In partnership with the makers of REACTINE®. Thoughts and opinions are my own. Because the Universe has a wonky sense of humour, it invented a dastardly pollen vortex last year. After a long stretch of symptom-free seasons, I suddenly had horribly itchy watery eyes and frequent bouts of seven or 11 sneezes at a time. So I armed myself with REACTINE® Liquid Gels and sailed through the rest of those spring months without (t)issue. And when REACTINE® discovered I love their liquid gels, they asked me to write a sponsored post. I happily agreed – I was already telling people about them in conversation. Why suffer when you don't have to?
Now I'm focussing on tips for women trying to hide evidence of their seasonal-allergy struggles. So it's time for another post on tube-technology mascara, also called tube mascara or tubing mascara. The formula basically forms "tubes" around the lashes, and slide off lashes that way too when you remove it. I love this stuff because it acts like waterproof but is easier to take off.
Waterproof mascara removal often requires a bit more work, plus oily or creamy cleansers that can get into eyes. Ugh. If you're dealing with seasonal allergies, you don't need that. Tube mascaras can be a bit tricky when it comes to the volume and length they provide, though, so let me help you choose a tube formula by showing you how my favourites look on (bitsy, sparse) lashes.
tube mascaras compare and contrast
Tube mascara has been around for years; lots of you are familiar with Blinc, right? Blinc adds zero volume to my bitsy sparse lashes, so I don't use that one. But if you're lash blessed, you should try it; it has fans. Here are five or six more you might want to consider:
Cargo Better-Than-Waterproof Mascara ($24 at well.ca and $20 at nordstrom.com): I admit part of my appreciation of this mascara is that the brand hyphenated "Better-Than-Waterproof." Good grammar makes me happy. I also like the definition and length this tube mascara gives my lashes.
Clinique Lash Power Mascara ($20 at sephora.ca and $16 at sephora.com): I'm a long-time fan of this one. I first geeked out about Clinique Lash Power tube mascara here; I'm all wrapped in blue plastic on The Maid of the Mist. I also recommended Lash Power to a woman who was out of town for a family funeral and needed a suggestion for waterproof mascara and a good remover. I told her about Clinique Lash Power instead, and got an email back a few weeks later telling me it had become a new favourite because it's so genius.
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Infinite Daring Length + Volume Mascara ($29 at sephora.ca and $29 at sephora.com): You might need a bit of adjustment time with this brush. I did. One side features compact bristles to load the base of your lashes up with mascara; the other has longer, comb-like bristles to pull that mascara up through the length of your lashes. Once you get the hang of it, you get really nice length and volume. The formula is nice and smooth, too.
L'Oreal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara ($14.99 at well.ca and $8.76 at drugstore.com): I expect to get crazy length and volume from a two-step, base + colour mascara, but there's really only so much one can do without fibres on such tiny fragile eyelashes. Plus I have to be careful not to overload on the white base; I did that once and wound up with clumpy lashes with bits of white showing where I'd missed with the black. I'd also let the white coat dry too long before adding the black. Applying the black immediately after the white yields better results. If you have naturally better lashes than I have, you'll get great drama.
Lise Watier 24 Hrs Glam ($24 at lisewatier.com and $23 at lisewatier.us): If you have naturally lush or at least longer lashes than mine, you'll be thrilled with your results with this Lise Watier tube mascara. I think it's tough to get extreme length and volume from tube formulas, but if you already have longer and thicker lashes than mine, you're set. (Plus I used new tubes for this story; I might get slightly better results in the coming weeks, as one usually does when a mascara is a few weeks old. Know what I mean?) Watch for a packaging-change soon -- the Lise Watier 24 Hrs Glam will soon be outfitted in a gunmetal-and-silver version of the same pattern.
Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara ($28 at sephora.ca and $21 at sephora.com): I'm so disappointed in this one. You can see it in my eye, too! There's sadness there! This was the first time I've tried a Too Faced mascara; I've heard so much about their other formulas. But this one... dud, at least in the volume and length departments. I tried it a few times, but the mascara was oddly gummy and did not want to coat my little lashes nicely. I had to work hard to get the above result. Maybe my tube was from an old batch? If you've had better success with Too Faced Lash Injection, please let me know.
the best tube macaras
Humidity, rain, oily eyelids, sob-inducing movies, sweaty workouts -- tube mascara is great for all that, and with very warm water, slides off the lashes (in freaky little tubes!) without frantic rubbing. No special cleanser required. As I've mentioned before, that's why I recommend this kind of formula for allergy-irritated watery, sneezy eyes. Waterproof benefits without the drawbacks. And right now I have Cargo Better-Than-Waterproof, Clinique Lash Power, Estée Lauder Sumptuous Infinite, L'Oreal Paris Double Extend, and Lise Watier 24 Hrs Glam on my list of best tube mascaras, five of the six I tried. They're all about even regarding adding length and volume (in comparison to my naturally invisible lashes) without the fear of smudging or smearing if allergies and a sneeze-fest make my eyes water like crazy. If you naturally have more lashes than I have, you'll get more dramatic results. And I will have #lashenvy.
But really, you don't need tube mascara for allergy-irritated watery, sneezy eyes because, hello: you have REACTINE®, which can start working in as few as 20 minutes and lasts for 24 hours. Budge-proof, easy-to-remove mascara is awesome if you're trying to minimize evidence of your seasonal allergies, but it doesn't alleviate stupid, uncomfortable, pollen-vortex symptoms. REACTINE® for the win.
Do you wear tube mascara? If yes, do you have a favourite? And if you have seasonal allergy symptoms, how do you manage them?
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