Friday, March 15, 2013

Mascara Series: Brown vs. Black

So I got this idea in my mind that I wanted to try out brown mascara. I'm sure in my teens I used brown black shades but switched over to black or blackest black whenever possible later on. I didn't think about it for a long time, but suddenly I wanted to try it. Because I am so fair, I thought maybe the brown would look less harsh. I toured around Target looking at all of the brands and no one had a plain brown. I was a little surprised, but my last ditch effort of Maybelline Great Lash yielded results. I picked up Dark Brown.


After initially trying it out, I wasn't sure I could even see a difference. The formula and brush with Great Lash gives somewhat toned down, defined lashes with not much for volume. Other than that, hum. So, figured the real test would be a picture with brown macara on one eye and black mascara on another. Would the difference show then?



I'm voting no. In the picture above, it's fairly obvious that there is a different type of mascara on each eye - but that's about it. On the left is Maybelline Great Lash in Dark Brown. On the right, Benefit They're Real which is giving me a little more lift and volume.


Here's a close-up view of the eye with Maybelline Great Lash in Dark Brown. Still not seeing it. The only time I could really tell it was brown was when the photo was adjusted with way too much warmth in it. The look is softer, but I think it's just due to the lack of volume. I think the brown would need to be quite a bit lighter than this Dark Brown for me to identify it as brown.

Have you tried any brownie-brown identifiably brown mascaras? I'd love to try one! What's your take on brown mascaras in general? Thanks for stopping by!

7 comments:

  1. Wow! That is interesting! I too haven't tried brown mascara since high school when I first started out in makeup, and once I could "graduate" to blackest black I was totally there, lol! ;) I agree with you that from a distance it does not differ, which is so surprising! I thought there would be a massive difference. Great post Nicole! :)

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    1. Thanks Angie! I was surprised too!! I do still hold on to hope that there's a brown out there that does look different, I think it might be a nice option when going more natural. :)

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  2. Hi i know this is an old post ..but i wanted to find out if you ever found a true brown mascara im in search of one(i too am using maybelline in dark brown) & wanted to know some options especially drugstore kind .
    thanks in advance

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    1. Hi! Sorry I took so long to reply - but no, I haven't, not from the drugstore. One thing you could try though is the MAC Brow Set is safe to work on lashes and there you can choose a lighter brown than what typically is available in brown mascara. It is $17, but if you are looked for a tinted brow gel as well, it might be worth trying. I haven't looked into any higher end brown mascara options because they can be so pricey!

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    2. thanks again Nicole ,good suggestions im on the hunt ,Love your blog
      Sue :-)

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  3. thanks again Nicole ,good suggestions im on the hunt ,Love your blog
    Sue :-)

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  4. Diorshow Overcurl has a beautiful brown. It also is a softer look and less harsh than black. Nothing in the drugstores though, unfortunately.

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