CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof in Very Black has been my default mascara of choice for a while. No matter how many high end mascaras I try, I always end up reaching for this funky orange tube. I use Very Black, which is… very black.
– Drugstore, so pretty cheap and widely available (RRP $17.95 in Australia grrr, but about half that in the US)
– Easy application – I was originally apprehensive about the scary-looking rubbery bristles on the wand, but they’re great for separating lashes and ensuring it’s clump-free in only a couple of strokes
– Very Black is definitely very black, and doesn’t go ashy as it dries like some other mascaras.
– Makes lashes look plump and thick, without looking crunchy.
– Holds a curl very well – I’ve had a few mascaras destroy my carefully curled eyelashes before my eyes. This one doesn’t, at all, and it doesn’t even change the shape of the curl. Win!
– Long wear, doesn’t crumble over the day. Also very waterproof – it doesn’t budge!
– Annoying to remove. Regular “gentle” makeup remover doesn’t quite cut it, I’ve had most success with two-phase oil-on-water style removers (Garnier’s one works well), or even extra virgin olive oil. It’s best if you apply to a pad and hold it over your eye for 20 seconds to help it dissolve.
I’ve heard that the non-waterproof version is equally good, without the removal difficulty, but I’m wary of all non-waterproof mascaras due to my terrible allergies and tendency to cry over really lame things (never reading Jonathan Safran Foer on public transport ever again).
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