For the past couple of years, I have been preferring mascaras that I guess you’d call lengthening mascaras. You know the ones with the skinny wands with short plastic teeth. I love the fact that they just about never clump or make lashes stick together.
My favorite have been Too Faced LashGasm and Mirabella Lasting Lash Waterproof Mascara. I still love them both. And I’m sorely tempted to pick up a new tube of the Mirabella because LovelySkin.com has it on sale for 20% off with free shipping. Hmmm, I probably could use a waterproof mascara for beach season, 😎 😉
In spite of my love for the skinny wand mascaras, a couple of months ago I was itching to go back to one of my old loves, DiorShow, and see how I felt about it after giving it up for several years. During the Ulta 20% off sale in April, I picked up a tube. I love the look of the tube. I think it’s very pretty.
It has a large fluffy wand, completely the opposite of what I had been using.
But I’ve really been enjoying the fact that it gives me volume as well as length. I haven’t had any serious issues with clumping. I have a couple of weird lashes on the outer edge of my left eye that sometimes like to stick together as well as a couple of lashes in the middle of my right eye that do the same thing. In fact, that’s one of the key reasons why I used the lengthening/skinny wand mascaras for the past couple of years: no lashes sticking together at all. But with the big bristled wands, I run my heated lash curler through them to separate them if necessary.
DiorShow doesn’t flake, and it stays put.
I bought black, and it’s a nice deep black. But another thing I used to love about DiorShow is that it also comes in brown, navy blue and purple. Their colors are great. Next time, I’ll pick up DiorShow in one of those shades. $28.50, made in France
Lancôme Monsieur Big
This past week, I was trying to straighten up and throw stuff out, and I came upon a shoulder tote bag that I got from Sephora in April as a VIB freebie. In it, I found several items that I had purchased during the Sephora and the Ulta sales that I hadn’t started using yet. I also found my Ulta birthday gift, a travel size tube of a new mascara from Lancôme that launches in July exclusively at Ulta.
I usually steer clear of Lancome skincare and makeup because it can be fragranced. I don’t mind a little fragranced, but sometimes Lancôme smells too strong. Thankfully, Monsieur Big Mascara has no discernible scent.
The reason it’s called Monsieur Big is that it is supposed to provide up to 12x more volume. Like DiorShow, it has a fluffy wand.
The wand is a good size, almost as big as DiorShow. But the bristles are a little more irregular, perhaps to deposit more mascara?
It definitely amps up the volume. I’m impressed! Also, like with DiorShow, those finicky outer lashes on my left eye sometimes stick together so I need to separate them, but otherwise, no clumping. And no flaking either.
So how does it deliver on the 12x volume? Very well! It is a real volumizer, and it provides good length as well. In fact, I was looking at some photos of me wearing DiorShow and me wearing Monsieur Big, and Monsieur Big shows up more in the photos. I guess Monsieur Big wins this round!
My only nitpicky thing about the wand is that it has a flat top rather than coming to a point – you can see the difference in the photo above. I find the flat top a little bit hard to use at the inner corners of my eyes where my lashes are sparser – I often get a little bit of mascara from the flat top wand on my eyelid, grrrr, that I need to remove with a Q-tip. But other than that, all’s good. Not sure of the price because it hasn’t launched yet.
Since I’m back to big wand mascaras, I’ve gotta break out my Urban Decay Perversion next!
What’s your current favorite mascara? Are you a big wand or skinny wand gal?