The Makeup Face-Off: Pt. 5 – Mascaras

Lashing Out


Part of why my sister convinced me to get into eye makeup was to keep me from rubbing my eyes (a big no-no for that delicate skin) due to seasonal allergies. It’s certainly helped and the addition of mascara to even the simplest of makeup looks can give you just enough oomph to polish your look.

For my daily makeup routine, I usually skip the shadow and just stick to mascara and eyeliner. I recall a day when I forgot mascara and it definitely made a difference. Let’s take a look at three mascaras I’ve been trying out extensively and see how they got on.



Covergirl The Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara (Very Black 800)

  • Price: $6.99-9.99 CAD
  • Claims:
    • 400% corner-to-corner volume for full, fanned-out lashes
    • Lash Styler wand good for small lashes, twirl as you apply
    • Opthalmologically tested, suitable for contact lens wearers
  • Effectivity:
    • Thin, flexible conical rubber wand is easy to use
    • Formulation is wet enough to allow for a second coat (after taking turns per eye)
    • Lashes end up longer and fanned out, but not much of an increase in volume





Covergirl PLUMPIFY BLASTPRO MASCARA (Very Black 800)

  • Price: $9.99-11.99 CAD
  • Claims:
    • 50x volume boost for full lashes
    • special, double-action brush that vertically lifts lashes from their roots, guaranteeing plumping without the clumping
  • Effectivity:
    • Wand bristles are made of hard plastic that takes getting used to
    • Wand tip good for separating product when lashes bunch together
    • Formulation sets quickly so there is tugging involved if you wait too long to do a second coat
    • Lashes look thicker and fuller





Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara

  • Price: $31.00 CAD
  • Claims:
    • Inspired by hair rollers, this super-curling and lifting mascara gives a sexy, wide-eyed look
    • Patent-pending Hook ‘n’ Roll™ brush features tiny custom-designed hooks to catch, lift, and curl even short and straight lashes
    • Instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours and is easy to remove
    • Has provitamin B5 and serine, known for lash-conditioning benefits
  • Effectivity:
    • Thin, curved rubber bristles; shorter bristles on inner curve
    • lengthens lashes somewhat but only holds a curl for a few hours


Before using each mascara, I curled my lashes in the same manner with an eyelash curler. I’m not advanced in my eyelash game, so I don’t do false lashes nor am I that adept in accomplishing the full-on multiple coat mascara look.

My lashes are very shy (read: short, roof-slanted, and uncooperative). I like my lashes looking natural but longer and fuller so all of these mascaras performed to that respect. I do get product on my eyelids on occasion, but for the most part, practice makes perfect (or less messy).

Of the three, it’s a tie between the two Covergirl mascaras. I like the length I get from the Super Sizer and the fullness from the Plumpify. I’m sure the formulation plays an important part in that, but the structure of the wands makes a difference, too. I’m tempted to switch wands and try them with the other formula just to experiment.

Based on the price point, I’d purchase the Covergirl mascaras again, especially, if, for the most part, Benefit performs similarly to the Super Sizer. Something of note, my first mascara purchased in recent years was Benefit’s They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara. Maybe it was because I was a noob, but I found it to be too clumpy. A tip that Benefit says boosts your lashes is to use the Roller Lash first then top up with They’re Real! and when I’ve tried it those few times, it gave the fullness that I got in Covergirl’s Plumpify. Combined Benefit products is over $60, so I’ll stick to a single product at a fifth of the price. 🙂

I have a sampler set of mascaras that were making me look like a hot mess, so I need to play with those more to fully appreciate them. I also got some in a Shop Miss A haul as well as some drugstore finds. I want to finish all the opened ones before diving into the rest. I’m sure I’ll have more Mascara Face-Off posts in the future.

Coming up we’ll look at some eyeliners!


Until next time…



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