You have better things to read, you say? I doubt it. Onwards.
I tried all of these with one coat only. Just to be fair. And scientific. Because this is super sciencey. Then I came here to tell you my thoughts. You don’t have anything better to do today, remember?
Spoiler Alert – this is my winner. This is the mascara I will be buried in. Definite volume, goes on easily, fullest looking lashes, slight flaking. The bit of flaking was worth it for how well it covered and amped my lashes.
CK One Color:
I could tell this was a higher end mascara, but it just didn’t give me the fullness I like. It covered my lashes evenly, but that is about it. I think I would need to add multiple coats to get the effect I like. It was meh for the price.
Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara:
This one has the cool little ball-tip applicator. So, you don’t put it on like normal mascara. Instead of brushing it on, you paint it on with a stroking motion. Despite the price tag and the supposedly newest trend in mascara application, I felt that it had a similar look to the Calvin Klein: went on nicely, but didn’t have a ton of volume. And, let’s be honest, I don’t need to learn a new way to apply mascara. I’m good.
Mary Kay Lash Love:
This was a close second to Voluminous. I felt like it gave me the volume that I wanted and it didn’t clump. It did have a major advantage as well – it didn’t flake at all. The only reason it comes in second is that it gave me slightly less fullness.
Great Lash BIG:
I really liked the coverage on this one; I got really big lashes – just like it says. Props to the marketing team. However, I liked the results better when I used two coats. I am a weirdo about mascara wands, and this one was big and chunky – oh and that is a good thing… One last note: I don’t know if this was the mascara or something else, but my eyes were really itchy the day I wore this. Has anyone else experienced itchy eyes with this brand? Was my experience a fluke? I will try this one again to be sure – I liked it enough.
Benefit Roller Lash:
This is almost as full as my previous winner: Voluminous. And, fullness is usually my number one criteria. But, the reason this one comes out on top is because it really does what it says. My eyelashes are instantly lifted and look like I took a curler to them. Also, it doesn’t flake a single bit! So, the curling action makes up for the very slight decrease in fullness and make it my fave. But, I get so sentimental about things, so I might go back to my Loreal one day just for sentimental reasons. (I received Roller Lash in exchange for a review, but honestly, I’m being so honest.)
What’s your fave mascara? Clue me in. Why do you like it?