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I have black lashes with lighter tips (some tend to look blonde-ish) and mostly wear black mascara. I do wear brown sometimes just to change things up.

I have really dark lashes, like my hair, so I’ve always used black mascara. But when I was at the Burberry counter today the SA talked me into trying their brown mascara for Mascara Madness, so we’ll give it a go and see if I like it. If I don’t, back it goes 🙂

I have never even considered brown mascara. I think it would probably just look weird! I find plum/aubergine/burgundy mascaras interesting, though (the image in my head of non-black lashes is still strange!).

Do you have a favorite plum/burgundy/reddish mascara? I’m always looking for a good one. I wish Dior made a true plum as well as a violet purple.

You know, I stick to drugstore mascaras (and once, a tube of MAC Plushlash), and they don’t really come in fun colors. Maybelline had a few maybe a month ago, but I missed out because the display was only in my Rite Aid for like a week.
Honestly I think mascara is a highly personal thing and not everyone’s going to like a specific formula. Benefit has BADgal Plum (and Brown). MAC still has some of the Colored Zoom Lash, last time I checked. CK One Color has a purple. UD doesn’t have Colored Big Fatty anymore. YSL has Violet, Burgundy, and “Deep Night” (I guess it’s navy blue, but I don’t know). Tokidoki Punk Lash comes in purple, but I don’t know if Tokidoki is even sold anymore. Sephora has a couple purples, and MUFE has Smoky Lash. Hard Candy has mascaras and mascara top coats in purples… etc.

I love brown mascara! I have brown lashes with white tips, so I like using the brown because I think it looks a little more natural than the black. 🙂

I’m blonde but I still wear black mascara 100% of the time. I only wear drugstore mascara (admittedly the only drug store makeup I buy) and they only usually have Black/Blackest Black/Extreme Black/SUPER DUPER CHARGED EXTRA BLACK anyway

Sometimes they have brown-black…which looks black on me. I’m also a blonde, and I really like brown mascara for a soft, natural every-day look. I loved the medium brown color of my Blinc tubing mascara, but daily removal of tubing mascara (no matter how gentle I tried to be!) really thinned out my lashes. I wish there was a good drugstore mascara in a true brown!

tubing mascaras always irritate my contacts 🙁 Ponds cold cream is THE best eye makeup remover though, I bet it would work for you!

Not really. I used to buy it regularly, and I’d use it once, maybe twice, then it would just sit in a box until it turned. I’ve wasted so much money over the years. I also keep my hair dyed very dark (usually black or burgundy), and have for the better part of the last 20+ years, so it looks kind of strange if my lashes are lighter than my hair. I also just like really black lashes.

What brought this question to mind is, I never hear or read about the use of brown mascara anymore, and it doesn’t seem brands are even making it too much in recent times.

I second this. Brands don´t seem to be really making brown anymore, especially the mascara I use Helena Rubinstein Lash queen feline extravaganza only comes in black. And that is the best mascara ever so I won´t be changing brands anytime soon, brown is okay but not amazing.

I currently do not have a brown mascara in my stash. I quite like wearing brown when I’m wearing very little makeup. Black is too contrasty on me with a no makeup look and even though I have almost black hair, my eyelashes are strangely naturally light brown. Now, if only Guerlain made their G mascara in dark brown too! I really love this formula and it just works so well for me. I’ll check out the other posts for recommendations.

Again, haven’t tried it so can’t swear by it personally, but Burberry makes a brown (also a “midnight blonde” but that’s too light for me, imo) that looked really good on the SA who talked me into it.

No way. Black lashes can never be over the top, especially if they’re not fake. Have you ever heard anyone say “her lashes are too dark?”

Depends on your point of view. Honestly black is better and it can make lashes pop way better than brown. I have fair skin, dark blond hair and brown eyebrows, my lashes look like dark brown. If I use brown mascara no one notices I have anything and it really looks meh, just like nothing. Black mascara on the other hand looks nice and I get compliments for it sometimes. Also taste is subjective and some people may like something that other people may find unattractive. To each his own.

My lashes aren’t quite black, just a very dark brown. I generally prefer black mascara, but I do use brown occasionally when I want a softer look. Maybelline’s Classic Volume is wonderful in that regard.

My eyelashes are brown with light, blondish tips. I almost always wear dark brown mascara because it looks more natural than black. The only exception is when I’m wearing black eyeliner – then I want my mascara to match.

Charcoal, dark blue and dark aubergine, yes, but brown just looks weird on me, as I have black lashes! I think for other women with lighter, browner lashes its definitely a good bet for a staple. Your lashes will look naturally longer and defined and in harmony with the rest of your face.

Nah, my lashes need all the help it could get. My natural hair color is almost black, and although I’ve been bleaching it blonde for 7 years, I always wear black mascara.

Yes, absolutely. I always have one in rotation and use it (at least) as often as my black ones. I’m quite fair-skinned with light brown hair and my eyebrows and eyelashes are of a similar color, with blond tips. Black sometimes looks too harsh on me and brown mascara is usually easier to remove.
The tricky part is finding a good brown – I don’t like muddy blackish brown or greyish versions, so I’m always on the look out for a true, rich, deep brown.
So far, my favorites are Artdeco All In One in brown (03, I think), YSL Faux Cils in Rich Brown (02) and Chanel Inimitable Intense. I’d love to hear other suggestions too!

I like brown when I can find one in a good formula like Dior Extase. I’m a blonde with fair skin—and I’m older so blackest black often looks too harsh. Although my lashes are naturally dark I feel that brown and soft black look the best on me.

For me no since I have black eyelashes. When I was younger I tried brown mascara and it looked a bit strange and obvious that I was wearing mascara since it made my eyelashes lighter than my eyebrows and the rest of my hair.

I go through phases where I love brown mascara, but after a while I return to black mascara to get more drama. At the moment I’m in a brown mascara phase again. I wear it to get the perfect no make up look. I think sometimes wearing less mascara or brown mascara can get you a really young, fresh look.

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