Ahhh, a mascara lover's dream!
Shoppers Drug Mart sells these boxes around the holidays and they contain sample sizes of amazing mascaras AND a gift certificate to redeem the full-size one!
I got this gem for Christmas from my dad who snagged it before they sold out everywhere, and it was amazing. I am a huge mascara hoarder ... like I love lipsticks but mascaras take the spot as my number one beauty product. So this is my heaven in a box! And I tried allll the mascaras so you don't have to.
Now I will warn you these mascaras are higher end so they're a little pricey but it's worth the splurge. Treat yourself! I know I do, too often my mother would say (hi Rhonda!).
Let's count them down to my fave!
(Let it be known I liked them all, but some I loved so here we go)
Bonus: benefit's They're Real! Push-up liner
While I love makeup, sadly I lack the skills to do a perfect cat-eye. Seriously, someone should teach me. I know this eyeliner is pure gold but for the life of me I cannot figure it out. So it just sits in the box ... send help?
Clinique's High Impact
Okay so maybe the only one I didn't like, it was really...forgettable? Length, yes. Volume, not so much! The whole high impact didn't exist for me but maybe I'm being too picky? I like my lashes big!
benefit's They're Real!
It should be known that I love dramatic lashes, but this mascara tends to be on the more natural side (to me anyway) and that's the only thing I fault it for. It separates lashes beautifully though and I like it for when I'm going for that whole "no makeup but yes I am wearing makeup" look, you know?
smashbox's Full Exposure
This mascara gets a lot of talk but I don't think it lives up to the hype. Not to mention the mini size makes that huge brush tricky to maneuver! It doesn't smudge, clump or flake that's for sure but it left me wanting more.
(NOTE: The next two are basically tied!)
Clarins' Be Long Mascara Length & Curve
This mascara was a dark horse. The more I used it, the more I fell in love. The length is definitely there and it's the best mixture of natural and drama. I would considered buying this in the future, but it wasn't my number one.
Lash Fusion's XXL
The extreme volume is REAL with this mascara! I'm not totally sure about the enhancing bit that it mentions, but it delivers. The brush does take a little bit to get used to, but it's worth it.
Lancôme Hypnôse Custom Volume
Ahhh the winner! This was actually one of the last ones I tried and I can't get over it. I got compliments from strangers the entire day asking if I was wearing fake lashes (not this time) and it doesn't flake or smudge. It's magic. Maybe I'm in the honeymoon phase, but this mascara owns my heart for awhile.
I went out and redeemed the full-size yesterday & I can't wait to use it!
So there you have it.
My lashes are happy & I hope this post helps you find your next mascara (or two) to try!