I’ve been toying with this dilemma for a while. I love the look of false lashes, but I hate wearing them. So can lashings of mascara create the same full flutter?
I road tested a few brands, of varying prices, to put this question to the test:
Mascara review #1 – Seventeen HD mascara
Seventeen HD mascara
Seventeen’s wand – short and spiky
This mascara definitely lengthens the lashes, but it doesn’t quite provide volume and thickness. On
the plus side, the mascara is relatively clump-free and glides on smoothly. After a couple of coats, you’re left with a good finish on top and bottom lashes.
Mascara review #2 – Collection Little Mix mascara
Collection Little Mix mascara
Collection’s wand – spiky and flat-ended
Collection Little Mix close-up
Again, a good lengthening mascara. The thin, comb –like wand grabs the lashes and adds a pinch more thickness than the HD version. But thickness can come at a small price, in that it’s susceptible to more clumping. The small head also makes it good for application on the bottom lashes.
Mascara review #3 – Arbonne It’s a Long Story mascara
Arbonne ‘It’s a long story’ mascara
Arbonne’s wand – slightly wider flat-top with longer bristles
Super lengthening and a cleaner finish. Arbonne’s it’s a long story provides a good curl and length when applied properly. Clumps are minimal, and true to the name, it’s more about length rather than width. It’s flat top makes it tricky to apply to the bottom lashes without transferring to the skin.
Mascara review #4 – Collection Volumising mascara
Collections Volumising wand – wider with more bristles
Collection Volumising mascara close up
Finally, one that adds thickness to the mix. Collection’s Volumising mascara promises 10x more volume. While I’ve not quite scientifically measured it, there is a visible amount of thickness to my lashes. However with this comes a little clumping. There might be a clue in the wand, Collection’s mascara is the only one that has the traditional fuzzy wired wand, while the others are more slimline, if not a fine-toothed comb. So it seems the thicker the lashes, the fatter the wand.
Sadly, I‘ve yet to come across a mascara which perfectly recreates the look of false lashes. The very nature of falsies is that you’re adding lashes to your natural set, rather than thickening your existing lashes.
What mascara tries to do is coat the lashes, adding width and length. However, this can make mascara look clogged or clumpy.
The happy medium
So while there really is no faking it (ironic, right?), you can achieve a bit of a middle ground by applying lengthening and volumising mascara, I’ve combined the Collection Volume with a coat of Arbonne’s lengthening, and been pretty pleased with the results.
No it’s not false lashes, but until I get the hand of wearing them, it’s good enough for me.
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