If you are wondering why I don't write as often about makeup, then here's why:
I'm the type of person that when I'm around something all day several times a week, I don't want to be bothered by it when I go home- unless I'm in one of my sporadic moods. This is usually energized by me wanting to educate myself. If I get an "ah-ha" moment, then I will delve deep into something, but this is usually when I look up products that I don't work around. I am writing this post because I want to provide my opinion and information that will be valuable to anyone that chooses to read this.
I'll be honest. Since I work in a retail environment, sometimes I have to point people to certain brands- typically the higher end brands. This doesn't necessarily mean that these brands are better than drug store brands, it simply comes down to profits, mainly because I'm provided training so that I can pass along what I know to customers.
There are only a few cosmetic lines where I actually and completely adore the products. MAC is great, but I haven't had too much experience in working with their products, products by Clinique or Lancome. There isn't one ideal brand that I think is absolutely fabulous. I usually have favorite "items" that I pick from within each brand. I find that whenever one brand comes out with a new product, another brand comes out with a similar item.
**Please note that my opinion my change as I dedicate more time to researching and studying different product lines. I don't claim to know everything, but I do enjoy learning as much as I can.
Below are just a few mascaras that I've either been exposed to, or have heard good reviews about. These are the higher end brands. I'll do a later post on some lower end- more affordable brands. Each mascara is different. Some contain fibers, polymers, or conditioners.
Lancome DEFINICILS- High Definition Mascara in Black, Deep Black, Brown, and Deep Brown- $25.00
Great for: Definition and Separation. Fragrance-free.
Benefit recently launched their They're Real mascara. It's currently sold in jet black and retails for $22.00.
"-WATER (AQUA), PARAFFIN, POLYBUTENE, STYRENE/ACRYLATES/AMMONIUM METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, BEESWAX (CERA ALBA), BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, C18-36 ACID TRIGLYCERIDE, PALMITIC ACID, STEARIC ACID, TRIETHANOLAMINE, VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER, ACACIA SENEGAL GUM, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, PHENOXYETHANOL, TETRASODIUM EDTA, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SODIUM LAURETH-12 SULFATE, GLYCERIN, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SERICIN, CALCIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, TILIA TOMENTOSA BUD EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID, BHT, SORBIC ACID. [+/-: IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS (CI 77288), CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN (CI 77289), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)]. N° 05827/N Please read the ingredient list on the packaging of your product to be sure that the ingredients are appropriate for your personal use.-"
I won't lie; this mascara is good, but there are other contenders.
It comes in black with a custom curved brush. It's similar to the Urban Decay Supercurl mascara. The formula is conditioning, with it being safe for contact lens wearers. The formula is non-clumping.
"-Aqua (Water), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Stearic Acid, Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Polyisobutene, Pvp, Silica, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Polyquaternium-7, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Disodium Edta, Butylparaben, Hydrolyzed Silk, May Contain: Iron Oxide (Ci 77499).-"
Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara- $20.00
Even though it's a curling mascara, it's overall great for length and definition. The curved brush is similar to the Multiplex 3D mascara by Lorac (above).
Below are the ingredients:
"-Aqua (Water), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butylene Glycol, Polyisobutene, Silica, Cetyl Alcohol, Diisostearoyl Trimethylolpropane Siloxy Silicate, Triethanolamine, Ozokerite, Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Yeast Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, PVP, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.
May Contain:CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)-"
Buxom Buxom Lash Mascara- $19.00
Available in Blackest Black and Blue Noir. This volume mascara is also custom made, with a conditioning formula free of parabens and sulfates. It is clump free.
Buxom is part of the Bare Escentuals product line that is sold exclusively at Sephora.
Water (Aqua), Beeswax (Cera Alba), Butylene Glycol, PVP, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Sucrose Polystearate, Acrylates Coploymer, Stearic Acid, Tribehenin, Behenyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Triethanolamine, PEG-800, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Rhodochrosite Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Squalane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Disodium EDTA, Bisabolol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hematite, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate. May Contain +/-: Mica , Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) , Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
Aqua (Water/Eau), Beeswax (Cera Alba), Butylene Glycol, Pvp, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Sucrose Polystearate, Acrylates Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Tribehenin, Behenyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Triethanolamine, Peg-800, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Rhodochrosite Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Squalane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Disodium Edta, Bisabolol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hematite, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate. (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510)-"
Dior DiorShow Iconic Mascara in Black, Chestnut, and Navy- $28.00
Even though this is a designer mascara, it is backed by proven results. This mascara doesn't have your typical brush. The long silicone bristles grab the lashes and evenly distributes the mascara. Long-lasting.
Great for: Definition, Length, Separation, and Curl.
Dior DiorShow Mascara in Black, Chestnut, and Azure Blue- $24.50
Great for: Volume, Length, and Curl
"-All shades contain:
Aqua (Water), Glyceryl Stearate, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Stearic Acid, Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Silica, Glyceryl Stearate, Isostearic Acid, Shellac, Myristic Acid, Triethanolamine, Glyceryl Hydrogenated Rosinate, PVP/VA Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Parfum (Fragrance), Diazolidinyl Urea, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Geraniol, Citronellol, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde. +/- May Contain: Mica, CI 77491, 77492, 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green), CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens).-"
Elizabeth Arden Double Density Maximum Volume Mascara in Black or Brown- $19.50
If you know of any other great mascaras, feel free to let me know.