I just tossed two mascaras in the trash this week and I figured I'd do a quick (as quick as I can make things..) roundup of what I used lately (4-6 months), what I liked or disliked, that kind of thing. I like lots of volume - especially at the base, easy covering of my blonde lashes, decent length. I just want big funky dramatic lashes like everyone else. :)
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara - my hands shake and the itsybitsy wand actually made me make more of a mess when applying on bottom lashes. As I don't have transfer issues, the tubing/non-smudging part wasn't a bonus either. I keep it in my purse as a backup (for the days I forget mascara completely on one side of lashes - yes, it's happened recently :S).
Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Jumbo Lash Mascara - this is the big green leafy shaped tube. Cute, green, shiny but oddly shaped and a little weird to store. The end result looked nice, but it took a lot of work to get there. Formula is on the dry end (with a plastic brush), but never fully dried on my lashes for me after applying. I think this is what makes it good for building multiple coats (not something I do normally, I pile it on all at once until I like it while it's wet), but I don't like brushing my hand against my lashes and having it feel waxy and soft and smudges on anything it touches (especially when it's 10 hours after I applied them, I'd rather them just flake off in dry bits than can be brushed off). It was drying out to the point that it took 5-10 minutes to apply in a fashion I wanted (a good mascara I need 3 or so minutes, I'm picky and slow), just tossed it after the weekend.
L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black - super skinny plastic brush with short bristles, very wet formula. Lots of length but with the brush shape and watery wet formula, I was constantly getting it on my waterline. Mascara goo on my waterline feels like mascara inside my eye, irritating. Recently tossed this one too.
L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes - another plastic brush, formula is a bit dry and though I liked how it looked it tended to flake off into my eyes which got really obnoxious! Shiny gold packaging though, that's kinda pretty. :)
MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash - I got a sample of this with a Sephora VIB kit, I liked the effect despite it having a traditional brush (not my favorite lately). Unfortunately - and I've heard this from various other reviewers, it dried up very fast. I don't like paying much for mascara since there are so many good drugstore options, so I doubt I'd repurchase anyhow due to the price point.
CoverGirl LashBlast Volume - a perennial favorite by many, the classic orange tube with a big fat plastic brush. I had tried this when it first came out, I don't recall liking it much more than anything else so I don't believe I repurchased until this recent tube. The first month or so, this was giving pretty easy lashes with nice volume and lengthening without clumping. I've mentioned this before, but I am quite lucky in that I have good lashes so they look nice with most products. It's starting to dry out some and is getting a little more difficult to apply and a little clumpy trying to get the volume I want. I would repurchase, but I have other things to try first.
CoverGirl LashExact Waterproof - I use this only when I absolutely need waterproof lashes like my brother's wedding. :) It does the job, but I strongly dislike waterproof formulas as far as removal is concerned. I want to get 90% off when I wash my face taking a shower. The only thing I can say I wasn't a huge fan of was that it did flake off on me somewhat, and while removing it was very chunky/flaky.
Next up I have a Prestige My Blackest Lashes to try, I've heard many UK ladies rave about this and I'm super excited to give it a go!