When it comes to my beauty routine, I’ll pretty much try (and stick with) anything until I reach the bottom of the pan, bottle, or tube. Mascara, however, is another story entirely. In my lifetime, I’ve probably found one or two formulas that offer the perfect combo of volume and length, but aren’t stiff and flaky. And believe me, I’ve tried everything—from versions that vibrate to those that light up. So when Pat McGrath tempted editors with a yet-to-be-released magic wand backstage at Anna Sui this past season, I was intrigued. And when I finally tried CoverGirl’s new Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara I was seriously impressed. The two-step process involves a black basecoat for extra bulk (but not clumps) and a glossy lacquer to seal the deal. Surprisingly, I like the supersized, chunky tube, which makes for more precision and a steadier hand—you know, for those of us that weren’t recently recognized by the Queen for our mastery in makeup.