So I feel like when it comes to mascara preferences, we tend to be either predominantly go for volume (a la Too Faced Better Than Sex) or length and definition (like those who prefer Benefit Roller Lash). I am a member of the second group.I really love a curled, fluttery lash look and detest anything verging on “clumpy.” Mascaras also can’t flake or run on me (I have occasionally runny eyes and long hospital days)– I hate the raccoon look. Basically I have pretty steep requirements when it comes to finding the right product.
I’ve been working on a post about good drugstore dupes for high-end mascaras, testing different formulas and such. Then, I came across what might be the holy grail of mascaras (insert choir of angels here) and it needed a post of its own. It isn’t really a dupe for any higher end brand because I haven’t found any other mascara that I really like better. I know I’m talking a big game here, so lets get to the details!
I’m talking about the Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara. I originally heard about it on a subreddit for asian beauty products– its a Japanese brand– but didn’t give it too much thought until I started this serial mascara trialing phase.
I have fairly average eyelashes, decent length and not particularly sparse or straight…but nothing particularly exciting. I really love a curled, fluttery lash look and detest anything verging on “clumpy.” I found that this mascara gave me fantastic length (it has little lengthening fibers), was very black, and actually held a curl on my lashes all day (!). It also provided some volume, but not too much to the point that my lashes felt gunky. What I also really loved is that this mascara was good from the very first use– no weird period where it was “too wet” for the first week or so. Anyways– see for yourself, here is a before/after with the Heroine Make:
This mascara is also seriously heavy duty. It isn’t in the online product description– but it is definitely waterproof (which is a plus for me). It did not budge, flake, or look any different after 14 hours of wear. In fact, the only downside is that you need to use an oil to remove it. It came off with my Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil (what I usually use for the first step in my double cleanse) after letting it sit for a minute, but I find that removal is much easier with a spot of coconut oil. Regular face wash or oil-free eye makeup remover isn’t going to touch this stuff.
So that’s pretty much it for this quick post today! Just wanted to share because I actually got a compliment on my eyelashes…while wearing glasses! I don’t think that has ever happened before. I’ve become pretty obsessed with this mascara and have had a hard time wanting to try other things over the past week. I purchased mine on Amazon for a little over $14– still about $10 less expensive than higher end mascaras.
Hope you guys are having a great week!
PS- As you can see from the photo, my eyelash curler is looking pretty grungy. Any recommendations on a favorite eyelash curler?