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I like ones that are on the runnier side of dry. If the mascara starts out as a dry formula I feel like I only get to use it for a few weeks before it’s totally unusable. I don’t like runny mascaras because they are quite difficult to apply (spider lashes and mascara marks from eyelashes on the brow bone area). I prefer a bristled applicator because rubberized ones tend to hurt my eyes.
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I don’t usually have much issue with any type of brush, but I usually prefer the ones with the fiber bristles rather than the plastic. Shape is not important to me 🙂

I love the wand on the MAC In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara. It has firm rubbery bristles and the tip is like a spiky weapon. I like that the bristles are short because I have a tendency to get mascara on my eyelids with the longer “natural” bristles.
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I’ve come to realise I like the big huge wands, like Diorshow, MAC Opulash, Benefit BADgal (loving that mascara right now!!) – all other types just annoy me because I have to work that much harder to get enough product onto my lashes, then it starts to clump because it just takes so long. I don’t mind curled brushes, but you don’t see them very often now I find.

My favourite wands are the “teddy bear” wands like the ones for Full and Soft. Nylon bristles that are “fluffy” as opposed to defined rows, and medium length. Huge heads with long bristles are just asking for a poke in the eye!!
My least favourite are the rubber bristles. They clump mascara on me like it’s nobody’s business regardless of the brand.

years and years ago, I think it was Covergirl who made the most terrific (in my opinion anyway) mascara and wand. It might have been called “Every Last Lash” but I’m not sure. It had a very small brush – straight and small – and it also seemed to have extra “wipers” so not a ton of product came out. All of this meant you really could get into the inner and outer corners to get the lashes there without getting mascara all over your face, nose, etc. I actually kept one of the brushes and will often use it with other mascaras. I like a mascara brush with a shorter handle – I’m short-sighted and find those much easier to us up close to the mirror (same goes for makeup brushes too). And I prefer bristles over plastic, although I am really liking the new Clarins mascara I got – it’s their newest one – and it has a plastic brush (and a way too long handle!). But it still works really well.

You know, I used to prefer natural hair bristles that tapered well at the tip. Basically as long as it built volume well, and could coat even tiny lashes, I loved it. Now, I find myself going for the more plastic bristles. Which is odd, since I really didn’t like the Lashblast wand when it first came out. My best friends nowadays are Benefit’s They’re Real, Maybelline The Rocket and Covergirl Clump Crusher. Still don’t like Lasblast, though!

Yes! A tapered tip!! I don’t understand these mascara wands with a blunt end. It’s very difficult to get the smaller lashes in the inner corners with a big blunt end.

the Lancome Hypnose Wand!! it’s perfection. If you closely look at the bristles, One side is long and one side is full and shorter. So you get length and fullness. A lancome rep told me you were supposed to roll the wand to apply but I get better results applying the length side first too both eyes and then the volume side (fuller bristles).

This with the combination with their waterproof formula is heaven. I also use the volume side for the bottom lashes.

I love L’Oreal’s Butterfly Voluminous wand. It seems to work the best for me. I love Too Faced Size Queen wand also. Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes is another favorite of mine.

I do not like Benefit They’re Real. I’ve tried to like it and use it, but I just can’t get it to work for me.

I like rubber spiked brushes, small to medium size. For reference, my favorite mascara wand and formula is Chanel Inimitable Intense, which I find perfect for me. Some of the plastic brushes hurt my lid (particularly the CoverGirl ones) but this one is perfect. My biggest thing is I hate stuck-together and clumpy lashes, and the Chanel brush doesn’t give me any of that.

I also save the old wands and clean them for separating if I decide to try a new mascara or get a sample.

My two favorite wands are the fluffy, bushy type found in MAC Plush Lash (the only MAC mascara I like) and a silicone spike ball, like the one in the Givenchy tubes. I buy disposable silicone spike balls by the hundreds to keep in my kit and use for myself. The MAC brush separates every lash, and creates a natural, feathery effect, while the spike ball is able to grab and cover every lash perfectly with precision, even lower lashes. Dragging the ball across the tips of upper lashes makes them look longer than anything else ever will.
I do love the wand in Benefit’s They’re Real! but really, it’s best feature is the spike ball tip. If you watch their “how to” video, they instruct us to use that tip last by running it up the tips like I said I do with the silicone balls to create the longest tips. It really works!

I also like the brush end of Maybelline Mega Plush Volume Express, but I HATE the bendy-joint in the actual wand! What were they thinking? It totally takes away any control you might have with the wand, and you end up with a lighter application than you might like. I can go light-handed if that’s the effect I want, but thanks for implying we’re all raccoon prone with the gentle application joint. *sigh* it’s the only cosmetics applicator I feel like is condescending me. LoL

I’ve never given it any thought, but since L’Oréal Voluminous has been my go-to mascara since HS, not only for the formula, but the wand, I’d have to go with that. I guess you’d call it a fluffy-bristled wand? I also really like the wand on benefit BadGal, but loathe the formula, but that may be because I’ve only tried a few “sample” sizes, so they may have been off.

I like having best if both worlds by having a long thin wand to apply the first coat of mascara and a thick wand to apply a second coat. MAC’s Haute and Naughty has spoiled me.

I like a relatively fat wand with like a gajillion bristles. Those are the only ones that seem to grab all the lashes, coat them, and separate them. So I generally don’t like the rubber brushes, since they tend to have very gappy bristles.
I also can’t stand when the bristles are too short–CoverGirl Lashblast literally gives me a migraine from trying to work those stubby little bristle into my lashes.
I’m actually not a fan of tapered wands, because the tip doesn’t get wiped off when you pull it out, so you have to go back and try to wipe the extra gunk off on the rim of the mascara–very messy, and I hate extra steps.
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