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Lash envy: 6 Mascaras to try

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There are few beauty products that are as personal as mascara. Ask any gal what her favorite is, and she is sure to have an opinion. But, finding the holy grail of mascaras is not as simple as it sounds.

The overwhelming number of mascaras available to consumers only serves to make choosing a place to start a monumental task.

First there is formula. Lengthening or volumizing? To curl or not to curl? Fibers? And, do curling mascaras really even work? Then there is the applicator. Big fluffy traditional bristles or short spiky molded? Curved or straight? And of course there is wear. Waterproof or non? Tubes? With so many options and factors to consider, what’s a girl to do?

Here are six editor’s picks worth taking for a test drive.

Benefit | They’re Real!
Benefit | They’re Real! Alice An

Benefit | They’re Real!

This mascara falls in the “everything” category. It is volumizing and lengthening, separating and curling (or lifting), and long wearing. Put to the test, They’re Real yielded very minimal flaking after a full day of wear.

Find me: Sephora


 

Benefit | They’re Real!
Benefit | They’re Real! Alice An

Benefit | They’re Real!

The molded spikey brush is very effective at helping to keep the mascara under control. When wielded properly, the application is clump free.

Find me: Sephora

Fairy Drops Volume Burst Mascara
Fairy Drops Volume Burst Mascara Alice An

Fairy Drops Volume Burst Mascara

Fairy Drops is a Japanese fan favorite. Touted by legions of beauty bloggers as the answer to straight sparse lashes, the packaging claims to pump up the volume and “naturally” curl.

Fun fact: Fairy Drops Volume Burst is a tubular mascara that rarely rubs off when dry, but will wash off in strands in a warm shower. So, don’t worry– those are not your lashes going down the drain.

Find me: oo35mm, 81 Mott Street, NY, NY

Fairy Drops Volume Burst Mascara
Fairy Drops Volume Burst Mascara Alice An

Fairy Drops Volume Burst Mascara

Using a combination of wax, fibers, a special curl-enhancing polymer, and employing a specially designed undulating bristle brush; this mascara effectively coats and plumps every tiny lash.

Find me: oo35mm, 81 Mott Street, NY, NY

Measurable Difference | Instant Lash Extensions with Regenalash
Measurable Difference | Instant Lash Extensions with Regenalash Alice An

Measurable Difference | Instant Lash Extensions with Regenalash

True to its name, Measurable Difference Instant Lash Extensions mascara creates length like no other on this list. This mascara is not for those looking for volume. However, this dual ended fiber mascara has the added benefit of Regenalash, Measurable Difference’s own patented peptide complex that is clinically proven to improve lash density by 46% within six weeks of continued use.

Find me: Harmon Face Values, 675 6th Avenue, NY, NY

Measurable Difference | Instant Lash Extensions with Regenalash
Measurable Difference | Instant Lash Extensions with Regenalash Alice An

Measurable Difference | Instant Lash Extensions with Regenalash

Maximize results by following the 3-step process as outlined on the packaging. The fiber end has a tiny bristle brush which helps pull the fibers through lashes, while the alternating long and short bristle mascara-end serves both to lengthen and coat.

Find me: Harmon Face Values, 675 6th Avenue, NY, NY

L’Oréal | Voluminous Original
L’Oréal | Voluminous Original Alice An

L’Oréal | Voluminous Original

This is the mascara that launched a full-fledged dynasty. Enter the beauty section of any pharmacy or big box retail chain to behold all the Voluminous offspring, but the original still sits on the throne. Voluminous Original is both a professional makeup artist staple and the drugstore darling of ladies who graduated from the other value staple, Great Lash by Maybelline.

Find me: Harmon Face Values, 675 6th Avenue, NY, NY

L’Oréal | Voluminous Original
L’Oréal | Voluminous Original Alice An

L’Oréal | Voluminous Original

Voluminous Original's tried and true lash plumping formula is a no-brainer with its simple fail-proof straight bristle brush. To get a little more leverage, give the brush a little 45-degree bend. It’ll grab hard to reach product on the inside of the tube, and help with the application process.

Find me: Harmon Face Values, 675 6th Avenue, NY, NY

Eyeko | Sport
Eyeko | Sport Alice An

Eyeko | Sport

Most women are polarized when it comes to waterproof mascara– it’s either an absolute must, or something that should be banished to outer space. Eyeko Sport just might be awesome enough to cross battle lines. Its super-plumping, triple-coating, fiber-rich, paraben-free formula delivers volume and a reasonable amount of length. All of this, in a handy, waste-less, squeezy tube.

Find me: Sephora

Eyeko | Sport
Eyeko | Sport Alice An

Eyeko | Sport

Eyeko Sport’s unique paddle-shaped bristle brush lends itself very well to the shape of the lash-line with a delicate concave curve that gives lashes an extra lift. As for wear– this mascara needs to be coupled with a serious waterproof eye-makeup remover because it’ll be on for days.

Find me: Sephora

Maybelline | Mega-Plush Volum’ Express
Maybelline | Mega-Plush Volum’ Express Alice An

Maybelline | Mega-Plush Volum’ Express

Every girl is familiar with the most iconic packaging in cosmetics: Great Lash’s pink and green tube. With their Volum’ Express line, Maybelline is continuing to turn out new classics. Mega-Plush pushes boundries with its gel-mousse formula. Created with 40% less hard-waxes, it never hardens or becomes brittle like traditional mascaras.

Find me: Harmon Face Values, 675 6th Avenue, NY, NY

Maybelline | Mega-Plush Volum’ Express
Maybelline | Mega-Plush Volum’ Express Alice An

Maybelline | Mega-Plush Volum’ Express

Mega-Plush’s soft, full, molded flexor brush grabs even the finest lashes while delivering great volume. The result is full, fluffy, and flexible lashes.

Find me: Harmon Face Values, 675 6th Avenue, NY, NY

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