The following is a sponsored post from the BlogHer Publishing Network review program and COVERGIRL. Don't judge, I'm saving to get Beloved a belated bday gift.
Also! Whenever there is a sponsored post, I will also write an editorial post that day. To see all the posts about eyelashes and mascara, check out the round-up on BlogHer.
I've never put a ton of stock in make-up. That said, much like putting on clothing made of something other than cotton and using hairspray, make-up helps me feel dressed and ready to leave my house. When I worked in downtown Kansas City, I wore full make-up every day. Now that I work from home, I usually only wear mascara/powder/blush. On the days I put on eye shadow and eyeliner and lipstick, boy howdy, something is getting done.
So let's talk mascara. I've always been blessed with lashes plenty thick and long. However, they have blond tips and are very hard to see without the help of good mascara. Unfortunately, the side effect of most mascaras is either a) smearing under my eyes -- I have long wished I could find a way to bottle the excessive oil from my skin and sell it on the black market to old ladies or b) clumping. The smearing seems to have improved since the midnineties in almost all brands, but the clumping is totally getting worse as each brand tries to let your lashes gain muscle without exercise.
Today we will be testing out COVERGIRL LashPerfection mascara. The fact sheet tells me it has *micro-chambers*. I am fascinated by a product that retails for $5.99 and has such technology. MICRO-CHAMBERS!
Here is a really horrible before picture showing you my bloodshot eyeballs but really attempting to show you the color of my lashes before the mascara.
Wow, is that ever unattractive. But necessary for the SCIENTIFIC TESTING. Also, I'm wearing no make-up in this photo. See that oil? How do I sell that oil? I'm trying to buy Beloved a birthday gift here.
As you can see, I have blond-tipped lashes which from afar look like they stop a few millimeters short of where they actually do without cosmetic aid. Also, they curl up pretty naturally, so I stopped using an eyelash curler after I accidentally bent my lashes in half and had to wait two days for them to go back to normal while walking around looking like an idiot.
In the foreground, we have the COVERGIRL LashPerfection wand without any mascara on it. I was attempting to photograph the MICROCHAMBERS, but they must be invisible to the human eye. In the background is another COVERGIRL mascara wand for comparison. I got it at the CVS booth at BlogHer and I can't remember what kind it is.
For comparison's sake, here's the wand of my normal favorite mascara coated with goo. I like this one because it comes off really easily.
AND NOW! MASCARA-OFF! (I wasn't asked to do this, I just thought it would make the post more interesting. And I was curious how COVERGIRL would do against a more-expensive-but-also-drugstore brand.)
It is really hard to take a picture of your own eyeball. This eye has the COVERGIRL LashPerfection on in brown. I did actually feel my eyelashes being lifted by the wand, which was interesting. Also, I'm wearing two coats here on my top lashes and was impressed with how separated they look.
Here's my old faithful in brown-black. Normally I would wipe away those clumps, but I had to show you, um, look! Clumping! It's not a huge difference, but there is a difference and my normal brand costs around $15 compared to the COVERGIRL at $5.99.
When it came time to take off the mascara, I just washed my face. I didn't seem to need eye make-up remover. It's not waterproof, but there also wasn't a lot of racoon eyes going on, either.
I have to say, I might switch.
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