The eyes have it!

I own quite a few mascaras (understatement of the month methinks), but there's one in particular that has impressed me since the day I bought it. I raved about it on my blog sometime last year but I feel the need to give it a shout out once again.

My eyelashes whilst not invisible, without mascara they look prettty blah and don't stand out at all. I'm always trying new mascaras in the hope they'll transform my lashes to wispy, luscious works of art. Chanel Inimitable has been a long time fave but another mascara has since eclipsed its performance for me.

After many bouts of trial and error, I now have a winning mascara formula that has been tried and tested umpteen times on my eyelashes. Step forward Estee Lauder Sumptuous. It has NEVER given me a bad lash day - like, ever. It separates my lashes, defines, never clumps and maintains the curl when I use eyelash curlers. I'll always repurchase it. Yes, it's £18 but when I find a product that really works, the cost tends to go out of the window (well it did before the VAT increase anyway!).

Prior to coating my lashes with EL Sumptuous (or my mascara of choice that day), I use Shiseido 'The Makeup' Mascara Base. It's described as a clear base, but looks and feels similar to vaseline when you apply it to your lashes. It promises to boost volume and curl, transforming lashes and dramatising the effect of any mascara that you use. 

When I first bought this two years ago, I was sceptical, despite the great reviews I'd read I didn't think it would make any visible difference, but it really does make my lashes appear much longer and thicker than they are. I don't know what the magic ingredient in this is, but it works for me.

Finally, I need to sing the praises of Max Factor Lash Extension Effect. My lower lashes are sparse and I've found that other mascara wands are often too big when I attempt to apply mascara to them. Without fail, I'll end up smudging or clumping my lower lashes. The thin wand that Lash Extension has grasps each individual lash, enabling me to carefully and evenly coat them without creating a blotchy mess.

Gone are the days when I'd only apply mascara to my upper lashes for fear of looking like a panda by 11am!

Having found my 'dream team', you'd think I'd have no real use for these now ...

..but I find that the Shiseido base allows me to bring mascaras of all calibres back to life, that on their own might not perform as well. It's proved itself to be a great product for me. It's not cheap (I bought mine cheaper on Ebay), but you can always check and see if Shiseido have samples of this on counter. 

What are your favourite mascaras?

10 beauty lovers have sumthin to say:

Nooberella said...

fab post, EL Sumptous was my fave for a long time xxx

Rhamnousia said...

I've recently finished three mascaras and the base has always interested me, I'm going to scop some out on ebay or something of the like seeing as asking for samples makes me feel like a leach.


LMD__its love said...

I need to try that mascara base, my lashes are so limp and thin atm.

Fabby post hun :)

Lu xo

The Shabby and The Chic said...

I may have to give this a try. I'm constantly on the look out for a mascara that'll give my lashes that extra pazzaz and they're quite non-descript in their natural state.

Another great recommendation!

Kat O said...

I normally think of Estee Lauder being quite a fuddy duddy brand, but their packaging has improved recently. I’m glad to see that I’m not the only mascara hoarder! I just wish they didn’t expire so quickly...

Kat x

britishbeautyblogger said...

You're making me miss mascara...:-( !

VexintheCity said...

@Nooberella - I love it!

@Rhanmnousia - Hopefully you'll like it as much as I do.

@LMD_its love - I think it will help. The base will give the appearance that they're thicker.

@The Shabby and the Chic - I hope you like it as much as I do, if you do try it x

@Kat O - Yeah, I know what you mean, but they're definetaly looking swish at the moment. I threw away about 5 a couple of weeks ago, I do chuck them out if they're not at their best.

@Britishbeautyblogger - Oh! Your extensions! Haha!

Mia said...

My HG mascara has to be YSL Faux Cils. It has its faults (I hate how much it flakes, it's a pain to get it all off, it dries out too quick, expensive...) but it just puts all other mascaras I've ever tried to shame when it comes to transforming my otherwise dull lashes. Have you ever tried it, and if so, what did you think of it?

Caramel Diva said...

I love mascara's I don't think i've found my favorite yet...but i really like the pink Rimmel one and the estee lauder mascara's

Shar said...

giiirl, you r still living beautiful


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