Monday, August 30th, 2010

Rant & Rave

This Week’s Topic: TUBE MASCARAS!

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63 thoughts on “Rant & Rave: Tube Mascara

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cindy Cindy

    Unbelievable lasting power – I can teach 4 aerobics classes with no smudges, and the stuff only comes off in the steam room after the last class. I used to use Blinc’s Kiss Me, and I loved the wear, yet was sad it didn’t thicken my lashes more, since mine are stubby and blond. When L’Oreal came out with Beauty Tubes, which is a two step formula that thickens as well as tubes, I was thrilled.

    My only complaint is that I’ve never found a tube mascara that holds a curl well, so if you have straight lashes, you’re stuck with that look. But, for dressier days, when I want the curled, wide-eyed look, I can wear something different.

    As long as I either instruct or take fitness classes, especially while living in a humid Southern Ontario city, I’m hooked.

    • Baldygirl

      Heh heh . . . hi Cindy.

      I have to agree they last FOREVER and you get zero raccoon eye. I LOVE that. I have super oily skin that is terribly prone to smudging less than 1 hour after applying mascara. BUT NOT WITH TUBING MASCARA!

      Cindy turned me on to this a few years ago and I have loved it ever since.

    • Ashley D.

      Have you tried the waterproof version of L’Oreal Beauty Tubes? It holds my curl.

    • Patricia C.

      hi cindy, have you tried lash power curling mascara from clinique? it’s new… and it’s a tube mascara!

    • I’ve been using Clinique’s High Impact Curling Mascara for a couple of years now, actually since they first introduced it. I was an original High Impact user before then. They don’t advertise it as a “tubing” mascara, but it is basically the exact same thing. The stuff doesn’t come off without warm water/steam and it is designed to hold curl. I don’t use a bit makeup remover either. If your lashes are super straight, then you’ll probably have to use a lash curler, though this product says you wouldn’t need one. But it’ll hold what you put into it. I suggest you give it a shot – its $14.50. Fall Gift w/ Purchases are also starting so might as well wait to buy it then.

  2. danielle :)

    wow! it’s so weird you asked this question tody because i just ordered a tube mascara last night! it’s the Blinc Kiss Me mascara! i’ve never tried it befor so i don’t really know what i think about tube masccaras yet but i’m hopeing i’ll love it!

    • danielle :)

      *asked this question today

    • Elizabeth

      I have used Blinc’s Kiss Me mascara for a while and you will (hopefully) be as impressed by it as I am. I’m a contact lens wearer and I work in a hospital where the air is dry so I’m rubbing my eyes often. The stuff does not budge. I also as added insurance use Shiseido primer. I have to use baby oil to get it off.

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy Amy M

    I really like tube mascara. I wear contact lenses and it never annoys them like MOST other mascaras. But I also have been blessed with long, dark, thick eyelashes, so I mostly just use mascara for definition.

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Traci Traci

    I’ve never had any luck with tube masacara! I always feel like my lashes look to much like plastic and too spiderleg-ish.

  5. I swear by my Buxom mascara, nowadays, but for a while there, my lashes HATED mascara. Transparent without it, but they’re so thick and long that one coat of something like Benefit Bad Gal or Diorshow would just make them look like barbie hair, after you style it with a blowdryer. And Removal was a NIGHTMARE! I’d go over it three times, and STILL have raccoon eye from all the pigment trapped in the bases of the lashes!

    • Haha..I love your description. Looking Buxom up straight away…think I still got a weeks blackish oil wash-residue as primer under todays layer.

      • Hate that. Absolutely HATE IT. But yeah, I used ot use Kiss me mascara too, and it was OK, but didn’t thicken enough. I still prefer the removal to normal mascara, even though I prefer my buxom most! Better effect, just as nice wear, and cheaper!

  6. I find them too flaky! Bleh. Chunks of mascara in my eye.

  7. I *love* tube mascaras! I’ve been using them for years, especially during times when my normal mascara is likely to run – allergy season, hot weather, long nights, etc. I’ve found that even good waterproof mascaras can leave me with raccoon eyes, and I hate the removal of the super-good ones that don’t. The tubes don’t do quite as much for length and volume, but they last amazingly. And then removal is not just easy, but fun! Wash your face normally, and at the end you can easily slide the little tubes off!

  8. sarah

    I’d love to try it. any brands to recommend?

  9. Melissa

    I used to wear and love a tube mascara by Mirenesse. It gave me just enough definition and volume, but most importantly was easy to remove. I dread removing mascara at night and hate seeing those few eyelashes that get removed in the process. I used to get good deals on 2-packs from HSN, but since they stopped carrying the line a few years ago, I haven’t bought any. Can’t justify the cost to get it from Australia. I have since been on the quest for my next HG mascara. Haven’t tried any of the other tube mascara brands because the reviews are usually just so-so.

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Carla Carla

      I have the World’s Oiliest Skin, and tubing mascara was a real revelation for me.
      My HG mascara was MAC Optimum Black, BUT since I recently discovered that Estee Lauder, MAC’s parent company, has started contracting for animal testing in China, MAC essentially no longer exists for me.
      Unfortunately, I must grudgingly admit that Optimum Black did more for my so-so lashes than the Blinc mascara, of which I tried a sample.
      Too Faced Lash Injection is a possibility, though.
      Anyone know of any others I should investigate?

  10. I praise it for nanosec it takes to wash it off after work.
    Kanebo 38 degrees (can’t find the sign on keyboard:D) was a favourite but I can’t say it delivered much in volume. Fiberwig was a disappointment and…am still in search for the perfect tube mascara.

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Danbi Danbi

    love fiberwig :D

  12. jessica

    what is tube mascara?

  13. T

    I only know of three tube mascaras — Fiberwig, Blinc and L’oreal Double Extend.

    Do you know of any others out there?

    I’ve used both Blinc and L’oreal and I love L’oreal Double Extend!

  14. Kelly C.

    I would love to try a tube mascara- my eyes are so sensitive to regular mascara it seems that I can’t wear any at all. But I HATE the thick, spidery look that Blinc seems to give in every review I’ve seen. Maybe if the brush was better and separated more? Does anyone happen to know of any tube mascara brand that does this better?

  15. Oh, Gosh, this is a beautiful color! Great photo.

  16. Never tried it, and didn’t even know it existed until I read about it on here. :D

    • Farida

      Same here. I am going to try one. THX Christine for this post. I learn something new everyday from this site.

  17. Anna

    I LOVE Rimmel’s Sexy Curves!!!! They only have black, but… it doesn’t make your lashes look fake and it’s very natural looking! its lengthening and volumizing! And your lashes don’t look and feel crunchy! Plus, the wand is very cool looking! great overall I have no compliants!

    • Dana

      I agree, Rimmel Sexy Curves is awesome! It’s my favorite mascara at the moment, but it’s not a tube mascara, just a regular.

      I used to use L’oreal Double Extend tube mascara, it was great, I used it for over a year without any complaints. It lengthened and added volume, it did not flake off and removed easily. I just stopped using it because I became bored with it and wanted to try other things :)

  18. PIPER

    Wait… What?? Isn’t all mascara in a tube? Someone school me please, I feel sooooo lost.

  19. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cathy Cathy

    I also loved Mirenesse….hopefully,someday,they’ll at least be a US site to order it from.

  20. Kate

    I’ve just recently purchased one by Trish McEvoy and I like it very much. My lashes look natural and not spidery at all. I especially love the removal – so easy!

  21. slick

    well i love Too Faced Lash Injection (pinpoint brush) and haven’t felt the need to try any others! love how it thickens my lashes and doesn’t budge.

  22. I think its a genius idea, but it sort of grosses me out. I don’t know why, it just does.

  23. Tanya

    I am currently using Fiberwig and really like it….it doesnt look totally amazing on BUT the stuff doesnt budge! Which I love about it!!! I have oily skin and I have never ever EVER found a mascara that doesnt end up under my eyes within hours EXCEPT tube mascara! So no, it doesnt look as good as Dior Show or many of the other brands BUT its a tradeoff I am willing to live with. It does take some time and effort to not have the tube mascara look like spider legs…because it very easily can.

  24. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Denise S. Denise

    I used fiberwig a while back the mascara was ok but I hated those little tubes that come off when you wash your face.For some reason those tubes freaked me out a little.I have a new tube of Blinc mascara but I don’t want to have to deal with those tubes again.Strange I know.

  25. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Danielle Danielle

    I put up with mascara smudges under my eyes for soooo many years… until I tried tubular mascara and bingo! No more smudges! Yes it’s troublesome to remove, and sometimes i have to tug hard, but the non-raccoon look is worth it!

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Danielle Danielle

      ADDED: I currently use Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara — curls pretty well. Unfortunately doesn’t dramatize my eyes as well as Dior Show Iconic or even Definicils, but I have to sacrifice drama for lack of smudge.

  26. Elysia

    I LOVE it! I use Trish McEvoy and it comes off so easily when i take it off, but dosen’t smudge during the day, plus it goes on thick, but not at all clumpy.

  27. I love Blinc Inc’s Kiss Me Mascara. The L’Oreal Double Extends is too clumpy. I can’t wait to try Bobbi Brown’s Perfectly Defined Mascara.

  28. Lissa

    I hate them! To me they are so hard to get off! I know they’re supposed to come off with warm water – and they do, just not easily on my lashes. I hate to wiggle them off. Ugh.
    I just much prefer a mascara where I can just slather on oil based makeup remover and be done with it.
    Also the 3 tubing mascaras I’ve tried so far have all been very mediocre when it comes to how they look on the lashes.

    On the plus-side, they’re extremely waterproof – they won’t budge/smudge/flake.
    I just can’t deal with them because they’re hard to remove for me.

  29. Adele

    LOVE Clinique Lash Power mascara, hate the mess it makes taking it off though. Little tubes of the stuff go everywhere!

  30. A Friend of mine gave me Super Extend from Avon because she ordered double and did not want the extra one to get old and dry out.
    I have to admit, I am actually pretty impressed. Of course my lashes look NOTHING like those of Reese Witherspoon in the ad, but I am still rather impressed. They actually make my pale soft lower lashes look longer and lovely without making them look spidery.
    And I cried a river last night and despite ending up looking totally awful, my lashes still looked perfect. :)

  31. syeung2

    I love tubing mascaras. I have oily lids and oily undereye area, and they eat regular and waterproof mascaras like you wouldn’t believe. My fave is Philosophy’s The Supernatural. It holds my curl (I have to crimp), adds volume and length, still feels relatively soft and pliable on lashes (not stiff), and doesn’t dry out before I get to the bottom of the bottle. And I love how tubing mascaras remove with just warm water and a tug.

    There are several tubing mascaras out there – here’s what I have tried, and some quick comments:

    Blinc Kiss Me Mascara – my introduction to tubing mascaras – formula is a little on the wet side
    Philosophy The Supernatural Mascara The Anti-Mascara – my Holy Grail of tubing mascaras. The brush head shape on this is what works best for my application style. Adds some volume and length. formula is not too wet and not too dry.
    L’Oreal Double Extension Beauty Tubes – great drugstore version. Wish they’d offer this without the primer, since I don’t really need that part.
    Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formula – great department store version. Better for natural looks, not drama.
    Mirenesse Secret Weapon Mascara – love this one too, and it comes in a variety of brush head styles… but hard to get in the US. (it’s based in Australia)
    Prestige Lash Matrix in Black – formula was too dry
    CARGO Better-Than-Waterproof Mascara – smudged on me
    TheBalm Two Timer Mascara – also smudged on me
    Imju Fiberwig – okay. gave me spidery lashes if I swiped too much on – maybe it was my technique.
    LORAC Publicity Stunt Lashes – so-so.
    Kevyn Aucoin Curling Mascara – removed the crimp, therefore of no use to me
    Too Faced Lash Injection – regular and Pinpoint – pretty good but the formula is a little dry for my preference.

    • Fruitful

      Great comparison, thankyou! I use Blinc and am very pleased with it. Next I have Becca Ultimate Mascara waiting for me. Tubing mascaras are what brought me (a glasses-wearing, long-lashed person whose lenses would get smudges) back to mascara after several years!

    • leanne

      Thanks for the great review. I am searching for my hg of tube mascara and your review was super helpful.

  32. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of telle telle

    i really like l’oreal’s beauty tubes too! it lasts through a workout and comes off really nicely and cleanly in the shower! :)

  33. Nina R.

    Love love love tube mascaras!! Something about the bone structure around my eyes makes every mascara smudge under my eyes, regardless of what I do – powder, etc.. I can only wear tube types. IMO, Trish McEvoy Lash Curling is the BEST of this kind of mascara. The only drawback is the price, kind of expensive. If you are looking to try a tube mascara, try the Trish McEvoy. The lashcurling one has a much thicker brush than the other ones she makes, so your lashes look amazing!

  34. Chai

    Looove Blinc’s Kiss Me. It doesn’t thicken but somehow, other mascaras, even waterproof, still leave me with raccoon eyes. The Kiss Me mascara doesn’t and it doesn’t clump. I always get mine on hautelook.com whenever there’s a Blinc sale event.

  35. DJ

    I didn’t like wearing mascara every day (constant panda eyes the next morning and I am allergic to most eye makeup removers) until I tried mac Opulash, which is a tube mascara. It holds curl, it doesn’t budge and is really easy to get off, even though it doesn’t move when I sweat!

    I was so impressed and as my lashes are very fine, not thick or dark or long–but Opulash it just enough to make my face/eye makeup look more polished. Although, I have to say the first time I used it, I hated it–it seemed to ‘wet’ but the next time I used it, all was ok, so perhaps it was just me.

    (I am allergic to fiberwig, tried it once and was in pain for a week)

  36. Stephanie

    I like my mascara light-weight and non-smudging. Waterproof mascaras are super heavy and hard to get off, so I never wear them. I normally just buy the cheapest mascara I can find and shove the wands that I like into it. Works for me.