|Clump Crusher Mascara in 805 Black (retails for $8.50)|
|Tube and brush out of the package|
|Close-up of brush|
Interestingly enough, I've heard the the Cover Girl team spent a long time developing the brush, positioning the little bristles just so, to ensure that clumping won't occur.
So of course my curiosity got the best of me. Does it live up to its claims?
|My lashes without mascara|
|With Cover Girl Clump Crusher mascara|
|Close up eye closed|
In terms of clumps, this mascara wins hands down. I can do many coats (for me, that's 8-10 per eye) and it doesn't leave huge clumps like some other mascaras I've tried. No fixing and positioning lashes after - as soon as you coat lashes to your liking, you're done. However, I find that even if I go over the same lash a few times it doesn't make a huge difference in terms of length and volume (even in the TV ad, if you look at the bottom of the screen - it only flashes for a second but it says "styled with lash inserts". Meaning you wouldn't get that on-screen look with any mascara if you tried).
Verdict: This mascara is a winner for daytime. A few swipes on lashes and you're good to go. For a more dramatic look though, you may want a different mascara. Extra points that it doesn't flake during the day and is easily removed with your favourite eye makeup remover.
|Maybelline Baby Lips in 025 Pink Punch (retails for $3.99)|
|The tube (I do love the writing - very 90's-esq!)|
|My colour - Pink Punch|
|Swatch on lips|
On first applying it is extremely smooth and moisturizing (it also kinda smells like a fruity drink). I find that although the colour fades after an hour of so, my lips are still moisturized for several hours afterwards. Definitely not 8 hours, as on the package, but possibly upwards of 2 hours. Not bad for a drugstore tinted lipbalm. What I like about this balm is that it's a hint of colour + moisture together (as my lips dry out fast) and it's such a cinch to apply, no mirror is needed, literally swipe and go. Just don't apply with a heavy hand or the colour can become a bit chalky in texture, only a dab and you're good. I've paired it for a natural daytime look with the Clump Crusher mascara as well.
Verdict: An okay tinted lip balm that delivers a few hours of moisturization and colour (but if you're looking for the colour to stay, apply it every hour or so. And don't apply heavily or the tint can look pasty). Good for daytime wear.
Have you tried either Cover Girl Clump Crusher mascara or Maybelline Baby Lips? What are your thoughts?