Battle of the Mascaras

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Since switching to be completely cruelty-free with my makeup, the one thing I’ve struggled the most with was mascara. As I LOVED Benefit Roller Lash mascara and didn’t want to give it up. I ended up giving away my full size mascara to my sister and keeping a sample size around while I tried to find something else that I enjoyed just as much. So I’ve been trying a lot of new mascaras trying to find something just right.

Mascara is a tricky beauty product to talk about as what we want differs so much as well as of course, having completely different lashes and I find even your skin type can interfere with how a product performs. Plus there are only so many ways to describe the same thing. And for the most part I hardly can tell a difference between one mascara and another. If it manages to stand out in any way that’s the mascara I cling to.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

What it says it’s going to do…

One coat of the carbon black, collagen-fueled mascara formula and lashes are full, defined and stretched to unbelievable lengths. Two coats and lashes are even more luscious, curled and dramatic. Three coats and achieve the most intense black, oversized, multidimensional lashes possible!

What it actually does for me…

For a time, I enjoyed Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. And that was when I first started wearing makeup on a regular basis past just eyeliner. But I found this mascara dries out so quickly and flakes off during the day. And made my lashes look clumpy, which is not something I enjoy or like in my makeup. Add on all the horrible customer service of Too Faced over the whole unicorn thing, and my vote is this mascara is a hard pass.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara

What it says it’s going to do…

How Green is Your Makeup? 100% of the ingredients in the Physicians Formula Organic Wear Jumbo Mascara are natural and 70% of the ingredients are organic. Get 100% dramatic volume, glamour and big, thick dramatic lashes, naturally! Revolutionary formula features 100% natural volumizing technology to dramatically maximize and intensify lash volume!


  • Jumbo 100% recyclable eco-brush

  • Jumbo volumizing brush creates the ultimate full, thick and dramatic lashes instantly with ultra-soft plastic bristles

  • Formulated with EcoBlend to perfect and protect

  • OrganiSoy: moisturizes and helps nourish lashes

  • Eco-Olive: natural antioxidant shields lashes from harsh environmental aggressors

What it actually does for me…

I do like how this mascara gives my lashes volume and a dramatic look as it claims. I like to use this one when I’m also wearing false lashes as it really helps blend my natural lashes with the false ones. I also love that this formula is organic. Plus I find this to be the best comparison to what the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara does as far as how it makes my lashes look, but I don’t have to deal with the flakes.

L.A. Girl Wispy Mascara

What it says it’s going to do…

Smudge proof formula with curved brush instantly adds volume & length for that wide-eyed look. Contains vitamin E, jojoba seed oil & panthenol to help condition lashes.

What it actually does for me…

To it’s credit it does add volume and length to my lashes. But I have to put a lot of extra effort into getting them to curl as this mascara makes them go straight out. Which is not something I’m a major fan of especially when I’m wearing my glasses. The mascara does evenly coat and separate my lashes so they look very natural. Which is something I’m a fan of. So this mascara  isn’t something I reach for on a regular basis.

theBalm Mad Lash Black Mascara

What it says it’s going to do…

Introducing Mad Lash, an out of this world mascara from theBalm Cosmetics! Equipped with an injection molded wand, Mad Lash transforms your lashes to new levels of height and fullness. The phenomenal formula delivers intense volume and definition in a rich black shade that’ll bring your lashes to life.

What it actually does for me…

This is my current favorite mascara and I seriously need to get the full size of this as I love how it makes my lashes look. And find it to be an almost exact dupe for the Benefit Roller Lash in how it makes my lashes look. It curls my lashes, gives them a lot of length and volume while keeping the lashes separated. So this mascara is a clear winner out of all the mascaras mentioned in this post.

bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara

What it says it’s going to do…

Now with superior smudge-resistance, LASH DOMINATION® Volumizing Mascara features bareMinerals’ exclusive ProTwist180™ wand, spiraled 180° to curve around lashes and coat every hair with intense black color. Powered by nourishing minerals and quinoa protein complex, this flake-resistant, all-day wear mascara improves the look of lashes while delivering ultimate lash volume.

What it actually does for me…

I really just need to get rid of this mascara to be honest. This mascara does nothing special for me and even though they claim it’s flake-resistant and all-day wear… I find that to be completely false. And I wanted really badly to like this mascara as I got it as a free gift from Ulta when I purchased other things. But I have to put on a lot of coats of it just to get it to show up. So why bother with it when I have other mascaras that only need one coat?

What is your favorite mascara?

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