Beauty Review · Mascara · Maybelline

Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara – Review

In my quest to find a replacement for my beloved Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara, I have gone through quite a few duds.

Anyone remember, Covergirl’s Peacock Flare Debacle of 2017? (Shudder)

It’s not that I am super picky, it’s just that I have needs. In fact, I have 3 very specific needs:

  1. It cannot make my lashes clumpy. I HATE clumpy lashes! I don’t know if I am dating myself here, but every time I think of clumpy lashes, I think of Tammy Faye Baker crying on TV about “the children”.
  2. I need volume. Like lot’s of it. I actually have decently long lashes. You wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at them because they are blond (read: transparent). What I don’t have is enough of them.  It’s like my lashes are the Vin Diesel of eyes. Pretty to look at, but no hair.
  3. I want feathery, curled lashes. I literally want my lashes to  create unexpected gusts of wind when I blink.

I know what you are thinking. Why don’t you just wear fake lashes? Well, to start with, I don’t know how to apply them and the few times I have attempted to wear them have ended up with me throwing them on the floor and then taking it out on my husband and children for no apparent reason. I’d like to keep the emotional trauma to a minimum in my house.

So, my quest continues and took me to Maybelline. They have a new line called Total Temptation, which includes a mascara. The packaging is reminiscent of their collaboration with Gigi Hadid because it’s that pinky nude that other brands, like KKW and Fenty, also came out with this year. The difference, is that Maybelline incorporated some black to separate it from the multitude. I actually like the packaging. I mean the color is quite unoriginal, but there is a flat side to the applicator which I find makes it really comfortable to open and close the tube. Sometimes it’s the little things that impress me.

However, the winner for me is the brush. It actually has bristles! I find so many mascaras now a days are using rubber bristles, which I DETEST. I feel like they contribute to the clump. Bristles typically are packed tighter and are able to thicken and lengthen. The wand is also tilted at the end where the brush is located, which I suppose is to make it easier to get into the inner corner of your eye, but I really don’t find necessary.

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The brush is not curved, which immediately tells me this isn’t going to do much curling, but I found that it did a decent job in creating volume. When I did that little jiggle from the root and worked the brush up, it didn’t clump at the base like the Covergirl Peacock Flare, and did spread the products to the tips. However, what it does FANTASTICALLY is lengthen those suckers. I mean, they looked so long that the tips of my lashes touched just under my brow bone and left some color.  Check out my Instagram Highlights under Mascara Game to see what I am talking about. The length is NO JOKE!

The mascara lasted all day and I didn’t see any flaking or smudging at all. To be honest, this would be the perfect mascara, except that I feel like this is more for lengthening than volumizing. If you have a healthy set of lashes, then run to the store and grab yourself a tube.  However, if you are part of the 3 Lashes Club like me, then you might want to rethink it and continue the search. I feel like although it did provide some volume to my lashes, it wasn’t enough to offset how long they make them look and if you are short on them, then it does sort of accentuate the lack of lashes because they just look like spiky strings just hanging out on your eyeball.

Does that make sense?

Also, I am going to say that this was not a waterproof mascara, yet I still had to go in and use up 4 cotton pads of Micellar water to get everything off. It did not want release itself and was holding on to my lashes for dear life.

BONUS REVIEW: I also purchased the Total Temptation Brow Definer in Soft Brown. I’m more of a brow pomade kind of girl as my brows don’t just need to be filled, but practically colored in, and I found the formula to be creamy and long lasting. I still prefer the pomade because it helps to keep my brows in place and with this pencil, I have to use a brow gel, but it works great in a pinch when I just need to create an illusion of brows before I leave the house.

Let me know if you have any other mascaras you want me to try out. I’m always on the hunt.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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Nope! – Covergirl Peacock Flare Mascara

You ever find a beauty product that you are supremely loyal to? I’m not really talking about loving a brand and buying all or some of their products, but rather a specific item from a specific brand that you always buy? Well, that’s me with mascara.

Last year, I got a sample of Marcelle’s Xtension Plus Curl mascara in a Birchbox and ever since then, I have never found another mascara that compares. It lengthens and curls my lashes to perfection without leaving them clumpy. I have gone through like 4 tubes and even though I have tried various other mascara’s since then, they are always a big fat “Nope”. I don’t even own any other make up from Marcelle except for this mascara and the reason I keep on trying to find a good substitute is because Marcelle isn’t currently sold in any stores and I have to buy my beloved mascara from Birchbox or from directly from their website. Loving something so exclusively means that unless you have back ups, if you happen to lose, misplace or, God forbid it gets discontinued, you are basically up shit’s creek.

I’ll be like Elaine from Seinfeld when her favorite contraceptive sponge got discontinued and she had to ask all the men she was dating if they were “sponge worthy” before agreeing to have sex, except every time I put on make up, I’ll have to decide if today’s event is mascara worthy.

Me: Is the movie we are going to see “mascara worthy”?

Hubs: It’s Justice League

Me: Oh HELL NO! I’ll just wear sunglasses so nobody can see my shame.

So, my search continues for a good replacement and when I was in Target a few weeks back, I came across Covergirl’s Peacock Flare mascara. Immediately, I was drawn in by the packaging. I am a serious sucker for art deco and the feathery blue and black triangle design on the tube, gave me Great Gatsby vibes, so I threw it in the cart without a second thought.

Unfortunately, that is where the love ends. The minute I pulled the brush from the tube, I groaned. It had these short, rubber spikes that are so popular nowadays on mascara, but that I hate with a passion. I often wonder whatever happened to the traditional curved bristle mascara brush. They are definitely going the way of the dinosaur and as a girl with thin, wispy lashes, the rubber spiked wands just turn my lashes all clumpy and creepy Annabelle doll looking, when what I want are feathery curled lashes.

However, I soldier on and begin to apply the mascara. In preparation for the clump, I wiped down the bristles a bit and applied, beginning at the root and doing that little jiggle all the way to the tips. The first swipe, left most of the product at the root, but didn’t give my lashes much volume. So I wait a bit and apply a second layer, but the product is just kind of hanging around at the root and not really going anywhere else. I can’t seem to get it to lengthen.

This is where I find that a bristle brush excels. The fibers of the brush carry the product from room to tip and help make your lashes long, which still providing that volume that you need. The rubber bristles in this mascara are a little too far apart to do the job for me and thus the dreaded clump.

Not judging here though. If you are digging the clumpy lash look, then by all means, go and grab a tube of Peacock Flare. However, if you want more feathery lashes, then don’t be deceived by the bird reference and continue the hunt for your favorite mascara replacement.

Also, if you happen to come across any bristle, curved mascara’s and want to give it a shout out, leave it in the comments below. I will be happy to give it a try to see if it is a good replacement for my beloved Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl.

Till next time, friends.

Maritza