Whip It & Mascara
Last week my boyfriend and I watched the girl-power movie Whip It, Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut. It was just what I needed: fun, good hair, great makeup, killer outfits, and women kicking butt. It also inspired me for about 3 days to join a roller derby team and create my own unique mythical past which would tie wittily into my new derby name: Mixed Mania. Both my bf and his dad thumbs downed the name, and I abandoned by derby dreams (I have enough neck problems from hairdressing) and focused on the aspects of derby that inspired me.
There is a scene where they are getting Bliss (the Juno girl, Ellen Paige) ready for the bout. One derby gal said, “You can never have too much eyeliner. Or LashBlast!” I paused the movie and let my bf know exactly what just happened: If you walk through the cosmetics aisle at CVS, or watch TV, you will know that Drew Barrymore is the covergirl for CoverGirl. It was a plug, but well played. That scene illustrates a good point about makeup: it prepares you. It inspires you to channel either your inner fierceness, or your inner sex kitten, or just make you feel so damn pretty and prepared for the day that you’re more than ready to take it on! It’s your war paint. It’s your sparkle.
After the movie I realized I did indeed own an orange tube of LashBlast. I presently own 12 mascaras, and have tried and owned more in the past. Here is my experience, listed below. If one you love or have less-than-loved one that I did not mention, please comment below!
Going from High $ to Low$
Chanel Inimitable: $30. The brush is precise, and it goes on without clumps. The effect gives darker natural looking lashes that layers nicely for a bolder look. Will smudge on me… my Chanel friend says this shouldn’t happen… so just be aware that it could.
Dior Diorshow Lashout: $24. It’s got a huge thick brush. So thick that none of your lashes can get in there to get mascara. Magazines rave about it, it’s a Sephora top seller, but it gave me nothing that it said it would, and I was pissed that I spent 1/4 of $100 on it.
Imju Fiberwig: $24. And interesting mascara. The consistency is very light and fibery, and once on, NEVER smudges. Warm water removes little tubes of almost plastic from your lashes. You can sleep in it, and do your walk of shame without raccoon eyes. You have to put a lot on to get dramatic lashes, and it dries out very quickly. Worth a try.
Benefit BADgal Lash: $19. A waste of my money. I have the same issues as I did with Dior show. It’s got the same big brush issue, and not worth the price point. Smudges very quickly.
Fresh Supernova: $25. I love the name, and I love the velvety black tube with the spirals on it. I love the brush, the consistency, the darkness, the way it goes on my lashes and makes them look long, thick, and Audrey Hepburn. One of my coworkers who is a dear friend is also a fan. My gripe is that it smudges on me. It does not smudge on her. I don’t know what the deal there is, maybe I put on more than her, maybe my foundation makes it melt. You should try it and let me know if it smudges on you!
Fresh Firebird: $26. I bought this because I love Supernova. It comes in a pretty teal tube with feathers painted on it. Very art deco. The brush is large and airy, allowing for a light and feathery lash look. I’m not in to that look. My lashes do that without mascara. It smudges and wasn’t worth the $ (for me).
Lancome Hypnose: $24.50. This was my absolute favorite mascara of all time until they came out with Hypnose DRAMA. Thick, dark, beautiful lashes, does not smudge!
Lancome Hypnose DRAMA: $24.50. Everything I love about mascara, with a great brush that pushes my lashes awake, gets into the corners, darkens, thickens, lengthens, remains all day long through blowdries and sweat and then goes out with me for an after work drink.
Anastasia Beverly Hills: $22. Smudges and lackluster look.
Aveda Mascara Plus Rose: $12. It smudges, doesn’t bring the lashes to a new and higher place, and can sting the eyes (is it the rose?). It’s all natural, with no petrochemicals, so that is a plus if you are of the mind to avoid anything related to petro (oil by-product) this would give you karma-merit with yourself. Some people like it.
L’Oreal Double Extend: $8 range. I’ve fallen for primer/mascara duo’s before. It’s gimmicky and ends up taking away from the richness of the black in mascara. I’d rather just put a double coat on. This doesn’t smudge and is worth the $8 you pay.
L’Oreal Extra Volume Collagen: $8-ish. It’s the pedestrian version of Hypnose Drama. It’s a smidge cakey, but resists smudge very well, and is worth it if you don’t want to spend $25 on Lancome.
L’Oreal Bare Naturale: $8-ish. Does what it says. A natural look. Doesn’t smudge. Liquidy consistancy for very perforated inky looking lashes. Not my fave.
L’Oreal Voluminous: $8-ish. My high school and college go-to mascara. Consistency is good, effect is good. But it smudges. I moved on.
Cover Girl Lashblast: $7-ish. Drew is so cute, I bought what she sold. It has a large and stiff brush, but delivers well. My lashes looked darker, maybe not as thick as I like, but it doesn’t smudge and with a few coats delivers. A good product. Interested in the new yellow version Lashblast Length.
Maybelline Great Lash: dirt cheap. I have never understood why beauty magazines and makeup artists have long held that this mascara is awesome. It’s not! Dry and flakey.
Side notes: Your experiences with the above could be totally different. No offense! My top pick of all time is Lancome’s Hypnose Drama. This was all my own life experience, and is not endorsed by any company. My favorite character in Whip It was Juliette Lewis’s character, her hair and makeup were perfectly fierce!
Juliette Lewis in Whip It