Cumar is an Italian American slang literally meaning “cousin”, but usually refers to close friends that are like family. Cumarring is sitting around gossiping with your best cumars. (Pronounced: koo-mar).
Today, while cumarring with my two favorite cumar, our topic turned to mascaras, and yes we all grabbed our makeup bags and started comparing what little gems we found that day we walked into Sephora just knowing things were about to get ugly (well, for our wallets anyway). What occurred to me is that women really do have those things they use that they just adore.
Obviously for me that’s mascara. When asked what I would bring with me to a desert island, the answer is definitely mascara (I’m not kidding). I figured why waste time reviewing mascaras I think are crap so here are some of my most honorable mentions when it comes to lush looking lashes:
I picked this up during one of those Victoria’s Secret Semi Annual Sale moments while waiting in line — oh whatever it’s only $1.75 so who cares if it doesn’t work? Much to my delight this was one of the best mascaras I’ve ever used (and I’ve used A LOT). Usually a tube is $7 but also fall under Vicky’s 2 for $12 or 5 for $20 deal. It comes in a rich blacktastic, a deep indiglo, and a purply violight. It thickens really well without tons of clumps and keeps the lashes separated, an amazing feat no less. Unfortunately it is not waterproof otherwise this mascara would be perfect.I love the indiglo and violight for adding color to my lashes and really makes my baby blues pop. I love this mascara for a night out with the girls or going to a party when you know his ex-girlfriend might be there and you want to make sure you’re lookin’ smokin.
For $5.57 (Walmart) this is a real big-league mascara. Gives you fullness, lash separation and ridiculous length without a ton of product. It comes in black or brown and in a waterproof version. I prefer the washable sort as I only wear it on my upper lashes. Always use waterproof for lower lashes otherwise it will smudge so it isn’t so good for long wear. This is a volumizing mascara which increases the diameter of each lash for a lush, dramatic look. It has a patented Mega Brush and collagen formula which work together to plump lashes one by one. It’s a great pairing when using false lashes as it helps to blend your real lashes easily with the falsies; make sure to use an upward sweep from the base of the real lash to the tip of the false one for the best results.
Too Faced Lash Injection
This extreme thickening, tube building mascara is a great find that comes in a size & price to suit every girl and her mascara needs. The Mini, 0.169oz sells for $8 in Sephora stores (check those little bins of wonderful crap that you don’t need but is super cheap so you end up getting one anyway located in front of the register)and $9.50 at Sephora.com. The Mini only comes in Pitch Black. The larger 0.45 oz comes in Pitch Black and Hot Chocolate runs from $19.50 in store to $21 on Sephora.com.
This is a 3 dimensional formula building tiny tubes around each last with polymers that help to curl, thicken and elongate your lashes. The lash brush is called “GIANT”, specifically designed to add volume, length, and curl. Jojoba and Vitamin E in the mascara formula helps to condition your lashes preventing the breakage that leads to sparse or broken lashes. It is weather-proof, stays true, is long wearing, and smudge-proof yet is easily removable with soap and water or remover.
From a personal standpoint, this mascara is good as long as you don’t use too much. It’s like a 1 coat mascara as the application of a second coat seems to lead to clumpyness and stuck together lashes. It works well on natural lash but is a bit much for falsies. It is tube like but does smear more easily than other tube mascaras
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This is the best mascara for separating lashes. This is my go-to mascara for lower lash wear. Lower lashes are usually shorter and sparser than upper lashes, so it’s important to use a mascara that can reach every last lower lash. Lash Discovery creates a soft look on lower lashes and gives a natural but lengthy look for upper lashes.
The mini-brush makes sure you get every hard to reach lash without clumps and with great length. It’s safe for contact lens wears and is hypo-allergenic. I prefer the waterproof formula but it does come in a washable one. The exclusive lash-catching mini-brush allows you to get those hard to reach lashes – from corner to corner, root to tip and the bottom, too. This is a lengthening mascara used to darken and extend the tips of lashes, making them look longer.
This mascara will run you about $6 (Walmart) so it certainly doesn’t break the bank. It only comes in black but that’s the sort of color you’d want to use to give your lashes better definition anyhow so no complaining.
My cumars this afternoon recommended this as the best mascara they have ever used. Kiss Me Mascara was the first to use this sort of lash tube technology. I had tried English Ideas Mega Mascara in the early 2000’s when the technology was first being developed. I needed special mascara remover pads for this mascara and while it did stay on for days and never smeared, when I did take it off the tube of mascara usually took the lash with it. This definitely turned me off to this whole tube notion. But this afternoon all that changed.
This mascara forms water-proof “tubes” around your lashes for hold (curl) and volume, rather than painting them like regular mascaras. Once applied, the tubes bind to your lashes and cannot run, smudge, clump, or flake, even if you cry or rub your eyes. Only the combination of lots of warm water and gentle pressure (no need for remover) will slide the tiny tubes effortlessly off your lashes into your hand. Upon removal, you will actually see the tiny tubes slide into your hand!
The look of this mascara is very natural so not lots of pomp and circumstance like it’s cousin (cumar) Too Faced Lash Injection. Blinc Kiss Me Mascara has is clinically tested to be non-irritating, making it ideal for sensitive eyes, contact lens wearers, and active people in search of a mascara whose look, hold, and ease of removal is without compromise.
It comes only in Black at Sephora but is found in Medium Brown & Dark Brown (Amazon) and in Dark Purple, Dark Blue, & Dark Green on Blinc’s website.
It’s ingredients contain special acrylates copolymers which help to form a tube that surrounds and binds to the lashes, yet slides off once saturated with lots of warm water. During application, which must be done within a 2 minute period before the mascara dries, apply one or more coats, continuing to apply until you get your desired lash look. Once set, you won’t be able to apply additional coats so it’s perfect for gals who have that 5-minutes before work to put on makeup.
At $24 (Sephora) it is a bit on the steep side of price, but when two cumars rave on about how much they love it, why would they lie?