Sephora Mascara Sampler Part I: the first five

Mascara has always been a tricky product.  Since technically it should be replaced every three months; it doesn’t really make sense to splurge.  However, drugstore mascara can be very hit or miss.  Don’t even utter the words Great Lash me, it may be the single most overrated cosmetic product of the last twenty-five years.

Sephora has brilliantly addressed my concerns with the LashStash Mascara Deluxe Sampler.  This 10 piece sample size collection of Sephora’s best selling mascaras provides high-end quality at drugstore prices.  Below, see details on the first five formulations; I will follow up with the final five and an award for “best of” in a future post.

Hourglass Superficial Lash

Hourglass Superficial Lash has an old school style big brush with short bristles.  The length of the brush makes it a little messy, especially in the tight corners, but it coats the lashes nicely.  The formula dries quickly, it doesn’t clump with the application of a second coat, and it is easy to remove.  Not my top choice of the first five, but definitely better than anything you can get in the drugstore.

Urban Decay Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara

Urban Decay Skyscraper has a modern short bristled rubber brush which allows for nimble use.  The non-clumpy formula takes way too many strokes to coat the lashes; more strokes equals more opportunity for mistakes.  Not my favorite, but not atrocious.

Korres Abyssinia Oil Volumizing and Strengthening Mascara

Admittedly, I wasn’t too familiar with Korres, but that’s the beauty of the sampler: it introduces you to products you wouldn’t ordinarily try.  This mascara fucking rules.  Best so far.  The tiny, thin, elegant brush reaches every eyelash.  The formula coats easily even on a second pass.  Genius.  Highly recommended.

Benefit A little Bit BADGal Lash Mascara

BADgal’s huge brush collects a significant amount of product on the tip, which means if you accidentally brush your nose you’ll have a huge glob of mascara on it.  Really good dark coverage on the lashes required several coats.  The bulky brush and tendency to glob lessened my overall enthusiasm for this product.

Smashbox Lash DNA

The name DNA comes from the double helix shaped brush with a flat, fat head.  Surprisingly, this brush design is fantastic for reaching tiny side lashes.  My only criticisms are that the consistency is a little clumpy and it did smudge a bit after an afternoon of cocktails in the sun.  A very decent mascara and my second favorite of the bunch.

At $39 for 10 generous sample size mascaras the LashStash Mascara Sampler can easily take care of your mascara needs for a year.  Even the mascaras I don’t love in this collection exceed the quality of drugstore brands.  The single biggest difference?  None of these high quality mascaras flake like the cheap ones do.  Consider me converted.