This post kicks off “Lash Week” on my blog! I will be posting products and tools catering just to eye lashes, one of my most obsessed over facial features. Like most of you, I’ve got a stash of mini mascaras through gwp and beauty sets. This year I’ve been making a conscious effort to go through mine to see if there are any hidden gems among the lot.
I trialed the following 4 mini mascaras for one week each:
Buxom Sculpted Lash – $24 (Sephora)
Clinique High Impact – $19 (Sephora, department stores, Beauty Boutiques)
Benefit They’re Real! – $29 (Sephora, Beauty Boutiques)
Shiseido Perfect Defining Volume – $30 (Sephora, department stores, Beauty Boutiques, select Rexalls)
The value of the samples are actually quite good when you look at the full sized price and how many ml you get in the samples:
Buxom Sculpted Lash
First up, this mascara was a real disappointment. For how “innovative” the S-shaped brush is, it did nothing to provide any length or volume, and it smudged under my eyes really badly (panda eyes are only cute on… pandas). I had to use my Clarins Double Fix’ topcoat after the first day to make it through the week. That entire week I had pathetic lashes.
Clinique High Impact
Even though this is marketed for volume, I actually found that it was better for lengthening. It’s a nice mascara, but where it fails for me is that it can’t hold a curl (I’ve noticed this to be true of most Clinique mascaras on me) and it had a tendency to smudge under my eyes.
Benefit They’re Real!
I was really looking forward to trying this since it’s got such positive reviews online. It is quite impactful upon initial application, providing amazing length and good volume. However, it did have a tendency to look clumpy and give the appearance of spidery lashes, and it also smudged a bit on me. And just who does Benefit think they are, charging $29 for this mascara?
Shiseido Perfect Defining Volume
This mascara has the distinction for being the smelliest mascara I’ve ever used! It smells like burnt industrial paint stripper. I know I always harp on product scents but I have a sensitive nose, and offending smells really put me off products, and this is no exception. This mascara checks ALL the boxes for me in terms of delivering on curl, not smudging, length, and volume (a tiny bit spidery lashes if I’m not careful to wipe off the wand). And it wears like iron. But I just could not get over the smell. For that ONE reason alone, I would not purchase this mascara in the full size.
Here are my overall ratings of each dimension that I look for in a good mascara – I’ve also included 3 of my favourite mascaras for controls / comparison:
So none of these minis wooed me into buying the full size mascaras. Have you tried any of these? What mini mascaras do you have waiting in your stash?