As an asian gal, it’s not surprising that I have fine, sparse and stick straight lashes. The first makeup product I used on a daily basis was mascara and to this day it’s still one of my ‘essentials’. However, I spent a good decade gingerly rubbing under my eyes every hour of every day, to get rid of the mascara residue that gives me panda eyes before finally switching to tubing mascaras. Since then it’s been BYE BYE panda eyes and I’ve never looked back.
What are tubing mascaras? Instead of traditional mascaras that paint your lashes, tubing mascaras use polymers that wrap around your lashes. They apply more wet than your normal mascaras, and as it dries, they shrink wrap around your lashes, creating a smudge-proof finish. To remove, splash warm water on them and they will expand to release your lashes, letting you pull them off without effort. It looks like your lashes are coming off, but it’s just the mascara. If it’s not coming off, splash more water. Don’t start yanking off your real lashes. If you have issues with smudges under your eyes from mascara, this is really a godsend product!
Not all tube mascaras are made equally however, so I’m going to talk about my experience with the 6 different tube mascaras I’ve used:
MARC JACOBS Lash Lifter
I was tremendously excited when Marc Jacobs launched his cosmetic line last year. I remember I was in Honolulu and when I saw my Sephora email that they were having a pre-sale, I literally leapt out of bed and onto my computer to put my order in.
Unfortunately this mascara was a complete flop for me. The triangular brush and hollow bristles promises clump-free application – which it definitely lived up to…because I could hardly get any product on my lashes. The wand in my honest opinion, could not pick up enough product from its tube, no matter how I swiped it around inside. And no matter how I brushed, swiped or rotated that wand, I could hardly get anything on my skimpy lashes. Thankfully Sephora has an amazing return policy – this baby went back to the store. If you have a nice full set of lashes that you want a little darkening or natural pick-me-up, you can check this mascara out. I do truly believe it would be clump-free if my lashes managed to grab onto any product.
TOO FACED Lash Injection
I tried out this Too Faced mascara after my stint with Blinc (below). It was a little less expensive and it wasn’t as wet. However, thanks to this mascara, I have sworn off fat brushes for myself because more mascara gets on my lids than lashes. You would think long bristles reach out to little lashes better and bring them justice, right? NOPE, NOT TRUE. This mascara also flaked quite a bit on me.
This was my first ever tube mascara. It was extraordinarily expensive for me compared to any other mascara I had ever used at the time (I think I was in my early-mid 20’s). This one applied VERY wet and although the brush was not fat in any way, the bristles found their way between my lashes on onto my eyelids more often than not. It also made my freshly curled lashes fall flat because of the wetness. The great thing about the Blinc mascara though is that it did not flake off at all during the day and removes very smoothly.
L’OREAL Double Extend
My only drugstore tubing mascara thus far comes in a double ended tube with a primer on one end and mascara on the other end. Very convenient but oddly enough, I can get loads of primer on but the mascara is a different story (I’m going to blame the fat brush again). Removes very smoothly.
MAC Extended Play
I like the brush width and the price point. It can build a lot of volume and length by layering coat after coat on. An absence of a couple of things would make me like it more however: there’s a little flaking and the bristles are rather rough (I feel them all too well when I wiggle my wand at the root of my lashes, at which point the bristles will inevitably touch my lids a little).
CLINIQUE Lash Power
This is my all time favourite for a good number of years now. First of all, I love the brush. It’s thin which means the product goes on my lashes instead of my lids and colours the roots of my lashes effectively. The bristles are soft and close together. The formula is a little wet and gives more of a natural finish, but it hardly flakes and you can really layer it on. Now I use a mascara primer beforehand to give it a jumpstart as well. And to top it all off, it’s the second most economically priced of the lot!
Other tubing mascaras I’ve been itching to try are KEVYN AUCOIN The Volume Mascara and ESTEE LAUDER Double Wear Mascara. If you have ever tried any of these, let me know in the comments!
Do you have a favourite tubing mascara?
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