Weekly Cheap Secret:

I still haven’t found my Holy Grail of mascaras but I have found a few that I like. Or that I would repurchase. Rimmel Extra Super Lash Waterproof Mascara is one of those mascaras. It is a great “natural” looking lash enhancer. This won’t add volume or make your lashes look Twiggy long. This is a good basic mascara. It darkens the lashes and the color does not budge. It slightly adds some volume and length. The best thing is that it isn’t clumpy at all. The brush bristles are very close together reducing the risk of clumps. I think I mainly in love with the brush. It is so good at separating. The formula is “wet”. This means you can keep building without any clumps (but don’t sneeze until it is dry!). This is waterproof and can’t be removed with soap and water. You’ll need a heavy-duty eye makeup remover to get it off. This is both good and bad. It just depends on your expectations. I love that it is waterproof. It makes a great consistency and I live in western Washington. It’s misty and I don’t need my eye makeup to run or give me raccoon eyes. This stuff wears through a blizzard and it wears during hot, humid weather. It doesn’t flake or smudge. The downside is getting it off. But, with a “real” eye makeup (oil-based) remover it is easy to get off.

I’ve read reviews that some people think this is a “dramatic” mascara. I’m not getting that from this. It darkens and I do wish that it was available in a brown/black shade. I find that with just 2 coats to to the top lashes and one coat to the bottom, that this looks pretty “natural” for mascara. Maybe they are using like 6 coats of something? Or maybe they had blonde lashes to begin with?

This stuff retails for under $4. It may not be a perfect product, but the price is fantastic. I’ve used $24 mascaras that were far worse than this. I have used mascaras that I like better as well, but they weren’t this cheap. For the price this is a great product. It’s a great way to stretch my beauty “allowance”.

I am always searching for that HG mascara. I feel like I’ve tried so much. The thing is I don’t know what I really want. I think I want the dramatic look of false lashes, but the truth is if I want that then I should wear false eyelashes. Thy’re cheaper than trying tons of mascaras. Lately, I have been using Estee Lauder More Than Mascara in More Black. It is a pretty nice formula for everyday. It looks natural, nothing like my false lashes. But, I don’t need a false lash look everyday. This is a super natural looking mascara, imagine your lashes but with a little more wow. This doesn’t clump or flake. It darkens the lashes and makes them appear glossy. It is easy to remove at night. It is a wet formula and is buildable. It’s claim to fame is that it doesn’t make lashes feel dry or brittle. I will agree with this. This was the first thing I noticed. If you’ve tried Clinique’s Naturally Glossy Mascara and liked it then you will like this. This is very similiar but more “grown-up”. It added a bit more thickness to my lashes than Naturally Glossy. The brush seperates lashes and has a point. It is easy to coat every lash with this brush. It gets into every corner. The color is a basic black. If I repurchase then I would like to try a black/brown. I like the warmness provided by brown-ish mascaras. Especially now that my hair is auburn. Since this is an everyday mascara I would like to have it in black/brown. I have nothing bad to say about this mascara. I do wish it was cheaper. I hate paying this much for something I will throw out in 3 months. (It retails for $21, at least Estee offers a gift time.) It isn’t the most glamorous item on the market but it does its job.