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Date: 11/20/09 5:42 PM

My favorite brand of (plain black) mascara was discontinued several months ago. I used up my stash of favorite-but-now-discontinued mascara, and I'm looking for a new brand. My own lashes are rather long and thick, but absolutely transparent and invisible without mascara. Being desperate, my beautician tried to dye them, twice on the same day. That was a painful experience and even after a double dye job, the lashes were slightly blond & barely visible.

I tried blinc, which I didn't care for, as the tubes seemed to promote clumping. I tried the L'Oreal beauty tubes formula, which was OK but sometimes the fake lash ends would droop, which was an odd look. After about 2 weeks, the white tube broke. I wasn't too upset. Next, I tried Maybelline Stiletto, and I had the Lisa Simpson 3-pointy-thick-eyelashes look. Returned that tube to the pharmacy. Next was Almay gentle thickening plumping something or other. It was kind of matte black and paste-like in consistency. Another try was one of the brands with 10X or 15X in the name. Once on, it looked about like regular mascara but was prepared to remain on my lashes for all eternity, being oblivious to 3 different eye makeup removers.

It seems like everyday there is a new brand with a wild new promise. Any hints on a basic black waterproof mascara that costs less that $20/tube? It shouldn't flake or smear while I'm wearing it, but it shouldn't require a sandblaster for removal, either. Oh, it should be impervious to my old-age anti-wrinkle creams, too. Too much to expect from a tube of black goo?

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Date: 11/20/09 7:02 PM

Since your own lashes are long and thick, have you tried a basic mascara? The Maybelline in the big pink tube has been a highly recommended staple forever. BTW, my lashes a invisible AND neither long nor thick. Oh to have long thick lashes... :-)

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Date: 11/20/09 7:21 PM

I use Yves Rocher mascara. It doesn't clump until the tube is very old, it comes in three different colors, and is less than $20 a tube, especially when they do their twofer sales.

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Date: 11/20/09 7:24 PM

I use Mary Kay and am quite happy with it - AND it is very easy to remove.

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Date: 11/20/09 7:47 PM

I am a huge fan of Lash Blast by Cover Girl. I never really liked the pink and green Maybelline that every fashion magazine recommends.

My lashes are fine, but this makes it lush and thick and does a great job seperating.

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Date: 11/20/09 9:04 PM

Lash Blast clumped and flaked on me, but I've seen a lot of good reviews for it online. I'd say it's worth trying and see if it works for you.

The Maybelline Great Lash (pink & green) made my lashes look great (really dark and lush) right after I applied it, but I've never had a mascara smudge so much like that one. It was awful.

My favorite drugstore brand was a L'Oreal one that's been discontinued. I've always felt that L'Oreal made the best drugstore mascaras-- I've used various ones over the years. Currently, I'm using Lancome Definicils and I think it's very similar to the L'Oreal mascaras I've used.


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Date: 11/20/09 9:57 PM

Do waterproof mascaras hold curl better than regular mascara? I really liked Revlon colorstay but it's no longer made. I think it was recalled for not being safe....? Anyway it really held the curl. I did find it on ebay, very pricey + you need the colorstay remover to take it off. I would rather be safe than sorry so I passed it up. But I would still like to find a nice brand that holds the curl all day. Any recommendations? Thanks

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Date: 11/20/09 10:44 PM

I love Diorshow but it is pricey and it's not waterproof.

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Date: 11/20/09 11:42 PM

I had YSL mascara and really loved it. I have long eyelashes, but not a lot of them. When that beautiful gold tube was through, I bought DiorShow- they actually have a waterproof version.

I will go back to my YSL after my DiorShow though. It is about $20 a pop, but the formula was smooth and long lasting.

I am curious about the mascara cake because I've read good things, but there's a learning curve to the application.

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Date: 11/20/09 11:46 PM

In my experience the waterproof mascaras do indeed hold the curl much better than non-waterproofs. Several washables that I would otherwise like are so so wet that they take the curl out completely even as I apply them.

My favorite waterproofs are Maybelline's Full & Soft and L'Oreal Featherlash--both in black (it really seems to me that even within the same product line, the color itself makes a difference in the way the mascara behaves).

I find that getting waterproof mascara off is really easy with olive oil, by the way. It's cheap, it works faster than many commercial removers, leaves no residue, and is non-irritating.

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