Part of my post-partum journey included adapting my beauty routine and developing hacks to balance out the short amount of time I wanted to dedicate to my routine versus wanting to still take care of myself. As if they heard of my need to find the perfect mascara, the Influenster and ChickAdvisor programmes sent me a total of four mascaras over the course of the year to review.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara
The Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara in Very Black features great colour, easy application, and minimal smudging throughout the day.
However, it does become a granular within 2-3 hours of wear on a regular day, which made it quite uncomfortable. I had to remove the grains of mascara that had accumulated in the outer corner of my eyelids a few times, and they had even managed to irritate my skin, something that has never happened before.
Removal was also not as easy as some other waterproof formulas, either. So a good, budget mascara for a mom with a little more removal time that I have.
Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara
The Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara in Blackest Black features many great aspects. For one, the tube’s unusual shape makes for a much better grasp, the colour really is the blackest of blacks, and the brush makes its application a dream.
However, there is enough flakiness after a mere hour or two of wear to warrant hesitation in recommending it. In dry weather, it lasts forever without any sign of flake. But add any sign of moisture in the air—even from cooking!—and the party (and not the good kind) begins.
For a new mother who might be still struggling with a huge wave of emotions crashing on her, or the mother of a toddler who laughs so hard with their littles one that they tear up, this might not be the best choice for you.
Rimmel London Shake It Fresh Mascara
The Rimmel London Shake It Fresh Mascara features a perfectly-sized wand that makes for an easy application; clumping is minimal and the liquid glides on easily on each lash.
Despite not being waterproof, I have had a few episodes of tear producing, laughing my head off sessions and I only had a little bit of smearing, so little, in fact, that all I needed to do was wipe the corners of my eyes once with a handkerchief.
I haven’t had the time to test the “shake it fresh” feature for more than a handful of month. This feature promises that this mascara will last longer than expected without clumping, but even without that, it’s still a great product. If the “shake it fresh” feature actually works for more than a few months, it would make this a favorite product for me, as I will be able to actually use it until it finishes, making it overall less expensive to use mascara as well as better for the environment (at least, as far as I can tell).
Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara
Out of all the mascaras I got, however good the Rimmel one, the Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara was by far my favourite. It’s a three-in-one deal that is well worth purchasing for women who like to slim down their makeup bag, help the environment by decreasing their shopping list, and saving money.
With one stroke, all lashes are covered, evenly and clump-free, perfectly for a day look. With a second stroke, all lashes are covered, again evenly and with rare clumps, perfectly for an evening look. With a third stroke, all lashes are covered again, evenly, with some clumps but not that many, perfectly for a dramatic look for a special occasion.
Smudging is minimal, even when humidity is high, sweating profuse (hello, running around a toddler or burning up the dance floor), and tears of joy or laughter flowing down your cheeks.
Removal is also surprisingly easy; two or three swipes and voilà! All done.
This is definitely the best new mascara on the market that I have tested this year to date. As a new mom, I also appreciate how easily I get the perfect look each and every time. I do wish it would dry a little faster, but this is such a minor concern that I still recommend this mascara. Just don’t blink 😉
While the Rimmel London Shake It Fresh Mascara makes for a great budget option, the Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara is my splurge-worthy pick. I look forward to finding the best concealer, eye shadow palette, and lipsticks for my new Mom-life to lock down my Mom Makeup Routine!
Have you tried any of these mascaras? Did you like them as much or as little as I did? Mommy or not, do you have makeup tips, hacks, and preferences that could come handy for anyone looking to achieve a flawless look in as little as possible?
20 thoughts on “Mascara Round-Up: 12 Months, 4 Mascaras, 1 Mom”
I’m always on the hunt for a good mascara. The rimmel and Lancome both sound great. I have been using It cosmetics mascara and have been really happy with that one. I love the brush and it doesn’t seem to clump and washes off without too much effort. I’m blonde and have blonde lashes so mascara is a must for me!!
Ouh, I didn’t know about It Cosmetics — any other items from their collection that you would recommend?
Thank you for sharing your review!! I always struggle with make up and end up wearing skipping it because I get overwhelmed at all the choices. Love how you broke it down and also included budget friendly options. Super helpful!
I am completely with you on being overwhelmed at times by all the choices we have! And then is the fact that to try mascaras, one has to pay, and then if one doesn’t work out, you have to pay even more to get another one…
Thank you for this! I have been wanting to switch Mascara for awhile!
I’m glad I could help, Amanda — and do let me know what you end up buying, even if its not one of these!
What a great product review and feedback ! Thank you for sharing
I can completely relate to this! I didn’t wear a lot of make up before, but now it’s even less! Pretty much just mascara, eyeliner and BB cream
I actually haven’t tried any of these yet ! I’m quite the mascara junkie too . I’m always looking for a better formula !
I can honestly say makeup has been so low on my priority list since becoming a mum but when I do have ten mins to slap on something I try and make sure it’s decent quality stuff as I really won’t have the time for a ‘freshen up’ later in the day, love these reviews and they help so much for mamas like me!
Oh I love trying new mascaras! I have been looking for a new one and sounds like I need to try the Lancôme one! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
I haven’t tried any of these yet, but I will definitely be looking into your favorite splurge 😉
Thanks for checking them out for us! The only one I’ve tried so far is the Maybelline.
I’m not a big mascara person. I don’t know if it’s because it doesn’t make a difference for me… or maybe i just don’t have the right kind!
I swear mascara can help anyone look a little more rested! My favorite mascara of all time is Dior Iconic Overcurl. It’s a bit of a splurge, but I wear it every day so why not. I have tried some drug store brands but they’ve never quite matched up to Dior.
I’m not really THAT into make-up, but I do love a good mascara! Definitely will try these out! Thanks so much for sharing!
This is a great roundup! I’m currently loving ELF lengthening mascara for days and Smashbox for some extra pow at nights.
I commend you for keeping up with a beauty routine. I struggle with finding the right shade of foundation and not looking like a clown. Most of the time I don’t wear makeup but I do enjoy mascara. I will have to try the Rimmel one. Thanks
Thanks for trying and reviewing different mascaras! As a mom, it can be really hard to find time to try and decide which one might be best or fit our needs. I’ll have to try the Lancome!
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I’m going to have to check out the Lancome mascara, but will admit the Rimmel shake it sounds tempting! Always good to get honest feedback and opinion – Thanks for saving us all from the hastle of figuring it ourselves:)
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