Back to mascara. I have been blessed with long eyelashes, but they are blonde. Without mascara, it is difficult to see what I've been blessed with. As such, mascara is my makeup essential. If you told me I could only use one makeup item for the rest of my life, it would be mascara. I know many would say foundation, but I just don't use it on a daily basis. Powder and occasionally concealer work fine for me. I guess I'm paranoid of the ugly foundation line I occasionally see on the jaw line of women. *shudder*
So yeah, mascara is it for me. I experimented a lot in my teens/early twenties with mascara and was aided by my sister who worked at an Estee Lauder counter and frequently got freebies of all brands. I adored a mascara by Christian Dior, but I wasn't going to pay $27/btl. I tried the old standard, beloved by makeup artists, Maybelline Great Lash and was not impressed. I ended up gravitating towards CoverGirl Professional with the curved brush. Shame that CG Pro doesn't do anything beyond the black-brown spectrum. I like a good navy or plum mascara.
These new mascaras that have plastic bristles kinda got me back in the experimenting with drugstore brands. I tried one that had big bristles last year, but I was appalled. I tried Great Lash again and it still sucked. I tried CG Fantastic Lash and it was okay, but not better than my tried and true CG Pro.
Over the weekend, I gave another plastic bristle mascara a chance. The bristles were smaller. I picked up CG Exact Eyelights in Black Sapphire for blue eyes. My eyes are a muddy mix of blue-green-gray, so I could have picked Ruby Black for green eyes just as easily. They didn't have a color for indeterminate, but not brown. I've been wearing gray shadow lately, so blue seemed a natural choice.
The color is a little bit of a fraud (a slight metallic glimmer), but the mascara did a fabulous job. I gotta say it's knocked CG Pro from the reasonably priced leaderboard. Of course that means the line will probably die a premature death. I'm lucky that way. :/ But it has sold me on plastic bristles. I don't think I'll go back to CG Pro.
What's your makeup essential and favorite brand?