Queen of mascaras, B, was sweet to give me two Western mascaras to try out and yes, I segregate my mascaras. If you've read some of my previous posts regarding Western mascaras, you'd know what I mean!
This time, I'm here to be proved wrong by two drugstore volumizing mascaras -- Almay Intense i-Color Mascara and Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof.
Believe it or not, I actually like them *GASPS!*. Read on for the full review.
The Almay Intense i-Color Mascara in Black Flash is formulated to enhance the appearance of brown eyes using light Interplay technology. I don't know how the technology works but I do know that Almay has several types of black for this range, each catered to different eye colors.
The brush is pretty big but (lol. big but) it has a pointed tip with long brush bristles. Every lash gets coated and separated including the bottom lashes.
What I love most about this mascara is the fact that it curls lashes without needing an eyelash curler. That’s a very rare feature for a mascara! The curl looks natural and holds up throughout the day. For a more dramatic effect, the mascara can be layered on but at times it may turn clumpy. It’s not stated on the package that this mascara is waterproof but I’ve experienced no smudging or flaking. It’s non-washable so you’d need to use a makeup remover to remove this one.
I know it doesn't look all that impressive in pictures but this is one of those mascaras that I reach for often and tote around in my bag. The mascara lengthens and thickens lashes modestly, which I really like for daily use.
The only thing that I don’t like about this mascara is that it dries out too quickly and then it’d start to look flaky. But then again, it could be because I’ve been using this mascara so often that it dries out faster than my other mascaras do.
For daily use, this one’s a keeper.
This has got to be one of the most popular drugstore mascara available in the Western market. The Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara. There are several other variations in the Lash Blast range -- Length, Luxe, and Fusion. The color that I have is in Very Black.
The biggest issue with this mascara is its obscenely massive brush. Look at it. It’s huge! The silicone brush has short stubby bristles that don’t comb through lashes well. It’s also almost impossible for me to coat my bottom lashes without getting mascara all over the place, which means I’ll always need cotton buds on hand when I use this mascara. Even the tube is super bulky.
This one’s waterproof and was relatively difficult to remove. Waterproof formulas repel water thus, it prevents water droplets in the air from weighing the lashes down which is often the cause of non-waterproof mascaras not being able to hold a curl. For that reason, I have doubts that the non-waterproof Lash Blast would be able to hold a curl just as good as this one can. However, this "theory" may not apply to all non-waterproof mascaras. My Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash holds a curl pretty well!
The effect is quite impressive as the mascara gives me significantly lengthened, individually thickened lashes and holds up the curl insanely well. My eyes look completely opened up – as though I’m surprised. Constantly. A rather peculiar expression to hold, don’t you think?
Despite how well the mascara worked, I just couldn’t deem it a favorite. The humongous brush itself was unbearable and I guess the mascara made my lashes lack wispiness. I like dark, thick, curly lashes that flutter. The Lash Blast makes my lashes look straight and stiff. It doesn’t look bad, as you may agree, just weird.
Almay Intense i-Color Mascara and Cover Girl Lash Blast Waterproof Mascara retail at Drugstore.com for USD$7.49 and USD$8.50 respectively. Both brands are not available in Malaysia. They're available in Australia so if you have friends there, you know what to do!