I've been wearing a little more makeup than usual lately. Partly because, as always, I have a bunch of products to road test, and partly because I've just been feeling it. I don't necessarily think it's all that noticeable, not that I care. Even if it was obvious, I hang out with a bunch of dudes and we all know that men notice nothing, ever.
I have noticed, though, that the one thing that gives me away is mascara. When I'm wearing mascara, people's eyes go right to my lashes, probably because they're nearly hitting the ceiling. I'm all about big lashes, but lately, I've been moving away from vamping them up. I'm not sure why, though. It may have something to do with this moment I'm having of "softening my look" (while simultaneously wearing more makeup) but I don't know.
Thing is, in the same way that people highlight and contour their face to bring back features that foundation may have flattened out, sometimes, you need a little mascara to accentuate your lashes if they've picked up a little foundation or have setting powder on them. I don't always want sky high lashes, but it's hard to find a happy medium. When I wear makeup without mascara, I look like a hamster.
There have been a few new mascara releases over the last couple months so I called all of them in to see how they stacked up against one another. These are all at a mid-range, Sephora gang price point but don't worry, I'm already working on a drugstore version for you CVS hunnies.
For starters, their Lash Domination formula has been revamped to give you even more volume, and as always, I'm a volume guy. My lashes are long enough, so when I add any length, I start looking crazy.
What sets this mascara apart from the original Lash Domination is the Petite Precision Brush. It's a new, smaller brush that's shorter and thinner than the original to really get in and reach your baby and full grown lashes alike, coating and volumizing each one.
This is the Petite Precision Brush:
Compared to the original Lash Domination Brush ($19):
I really liked the original brush because that motherfucker packs some horsepower. The new, smaller brush is really great for separating and coating each and every lash, giving you even, full fringe that isn't too insane.
Where did all those lashes come from? I love this because it didn't make my lashes super long or super fat, but just separated and enhanced them, making me look like I have ten times more than I actually do.
Can we talk about that tube? That velvet base? GLAMOROUS.
I thought I was going to love this mascara because the small brush with tiny bristles were sure to give me the crazy volume that I look for in mascaras.
That wasn't exactly the case.
Indecent Exposure ended up lengthening more than anything. Short bristles are great for packing on the product and it certainly had no trouble doing so. This gave my lashes nice volume and a lot of length.
Only trouble is, I felt like it was a little more difficult to control placement and distribution of the mascara itself, which is not all that abnormal. As you can see above, the lashes on each eye look a little uneven. I could have run a spoolie through them, but I don't like doing that when I'm testing out mascaras, because that defeats the purpose of showing how they actually work. Not everyone has a spoolie on them at all times.
This is not to say that this is a bad product, not at all. This just happens to be a roundup of really great mascaras, and this one was my least favorite.
Smashbox didn't let us down, though, because this mascara came through with it. Also, does that tube make anyone else a little horny or is it just me? Every time a guy asks me what I'm "into" my answer is always "fast cars and mascara" and THESE SMASHBOX TUBES ARE THE REASON.
There will come a day where I regret telling you guys all of this, but that day is not today.
Moving on, thankfully. This is one of the mascaras that I've been wearing a lot lately. I don't usually like mascaras with bristly brushes because, I feel that rubber brushes always end up making my lashes look better, but X-Rated is proving me wrong. The long bristles add length, curl, and volume, fanning the lashes out and making them look just gorgeous. The formula builds on itself nicely, so it's not going to clump up or get gummy in the lashes.
Definitely more volume than length there, see? The thin formula lets you build on the lashes without building on itself. It lengthens and fans lashes out with no gumminess.
This is one of those mascaras that I used and immediately knew I had found a heater. The formula is a little on the thicker side. It’s not thick enough to clump up and become a problem, but just enough to give you volume in one pass. The rubberized brush head has uneven bristles so every lash gets caught when applying, and the tip is domed with itty bitty teeth to grab onto the lashes on your inner corner and black them out, too.
This mascara changed the shape of my entire lash line. The farther out my lashes get from my inner corner, the bigger this mascara makes them, until your outer corners are flung directly toward the sky.
Tarteist Lash Paint juiced up my lashes so much that it gave the illusion that I was wearing liquid liner on my lash line. This is also the mascara I was wearing in my last article, that you all were asking about. This mascara doesn’t make your lashes look natural. It makes them look awesome.
What mascara are you ride or die for? Tell me in the comments! I'm sure I've tried it, so we can compare notes.
Tynan's lashes are on Twitter @TynanBuck.