Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Paula's Choice Great Big Lashes Mascara Review

Paula Begoun (aka the Cosmetics Cop) is the author of "Don't Go To the Cosmetics Counter Without Me" and the Beautypedia website  She does all sorts of reviews of cosmetics that focus on the ingredients in products and whether they are beneficial for the skin or will cause problems.  I don't always agree with her reviews, but I think everything she does say is well researched.  She has her own line of cosmetics called Paula's Choice.  I think her skincare is excellent, so I decided to try one of her mascaras.

She makes two mascaras, one for definition and length called Illicit lash Mascara, and one for volumizing called Great Big Lashes Mascara.  I decided to try the Great Big Lashes Mascara since I am always searching for a great volumizing mascara that doesn't flake or smudge.  (I really like L'Oreal's Voluminous Mascara, but it smudges under my eyes about halfway through the day.)

It is packaged in a plain black tube with the name of the mascara printed in white.  The brush is a medium-sized natural (non rubber) bristle brush.  It seems like a standard mascara brush.

The description:
  • Goes on quickly and easily for maximum results, fast
  • Creates impressively long, impossibly thick lashes
  • Leaves lashes soft and conditioned
  • Will not smudge under eyes
  • Will not flake off or clump on lashes
  • Comes off easily with Paula's Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover
  • 100% fragrance free

This is a kind of a dry mascara for one that is supposed to give tons of volume.  I like wetter mascaras, like the L'Oreal Voluminous, since I think they build up more quickly.  It doesn't give me quite the volume I was expecting.  I was hoping for a false lash effect, but I get more length and a moderate amount of volume with this.  I experience some very minor clumping.  It dries quickly without leaving the lashes feeling "crunchy".   I don't experience and smudging with this, but a very little flaking by the end of the day.



Overall, I was a little disappointed with this mascara, but I think it's because I was expecting a mascara that would give super amounts of volume in one coat.  I do think it lengthens nicely and does give some volume.

Great Big Lashes Mascara is $9.95 and Paula's Choice is available at  (not an affiliate link)

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