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When it comes to holy-grail mascara, some of us have a looong list of needs to get what we all want: long, thick pretty lashes. Can we find it all in one tube?
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Maybelline Lash Sensational Full Fan Effect Mascara before and after

Current fave mascara

The Lipstick League wants to know about mascara. Specifically, what does your ideal mascara do, and is there one that comes close to delivering it?

My question is this: does your ideal mascara exist?

And my answer is: yes, yes it does. A few times.

I still tell people I have only 7 eyelashes, 3 on one side, 4 on the other. And they're wee, fragile, barely there anyway. So I need mascara that:

  • has a brush that won't bully my poor little lashes (i.e. smush them together into thorns – two on one eye and one on the other)
  • won't weigh my lashes down
  • won't transfer onto my lids or under my eyes
  • won't flake
  • won't clump
  • when new, won't take more than a couple of uses to deliver better volume and length (you know how some mascaras are just too runny when they're first opened? most thicken up once air gets into the tube, and then deliver better results)
  • adds lots of volume and length without too much effort (because I don't have time to keep applying coats in the back of an Uber)

I know the last one looks like it just won't happen with all the requirements before it, but it totally can and does with my favourites.

For the longest while, my go-to has been Maybelline Lash Sensational Full Fan Effect. It meets all my criteria. In fact I was super sulky a couple of weeks ago when a mysterious case of conjunctivitis meant I had to throw away a new Full Fan Effect I'd just purchased and had only used twice – waaaah! 

Other favourites include L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly mascara, CoverGirl LashBlast and LashBlastFusion, Lancôme Grandiôse (now that I'm familiar with the brush, I need to do a new video with a less new Grandiôse!), and Chanel Le Volume.

Here's what the Lipstick League is talking about right now

Here's what the Lipstick League is talking about right now

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Realizing Beauty – The MAC Robert Lee Morris Collection has some of the most exquisite packaging we’ve ever seen. But it goes beyond the packaging. The shades and formulas within are just as stunning.

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Beautygeeks – waited until she’d almost finished the bottle to review this moisturizing eye treatment, just to be sure her love was real.

Clumps of Mascara – I have a new favorite foundation that I can’t get enough of. The best part? BECCA has a good amount of shades for darker complexions. This is a BIG deal!

EauMG – I’ve reviewed a delicious gourmand chocolate-vanilla perfume made for the iconic NYC ice cream shop, Serendipity 3.

fanserviced-b – This week I asked skincare fans to talk me through what they love about Emma Hardie’s cult favorite Moringa Cleansing Balm because…I don’t love it.

Geniabeme -has a gift guide for some high end products for beauty lovers! These items are priced between $100 – $500. There will be other gift guide for lower price ranges soon!

Gouldylox – The Sephora Sale kicks off for Rouge this weekend and I’ve got the details on what the pros are buying. How does your list compare to theirs?

My Beauty Bunny – is co-hosting an Instant Win Game with Juice Beauty – just fill out the form and you’ll see instantly if you’re a winner of your choice of holiday gift set!

Phyrra – Looking for the best things to pick up during the Sephora VIB Sale plus what to skip? I’ve got my recommendations & anti-haul #11!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Prime Beauty is Currently Craving: The Dose of Colors Hidden Treasure Palette, an online exclusive from Ulta Beauty has me verklempt. The mix of metallic foils and matte eye shadow shades is perfect for the holidays!

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So let's talk mascara! What are your requirements? What's your Holy Grail mascara? Does it satisfy on all levels? Or do you need to cocktail?