Mascara Monday: Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Big Shot Tinted Primer

I mean, is the name of the product long enough?

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Claims
–Brush catches all lashes
–Quick-drying & buildable
–Leaves lashes feeling soft & supples
–Preps eyelashes for mascara

Price
–$7.99 @ Ulta
–$5.39 @ Target
–$8.49 @ Walgreens
–$6.94 @ Wal Mart

Shade Range
–1: Black

Pros
–Affordable
–Easily accessible
–Only tinted primer at the drugstore (that I know of)
–Ophthalmologist tested
–Made a difference in length and volume of my lashes

Cons
–Not cruelty free

Final Thoughts
I could definitely tell a difference in my lashes with and without this primer. It’s also great to have for light makeup days, you can use it alone and not worry with primer and mascara. I still think the LOreal Voluinous is the best mascara primer, but this one is good and I will definitely reach for it and use it.

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Only the primer on my lashes

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Primer + Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara

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Mascara Monday: It Cosmetics Superhero

Claims
–Maximum reach, life, separation, and curl
–Super black pigment
–Elastic Stretch technology for volume and length
–Collagen to condition as you coat
–Buildable formula

Price
–$24 for full size
–$12 for mini
Sephora, Ulta, itcosmetics.com

Shade Range
–1, black

Pros
–Lengthens
–Lots of volume
–Love the brush
–Mini option for travel/testing
–Cruelty free
–No clumping
–No flaking or smudging

Cons
–Expensive
–No waterproof option

Final Thoughts
I LOVE this mascara. I get SO MUCH LENGTH. Yes, I’m yelling. I don’t often buy high end mascaras, unless they’re on sale, because there  are so many good ones at the drugstore, but this one is worth it! However, if you don’t want to splurge, the Essence Lash Princess mascara is a dupe and it’s $5.

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Mascara Monday: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes

I got a special edition packaging when I purchased.

Claims
–Curls and separates every lash
–Naturally defined and voluminous look
–No clumping or flaking

Price
–$23 for full size
–$12 mini
Ulta, Sephora, tartecosmetics.com

Shade Selection
–1
Waterproof option available

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–No parabens, mineral oil, pthalates, triclosan, or gluten
–Separates
–No flaking or smugding
–Wand size works for top and bottom lashes

Cons
–Expensive
—Not much volume

Final Thoughts
Note, this is a natural bristle wand so if that’s not your thing, this isn’t for you.
I like this mascara, but it gives a very natural look. If you want the false lash look, you’re not going to get it with this. I like to wear this on lighter makeup days. It doesn’t give crazy volume or length, but does a great job at separating. This is usually included in the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale so I always wait then and get it half off. I don’t know if I love it enough to purchase at the full price, but for half off, I’ll take it. I like to pair it with a more voluminous mascara like the Lancome Monsieur Big or Maybelline Total Temptation.

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Mascara Monday: Too Faced vs LOreal

 

CLAIMS
–LOreal :: Lashes are feathery soft to the touch, voluptuous volume and length, 200+ bristles catch every lash
–Too Faced :: Smudge proof, all day wear, thicken and lock curl in place

PRICE
–LOreal
:: $8.99 @ Target, $9.99 @ Ulta

–Too Faced :: $24 full size, $12 mini @ Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom 

SHADE RANGE
–LOreal :: 4, waterproof option
–Too Faced :: 1, waterproof option

PROS
–LOreal :: Lots of volume, affordable, easy to purchase/find, no flaking or smudging, easy to remove, waterproof option
–Too Faced :: Lots of volume, get a fake lash look, mini option for testing/travel, waterproof option, doesn’t clump, paraben free, vegan, cruelty free

CONS
–LOreal :: Clumpy, lashes felt heavy and crunchy, not cruelty free, formula dries out quickly
–Too Faced :: Expensive, full size will dry up before you can use it

FINAL THOUGHTS
–LOreal :: I don’t love this, but I don’t hate it either. I can make this work when I pair it with another mascara that can separate and fan my lashes out. I’m going to use it since I bought it, but I definitely won’t repurchase. I see why people like it and I know it works really well for a lot of people, but my lashes are too stubbly and sparse.
–Too Faced :: This is my favorite mascara ever and one of the few high end mascaras that I have repurchased. I recommend getting the mini because the full size will start to dry out before you can use it up. There is a reason this is the #1 selling prestige mascara in America. 

TooFaced
Too Faced Better Than Sex
White LOreal Primer + LP
LOreal Lash Paradise

DUPE OR NOT?
I definitely don’t think these are dupes. The packaging and brush are similar, but the formulas and wear are not. The closest drugstore dupe to Better Than Sex is the Revlon Volumazing. I did a full review on that one and you can read it here.

 

Too Faced (left) :: LOreal (right)

Mascara Monday: Lancome Monsieur Big

Claims
–12x more volume
–Buildable volume and length
–No flaking or smudging
–Creamy formula
–24 hour wear

Price
–$25 full size
–$12 mini
Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, lancome-usa.com

Shade Range
–2 :: black and brown
–Waterproof option available

Pros
–Mini size available for travel/testing
–Lots of volume
–No clumping
–No flaking
–No smudging

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Pricey
–Only available at specialty stores

Final Thoughts
–I LOVE the volume it gives my lashes.
–No flaking or smudging all day which is important to me
–I got this half off during Ulta 21 Days of Beauty. It is definitely $12.50 good, but I don’t know that I’d pay full price for it. It reminds me of the Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara which is much cheaper.

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Mascara Monday: Jesses Girl Dial-A-Lash

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Claims
–Adjustable wand allows you to increase length, volume, and curl
–Natural to maximum volume

Price
–$7.99 @ jessesgirlcosmetics.com
–$14.99 @ Amazon

Shade Range
–2: Black and Brown

Pros
–Affordable
–4 mascaras in one
–Cruelty free
–No flaking
–No smudging

Cons
–Hard to find
–No waterproof option

Settings
#1: Natural–good separation and length
#2: Enhance–more volume, good separation and length
#3: Boost–clumpy, lease fav setting
#4: Max Volume–Most dramatic; wand took some getting used to; long, thick, & full lashes

Final Thoughts
I’m not sure where to find Jesses Girl products now that Rite Aids are closing. Obviously, it’s available online, but I don’t know what other stores carry that line. The Rite Aid near me closed so I grabbed this 70% off. I definitely thought this was a gimmicky product, but it really works! I love that it’s a 4-in-1 product for such an affordable price. I tried all 4 settings and had no flaking or smudging on any setting. This isn’t waterproof and there isn’t a waterproof option, but I laughed till I cried while wearing this and it didn’t budge.

I used my Lancome Lash Curler and the LOreal Mascara Primer each day that I tested.

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Mascara Monday: Maybelline Total Temptation

Claims
–Soft, separated, and fluffy lashes
–Bold, full volume
–Lengthened lashes

Price
–$9.49 @ Ulta
–$7.89 @ Target
–$7.94 @ Wal Mart
–$9.49 @ Walgreens

Shade Range
–3 and a waterproof option

Pros
–Easily accessible
–Affordable
–Sleek packaging
–Lives up it’s claims
–Lots of volume
–No clumping
–No flaking

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Packing gets dirty easily

Final Verdict
Note, this has a natural bristle brush so if you prefer plastic bristles, this definitely is not for you. I used with my LOreal Mascara Primer like I usually do. This mascara made my lashes look BOMB. I got length, separation, and volume with no clumping or flaking. Not much more you can ask from a mascara!

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