Brush: Super thin, long, short-bristled plastic brush
Packaging:Sleek black sample-size tubewith gold YSL
logo on top and gold lettering (different than the full-size product pictured above); the short sample-size top cap was a great design because it didn't get in the way when applying with the short wand (unlike the Too Faced mascara reviewed in my previous post)
Review: This mascara goes on with minimal clumping and combs out pretty
well. It leaves lashes soft, but in any areas where the double
coat is at all thick, it gets brittle and flakes a bit. It provides a
rich black color, but isn't remarkable in length or volume. It holds
some curl, but straightens lashes a bit rather than holding upwards curl (thanks a lot, plastic brush). Overall this is adecent product -- I think once again it's the plastic brush that I'm not a fan
of, though itdid do a good job staying put until nighttime when I washed it off.
Brush: Plastic, small-bristled brush with a rounded end
Packaging: Sample-size dark brownish tube with black and orange lettering (different than the actual size pictured above; cute packaging, as with all Benefit products!)
Review: I've used this previously in sample size. It's kind of flaky/chunky to apply, but combs out well. It gives pretty good length and volumeand holds curl, but leaves lashes with a weird sort of flared look at the ends (plastic brush effect, once again). This mascara dries out at lightening speed, though, which is a shame. It's by far Benefit's best mascara (and I love so many other products this brand makes and use many on a daily basis);I wish this had been one of the full-sized products in the kit because it gives a great wide-eyed look when it's fresh. It's worth noting that I watched "The Walking Dead" mid-season finale immediately followed by "Talking Dead" and cried my eyes out, and I only had minimal raccoon eyes by the end.
Mascara #6: Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara
Brush: Non-plastic, extremely tapered brush (thick at base tapering down to tiny/narrow end)
Packaging:Black sample-size tube with white lettering
Review:Good! This mascara was flake-free when applying, though the brush was a
little weird and my right eye came out better than the left -- I think practice makes perfect in this case. I love this
brand -- I've used Make Up For Ever foundation, primer, and concealer, but never mascara, so I was excited to try this. I'd be interested
to try the full-size to see if using the brush is easier. I wasn't able to get my corner lashes to flare out as well as I normally do, but it leaves lashes soft and it holds curl really well. This is definitely a no-budge mascara; I had zero flakes or smudges of any kind throughout the day
and into the night and it removed easily. Definitely happy with this one and looking forward to using it again!
Packaging: Black sample-size tube with gold lettering
Review:I've used this mascara previously in sample-size and really
liked it. While the wand comes out of the tube looking gloppy and it flakes onto your face when applying, it combs out really nicely, providing good length,
volume, and curl, and a second coat really takes lashes to the next level.
The wavy brush shape is a bit odd (you can't really see it in the full-size product photo above), but it does the job well. If I remember right, I gave up
on my prior sample tubes because the flaking got too out of control once they dried out -- which was sort of quickly. I'll enjoy using this one for as long as it lasts, though, and wish this had also been one of the full-sized products!
My introduction to Metric is thanks to The Susan Constantplaying them (in spectactular fashion) at this year's Pill Boston Halloween show. I listened to them in the months leading up to the show and love their music. I also love lead singer Emily Haines's style. She pulls off so many looks effortlessly, from a unique mix of super fancy and super casual, sometimes grungy pieces mixed with lots of layered necklaces, rings, cute colorful booties, killer heels, or badass boots, one-shouldered rompers, super fancy dresses, fringed pieces,chunky sunglasses, leather jackets and shorts, silver and gold/metallics, often all-black or all-white ensembles, and -- of course -- rock-chic tousled locks.
I love Sephora's Lash Stashes-- they're a fun way to try lots of "gourmet" mascaras without paying full price. This particular kit cost $45 and is valued at $145 -- definitely a fun end-of-year steal! Mascara is my favorite beauty product, and I feel like I've tried millions at this point. It's really hard to find a favorite, and though I do have a few right now, I'll restrict this post (and a few additional future posts since the kit is pretty large and it seems to make sense to break the reviews up) just to those included in this kit.So here we go with the first three!
The set contains (L to R): - 0.5 oz Sephora Collection Outrageous Mascara - 0.31 oz Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes™ Statement Mascara - 0.17 oz Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara - 0.06 oz Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils Baby Doll Mascara - 1 x Sephora Collection False Eye Lashes in Celebrity - 0.10 oz Benefit They're Real Mascara - 0.13 oz Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara - 0.135 oz Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Mascara - 0.14 oz Clinique High Impact Mascara - 0.141 oz Blinc Mascara - 0.2 oz BUXOM Lash Mascara Mascara #1:Sephora Collection Outrageous Mascara
Packaging: Decorative bulky black plastic packaging
Review: This mascara gave good length and some volume, but it went on clumpy and smeared like you wouldn't believe if
touched (it produced weird little clumps despite lots of additional combing). It felt sticky/tangly on my lashes and I had crazy raccoon eyes by
end of day (6am application to 9pm removal). The packaging is kind of pretty, but anytime mascara packaging is bulky, it impedes your ability to apply it well (or at least it does for me). I'm not sure if I'll use this one again - it's one of two full-size products included in the kit, so it would seem like a waste not to.
Mascara #2: Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes™ Statement Mascara
Review: I had high hopes for this mascara, as I'd seen some positive reviews on YouTube, but I was sorely disappointed. I poked myself in the eye several times trying to figure out how to use the weird
plasticvaried-length brush (long spiky bristles on every other row, nothing in between). The mascara gave lashes some lengthbut not a lot of volume, and it doesn't hold curl (instead of curling lashes up nicely, as after using your eyelash curler, they end up elongated and pointing more outward). I got flakes all over (and IN) my eyes and on my face when
applying (same as with the Sephora mascara reviewed above in that it gave weird little clumps
despite lots of additional combing). The worst part was that my eyes got incredibly irritated by the time I got to work -- about an hour after applying. My eyes felt
light-sensitive, red, irritated, blurry, burned, kept watering, and hurt (I actually had trouble looking at my computer; I do have sensitive eyes, but this has never happened to me with a mascara in all the years and mascaras I've tried). It flaked off onto my face throughout the day and was hard to get off, and I had to pull huge gross chunks of it out of
my lashes the next morning despite using makeup remover the night before. Thepackaging is sort of pretty but
really bulky and just seemsunnecessary. This one was a huge fail for me -- sad since it's the second of two full -size products included in the kit.
Brush: Non-plastic (finally!!) brush with thicker ends and tapered middle section
Packaging: Rose gold sample-size tube with black lettering (the smaller sample size is slightly different than the full size shown above)
Review: This mascara didn't really do much, even after two coats. It left lashes soft, which isn't a bad thing (I hate super stiff lashes) and had minimal clumping. It didn't lengthen
at all, gave very little volume, and didn't hold curl, though, and the brush is really odd. The bulbous end
is especially hard to use with the tapered center --
I felt like I couldn't get at my lashes the way I needed to. I think that maybe the small sample-size exacerbated the problem -- the short wand got in its own way. Overall this is really a blah mascara that definitely doesn't live up to
whatever its risque name promises!