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DiorShow Backstage Mascara Review

Sinus Sister bats her lashes and hopes for the best.

 

Hay fever is hell on the eyes, with all that rubbing and watering. Wearing mascara is foolhardy, at best, unless you like that heroin addict look. Yet, I refuse to give up on mascara when I need it most–to distract from my bloodshot eyes. This summer, I’m reclaiming mascara, one tube at a time. Here’s my review of a mascara from Dior called DiorShow Backstage Waterproof Mascara  ($24.50).

Luxury items are vulgar. That’s the hard-working Irish Protestant-Canadian attitude instilled at birth. Defying this childhood conditioning, I finally went upmarket for mascara. At $31 a tube, DiorShow is a “reasonable spend” for most women, but it’s waaaay out of my comfort zone. After a week of testing, it taught me a lesson: pay more, get more. This high-end mascara delivered on its promise for va-va-va-voom lashes. The big brush was a revelation–like the first time I played tennis with an over-sized racket.  The mascara went on velvety thick, with full coverage and little clumping. I repeat “little clumping“, not no clumping. For $31, I don’t want to see a single clump. The wand seemed a bit fragile, so handle it daintily.

Is it well suited for teary-eyed sneezers? Yes. DiorShow is waterproof and not smudgy. It takes work to remove DiorShow, but you can’t expect waterproof mascara to glide off like lipstick. While you may want a more demure mascara for every-day wear, this is perfect for glamour girls who like attracting a little attention.

9/10

Maybelline Volum’Express Mascara Review

July 20, 2011  |  Cosmetics  |  , ,  |  No Comments

Sinus Sister bats her lashes and hopes for the best.

Hay fever is hell on the eyes, with all that rubbing and watering. Wearing mascara is foolhardy, at best, unless you like that heroin addict look. Yet, I refuse to give up on mascara when I need it most–to distract from my bloodshot eyes. This summer, I’m reclaiming mascara, one tube at a time. Here’s my review of a new waterproof variety from Maybelline called Volum’ Express, The Falsies  ($10 at most major drugstores).

Blink. Well, this mascara certainly stays put, including the clumps. And there are clumps. Any self-respecting drag queen would toss this product in the garbage, but I gave it a two-day trial. What a mistake. The “patented spoon-shaped brush” is easy to hold, but it’s shedding a few of its fibers onto my cheek bones. While Maybelline delivers on this mascara’s main promise–creating the illusion of false, waterproof eyelashes–they look like cheap falsies applied by your drunken teenage sister. Dousing my eyelashes in makeup remover for the third time, they finally wiped clean. The result. I looked like a tear-stained clown…with hay fever.

Rating: 2/10