Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Mascara Review


For years, around 11 actually, the only mascara I would use was L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara.  If it's not broken don't fix it, right?


Well... Then in broke {ugh}.  L'Oreal must have changed the formula in their mascara slightly (I'm not crazy, others I've talked to have experienced the same thing) because for the last couple of bottles purchased, the mascara is just not the same!  It smears everywhere, so 1/2 way through the day I have mascara eyelash prints on my upper lid & what looks like dark circles under my lower lashes (the mascara was smudging under my eyes).  Not a good look.

What to do?  Be pissed!  Haha, and then turn to the blogging world of course!  I purchased 2 mascaras highly recommended by bloggers, the first being Benefit's They're Real Mascara.


I loved the way that this mascara made my lashes look, but it's impossible to get off!  I felt like I was ripping out my lashes at the end of the day, which is kind of counterproductive, right?  I threw the hole tube away.


I'm currently using NXY Doll Eye Mascara & I really like it!  Even better, it's a lot less expensive than Benefit ($9 compared to $23).  It gives me great length, doesn't clump, dries quickly, and doesn't smudge throughout the day.  Winner! 

What mascaras do you ladies use?  
Has anyone experienced the same L'Oreal dilemma?

xoxo Shauna

80 comments:

  1. Oooh! Definitely need to go get this! What girl doesn't want long lashes?!

    xx
    http://ffranklyspeakingg.blogspot.com/

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  2. How funny i actually you the exact mascaras lol I have short lashes and always want them to look longer I bough the benefit 1 but i agree it is had to come off and i just love the Loreal one no denying thats the best one for price especially!

    www.theluxuyrehab.com

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  3. Oh, I actually think that the L'Oreal mascara is fantastic... And I too have been using it for a long time, around 4 years. Maybe it has something to do with European L'Oreal VS American L'Oreal. I know a lot of products are different in the two continents. Anyways, sweet post. I'll be back! xx

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    1. Thanks Arden! Maybe I'll see if I can snag a Euro version online!

      xoxo

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  4. i usually use BareMinerals Escentuals Flawless Definition mascara. so beautiful, waterproof, and comes off flawlessly when you want it to!!
    xo TJ

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    1. Thanks TJ! I'm definitely going to need a great waterproof mascara for my wedding! xoxo

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  5. Thanks for dropping by my blog! I will have to try that mascara when mine runs out! I'm in the market for something new! I'm a new follower!

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  6. I love the Rimmel Sexy Curves stuff. But I have a feeling I just love it for the brush...it's pretty awesome.

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  7. I gotta try some of these, I've been looking for a new Mascara for a while now.

    www.pinsneedlesfashion.blogspot.com

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  8. I had the same problem with Benefit They're Real- I loved it but it was so hard to get off! I am a die hard Maybelline mascara fan, and I've pretty much tried every designer brand out there but I always go back to Maybelline Lash Stilleto for lengthening and Volum Express for volume. I usually use both of them together on my top lashes and then just Volum express on my bottom b/c I don't have a lot of them so I need the volume.

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    1. Thanks so much Nat! I'll have to try Maybelline next! xoxo

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  9. I actually just started using L'Oreal Voluminous. I just bought my second tube of it. Maybe it's good that I don't have anything to compare it to! I also like Avon's SuperShock and CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion. Maybe I'll have to try Doll Eyes next. I'm always on the hunt for that perfect mascara.

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  10. thanks for dropping by at our blog, you have a lovely blog! now following you on google friend connect, please follow back? :)

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  11. Love it!!!
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment!! Do you wanna follow each other??

    xoxo
    Thania

    http://imaddictedtoglamour.blogspot.gr/

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    1. Love your blog Thania, I'm a new follower :) xoxo

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  12. It's funny, my friend was just randomly telling me how much she loved that Benefit mascara this weekend! I feel like I'm not in LOVE with any at the moment. Perhaps I'll give NYX a try. BTW love your blog! Now following.

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  13. I just heard Emily from The Bachelorette (admittedly my guilty pleasure)gush about it on some random TV show & I was literally yelling at my TV "NO! WHY??!" Haha thanks so much for following! xoxo

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  14. you have a great blog! You have a new follower. I hope you like my blog and you follow me.

    http://loveclothesandthings.blogspot.com.es/

    xoxo

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  15. maybe i'll try that nyx mascara. i'm an avid mac girl for years but i'm always looking for something new :)

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  16. I'm about out of my mascara...I might have to try your recommendation.

    www.daisyraeboutique.com
    www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

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  17. Hi Shauna! I used to use L'Oreal Voluminous but then moved on to Clinique High Impact and I'm now addicted. I'm a mascara girl--the one beauty product I can't live without. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today~I'm a new happy follower of yours!
    Angie

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    1. Definitely trying High Impact next! Thanks so much Angie! xoxo

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  18. Darn it I love the Benefit ones packaging

    NRC ♥

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  19. Thank you for doing this review! I am always looking for a better mascara but there are so many out there I never know what to try and I honestly end up disappointed most of the time! I will have to give this a try!

    xoxo,
    Rachel

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    1. Good luck Rachel! Let me know which one you find to be the winner! xoox

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  20. I only use YSL mascara, it's expensive but the result is perfect!

    http://summermarlowe.blogspot.fr/

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  21. That was my go to mascara too! I thought there was something goofy going on... grrrrr thanks for the recommendations!

    XO
    www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

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  22. I've never used 'They're Real' from Benefit but I LOVE Benefit's Bad Gal Lash mascara! Isn't too difficult to remove either.

    xo,
    Andrea
    www.daintylittlethings.com

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  23. I'm super picky about mascara! I really like the one by clinique high impacts.

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    1. Thanks Daisy! Definitly trying Clinique's next! xoxo

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  24. I am obcessed with mascara! really obcessed! I must try benefit's! hear wonders about it!! would you like to follow each other on GFC and bloglovin? let me know! Also, I have a new post and I would love to hear your opinion on it!!:) one big kiss!

    Leonor
    thesparklinglemon.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Leonor, just make sure you have a super good makeup remover with Benefit's! It's super tough on your lashes to get off! xoox

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  25. I am ecstatic about this post. A friend recently recommended Loreal and I was not impressed by the formula. I'm a lover of Maybelline's bolder tubes, but this NYX might be a good try. Or super picky Daisy's ^ Clinique high impacts. Off all the things I need to be good throughout the day, it's mascara.

    te amo,
    j
    www.sanitynotebook.com

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    1. Looks like I will be trying High Impact next, too! Haha not going to even go there with the YSL because I know I will like it the best! xoxo

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  26. I've never tried that NYX mascara but that's a good price. I'm using Cover Girl right now.

    http://initialed.blogspot.com

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  27. 1st of all I have your blog bookmarked but I JUST realized I wasn't an "official follower"! Thank goodness I have that taken care of that! I'm #50 YAY! I feel the same way of L'oreal's--smudges too easily! I like Diorshow and YSL, but they are SOOOOOO expensive :(
    xoxo Darby
    Obviously Obsessed 

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    1. Thanks Darby! I tend to always like the most expensive of EVERYTHING, too! Haha it's a curse & a blessing to have good taste, right? ;)

      xoxo Shauna

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  28. Isn't it the best when you find something you love that's less expensive than your old product?
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  29. I have yet to branch out and by non-drug store mascara but it might be worth it!

    Also, your blog is adorable. Can't wait to follow along :)

    -Newest follower

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  30. my sister SWEARS by the benefit one! i've been meaning to go buy one but i think i'll just steal hers ;)

    www.twosmuppies.com

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  31. I've always loved that loreal mascara!!! But it definitely isn't the same anymore. :( I've been using Rimmel lash accelerator and am obsessed.

    Thank you for your sweet comment! Instant follower.

    xx. Patience

    whitelacquer.blogspot.com

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  32. ooo that Doll one sounds like a keeper. I always have the worst times buying mascaras- i choose blindly and then see if it's a hit or miss. and usually it's a miss. i'm def. going to try this one- and i really like that price ;)

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  33. i love the l'oreal volumious with collagen (blogged about it here: http://yellowbrickblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/drug-store-beauty-booty.html) it is great!

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  34. My favorite mascara is maybelline!!! ;)

    Would you like to follow each other?

    Evi xoxo

    The Notebook of a Fashion Lover

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  35. i love the benefit mascara too, but maybelline colossal is pretty amazing too, you should try it! and then there's always diorshow...

    Fancy {No}Pants

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    1. I'm sure I'd LOVE Diorshow... My taste seems to be on the expensive side (my poor fiance) ;)

      xoxo Shauna

      kissesandcontreacts.blogspot.com

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  36. Lovely review! I have used benefit's and I really wasn't a fan actually!

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella

    http://www.theurbanumbrella.com/

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    1. Me neither! So many people RAVE about it, but to each their own, right? xoxo

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  37. Oh my gosh, I'm so glad you just told me I'm not crazy!!! I've been using L'Oreal for like 10 years and all of a sudden it's just not the same! WTF??? But so far I haven't found anything I like better )c: I guess NXY is up next??? (c: Glad to meet you and your blog, girl!!! xoxo Aubrey

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  38. I use Oriflame Wonder lash Mascara, the most amazing mascara i've ever tried.

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  39. i'm using the Benefit's They're Real Mascara at the moment. it is good but I don't think I will be repurchasing as for the money I would expect a bit better result :) i like Max Factor Masterpiece... but i'm still on the look-out for the perfect one :) following you x

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  40. I have been using voluminous on and off for YEARS and yes every once in a while the bottles are horrible - I can't decide if they are old in the store or if they change it or what, but it's not good! I also love maybelline full n' soft.

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    1. I thought I just got a bad bottle, too, but everyone in my family was L'Oreal obsessed & we all noticed the same thing happening in the last 6 months or so... & we all live in different cities :(

      A lot of people have been recommending Maybelline, I'll have to try!

      xoxo Shauna

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  41. I've noticed the same thing with all my drugstore faves!! They used to be the same as the more expensive ones, but lately have been really irritating my eyes and smudging off on my face. I've been getting a lot of free samples, so I've been trying out different brands. So far my favorites are Dior and Bare Minerals.

    bisous
    http://www.sophisticatedlace.com

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one noticing this! WTH??

      xoxo Shauna

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  42. AH. i just noticed your blog cause you commented on DON. so cute i love it!! And I've been using that mascara since literally 5th grade... just last fall it started giving me raccoon eyes!!

    xo

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  43. never used any of those brands of mascara before but thanks for introducing! nice close up shots too :)
    would you like to follow each other?
    A
    xx
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  44. I'm obsessed with lashes! I couldn't find the perfect mascara for soooo long. The one that almost meet my expectations is Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express. It's not perfect but not disappoiting too. :)

    Love your blog it's really interesting :)
    http://whoneedschanel.blogspot.com/

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  45. beautiful blog girlie, let's follow each other! xx

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  46. Great Review & Lovely Blog!!!!! xoxo from Rome

    www.rockandfrock.com

    Ps. Follow each other on Bloglovin & GFC?????

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  47. Thanks for your visit!!! Start following you on GFC and on BLOGLOVIN (#20), hope you'll do the same & follow me back on both!!! xoxo from Rome

    www.rockandfrock.com

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  48. o0o00 totally going to have to try this! it looks divine :) Hugs from California! xx,
    The Golden Girls

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  49. Oh wow. Thanks for the reviews. I really like using the one I have, the Imju Fiberwig.

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  50. great review dear, it seems amazing! would try one! <3

    Letters To Juliet

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  51. Nice review!

    www.chicksaboutfashion.blogspot.nl

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  52. I'm definitely gonna try the NYX Doll Eye mascara as I've been looking for a replacement for my amazing Thick & Fast mascara from Soap & Glory (a British brand) as they don't sell it in the US. Your blog is lovely too so I just had to follow. Keep it up!

    xo, Llana
    www.stylebombjournal.blogspot.com

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