Monday, 22 July 2013
The Story of Eyelashes #2: Lengthening
Let's talk 'length' this time on mascaras.
By now you should know how much I have complained about the length of my eyelashes - they are unbelievably short. I expect mascaras which claim to lengthen, really does what it says - give my lashes the length that it needs.
High end or drugstore? I think drugstore.
I currently own 3 lengthening mascaras that I use interchangeably, regularly and quite intimately. The one I found myself going back to, time after time is the Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara in Black. This fluorescent yellow tube costs a healthy £7.99 which is completely affordable. The eye catching design wasn't the reason I went for this. I heard a few Youtubers talking about it and have seen them wearing this in their 'Get Ready With Me' videos and often produced a miraculous result. I want to give it a try.
I like the wand to start with. It is a fibre wand, fairly slim design which fits well on my short eyelashes as it doesn't overwhelm them. When I start brushing through my lashes, I can feel that it separates my lashes and gives them length. I normally apply at least 2 coats to ensure I have maximised using the mascara and the length that my lashes can go. I use it as a base coat before applying a volumising mascara (more on that on a separate post). It doesn't clump on my lashes nor does it smudge on me. I totally recommend this.
Next up, let's talk high end, let's talk Chanel Sublime De Chanel Waterproof Length and Curl Mascara in Black. I didn't intend to get it but somehow I ended up having it (so let's not go into this long story). I'm not a big fan of a high end mascaras as I have been pretty satisfied with my drugstores' ones and it seems like a general feeling amongst mascara-wearers. I didn't have high expectation on this but I was actually really worried if the wand was suitable. When I first opened this up, I was relieved to see a bristle wand which is the type of wand which suits my short lashes the most.
In comparison with the Rimmel one, the bristle in the Chanel's wand are a bit more concentrated. Both of them have just the right amount of coating of mascaras on, adequate to put on my lashes every time when I take the wand out from the tube. It does give me length, I'm not sure about the curl. However I have to work quite hard to get the length that I want. 3 coats are the minimum I need to give a satisfactory result. I will still finish using this as it is expensive, it will set you back at £24. I won't repurchase it. With this price, I can buy 3 Rimmel mascara to just one of the Chanel's one but the Rimmel one is definitely more effective in lengthening my lashes. Even it is a waterproof one but it does smudge on me unfortunately.
Finally, meet my Australian (Korean made) brand mascara, Mikatonk Collagen Mascara Volume. This was a random purchase when I was visiting Hong Kong. I spent most of my time shopping in Sasa (A beauty supermarkets, similar to Sephora which we don't get in the UK; which sells all the imaginable beauty and skincare products, from Western brands to Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese brands).
Funny enough I actually have been mistakenly using this as a lengthening mascara even it says 'volume' on the tube. I heard nothing about this brand and mascara before. It was simply on sale (around the £8 mark) and I grabbed it. It is a simple deep royal blue design, very subtle but the result is remarkable I have to say. It is more of a brush wand and it picks up the most product compare to the other two mascaras. One coat is all you need to get the length, 2 coats will perfect it. If I have curled my lashes properly beforehand, the result is even more stark. It doesn't smudge on me either. I think the collagen which it claims it contains is the key ingredients to help lengthening my lashes. This line also has the curling and ordinary mascaras. I will definitely want to give them a go if I have the chance.
All in all, I am very satisfied with the lengthening mascaras that I have, they do what they say they do. I will still go for a drugstore mascaras as opposed to a high end one.
Have you used any of these mascaras before?
Which one will you pick? Do you have good recommendations of a lengthening mascara that gives amazing result?