Mascara Chronicles: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

Top to bottom: Deluxe samples of Buxom Full and Fabulous Mascara, Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara, Dior Diorshow Mascara, and Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara.

Like many beauty addicts enthusiasts who have come before me, I trudge bravely on in a never-ending quest for the PERFECT black mascara that makes my lashes look awesome. A month or so ago I was working a combo of Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara (for volume and separation) combined with Clinique Lash Power Mascara (for length and lasting power) that was pretty great…but I can't help but wonder...is there more out there?

Today, I thought I'd give you a quick run-down of some of the other mascaras I've tried recently that have not passed the Eyeshadow Addict fabulousness test. At least they get me closer to The One, right?

1) Buxom Full and Fabulous Mascara

This mascara was completely underwhelming. The wand was kind of cool—there were little balls at the end of each bristle that, in theory, helped with separating my lashes. But there was really nothing full or fabulous about my lashes with this mascara. They were…acceptable. That's all.

2) Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

I wanted to love this mascara. It made my lashes look pretty awesome—black, thick and long. Almost better than….never mind. But it flaked. A lot. There's nothing sexy about swiping little black flecks off your face all day. Never mind the number that said swiping can do on the rest of your makeup. So disappointing.

3) Diorshow Mascara by Dior

This mascara, with the biggest, most club-like brush I've ever seen, was so, so blah. It didn't live up to the volume hype at all. Did I get an old, dried-out sample, maybe?

4) Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara

This mascara was probably the best of this bunch. There are nice, tightly-packed bristles that deposit a decent amount of volume and an okay amount of length onto my lashes. It also holds up all day. But isn't there a longwearing mascara out there that will give me VA VOOM lashes? 

I guess I'll keep looking! And maybe go back to the Smokey Eye/Lash Power combo. It held promise. Potential. Hope.

What are your favourite mascaras for big, bold lashes? I want it all: Volume, length, separation, and great wear time. I prefer not to wear waterproof formulas. Help me out, fellow beauty lovers!

Disclosure: One of these was provided for my consideration. The others were either purchased by Eyeshadow Addict or earned with Beaty Insider Points. This post contains affiliate links. 

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