September 1 2014

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Two Mascaras, One Big Purpose


I’ve never met a mascara I didn’t want to try, presumably because few other things feel so instantly transformative. I tend to collect these slim tubes, in fact, and seeing as how you’re supposed to toss them every few months or so, stockpiling doesn’t necessarily make you a hoarder—although there have been plenty of reasons to hoard of late. Two new mascaras lured me to Duane Reade recently: Revlon’s Grow Luscious by Fabulash and L’Oréal Paris’ Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara, both of which are designed with a common goal in mind—making your lashes bigger.

Grow Luscious boasts a bushy brush and a formula that is fortified with phytopeptides, wheat protein, and panthenol to condition, strengthen, and moisturize with every swipe. My lashes looked instantly longer when I first happened upon this green tube, as its pigment is extremely buildable but not too slick; it doesn’t transfer to your lids during application. The huge brush is slightly cumbersome, though, an issue I didn’t have with Voluminous Million Lashes. VML’s brush features a combination of long and short bristles and comes with claims of “millionizing your lashes,” which it actually does. The alternating bristle size is the key to its standout volumizing and separating performance, as well as its ability to reach even the smallest of lashes. My one gripe would be that the formula doesn’t dry quite quickly enough.

Bottom Line: The one major difference between these two affordable, lash-lengthening mascaras is the brush, which is a choice every girl needs to make for herself.

Photo: Courtesy of Revlon; L’Oréal Paris

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