I have extremely straight, sparse eyelashes that grow downwards, so I’m always on the lookout for different mascara techniques that could possibly make my eyelashes more luscious in appearance. Lately, I've been intrigued by the idea of combining two mascaras that have different functions—layering them on top of one another to get the benefits of both.
It just so happened that the drugstore was having a half-price sale, so I snatched up four mascaras: Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions, Maybelline Great Lash, CoverGirl Clump Crusher Extensions and CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion. Honestly, I picked these because the packaging looked nice, or in the case of Clump Crusher, because it promised 200% more length and volume. And it’s called Clump Crusher, like it’s an evil villain.
I began this experiment with a clean face and brows done, then I curled my eyelashes. This is important for me as otherwise my eyelashes just hang down over my eyes. Not cool. I use a normal eyelash curler and then a heated Japonesque one, too. Using the heated curler after the regular clamp one helps to hold the curl. Otherwise my eyelashes fall straight again after a few hours. Boooo!
The first mascara I applied was Great Lash. The packaging didn’t really say much, so I don’t exactly know what it’s meant to especially do, but I’ve heard good reviews about it and many people claim it as their HG mascara.
It worked only OK with my lashes. It gave them more volume and separated the eyelashes, but other than that, there wasn’t a significant difference.
Then, I applied Illegal Length over the top and boy—I’m not so sure the length of my lashes was illegal, per se, but it did make a difference. It’s not even that significant, but I’m convinced that’s as long as my natural lashes will get.
I really liked this formula. It wasn’t too wet or dry which was nice. Really wet formulas are too heavy on my lashes and make them fall straight quickly.
Next up, I tried Clump Crusher and LashBlast Fusion together. Unlike my last application where I did Great Lash first and then layered Illegal Length on top, I alternated between these two mascaras while applying them.
I’m not sure if this made much difference aesthetically but it seemed to make application easier and less clumpy. It also made it easier to really get product on there and work it in.
This combination of mascaras didn’t add as much length as the first combination, but it did add more volume. It’s a subtle difference between my bare eyelashes and this, but it makes a difference. And let’s face it—my eyelashes are pretty sparse and thin, and I think this is as good as it’s going to get.
The technique definitely worked better than using just one mascara alone, and made more of a va-va-voom effect on my lashes. However, this process does take a lot longer than just using one mascara as you have to spend more time combing through with the brush and working product in. You also have to be more careful with clumps and not going overboard and ending up with spidery lashes (unless spidery lashes are your thing, of course).
- Do you ever use more than one mascara at a time?
- If so, which ones? Any advice to make really little lashes stand out?