Five High and Low End Mascara Fails

almayHey everyone! It feels like FOREVER since I’ve written a blog post since a few of my last ones were scheduled due to being out of town! I thought I would do a post on some mascara fails. Some of these are much raved about mascaras that unfortunately didn’t work for me, both high end and low end.

1. Almay Get Up and Grow– After listening to people RAVE about this mascara (mostly EmilyNoel83 on YouTube), I decided to try it out when it was on sale. This is a major miss for me. I tried to get it to work, but there are just so many problems with it! First, it is thick and clumpy. It doesn’t make my lashes look long or thick; it just appears messy. Also, it transfers onto my face, even if I wear it on just the top lashes. This mascara is not my friend! I would go so far as to say that I hate it (and I don’t care if hate is a strong word, because hello, it’s just a mascara!).


2. L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black– I KNOW. A cult classic, right? This mascara gives me MAJOR raccoon eyes. It just doesn’t stay on my lashes for some reason!


3. L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black– I was so mad about this mascara. Again, major raccoon eyes. I couldn’t wait to use this because of so many rave reviews, and I love the brush, but nope. Raccoon eyes even appeared when using only on the upper lashes. *SAD*. Maybe it’s just the carbon black range I need to avoid?


4. Lancome Hypnose Star- I had a free sample of this and couldn’t wait to use it because of all of the great reviews. I LOVE so many things about this mascara. I love the brush, I love the length it gives, and I like the formula. It doesn’t make my lashes feel crispy, and actually has a rather “soft” feeling to it. Unfortunately, this flakes like crazy, and for $28 a mascara should be perfect, especially when there are so many at the drugstore. I wish this one worked for me!


5. Butter London Wink Mascara in Union Jack Black (sent for review)- This mascara has a few good things going for it, but there are definitely more cons than pros. I do not get the point of this mascara; it seems like it is being marketed purely for color. If that’s the case, then fine, because the other colors are very pigmented. The black is pigmented too, but other than that this isn’t going to do much for your lashes, in my opinion. It makes my lashes feel crispy and brittle when it dries. It also transfers terribly, and I mean all the way down to my cheeks. Let me tell you, it IS humiliating to know you have been running around town with mascara all over your face! 😉  It doesn’t really lengthen lashes or provide volume. Another major con is that the stopper doesn’t work very well, so the mascara comes out in big clumps. I do like that the tube is clear so you can see how much is left in the tube. If you’re looking for a basic black, just go drugstore!

Do you have any mascara fails? What are your favorite mascaras?

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10 Responses to Five High and Low End Mascara Fails

  1. I love They’re Real- even before the Lash Bash stuff- and Lancome Baby Doll. It is expensive but I find that and Definicils are great. Smashbox Full Exposure is excellent, too, and for drugstore- The Rocket. Hands down!

    • MelissaC says:

      They’re Real is totally growing on me! I started using it again last month (my little sample) and I like it more now than I did at first. Very reliable for long days. I also love The Rocket! I am going to get another tube one of these days. It is awesome for layering with other mascaras too.

    • addercatter says:

      Oh yeah I love the rocket too!!! Fprgot that one because it’s missing… I think my daughter “borrowed” it…

  2. addercatter says:

    Too Faced Lashgasm is one of my favorites, along with the Hard Candy ones in the pink tube and the shiny purple tube (can’t remember their names)

  3. I have always been a fan of Maybelline mascaras. My current fave is The Falsies. But I hated One by One (red tube). It didn’t do anything for my lashes at all. I had to give it away after purchasing it.

  4. totally agree with you on the telescopic! although you gave it a much more positive review than i plan to. great post melissa!

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