As promised and requested (C’est pour vous, AMP), please enjoy reviews of the second half of Sephora’s Mascara Sampler. Loyal readers remember the first round; if you are new here, welcome, please feel free to browse. You’ll find reviews for the first half of the sampler categorized under Beauty.
Laura Mercier Thickening and Building Mascara
Laura Mercier Thickening and Building Mascara has a soft, densely bristled large brush. A no-clump formula provides above average lash lengthening and separating. Overall, this is a non-flaking, quality mascara. Bonus tip: if you like a mascara brush, save it. Wash it, and use it to separate your lashes. Clean mascara wands make the best declumpers. Consider hanging on to this Laura Mercier brush.
This little Fresh Supernova provides a pleasant surprise. While diminutive in stature (it is the shortest of the tubes), this is one of the best of the box. A small depression in the middle sets this brush apart. The soft bristles and silky formula effortlessly glide over lashes, and it fantastically curls. The result is natural and best for day. Very Fresh indeed.
Sephora Lash Stretcher
The second best of these five, Sephora Lash Stretcher has a smooth, non-clumping texture. The innovative brush design uses tiny hairs which protrude from the larger bristles to coat every angle of each lash. Lash Stretcher is just that: a lengthener. It doesn’t do much in the way of thickening. Not super dramatic, this is another great formula for everyday.
Tarte 4 Day Stay Lash Stain
Me likey the idea of a stain, but not the execution. Tarte 4 Day Lash Stain has a sharp pointed stiff brush. The color is pitch black, and the formula very lengthening. It isn’t exactly clumpy, but it does cause the lashes to stick together….like fucking glue. It was extremely difficult and messy to separate the lashes. Worse, smudges are damn near impossible to clean off due to the stain feature of this product. My lashes still looked darker the next day, but this is for those nasty bitches who sleep in their makeup.
If you like the new, short, rubber bristled brushes, then Cargo LashActivator might be for you. The brush design excels at reaching bottom and corner lashes. The non-messy formula falls in the middle in terms of lengthening, but it does curl nicely. The only drawback: slightly clumpy texture. Overall, this one’s treading in the sea of mediocrity.
In totality, top honors go to Korres Abyssinia Oil Volumizing and Strengthening Mascara, with an almost equally strong showing from Fresh Supernova.