A tale of Three Mascaras

Tarte Big Ego, Butter London Power-up And Thrive Cosmetics

Spending a lot more time at home is a good chance to actually sort through a few things.  I have cleaned out my coat closet and piled up several items to go to donation bins once I head out into the wider world gain and I have one of my large closets slated for a complete overhaul.  At the moment though, my empties bin is my focus.  Currently, I have three mascaras that must now be discarded. 

The first leaving my dressing table is the Tarte Big Ego Mascara.  According to Tarte’s product page…

Let your lashes be full of themselves! Boost your lash volume & confidence with this ultra-black, flake-free vegan mascara that instantly lifts your lashes & delivers a fully-loaded flutter for 16 hours.

The wand from the Tarte Big Ego looks good but doesn’t deliver

This mascara retails for $23 and I have to say I had high hoped for it.  I absolutely adore Tarte shadows and one of my favorite mascaras is the Tarte Maneater Mascara.  Unfortunately this fell flat for me.  Despite it’s bushy brush, I just didn’t get the volume from it. It clumped on my lashes and made them look spidery.  I tried it multiple times, but I just didn’t like this product.  I tried it off an on for three months and now I am gratefully bidding it adieu. I will not be repurchasing it.  And when I do use Tarte mascara, I will go with the Maneater.  That formula is simply much better.

Next up is the Butter London Power Up mascara. It retails for $20 and according to it’s product page…

This mascara delivers length and dramatic curl with long-lasting, flexible 8-hour wear.

Butter London, so in love with this one

And boy does it deliver.  This mascara was the first one I reached for as soon as I started wearing it.  It gives more volume than it gives length, but it really fills out the lashes and once it is on, it doesn’t go anywhere until you take it off.  There were several times where I tried other mascaras and then because they weren’t performing up to standards, I reached for this Power up to help them out.  I know you are supposed to replace your mascaras after three months of use as a best practice and six months if you are pushing it.  I have to confess, I used this one until there was no product left in the tube.  Seriously, on the day I pulled the wand from the tube and no matter how much I wiggled it there wasn’t enough left to use, I almost cried. If there is one mascara I am 100% repurchasing, it is this. The curve in the want meant that I didn’t actually need to use the eyelash curler either so it was a step I could skip.

My third mascara in this lot is from Thrive cosmetics.  It retails for $24 and is described as … Instantly create the look of lash extensions with this award-winning, best-selling mascara powered by technology that won’t clump, flake or smudge!

Thrive, excellent for lengthening lashes

I will say the packaging feels super high end.  It is a metal tube that feels really nice in the hand.  It is also really good at extending the lashes.  One pass with the mascara gives them a little bit of extra length.  If you give it a moment and let the product settle and then apply a second coat, you can extend them even further.  It does tend to flake a little bit after about six hours of wear.  It also does nothing for volume. Which as it doesn’t make any volume claims, that is perfectly fine.  I did find that If I applied it to lengthen and then after letting it dry a moment, went back over it with the Butter London Power up, I could have the best of both worlds. The Butter London added volume to the length and sort of coated the Thrive cosmetics so that it didn’t flake.  Thus far the Thrive Cosmetics Mascara is the best for lengthening that I have found.  I am about 75% sure think I would repurchase this one.  It is good on its own for lengthening but better when paired with the Butter London Power up when I wore it. 

So there you have it, three mascaras leaving my dressing table, but only two that will end up being repurchased and returning to my makeup bag.

I hope whatever you are doing in this time of stress and uncertainty, you are keeping yourself safe. I’ll be back this afternoon as I try out a new work out with hand weights in an effort to keep my promise to myself to get healthy. See you then.


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