlamLash Dramatic Volumizing Mascara. I got this together with the Sparkling Rose Collection which my friend gave me. This one's actually my fave among the bunch. Too bad this is not available locally though.

What I like about it...
- it coats my lashes evenly
- it is build-able and does not clump up
- lengthens and thickens my lashes well after about two coats
- does not smudge, does not flake, and lasts all day long
- the lash applicator is slim which I prefer, since it helps with getting in to the roots of the lashes especially when applying mascara in the lower lash line.
- easy to remove even with my water-based makeup remover

Definitely give this a go if you chance upon this online or in-store if you are in the US.

Next is the Mac Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara. This is the only mascara I have repurchased among the bunch. In terms of formulation I don't really like it that much. However, this is the thinnest mascara applicator I can find and it's perfect for me.

What I like about it...
- has a really thin and fine applicator which is awesome for really reaching the roots of the lashes, especially the lower lashes.
- holds up my lashes really well and does not make my lashes droop
- does not clump and separates my lashes well
- it lengthens and gives volume to my lashes
- smudgeproof and waterproof
- easy to remove with any makeup remover

The only thing I really don't like about this mascara is, it flakes! If only, this mascara didn't flake after a few hours of wearing, this would have been on HG status. (sigh) And it's a bit expensive too for what it is, bought this for around Php1,200. I would be truly grateful if you girls can recommend another mascara that has a thin applicator similar to this one.

Next is the Missha The Style 4D Mascara. I got this mascara earlier this year when I first ordered from Althea last February. I honestly didn't expect to like this mascara but I did!

What I like about it...
- super affordable, I got this for only Php190 pesos from the Althea website
- has a long, thin and slender applicator, which makes it very easy to apply
- separates my lashes well and does not clump
- lengthens and volumizes well
- waterproof, but tends to smudge after 8 hours of use, which isn't really bad at all
- does not flake
- easy to remove

I really love this as an everyday mascara. Would definitely recommend to everyone.

Next is the Mac Opulash Optimium Black Mascara. This is first mascara from Mac I every tried and it's also the biggest tube among the bunch. I do like the formulation of the Opulash.

What I like about it...
- gives excellent volume to my lashes
- easy work with even with multiple coats
- separates and lengthens my lashes very well
- smudge proof and does not flake
- has a thicker applicator which helps with adding volume, but I can't use it properly on my lower lashes since it tends to get messy
- very easy to remove even with just warm water

This does not hold the curl of my lashes very well though. Also, you'll need to get used to applying this quickly to your lashes since it tends to dry up faster. However, if you want volume and length, then you'll absolutely love the Mac Opulash Mascara.

Lastly, there's the Rucy's Vanity Gleamy Lavish Waterproof Mascara. I started using this recently and I can say it's a good everyday mascara.

What I like about it...
- very affordable at only Php180 from their website
- coats and separates lashes well
- waterproof and does not flake
- lasts all day without smudging
- did not irritate my eyes
- easy to remove

This does not lengthen nor volumize my lashes but it does a good job of coating my lashes and making it appear more black.  I would recommend this mascara those who already have naturally long lashes. If you are looking for length and volume, this is not for you.

Phew! that was rather long. But I tried my best not to be so chatty in this post. hahaha
I would like know your mascara recommendations, that would be awesome.

Until next time.


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  1. I got interested in two mascaras : MAC's Extended Play Gigablast and Missha's. I usually use either Benefit's or Etude House's Mascaras because they are the one who have a formula that doesn't make me cry and some of the best wands. I've also been really curious about Holika Holika's Magic Pole Mascara And Banilla co's. I've also heard really amazing things about Lancome's mascaras in past.

    Take care*

    1. Hi Diana, if you like the Etude House mascaras I think you'll love Missha's. But yes, do try the Mac Extended Play, you'll be a fan, trust me. I hope it does not flake on you though. Will check out Banilla Co's masacara, a bit curious about that as well.

  2. Oooh! I'd like to try the one from Missha! I've tried quite a number of good products from that brand and maybe this one will be added to that list. :D I've tried the Better Than Sex Mascara from Too Faced and really liked it. :)

    1. @peachypinksisters I've been reading a lot of great reviews about that, I just don't like the shape of the applicator, thus I didn't buy it.

  3. I've been sticking with Maybelline mascaras because of a mascara's shelf life. Need something that's cheap but still does the job. :)


    1. I only ever tried four variants of Maybelline Mascara, the VOLUM EXPRESS FALSIES, the VOLUM EXPRESS HYPERCURL, the Stiletto, and the Great Lash Mascara which isn't available locally. Maybelline Mascara are always great, but I haven't really found an HG in their line. Thus, I still continue to try out from other brands.

  4. I've tried the Missha 3D one it's pretty decent. Not the absolute best but a solid buy :)

    CJ | From Manila with Love Blog

    1. @CJ yeah it is. But I do like the Missha 4D one, not sure what the difference is with the 3D variant.

  5. ah sayang naman that the Mac Extended Play flakes irrecommend ko sana sa friend ko :) she has short lashes and shes looking for a good mascara with thin applicators

    1. @Shayne, it started to flake when the formulation started to get drier. But when I first bought it, I was in love! Still do recommend the Mac Extended Play mascara to your friend, you'll never know, she might love it too.


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