Inspired by Mo's new post here about her favorite liquid liners, I decided it was nigh time I wrote about my favorite mascara. While I am well aware the liners and mascaras are hardly the same thing, just.. stay with me here.
It was the summer of 2010. I was approaching my 23rd birthday and I got those emails to remind me, "Hey dumbshit, it's your birthday! You get free stuff this month!" Oh, glorious day! I rounded up the locations where I was entitled to free-ness in celebration of my birth, and headed out the door.
I saved what is almost always the best for last: Sephora. Sephora had an amazing gift in 2010 (and 2009, and 2011, and though it isn't my birthday yet, as an employee of Sephora I am well aware that the gift is pretty damn cool this year as well) and this gift literally changed my life. Well.. it changed my life in so much as finding your holy grail mascara can. I know, epic.
I won't lie, I had to cheat and look online to see what else was in the gift that year (and you can cheat and look here if you forget, too). It was a silver green nano liner, a tiny size of Aspen Summit eyeshadow, and *cue harps* the Lash Plumper. They were all Sephora brand, and in a quick rundown for a review:
1. Silver Green nano liner - good liner, horrid color for me
2. Aspen Summit - I still have this tiny guy and he is doing doing a great job as an inner corner highlight
3. Lash Plumper mascara - this changed me
This mascara is perfect [FOR ME]. It isn't too wet, it isn't too dry; and it's buildable. It doesn't flake, it doesn't budge, but I do suspect it is the product at the end of the day that gives me a hell of a fight to remove. It's okay, I still love it, and wear it every day without hesistation.
Since trying the product for the first time in July of 2010, I have tried other mascaras, always on the quest to try exciting, new things; but I have always returned to my beloved Lash Plumper mascara. At a measly $12 a tube, it's not much more than what you'd pay at the drug store. Yet it performs like so many of the high end mascaras that it is constantly surrounded and mocked by. I don't know if I actually think the two are dupes, but it and the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! mascaras are the only ones I've ever even considered repurchasing.
I guess there will be a comparison in the new future. I can't just leave it at that, can I?
For nostalgia's sake: My full size I'm currently working on & the original tiny size I received for my birthday.
FTC: Although I initially received the sample size of this mascara as a free perk, I have paid for all additional tubes with my own money. These are my honest opinions.