Monday, December 6th, 2010

Rant & Rave


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41 thoughts on “Rant & Rave: Volumizing Mascara

  1. Yiran

    Can’t live without them otherwise my tiny non existent Asian eyelashes would look like nothing. Love lancome hypnose drama

  2. Ani_BEE

    They don’t seem to work with my fine blonde lashes at all. >_<

    I don't see any improvement with 2 coats and 3 look chunky.

    • Anne

      Try a lash primer like Lancome’s Cils Booster. My otherwise nonexistent lashes look AMAZING when I use it before mascara!! And you’ll only need one coat of mascara :)

  3. CeeBee

    Eh, I’m fairly indifferent to be honest.
    I want length, curl and decent pigmentation (oh yeah, and no smudging or flaking) before I get all bothered about volume. I’ve got fairly thick lashes anyway so it’s not really a priority for me and most of the ones touted as volumizing tend to be clumpy, on me at least.

  4. Esther

    I kinda like Maybelline’s the colossal :)

  5. ChristineD

    Love the stuff, and by far the ebst (and also the cheapest) I have used is LashBlast by covergirl…I am a MAC girl through and through but the lashblast really makes my lashes huge :)

    • Frances

      I’m the same way! All my make up is MAC, except for my mascara which is LashBlast. It’s the best mascara I’ve tried so far =)

  6. Desiree

    As long as they do what they’re advertised to do, I love them 😀

  7. Noga

    My lashes are stupidly long, but sparse, so va olumizing mascara is a must – currently with Lancom Hypnose I got as a gift (thanks to my bf’s mom) and loving it, but I think I’ll do a bit of research and buy a new one, it’s starting to get chunky.

  8. maribel

    I love voluminous mascaras! The only mascara brand that seems to do what it’s mean to is Max Factor 2000 calorie mascara! I have a hard time finding this brand but I swear on this mascara! My lashes are short and thin but using this mascara my lashes look longer and thicker! I highly recommend it! If you can find it! Good luck

    • Svetlana

      Same here. Max Factor 2000 is personal favorite… For me it works much better than Dior/Chanel and other high end mascaras. In fact 2000 calories is the only mascare that does what it’s supposed to do!;))

  9. z

    I need volumizing mascara. My lashes are thin and stick out straight. I absolutely love benefit bad girl lash and diorshow. I get mini mascaras these days. I don’t need a huge one. Never finish them ans the go bad so quickly anyway.

  10. Maybelline Falsies all the way.

  11. Marcela

    i have long, numerous lashes but they’re thin… so i loooove Maybelline’s Collossal mascaras. they really do add considerable volume [and length]. i’m all for the dramatic lashes, day and night!

  12. Michelle

    I am always just on the lookout for a good mascara that doesn’t flake or smudge and doesn’t get all cakey with two coats. I have NEVER noticed a big difference in volumizing, lengthening, etc. I have pretty thick/long lashes to begin with so maybe that is it.

  13. Catherine

    Sephoras “atomic volume” mascara doesn’t volumize at all, however it is THE best lengthening & separating mascara I’ve ever found. I have to curl my lashes prior to applying.

  14. I really can’t see the difference between so-called “volumising” mascara and the cheapest mascara from the local drug store… So I’ll go with the last one!

  15. Jena

    I like the idea, but every one I’ve tried so far gives me spider lashes so I go for defining mascaras instead.

  16. Nini

    I think is the most important mission in a mascara. I personally dont like the long and aspare lashes, I want a full bunch of lashes I think I look more femenine (if it makes any sense). I founf the YSL the more efficient in this job but is so pricey! specialy considering that it dries off week after opened! So I keep looking for my HG volumizing mascara :) (MAC opulash and Benefit BAD GAL do a pretty good job btw)

    • gabriella

      i really agree with the “feminine” full fluttery lashes you described!!! I love diorshow blackout.. but have been using l’oreal extra volume collagen!! So thick if you do several coats! :)

  17. Sara Jean

    maybelline Falsies.
    I love it. Its my favorite. I add a coat of lash stiletto voluptous and bam. amazing long thick eyelashes.

    • Emi

      Hey that’s what I do too! XD Lash stiletto rocks! I wait (very) patiently for it to be on sale all the time… lol

  18. Chloe

    I like Maybelline Falsies? BUT! It flakes something AWFUL and it falls into my eyes. It look good, but some days I just can’t be bothered by all the damn flakes.

  19. sophia

    max factor false lash effect aka covergirl lash blast! love that stuff. personally it’s even better than lancome hypnose.

  20. allie

    laura mercier full blown volume mascara is the best ever!

  21. Roisin

    Lancome Hypnose in classic version

  22. Roma

    YSL – Faux Clis


  23. kcrystal

    volumizing tends to clump. lengthening is better. mascara primers are great for volumizing without the clumpiness, that is.. if you can find a good one.

  24. Athena

    I love volumizing mascara. :) the sephora collection waterproof one is fantastic. I always look for volumizing mascaras, because I already have ridiculously long lashes. 😛

  25. Kitty

    it is a must-have for my thin, sparse, pale lashes!

    i prefer to replace mascara every month or every other month, so i buy drugstore stuff, and i like :maybelline falsies: (the new black lace super drama (or whatever) one) a lot.

    it does the job (really!) without breaking the bank ^^

  26. Mar

    I love them!
    I have very long but stick straight and sparse lashes so I have to curl them to make me look awake. Volumizing mascara is a big part of my makeup routine 😉
    Maybelline Volum’Express is my HG but I also like Dior Iconic Extreme and MF False Lash Effect. The Falsies and The Colossal don’t seem to do the trick for me so I stick with my trusty old VE 😉

  27. The Beauty Queen from Mars

    I can’t live without volumizing mascara either. I have fairly long, but sparse and very straight lashes.
    I just have one problem and was wondering if someone has the same and solved it: My lashes are so straight that I have to curl them. But as soon as I apply mascara, they immidiately go straight again and do not hold any curl!!! The only way I found to compensate this is apply one coat of Dr. Hauschka volumizing mascara first, and then put on any other mascara. I loved MAC opulash when it was new, but now it dried a bit and I need like 4-5 coats to get a decent volume. But then it starts to clump.
    I was wondering if maybe one of you had the same problem and found THE one volumizing mascara which holds the curl, so that I do not have to layer anymore?
    Thank you!

  28. Cathy

    I also love volumizing mascaras.Right now,I’m using Maybelline Falsies as I’m looking for a cheaper mascara.My favorite,though,is Mally Volumizing Mascara.

  29. Paula

    Love Maybelline’s Voluminous!

  30. NikiD40

    I already have decent length lashes, so I prefer voluminizing mascaras (which gives more even more lenght) and my favorite mascara is L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof mascara.

  31. I absolutely love them, but I hate that most of them flake. My HG mascara is NYX Doll Eye Volume.