Anyone else put on mascara and notice that halfway into your day that you have “raccoon eyes?” You know, your mascara is all over the bottom of your eyes. It is something a lot of women have issues with, including me! I have very oily eyelids and I was finding that even though I loved the mascara I was wearing, it didn’t have the staying power I needed it to have. Then one day a makeup artist suggest I use a tube mascara instead of my regular mascara. Tube mascara???
Regular mascaras are filled with an oil based pigment, so if you already have oily skin or eyelids, its easy to see how the formulas would come right off. Tube mascaras are very different than regular mascara. One of the main ingredients in these mascaras is an acrylic co-polymer. The co-polymer binds to the lashes as the mascara is drying. It creates thin “tubes.” There are no oil or waxes to worry about. The best thing about tube mascara is that it is smudge proof, water proof and flake free! So you can rub your eyes, cry your heart out and this stuff isn’t coming off! The only way to remove this mascara is with water and a gentle tug at your lashes. You might think you are ripping off your lashes, but its just the polymers coming off.
Do you have sensitive eyes? Have watery eyes from allergies? Wear contacts? These are also even more reasons to try tube mascara. People who have allergies or sensitivities find that the ingredients in tube mascara doesn’t irritate their eyes like traditional mascara formulas do.
Below is a sample of before and afters. This was taken by a subscriber who sent in pictures of both products she used. Both give great length to her lashes, but to me, there are two differences. One, the middle lashes look not as dark as the bottom picture (could be lighting) and it looks a little bit more clumpier to me. Not too much of a difference though. She was impressed with both products, but wished the more expensive formula wasn’t as thick so it didn’t make her lashes appear so clumpy. The drugstore brand gave great results, but wasn’t as great in water (she is around water all day) as the brand name product.
|Top: No product on
Bottom : L’Oreal Double Extend
|Two products, but both offer similar results. Prices start at around $8.00 and go up to $12.00 for the L’Oreal mascara, depending on where you are getting it at. Blinc can be ordered online or found at Sephora stores. It is $26.00.
I have used both products and my preference would probably have to be with blinc. Only because, I found that it didn’t seem to come off in water as easy. If I were going to be crying a lot or be in water for a while, I think that blinc offers a longer lasting product. However, the L’Oreal did great. It lengthened my lashes and didn’t feel clumpy to me at all. If I were going strictly on prices, I would choose the L’Oreal and be completely satisfied.
So if you are having any mascara issues, give tube mascara a try! You can research different brands and see what one works the best for you! I’d love to hear what you guys have been using or if you decide to give one of these a try, let me know!
*Thank you, Jamie for all of your help! *