Mascara is one of the trickiest things to get right, in large part because it costs so much. The initial cash layout discourages experimentation, at least if you live far from a Sephora (like me). This was less of an issue when I lived in the city, when it was easy to stop by Sephora on my way home from work to exchange multiple tubes until I found exactly the right one. But now I would have to return by mail, which is considerably less convenient.
I have spent years trying to find exactly the right mascara, and I think I am now one step closer. Here are some of the highs and lows of my search.
Dior DiorShow Blackout. I am not a fan of the bulky brush, but it does deliver respectable volume, especially if you use multiple coats. I got a sample pack, and used it until it dried up, but I would not purchase this again.
Maybelline Full & Soft. This gives you pretty, fringe-y lashes but does not hold curl well at all. My lashes droop pretty quickly with this, but I think it’s the best drugstore option I’ve found.
Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash. I had no real problems with this, but it didn’t particularly impress me either. Lives up to its name, delivering dark smoky lashes with good volume. But again, doesn’t hold curl well at all.
Benefit They’re Real. This was my holy grail mascara, and I’m sure I will continue to go back to it again and again. It holds curl really well, which is my number one goal. I’m not crazy about the rubber brush, but that’s not a deal breaker. The formula is more problematic; I find it dries out very quickly and I have to replace more often than I would like. Which is why I tried:
Fairydrops Scandal Queen. This is a “fiber” mascara, which I have read a lot about but never tried before. I will admit I purchased this in large part based on the very cute packaging. But the gamble paid off! This gives me great results, very similar to the Benefit mascara. Thick, lush lashes which remain curled for hours. We’ll see how quickly it dries out, but for now I’m very happy with it.