Girl School for Grownups

Like having a big sister, but better because I can't boss you around!

Mascara adventurer


Originally I thought mascara whore would be the title, but while that’s certainly provocative, it’s not exactly right. I am in love with mascara, and I’ve never met a mascara I didn’t want to try. So I’m mascara unfaithful, but fidelity isn’t required when you buy mascara. Ok whatever you want to call it, mascara is my desert island beauty product and I’ve done quite a bit of research (hoarding?) to find the very best ones. Here are my current favorites.

  1. Perversion by Urban Decay. With or without the Subversion last primer, this mascara is wonderful. What I love about it is that it’s got a matte finish which makes it different than every other mascara I’ve tried. So you can make your lashes as long as you want with it but it doesn’t look overdone, especially for daytime.
  2. Better Than Sex by Too Faced. First off, the name is delightful. So is the shimmery pink case. And what it does to your eyelashes is the bomb. With this one I have to be careful not to use too much — a little goes a long way. Those with sparse lashes might put this as number one on their own list.
  3. Anything by Dior. Diorshow. Blackout. Extase. It’s all fabulous.
  4. They’re Real! by Benefit. This one produces a look that most resembles having false eyelashes. If that’s what you’re looking for, this is the one for you. But be careful as using a second coat can cause lashes to clump together.

The mascaras I’m recommending are not drugstore brands which means they’re in the $20 – $30 range. That’s not cheap to be sure, but one thing to note (something I wish I’d known sooner) is that if you don’t like a beauty product that you buy from a department store or beauty store (Sephora, Ulta), you can return it. For any reason, any time. One time I bought a Perricone eye cream with fish oil as a primary ingredient. Reviews said it didn’t smell bad, but I found the smell unbearable. I used it 3 times then returned it. Also my Better Than Sex has had a wand malfunction, where the little round thing that “wipes” the mascara as you remove the wand from the tube has gotten stuck. It will go back to Sephora and they will give me a new tube. I’m sure of it.

If you have a mascara favorite that’s not on the list, I’d love to know about it.