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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Reader question: cheap mascara 101?



Tammy_fayeWe here at Deal Divas are delighted to take your questions! Here's a good one from reader Lisa in Wesley Chapel:

Question: Hey, I am trying to find a decent lower cost substitute for my luscious Lancome Definicils ($23.50), no thanks to high gas prices. Do you know of an alternative that doesn't end up making me look like Rocky Raccoon by the day's end?

Answer: I'm cheap, but my heroes include Dolly Parton and Tammy Faye Messner. These factors have led me on a pathetic, years-long mission to find the perfect drug store mascara.  I've tried them all. Maybelline Full 'N' Soft, Volum' Express, Lash Discovery, L'oreal Double Extend, Cover Girl Multiplying.  I'm exhausted.

Great_lash Almost invariably, I go back to Maybelline Great Lash - you know, the stuff in the neon pink tube. It's sturdy, non-flaking, defining, plumping, and less than $5. My only complaint is that I can't find the waterproof variety in a curved brush. So, I usually take a tissue, grab the brush and curve it myself. Beauty is labor!

Lashblast_2 Recently, I've also tried Cover Girl LashBlast in the fat orange tube, and it's phenomenal. The brush is big as my gourd. It ranges from $6 to $8. For the drag gals out there, it creates serious lashage. If you're more understated, you may want to stick with Great Lash.

Tip: apply one coat, let it dry, THEN curl, then apply another. The first coat will help the curl stay in place. You'll look like an anime character!

For a more subtle look, run your curler under warm water for a few seconds, dry it off, then curl before applying the first coat of mascara. The mild heat will act like a curling iron. Happy blinking!

~ Deal Diva Stephanie

(Photo: Times staff, Maybelline, Cover Girl)

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:08pm]


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