My Quest for the Perfect Drugstore Mascara

by snackface on March 6, 2012 · 90 comments

I have an addiction. It’s legal but it’s still costly. It’s been going on for years and I can’t quit. I am on a constant quest for the perfect mascara. All I want is a mascara that lifts and separates, lasts without flaking, doesn’t clump upon application, washes away easily, has an applicator that’s neither massive nor too small, has bristles that are sturdy but not too stiff and can be found at CVS or Walgreens. Is that so much to ask for?

Apparently it is. Here is a sampling of the drugstore mascaras I’ve tried and my relationships with them:

Maybelline Define-A-Lash: I was committed to Define-A-Lash for a straight two years. And then I wondered, “Is this all there is?”

Maybelline Full N’ Soft: My high school standby, Full N’ Soft gave me volume without being too obvious. Again, I grew bored.

Maybelline Great Lash (and Lots of Lashes): Great Lash was my first mascara ever¬†and a month ago I wanted to try it again, so I bought Lots of Lashes. Great Lash is a wonderful formula, but the Lots of Lashes wand is awkward. The larger base has a hard time wriggling into the base of lashes and the narrow tip has few rubber bristles on it. Bases and tips. I promise I’m talking about mascara applicators.

Covergirl LashBlast Volume: When I asked Twitter friends which drugstore mascaras they loved, LashBlast won by a landslide. My experience with LashBlast, however, has been lackluster. I feel as though I have to apply a million coats to achieve desired results. Also the applicator is too large. Goldilocks of eyelashes, I tell ya.

Covergirl LashBlast Fusion: See above. I swear this is the same exact product rebranded and repackaged.

L’Oreal Voluminous: This mascara also has a cult following. I found there to be too much product dispensed on the wand, and the bristles did a poor job of separating lashes. The mascara’s formula, however, seemed spot on. Just needs a better applicator. Just Mr. Right Now, not Mr. Right.

Thus, when I went to CVS tonight, I picked up a different L’Oreal Voluminous variety.

L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes... and other items I needed. Who DOESN'T sugar up their teeth before brushing, flossing and mouthwashing?

I am hoping for the best from L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes. If it’s not perfect, the quest continues. I have a date with mascara Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. I will report back after a few tries. Mascara is always funky upon the very first application.

So I open this up to you: Have you found your dream mascara? If so, what is it? Let’s help each other out!

Ciao for now,