For a span of many years, my go-to drugstore mascara was L’Oreal Voluminous, now it’s Maybelline New York Great Lash Waterproof Mascara. (It’s America’s #1 mascara!)
I’m always sceptical when trying out new mascaras, because I am super picky, and also because I’ve tried so many over the years, only for them to either collect dust in my closet or go right back to the store. Frankly, most mascaras suck, or at least suck for me. I have longish eyelashes, but they aren’t super thick. So I’m always looking for a super black mascara that goes on clean and doesn’t clump. I want it to cling to each individual lash and dry quickly. And I don’t want it to make my just curled lashes droop. Also, I want it to stay put until I take it off.
That’s why waterproof mascaras seems to work best for me. The one’s I love are: Maybelline New York Great Lash Waterproof Mascara, Bare Escentuals Weather Everything Waterproof Mascara, and Shu Uemura Mascara Basic. Shu Uemura is not waterproof, but it’s similar in texture and it’s awesome stuff. I only buy it when I’m feeling like a rich lady, though, because it’s pricey!
Anyway, onto my review of L’Oreal Extra-Volume Collagen. I don’t understand why a lot of new mascaras make their wands so big these days. I always end up getting mascara on my eyelids, when I’m applying product. Another problem with the large wand is that it collects a lot of product in clumps on the brush. At first, I didn’t wipe the brush off when I applied it, and I got major spider lashes. But even when I did wipe off the wand, the mascara was too heavy for my lashes. It immediate weighed them down and took out any curl I put in with my Shu Uemura eyelash curler. My eyelashes looked flat, and it made them stick together and feel heavy, like I was wearing false eyelashes! Honestly, I removed this mascara because the feeling bugged me so much.
There are much better drugstore mascaras on the market, so do yourself a favor and avoid L’Oreal Extra-Volume Collagen! Pick up a tube of Maybelline New York Great Lash or even L’Oreal Voluminous or Bare Naturale Mascara, which I’ve heard good things about.
P.S. I have to add how lame it is when mascara ads use models (or in this case celebs like Eva Longoria) who are obviously wearing false eyelashes? It’s a mascara ad! We might want to see how the mascara makes the model’s eyelashes look.