Ages ago, I blogged about my recent purchase of Sephora’s The Lash Stash sampler. I systematically tried every single tube, as well as purchasing or redeeming every single other sample-size tube I saw from them, including BadGal, Diorshow, and a Fresh mini duo. And I finally came up with some conclusions!
Sadly, I did not care for most of the mascaras included in their kit. My favorites from the sampler pack were Urban Decay’s Big Fattie, and Too Faced’s Lash Injection Pinpoint. However, I also fell for the non-sampler minis of Diorshow, the teal Fresh Firebird, and lastly a Clinique surprise stunner that became my new Holy Grail of mascaras. My hairdresser even complimented me on how great it looked the other day, and that’s high praise indeed!
My reviews kinda broke down like this: I loved Diorshow for the initial application full of clump-free volume and length, but I didn’t love the eventual flaking and smudgery that inevitably occurred. I loved Too Faced’s tiny Pinpoint brush, since the bases of my lashes are blonde and hard to reach with a normal brush (unless I don’t mind striping up my lids in the process). But Too Faced a) kinda stung my sensitive eyes, and b) was a huge pain to remove, even armed with hardcore ouchy makeup remover. (I totally didn’t realize Too Faced’s formulation was a “tube” mascara, or I would’ve stayed away!)
So I went on a quest to find another mascara with an equally tiny brush, but a kinder formulation. Enter Clinique Lash Power Mascara. Similar teensy brush to Too Faced, but a better formulation that didn’t flake or smudge but was easy to get off with just warm water. It’s not quite a tube formulation (like Blinc KissMe or Imju Fiberwig, or Too Faced for that matter) but still lasts through heat and rain and sweat. So great! And apparently they also make it in a brownish shade that my redhead-ish friend Charli decided to try out — I’ll update if I hear or see how that goes.
Anyway, in case any other mascara nerds are insanely curious, I took notes every day I was trying out a different brand, so read on for those…
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