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Saturday, 16 March 2013

the mascara cull

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I've been giving my makeup collection a good ol' clear out. Chucking away all the nasty dried up, out of date makeup and making way for loads of new bits and bobs into my regular makeup collection. I thought I'd do some mini reviews of some of the mascaras that I'm getting rid of to shade some of my thoughts on them and if I'd recommend them! Mascaras tend to go off the quickest of all beauty products, I generally try and use a new one after a month or two, but you should throw them out at around the 6 month mark.

YSL Faux Clis: This is one of my favourite Mascara's of all time and I've used it for years. I just love the pigmented colour and the fact it's slightly clumpy but not too clumpy it looks spider-lashy. It gives good volume and length to the lashes. I haven't actually used this in a while and I think I might repurchase it soon because I forgot how much I liked it.

Dior New Show: A mascara that I bought on a whim after seeing some amazing reviews on it. I found that New Show was a grower on me, I didn't love it at first mainly because I felt the brush was really small. It's one of those tiny plastic bristled brushes which I don't tend to get on with so well. However it's amazing at getting into the roots and covering all those little lashes. I especially liked it on my bottom lashes and it separated while giving awesome definition.

Eyeko Skinny Mascara*: I loved this mascara when I first got it. The Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara has a really small, thin pointy brush which is perfect for coating all the lashes. It gaves me a really wide eyed Twiggy look which I loved! Think really long, separated and spiked out, some may say it could border on spider lashes, but personally I loved the finish! Like with all Eyeko products I think it's really overpriced and I doubt it would be something I'd buy myself despite the fact I did like it!

Avon Supershock Mascara: I LOVED THIS. I got this free with a magazine of all things and was so impressed. I don't generally get things from Avon as I think its tacky (sorry, just how I feel!), but this feels like a stand out product. My lashes have never looked so defined, long and voluminous. Super black, non flakey or drying with tons of volume. Big thumbs up from me!

Makeup Forever Smokey Lash: I bought this over a year ago at IMATS and used it to death when I got it. I remember that it was really hyped up product by American beauty bloggers so I thought it might be something I'd like. I liked how black it was and found it to be non flakey and drying on the lashes. It gave good definition to the lashes while also giving them some volume. It made my lashes look really nice and I did like it. I wouldn't go out of my way to get hold of it again though. It dried up fairly quickly too which was a real shame.

Benefit They're Real*: I absolutely adored this mascara too. It's dried up fairly quickly though which is a shame. I was skeptical about the They're Real tag line but honestly it gives length unlike any mascara I've tried before. I really liked the brush too despite it being one of those plastic ones I don't tend to get on with. It also has a spikey ball on the end which gives good separation and removes clumps. It is really hard to remove though so you do need a balm or oil based cleanser to get rid of it completely!

In conclusion if I was to buy one or two of these again it would definitely being Avon Super Shock. I think it's absolutely outstanding quality for the price and definitely the hero product from this round of mascara culling. It's only about £10 too!

36 comments

  1. I also had the same experience with the Benefit They're Real mascara - my eyelashes were literally falling out when I tried to remove it, it was so tough!

    I think it's maybe something to do with the beeswax that's apparently one of the ingredients. Does make your eyelashes massive though! xoxo

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  2. really want to try the YSL faux clis one, sounds amazing! the shocking mascara by them sounds really good as well:) I think avon products are a bit tacky too! xo

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  3. I really want to try the eyeko skinny Mascara same its so expensive as I normally stick to drugstore mascaras!
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  4. I quite like the sound of the Eyeko one, even if it is a bit on the expensive side! I can't bring myself to buy into the They're Real! hype, it just sounds too good to be true. My current ultimate mascara is Urban Decays Supercurl
    Poppy | far away

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  5. I also have an Avon one that I was suprised I liked, its the Supermagnify one and the brush looks a bit questionable but its great for creating a natural lash look so it was perfect for my holidays :)

    My favourite mascara is the Clarins Wonder Perfect but I usually use Maybelline Colossal because they're more affordable xx

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  6. I love the YSL Mascara its by far the best I've tried, I recently picked up Benefit's They're Real Mascara and I was really disappointed with it because I find it prints really bad under my eyes! xx

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  7. I'm always at such a loss when it comes to mascaras but I bought the Benefit mascara and love it. It gives such lovely long lashes but still looks natural. Might have to try to Avon or YSL ones when my current tube ends
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    Nina from little nomad

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  8. I've just rebought the Avon one, it's such a good product! They're always doing clearance books too so I think I only got it for a few pounds! Shame the They're Real dried up so quickly, it's putting me off shelling out the money for it! xo

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  9. Great post! I love Benefits They're Real, one of the best mascaras ever!! :) ♥

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  10. I definitely need to do a mascara cull! I really want to try the benefit one, just too see if it really is worth the hype! I just the avon one, but I prefer max factor, too it!

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  11. I also really enjoyed using Avon Supershock mascara despite the fact i don't normally get along with there products :)

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  12. After there being so much hype about the Benefit 'They're Real' mascara I was expecting to love it just as much as everybody else, but I was quite indifferent to it. Will definitely be looking into the Avon Supershock mascar after this!

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  13. I LOVE the benefit one!

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  14. I really want to try the Eyeko mascara, it looks so great! xxx
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  15. really want the eyeko mascara, seems so good xo

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  16. I NEED to try the benefits one!

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  17. Probably the most useful post I've read today. I probably wouldn't have given Avon the time of day but I'll definitely be giving this mascara a go now. Thanks! x Becky

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  18. I agree about the They're real, I really love it and thought it lived up to the hype, but was so so disappointed with how long the tube lasted and how quickly it dried up

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  19. When my Mum receives her Avon order she often gets freebie make-up samples which I pinch and I'm usually impressed with the products! My holy grail mascara is still MAC Zoom, although I find it dries out quite quickly :(

    Jen xx
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  20. I love Benefit that gal mascara so I really want to try the 'they're real' mascara! <3

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  21. I liked this mini review. I don't understand why you wouldn't buy the eyeko mascara as it's overpriced at £15 but would buy the ysl mascara at £23.50?

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  22. I've always wanted the Benefit they're real mascara, it just looks so great!
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  23. The YSL false lash effect mascara is my absolute favourite, I'm tempted to try the Avon one now after reading this post!
    Holly xo

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  24. definitely want to try the Avon out now! x

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  25. I agree, the Avon mascaras are amazing! Super enchant is pretty good too, I woul definitely recommend that :)

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  26. can't believe you go through a mascara every month... great reviews

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  27. The Supershock mascara is the best I've ever tried. Although I found that the non water proof one in a black tube gave better results than the waterproof one in the green tube. I love Avon products! I think there's a stigma that just because their cheap they must be shit, but they're really not! I find them as good if not better than most ridiculously overpriced big name products.

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  28. I'm always on the lookout for new mascara to try. I actually haven't tried any of those ones, but it's good to hear the newer DiorShow has a small brush as the original was sooo large and bushy, I couldn't get it near my eyes! I always think mascara is one of the most subjective makeup items to review.

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  29. I really like Supershock and I've wanted to try They're Real for ages. My favourite mascara by far is Maxfactor False Lash Effect, I love it so much, I've never found a mascara as good for the price! (the original, not the 24hr version, it wasn't as good)

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  30. I was really impressed by the Avon mascara. Their nail varnishes are actually really good and last ages so if you do order the mascara I would definitely recommend adding a few of their nail pro varnishes in your basket as well.

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  31. Love the avon super shock, amazing for the value!

    Pipp xx
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  32. Benefit they're real is my favourite mascara ever, shame about the price :(

    lisatakespictures xo

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  33. The YSL mascara is my absolute favourite! I got it for my birthday and need to re-purchase soon, but I'm so bad when it comes to parting with money for more expensive makeup products haha xo

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  34. I love theyre real!!!

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