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Mascara Wars, Which Brand is Right for you?

Updated on August 29, 2012

 Ok Ladies!  Black? Brownish Black? Very Black? or How about Blue? Do we want our lashes longer,thicker, or just more natural.  How many question run through your mind when yo are at the cosmetic counter!  Often we don't have the luxury of going to a counter.. just ot our local department store.  How are we supposed know what works and what doesn't?  Are we just supposed to trust the supermodel of the week?  Nope.. Fret no more. I have the scoop pn the Mascara Wars!.  Below is a list of what people are wearing and why!!!

Mascara Mistakes to avoid

( these tips came directly from Paul Begond, author of Don't go the Cosmetics Counter Without me!)

  • Do not wear colored mascara such as blue, purple or green if you're going for a professional daytime look.
  • Do not wear mascara that smears; there are lots of brands that don't.
  • Do not use waterproof mascaras on a daily basis; they are too difficult to remove and too hard on your lashes.
  • Do not forget to apply mascara evenly to lower lashes.
  • Do not over-apply mascara; your lashes will look clumpy.

Mascara became popular with the Egyptians in history. I found one blog stating those Egyptians used alligator poo as a part of the ingredients. Blech! Later on in the 1800's the notion of light eyelashes were believed to be a birth defect. So woman began using extracts from Walnuts or burnt almonds.

Mascara today comes in tow forms, waterproof or water soluable. Ideally mascaras are used to enhcance your eyes without clumping or flaking. Often las curleres are used to make ones lashes stand out. Using too much mascara will cause clumping or flaking. If you use mascara to excess it may cause your lashes to break! Waterproof mascara may be problematic too because of having to pull and tug at the lashes to get it off.

How to apply Mascara

Best mascaras under 10 dollars

Chick Advisor wrote a blog about what are the best mascaras. In the ten and under category the best rated Mascaras were the following:

Lo-real Voluminous Lash for eight dollars received 4 out of five stars

What they said: will hold curl but tends to get clumpy

Lash Stiletto received four out of five stars and was priced around ten dollars. What they said: It is clump free but many don't like the scent and the fact it made your lashes look fake

Lash Blast from Cover girl received four out of five stars and priced around eight dollars.

What they said: you won't care for the big brush

The Colossal by Maybeline received four out of five stars and also priced around eight dollars.

What they said the scent bothers some.


The Best Mascaras

 The Best mascaras are said to be Diorshow mascara.  The price is around thirty dollars and it is said to have a short shelf life.

Drugstore Mascaras

One blog I found put up the Colossal by Mabeline against the Lash Blast by Cover girl. The winner? Lash blast won two out of the three tests this woman put them through. Both products made her eyelashes fuller and darker. Both came off easy after washing her face. However the Colossal was a tad more expensive and she experienced some flaking.

Battery Operated Mascara?

 Ok   So I tired hard not to laugh at this one.   I founds an article that compared two.. battery operated  mascaras.. Yep Battery operated..  Estee Lauder introduced the TurboLash, a battery operated mascara.  In response Lanacome introduces  Oscillation, their battery operated mascara.  If I get anything battery operated near my eye.. it is all over with.  I might as well shove  a battery operated toothbrush in it and save me the trouble.  The battery operated mascaras were introduced this summer.  On the day it was introduced.. they sold out.. 5000 of them!!  The purpose of the battery operated mascara is to provide better coverage.  The TuboLash sells at $30 .00 and has 7,000 oscillations per minute whiel the Oscillation is $34.00 and produces 7,500 oscillations a minute.  You decide if it is right for you.  I am going to stick with my toothbrush comment!

Beauty Counter Mascaras

 There was a compariosn made between Diorshow Mascara and Lancor Mascaras.  Diorshow was picked due to the how the mascara lasted even until the next morning.  The author of thsi blog also was impressed the at the Diorshow had a silvery case that looked great in her purse too! :)


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      Tina 6 years ago from Wv

      Thanks Nicnac.. I have never been brave enough to try one of those battery operated mascaras. Good to know they work!

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      nicnac 6 years ago from Ireland

      I too was sceptical at using a battery powered mascara but being a make up fanatic had to try it.. and honestly? now i would not be without my lancome oscillation - it gets rid of the need to wear falsies!! layer a thickening one on first, then add a coat of lancome oscillation, and you will get asked how you made your lashes so long! great article on the differnt types!!

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      I need to add the cell phone to that too. It's become worse! Teens! Sheesh, texting?

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      Tina 7 years ago from Wv

      Rawlus, You are right! Can you imagine those women using a battery powered mascara too? Yeesh!

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      Most dangerous stuff known in the modern era. I see women drivers many times trying, no, putting on that stuff in the rolling car.

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      Tina 7 years ago from Wv

      Shamelaboush, thatnks agian for stoppinby and giving your input! Much appreciated!

      Hi again Creativeone59! Thank you for showing up twice in one day :)

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Wow and wow, I didn't know it made such a different, which was which. thanks for you hub on different mascaras, it was a lash blast. creativeone59

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      shamelabboush 7 years ago

      I am not a lady (obviously :)) but I adore mascara and love to see it on a girl!! It gives the eyes another beauty dimension...