Sparkle And Spin: A Review Of The Newest Mascaras

Mascara is the cell phone of the makeup industry. There is constant innovation, one-upmanship, and frequent turnover of product. In fact, by the time you read this review, there will probably be ten new kinds on the market. Not that I’m a complaining. Mascara is my desert island item. It’s the one thing that is always on my face, even at the gym. My eye lashes are long, but really light, so I look dead without it. Not everyone feels this way. Lauren hardly ever wears it (!!). Every mascara has a vision, which it tries to achieve through the brush, the formula, or both. Some are even getting specialized--bottom lashes only. Click through for a review of five of the newer mascaras out there.
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Mascara is the cell phone of the makeup industry. There is constant innovation, one-upmanship, and frequent turnover of product. In fact, by the time you read this review, there will probably be ten new kinds on the market. Not that I’m a complaining. Mascara is my desert island item. It’s the one thing that is always on my face, even at the gym. My eye lashes are long, but really light, so I look dead without it. Not everyone feels this way. Lauren hardly ever wears it (!!). Every mascara has a vision, which it tries to achieve through the brush, the formula, or both. Some are even getting specialized--bottom lashes only. Click through for a review of five of the newer mascaras out there.
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Mascara is the cell phone of the makeup industry. There is constant innovation, one-upmanship, and frequent turnover of product. In fact, by the time you read this review, there will probably be ten new kinds on the market.

Not that I’m a complaining.

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Diorshow 360: Diorshow is a mascara star. It’s thick and luxurious, and has the most amazing rose smell. The newest incarnation of

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Clinique High Lengths Mascara: With a skinny wand that looks like a green caterpillar with short bristles on only one side, I was quite skeptical of this one. Well, was I wrong. One swipe with this and my lashes were up to my forehead.

This is truly a lengthening mascara. That being said, I had to use a sort of zigzag application technique and dip a few times to get the thickness I wanted, because my lashes looked a little insect-leg-like. But if you want to add inches to your lashes, this is a must-try. ($15)

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Revlon Custom Eyes: This one offers two different brushes in one, with a turn of the cap. The brush is straight but bendable and has short bristles. When you turn the cap, setting one gives you “length and drama” and setting two gives you “length and definition.” Setting two, in which the bristles are staggered as opposed to lined up, gave me a thicker lash than setting one. I still had to dip quite a few times to get the level of coverage I like, but it looked great once it was done. No clumps. It comes in a waterproof and regular formula. ($7.50)

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Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara: As if mascara wasn’t specialized enough, now you can buy a formulation made especially for your bottom lashes. I said, “Huh?” when I sat in the presentation for this product last night, but it makes sense, sort of. Clinique’s point is that a traditional mascara brush is too thick, long, or curved the wrong way to cover the bottom lashes. The small silver tube comes with a teensy-weensy brush. Clinique claims the formula stays for 24 hours without smudging or smearing.

I had nothing on my eyes and when I put this on my bottom lashes first--instant mime look. Or creepy baby doll. I quickly put some on my top lashes, too. It actually worked great on top and bottom. The tiny brush was helpful for decreasing clumping. (Don’t tell Clinique I used it on my whole eye.) ($10)