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Mascara Series Part 33: CoverGirl LashBlast Length Review & Photos

October 15, 2009
CoverGirl LashBlast Length ($7.49)

The Claim: Get a blast of long lashes all day! LashBlastLength’s patent-pending tapered brush and nylon lengthening formula combination work together to lengthen lashes that won’t flake or smudge. CoverGirl’s longest brush ever takes lashes up to 80% longer, while the unique Elasta-Nylon formula flexes without flaking so lashes hold their length all day. Preferred 4-to-1 over the leading lengthening mascara for flaking.

The Packaging: The slimness and sleekness that is LashBlast Length was a nice change of pace from the original LashBlast which I reviewed here, and the tapered bright yellow tube is just downright fun. The exterior of the tube has this nice texture to it and overall I’m a fan!

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The Brush: The brush is also a huge change of pace from the original LashBlast – while this one is rather long, it’s narrow and therefore very Asian-eye friendly and such a pleasure to use. It’s narrowness makes it perfect to maneuver into those corners of your eyes where your inner and outer lashes like to hide, and emphasizing those is really vital for a fully dramatic look. LashBlast Length’s brush successfully grabs, defines and elongates each and every lash without my ending up with mascara all over my upper eyelid.

Check out the rest of the review and photos of LashBlast Length on me after the jump!

The Formula: The formula is where my love for LashBlast Length really kicks in! So as most of you know, I’ve been a quest for a cheaper, non-smudging version of YSL’s Everlong for the longest time now and honestly nothing has even come close ~ except LashBlast Length! Now the definition isn’t quite as fabulous, nor is the length, but the formulas do feel quite similar going on. LashBlast Length has the same somewhat dry feeling formula that’s a breeze to work with and I can apply layer after layer without clumps or flakes.

One coat of this mascara really doesn’t do much for me, but after coats two and three I’m in long-lash heaven! If you’re looking for dramatic volume and a thick lush fan of lashes I’d turn elsewhere, but if your aim is to achieve super long fanned out lashes that won’t clump or flake (I did experience an almost negligible amount of smudging) and will feel fluttery soft all day, you really can’t beat this for the price.

Usage Tips: Alternate layers of LashBlast Length with your favorite volumizing mascara for a thick, impossibly long fringe of defined lashes that will have amazing natural lift (thanks to LashBlast Length).

The Verdict:
I’ve got to say that this is my favorite mascara purchase in quite awhile (notwithstanding two mascara reviews I have coming for you soon ~ thankfully I’m on a good mascara streak now!) and I was really surprised by how much I loved LashBlast Length! If you’ve got short, sparse lashes like me and are looking for something to draw out that length, LashBlast Length might just do the trick!

VALUE: 5/5
PRODUCT: 4.5/5

OVERALL: 4.5/5

Coming Soon: CoverGirl LashBlast Length Mascara!

August 13, 2009

Good news for all your CoverGirl LashBlast lovers out there! In a few short days, CoverGirl’s ever-popular LashBlast family will be welcoming a new addition, LashBlast Length! This new variation on the original LashBlast contains nylon to create flake-free lashes that are 80% longer.

This officially launches in store in early September with prices slated to be around $7.49, but be sure to check out the CoverGirl LashBlast Length site (launching on August 17th) on August 17th to get in on the limited quantity they’ll have available or pre-purchasing!

Mascara Series Part 25: CoverGirl LashBlast Luxe Shimmery Volumizing Mascara Review & Photos

April 20, 2009
CoverGirl LashBlast Luxe Shimmery Volumizing Mascara in Black Platinum ($8.49 give or take )

The Claim: Get a blast of volumized lashes with a hint of luxurious shimmer with the biggest brush ever from CoverGirl! LashBlast’s volume-boosting formula and big brush give you big, bold luxurious lashes.

The Brush: CoverGirl’s LastBlast is known for its jumbo-sized, not so small-eyed-people-friendly brush which contains a plethora of rubbery bristles. It’s great for fanning out the lashes and creating nice, even definition, but it’s also a clumsy-person hazard because it is so large. I do quite like the brush in that it stretches out every lash, creating nice length and separation, but on smaller Asian eyes it can also create quite the mess. And yes Max Factor’s 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper Mascara does have a very similar brush, but trust me these mascaras are actually quite different!

The Formula: LashBlast Luxe is the pretty much the original LashBlast formula (which contains ‘spherical wax’ particles which act as spacers to help create a beauty fan of lashes) with the addition of shimmer. So I was pretty sad to find that while this does come in a pretty pink tube (the original comes in an orange tube), the shimmer was essentially non-existent. Instead, Black Platinum just looks to be a less black version of the regular LashBlast, and I really don’t see any shimmer or sparkle at all.

LashBlast does provide nice length, decent curl and volume, and very pretty definition without smudging or flaking, but nothing about it wows me as it’s just not particularly spectacular in any given department. While people may say that Max Factor’s 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper (review HERE) is just a LashBlast wannabe, to me it distinguishes itself with its phenomenal volume and buildability.

The Verdict: CoverGirl’s LashBlast Luxe is an all-around solid mascara, but if you’re expecting some shimmer or sparkle, you’ll be disappointed. I say stick with the original if you like a more dramatic look since Black Platinum is definitely less black than I would’ve liked, but I do recommend LashBlast if you’re looking for an affordable mascara that will give you a little bit of everything~length, volume, curl, and definition. I wasn’t amazed, but I most definitely wasn’t disappointed either.

RATING: 3.5/5

Drugstore Discoveries: CoverGirl Wetslicks AmazeMint Lipgloss Review and Swatch

September 15, 2008
CoverGirl Wetslicks AmazeMint in Everything’s Rosy (~$6)

Swatch of Everything’s Rosy

I vacillated on whether or not to purchase this gloss for nearly two weeks before finally taking the plunge–yes I’m that indecisive! CoverGirl’s Wetslicks AmazeMints contain Crest Peppermint Oil and are supposed to provide a minty breath sensation and lots of shine–two pluses for this product in my book. Unfortunately while the gloss sounded great in theory, it turned out to be not so great in practice.

The Good: I absolutely adore the minty fresh sensation of this on my lips, and the fact that I can actually taste the peppermint in the gloss. I wouldn’t say this freshens your breath any, but it’s definitely refreshing. The gloss is non-sticky for those of you sticky-gloss hating gals, and the tube isn’t ovular so it’s not always rolling around all over the place.

The Bad: While I expected Everything’s Rosy to be at least remotely rosy and pigmented (I purposely chose a darker color because I was worried the gloss would disappear on my lips), it’s nearly invisible on my lips, and strangely turns into a sheer bubblegum pink once applied. Also, while it’s great that the gloss is non-sticky, its thin consitsency makes for a streaky finish that doesn’t want to stay put and never quite looks right on my lips.

I’ll continue to use this gloss because I do love the minty fresh sensation it gives me, but I definitely won’t be purchasing another!

Everything’s Rosy on my lips.
I literally had to apply 3 layers to get it to show up even this much.

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How do drugstore glosses stack up to their department store counterparts? Find out here.