Thursday, June 18, 2015

CoverGirl the Super Sizer Mascara - Influenster Product Review

**all items received free from Influenster for review/testing purposes

Wow, long time no blog.  This is basically the first time I've had to sit down in front of the computer in weeks.  We've been so busy with yard work (the never ending task), deep cleaning the house to prep for the first party, of probably many, that the Mister decided he wanted to hold, the cooking to go with that first party - followed up by cooking for an even larger party that was held elsewhere, and then of course all the cleaning up after said parties.  We do have a trip planned at the end of the month as well (hopefully I'll be back into the swing of blogging and maybe have some posts ready to go live while we're out of town).

With all that said, let's get on to the purpose of today's review!  That purpose is to share my review on the CoverGirl the Super Sizer Mascara that I received in my last Influenster VoxBox.  It's taken me a while to figure out how I liked this mascara, and I kept hoping that as the tube was open longer I'd like it better.  The other product that came in my VoxBox was the Intensify Me Liquid Liner that I previously reviewed.

Packaging claims:

  • 400% corner to corner volume (front of package)
  • Lash Styler finds and transforms even small lashes
  • For best results, slightly twirl the Lash Styler as you apply, applying as many coats as needed
  • removes easily with soap and water
  • Opthalmologically tested, hypoallergenic and suitable for those who wear contact lenses

 Two different sides of the wand (above and below).  The wand tapers out wider at the end.
 No mascara:
Mascara (not sure how many "coats" since I had to use a lash comb to comb out clumps then had to add more mascara since all the volume/fullness disappeared):
On first use, I did not like this mascara.  I tried doing what the Influenster product card tip said: "start by placing the Lash Styler right at the base of the lashes, use the flat side at the base - you will get an immediate (even shocking!) drenching of mascara."  Yuck.  So much clumpage I was tempted to take everything off.  I didn't, though - instead I had wet, clumpy spider-leg lashes that took forever to dry.  The second time applying, I tried the "twirling the brush" and ended up with a clumpy mess that necessitated a lash comb.  I found the mascara to have a very wet formula and I've come to realize I prefer a drier formula so I don't have clumping.  For me, I would not try to build this mascara unless you like the clumpy spider-lash look.  I did get some decent length out of the mascara, and it is nice and black.  I can see where they claim you get so much more volume, but I don't want clumpy volume.

Now that the mascara's been opened for several weeks and has dried out some, one generous coat is what I've been using lately and it looks decent.  I do like that the shape of the brush makes it easy to go after the inner and very outer lashes without making a mess - I just change the angle of the brush and the wider tip gets them without getting product everywhere (I do this after I've applied it to the main part of my lashes).

I also tried removing this with just a cleanser and water; it does work - it just takes a while.  I've only done it once or twice as my eyes are so sensitive that sometimes even plain water (we have horrible water) can irritate them.  I definitely prefer to use a dedicated eye makeup remover.  As usual, I can't say how this works for contact lens wearers.  Hypoallergenic doesn't mean much to me...  I did notice that the mascara had a strong play-dough-y scent when I first opened it, but I feel like it's gotten lighter (or I've gotten used to it).

On first use, I didn't like the mascara - way too wet for my tastes.  But now that it's been open for over a month, it's dried out to where I do like it.  I only slightly twist the wand during application, but I definitely don't apply the flat side directly to the base of my lashes.  I use it more as a regular mascara wand, but find the larger end very useful to get my outer-most lashes that I do tend to miss on a quick application.  Would I purchase this mascara on my own?  Probably not - I don't really have a favorite mascara, and I think this has enough quirks to keep it from being a favorite.  I will use it until it's done, and probably wash the wand off to keep that part.  You can find the Super Sizer Mascara now in stores and it comes in 3 shades.

Have you tried the CoverGirl the Super Sizer Mascara yet?  Do you prefer wet or dry mascara formulas?

**I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.
**my opinions are my own

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