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your mascara recommendations: tested

A while back, I randomly asked for mascara guidance. I got some pretty good feedback, so I decided to test out five of the recommended favorite mascara brands. mascara_0005-001(Note: this post has nothing to do with running or food; I have no makeup or beauty credentials; and I have never posted so many photos of my eyeball to the internet before.)

The quick results, in order of best to worst: 1) CoverGirl Professional All-in-One; 2) Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal; 3) Covergirl LashBlast Fusion; 4) Almay Get Up and Grow; and 5) Maybelline Volum’ Express: The Rocket.

The more detailed results, in order of best to worst:

1. Our winner: Covergirl’s Professional All-in-One Mascara, as recommended by reader Mariacovergirl_professional_mascara-012

  • Clumpiness: 5/10 (with 10 being super clumpy, 1 being super thin)
  • Brush: curved
  • Number of coats needed: 2-3
  • Price: $6.29
  • Overall: Loved it. This mascara went on light, didn’t clump, and added enough oomph to my lashes for a noticeable but not overly dramatic look. It might require a coat more than your average mascara, but I think it’s worth the time. Even my professional photographer (Anthony) said he liked this one the best. The icing on the cake? It was the cheapest of the bunch.

2. Maybelline’s Volum’ Express: The Colossal, as recommended by Laura of Running Junkiemaybelline_colossal_volume_mascara_013

  • Clumpiness: 6/10 (with 10 being super clumpy, 1 being super thin)
  • Brush: curved
  • Number of coats needed: 1-2
  • Price: $8.79
  • Overall: This mascara was pretty dramatic compared to the rest. It applied in an inky, heavy coat and formed a striking look. I might sport this for a night at the club (ha!) but probably not for everyday wear.

3. Covergirl’s LashBlash Fusion, as recommended by Megan of Food & Fitnesscovergirl_lashblast_fusion_mascara-014

  • Clumpiness: 4/10 (with 10 being super clumpy, 1 being super thin)
  • Brush: straight
  • Number of coats needed: 3
  • Price: $10.49
  • Overall: I liked that this one was less clumpy and added significant length, but it wasn’t particularly striking either. A good everyday mascara, but I wasn’t completely sold (especially considering its price). I might have bought this one again if it was on sale, but wouldn’t go out of my way to find it.

4. Almay’s Get Up and Grow, as recommended by myself because I wanted to try a different brandalmay_get_up_and_grow_mascara_2-011

  • Clumpiness: 8/10 (with 10 being super clumpy, 1 being super thin)
  • Brush: straight
  • Number of coats needed: 1-2
  • Price: $8.99
  • Overall: The first layer of this mascara went on really thin; the second coat really clumped up, though. Considering this mascara was expensive overall and per ounce (whereas most were about 0.3 ounces, this tube was only 0.21), I was hoping for better results. Definitely not a keeper.

5. Maybelline’s Volum’ Express: The Rocket, as recommended by reader Amandamaybelline_volum_express_the_rocket_015

  • Clumpiness: 8/10 (with 10 being super clumpy, 1 being super thin)
  • Brush: straight
  • Number of coats needed: 1
  • Price: $7.99
  • Overall: Clumpy and too dramatic. I didn’t like this one at all. Went on super thick, and gave me tarantula eyes! Maybe it would work better on other lash textures/skin tones. Sorry, Amanda!

Well, that was fun. Thanks so much for the recommendations!

Now, it’s time to take advantage of CVS’s generous beauty products return policy :)

6 thoughts on “your mascara recommendations: tested

  1. Mary, the new, more intense, banner with the main photo of just your eye close up is very striking!! Don’t update your blog ever again so it remains this way. Ok please do otherwise I don’t know what I would read on the internet. Thanks for the thorough review, I have to get some new mascara! I keep my make up in my car and put it on on my way to work and the cold makes my mascara really clumpy!

  2. Ah! So sad. I promise it doesn’t give me tarantula eyes. :) Bummer that you didn’t like it.

    Such a fun post though! Now I’m tempted to try Covergirl Professional All-In-One…