Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

What is your holy grail mascara? Your favorite, the best mascara? What mascara do your lashes swear by? What about it rocks so hard?

Discussion and debate are highly encouraged, and we expect community members to participate respectfully. When asking a question, please check the FAQ section (above) for information about purchasing, price, dupes, and the like. If you have general feedback or need technical support, please contact us.

Comments that include advertisements, self-promotion, insults, etc. may be in violation of our comment policy and subject to deletion. Please see our comment policy for more information.

80 thoughts on “Temptalia Asks You – What is your holy grail mascara? Your favorite, the best mascara?

  1. Lauren

    Almay triple effect. . . it does exactly wut its says hahaha thickens lengthens and curls,, and its not all thick and goopy ;-]

  2. Jam

    Mmm.. Diorshow Blackout, its amazing and really adds volume and length to the lashes!! I highly recommend it!

  3. Leigh

    L’oreal Telescopic!

  4. gina

    Max Factor 2000 Calorie-I have tried all the masacras out there, drugstore and dept. store and this make my lashes look better then all the others. Thickens, lengthens and lasts through the night!

  5. Sophia

    Har question really, I tried many but my HG remains YSL Faux Cils

  6. Annie

    Okay this is an easy one- DEFINITELY Dior’s Diorshow. I swear by it! It does everything- adds length and adds volume… LOVE IT!!!

  7. wow………..MAC Fibre Rich, most likley. Been using it forever! Although, i do realllllly like Sue Devitt Microquatic Black Widow mascara :)

  8. Wow. I have a few that I rotate.

    MAX FACTOR 2000 Calories – long, lush lashes without crunchiness

    MAC Zoom Lash

    L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black

    Maybelline Full ‘N Soft

  9. SKB

    It doesn’t matter what mascara I use – as long as I use Shiseido’s Mascara Base underneath. It’s the ultimate! My lashes are so straight I usually have to blast my lash curler with a hairdryer for 30 seconds and then clamp the curler on my lashes for 2 minutes…then an hour later my lashes would straighten out again. Not so with Shiseido’s Mascara Base! I’m already stockpiling these in my Sephora.com shopping cart for next months F&F sale!

  10. A week ago, I would have said Diorshow Blackout. And it’s still amazing.

    However, I ended up with a sample of the Body Shop’s Super Volume mascara and it is the love of my life. My lashes are full and long and soft. Best of all, no clumps. At all. I’ve tried to make the mascara clump, just to see if I could, and I couldn’t.

    Love!

  11. Marylynn

    MAC Zoom: very thick, builds lots of volume.

  12. - Diorshow (when I have $)
    - Max Factor 2000 Calorie when I’m po’
    - L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black
    - and lately, Tarte 4-in-1. I didn’t originally care for this but it’s starting to really move me.

    • I’ve YET to try Diorshow, despite all the raves. It’s just so… expensive.

      Tarte’s working out for you? I remember you weren’t initially impressed!

  13. foxyqt

    im lovin Benefit Badgal Lash! its a gel-based mascara and doesnt feel dry on your lashes.. it really does give the appearance of falsies :D

    • Jeni

      BAD GAL is the best I tried Dior Show for a while and as much as i wanted to love it but couldnt it was dry and flaky! So.. I went back to my Bad Gal but I am goingt o give Plushlash Mascara from MAC a try tomorrow! We will see how it does!

    • Liz

      I was just stopping by to mention Benefit’s Bad Gal in blue. I love that mascara. I haven’t worn black since.

    • Wow, there’s a lot of love for Bad Gal! Even in blue!

  14. Sophie

    Rimmel Lash Maxx…Ihave this thing where my eyelashes go every which way, and I tried combing them out of the way with a brush but it didn’t work! This mascara has a small brush on the wand so it allows me to brush my lashes up and away :D and they look nice and long too

  15. Shelli

    I use Cil definition from Maybeline, every day it really makes my lashes look longer and adds more volume, the high impact mascara from Clinique isn’t too bad either

  16. Amy

    I use the maybelline mascara in the pink and lime green tube. I don’t know the exact name of it, just the packaging because it hasn’t changed it’s look for years and years. I still love it!

  17. I love L’Oreal’s Telescopic Mascara, it lengthens and thickens! Probably one of the best drugstore brand mascaras, did you like plush lash?

  18. Melissa

    Overall, I’d have to give the ‘holy grail’ award to Maybelline Great Lash because it is so smooth and does everything (lengthens, thickens, etc.)
    I do love Lancome’s L’Extreme because it is the best mascara I have tried for lengthening, but at $29 a pop, Iwould rather not buy this all the time–especially when Great Lash is a very good mascara and clearly a better value.
    Now there are so many more I want to try…the new MAC one and Benefit’s BAD GAL to start!

  19. dee

    I use CoverGirl LashExact. My lashes are already fairly long and thick. Anytime I use one for thickening, my lashes clump. LashExact gives me that separated, natural look but better. Also it’s cheap, which is ideal for me so I also use Rimmel. Their wand is made like a little comb so getting all the little edges is super simple.

  20. chuarmk

    Loreal Telescopic Mascara

    Definately the BEST mascara ever produced, it lengthens up to 60%,thickens and curls lashes too. I have naturally straight and stubborn,so I was shocked and happy when this mascara actually curls up my lashes and holding it up for the whole day.

    *NOte* No eyelash curler was being use at all,just the mascara aone works wonder.

  21. IxLovexMAC

    Maybelline Intense XXL, I swear people have asked me time after time if I’m wearing falsies.. I love this mascara

  22. mithi

    MAX FACTOR 2000 CALORIE LASH

    or

    COVER GIRL LASH EXACT

    both in waterproof work wonders on me. :)

  23. MissFong

    HG – still looking

    Kiss me Mascara is the best for my eyes
    but the price is just too much

    pretty much the same but in order of which one i like
    Clinique double lash
    Lancome fatle
    Anna Sui volume
    Cover girl Lash exact

    Dont like
    sorry it has to be all Maybelline
    totally doesnt match my eyes
    but the most decent of all of them is Full N soft

  24. Olympia

    Lancome Paris “L’Extreme.” This mascara is the best. No need for an eyelash curler. Both waterproof and regular formulas are long lasting and very comfortable.

    -C’est La Vie

  25. Hessah

    I really love Maybelline lash stylist.

    I also love diorshow unlimited and another chanel mascara (I can’t remember the name)

  26. Dior Show was awful, for me. Did nothing for my lashes and made my eyes puffy! I must be allergic! Hehe.

    I swear by L’OrĂ©al Telescopic. I get unbelievable length and curl! :D

  27. - Diorshow (ordinary version, waterproof version sucks)
    - Diorshow unlimited (my favourite, absolutely perfect for a dramatic look)
    - Chanel inimitable (very natural)
    - Lancome Hypnose

  28. Courtney

    I know a lot of people don’t like it, but I loooove MAC’s Mascara X in Black. I have long, blonde lashes and all I really want is too add some color to them. I like Mascara X because it looks totally natural on me – I don’t like over the top, fake looking lashes for day.

    • I haven’t tried it – I’ve only tried Zoom Lash & Plush Lash (both are nice).

      I think most people like dramatic lashes, which is probably why X isn’t so popular.

  29. Jen

    YSL’s Everlong is amazing-it creates length, some volume, and fans out your lashes like no other. plus it has lash conditioners in it and i swear since i’ve started using it my eyelashes have grown a bit-it’s amazing! it’s also the only mascara i’ve ever used that doesn’t clump at all.

    before this one i liked diorshow a decent amount, but it stung my eyes.

    a decent cheap alternative to the YSL is maybelline’s define-a-lash. it has a similar applicator, but it’s a little too runny for my taste. but once it’s dry, this stuff doesn’t budge.

  30. Angi

    DiorShow Black Out. So much better than DiorShow. At least for me. The wand is easier to use.

  31. vinna

    I totally agree with SKB who mentioned Shiseido’s Mascara Base. That works wonders.
    I like Diorshow but it tends to smudge after a while on me. My favorite mascaras at the moment are: Covergirl Lash Exact and Chanel Inimitable.

  32. bec

    I also agree with SKB and Vinna in regards to Shiseido’s Mascara Base. It’s absolutely amazing!!

    My HG mascaras have got to be YSL Faux Cils and Diorshow.

  33. glamqueen

    I’ve found my HG in Helena Rubinstein’s Spectacular mascara!

  34. Janis

    I am still in search for that perfect mascara unfortunately :(

  35. Audrey

    Shu Uemura Mascara Basic works the best for me. It holds a curl like nobodys business, doesnt clump or flake or smudge all day and is a pretty glossy black shade. Its pricey at $27.50 but so worth it- one tube has lasted me 7 months with daily use!

  36. Rubii

    My favorite mascara has to be Lancome Definicils, and Cils Booster Xl. They do wonders! I don’t leave the house with out them on. It does bite my wallet.

    My second favorite is Bourjois Yes to Volume! No to Clumps Mascara. It gives an awesome falsies look and the tube really brightens my makeup box.

  37. Zsofi

    i tried many many different mascaras,here are a 6 reviews:
    1.: my all time favourite :
    Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils in Black!!!
    2.:CHANEL Mascara Cils d’eau 55 aqualilas. i got it since ages,and it is still working. i bought it about 7 years ago :-D it is discontinued,i think.
    3.:Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara. i got it free as a sample,but it is very good.
    4.: anything from L’oreal is good and cheap. Lash architect and so on.
    5.:sorry to all Maybelline Graet Lash lovers: it does simply nothing for my lashes.
    6.: MAC Zoomlash: here is a question Cristine: why is my Zoomlash so smudgy? everytime i watch a movie and i laugh,and i have tears in my eyes: it is all over my face.
    i never tried any waterproof mascaras,all i used were waterproof enough for me.
    i am sad for my Zoomlash,because in other ways it is good.

  38. Kirsten

    Lancome Definicils is great

    An MA told me a few months ago that you should throw away mascara every 2-4 weeks, which i found to be a bit ridiculous. Ive always thought about 3 months was fine. I was just wondering if you have ever heard of or follow this rule?

  39. fanntabulous

    Call me weird, but I like to mix my applications sometimes or switch every other day or so, so I have to name more than one :) The following are amazing alone, and fun together.

    Lancome (used to be Defincils, but I love Hypnose better — Tried this once and I was hooked. The only one that worked for me…I’d scrap samples off of my friends at the Lancome counter in high school (LOL). My typical asian, sparse short lashes need all the help it can get and this one’s super. Love the volumizing effect. Lancome’s mascara brushes are uber amazing, esp for the lower lashes! My philosophy, splurge on mascara…no matter how costly, getting one with the best brush+formula+results is well worth the penny.

    &

    Katie B. Cosmetics Faux Lash Mascara (waterproof), by Playboy & Celebrity makeup artist Katie B. Discovered this a few years ago on myspace of all places :) For only $13.50/tube, you get a lot of bang for your buck! My wallet could finally take a breather from Lancome mascaras! lol Amazing results with its unique brush and amazing formula. No clumping no matter how many coats I apply! separates, lengthens, thickens and waterproof –for any mascara (at least for me) waterproof is a must. I am notorious for watery eyes! If I’m somehow without my Shu Uemura eyelash curler, I can apply this mascara and get away with lovely lashes.