Well, my verion of the best mascaras, anyway. You’ll probably find as many favorites as types of mascara out there, since it’s everyone wants different things out of their mascara. As for me, I’m looking for black, black, black, volume building mascara. I probably won’t love a natural looking mascara, brown or colored mascaras, or lengthening formulas. But something that will make my lashes huge is tops on my list.

Makeup Wars: the best mascaras


I have three that I can’t live without. Okay, I can make it through, but I will be bummed when I go to reach for these formulas:

  1. Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Extravagant: I love bristle brushes for my mascara, although I know that silicone is all the rage. I just can’t find one that gives me the volume I’m looking for. This mascara, though, kind of takes volumizing to the next level. Great dense bristle brush that narrows at the tip. The idea here is that you point the narrow end to your inner eye and the larger base of the brush is on the outside so that the brush size can lay down the right amount of product. I don’t know if it emphasizes the outer lashes (although to my naked eye it seems to do just that) but the smaller part of the brush makes it super easy to get into the inner corners of my eye, both on top and on the bottom. It’s part of the Smoky Lash line, created to make major lashes for a dark smoky eye and it pretty much lives up to the job.
  2. Diorshow Blackout: Diorshow was my first real mascara love. Reading the beauty blogs back in the day of NARS Orgasm, Benefit’s Benetint, and Diorshow, it was impossible to find anyone who wasn’t raving about Diorshow. Based on that alone, I purchased a tube. That’s pretty much the end of the story. It’s the best mascara I had ever used, and they have only improved the line in the many years since. Out of all the different formulas, I’ve settled on Blackout, because it gives me the blackest, sootiest lashes I’ve ever had.
  3. CoverGirl Bombshell Volume by Lashblast Mascara: I know I’ve talked about it before, but I’m going to talk about it again. Back in the ’80s, Cutex (yes, that Cutex) had a few makeup items, and one of them was mascara. Now, I don’t know if this was everywhere, but I only saw it in Virginia Beach when I would come visit, but I never saw it in Kansas City when I lived there. Anyway, they had two formulas: volume and length. Things were simpler back then – no need for fancy names. My mom (the most glamourous person I’ve ever met) showed me that you got perfect lashes when you used the lengthening formula first, then layer the volume formula on last. And that’s pretty much what I have done since, at least until these new crazy formulas have pretty much removed the concept. But when I saw this, I thought “finally! Someone gets it!” I ran right out and got it, and haven’t looked back since. It’s easy to use: apply the primer – in this case the lengthening part with a silicone brush, then apply the intensifying top coat, which is a volume formula, with a bristle brush. I will occasionally apply a second coat of the intensifying formula, but it’s generally not necessary.

So do you have a favorite mascara that you can’t live without? Tweet me and tell me what it is – I always need more mascaras to try. In the meantime, check out what some of my posse can’t live without.

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