Sunday, June 30, 2013

My Mascara Wonderland

Mascara is definitely my desert island product. If I were to have only one cosmetic for the rest of my life, it would be mascara. Not only do I have sparse, droopy Asian lashes, they are very short too. I definitely got the worst eyelash genes, no doubt about it.

As a result, I am very fond of fiber and "volume" mascaras. Unfortunately, very wet or heavy formulations make my lashes droop, so the formulation has to be just right. I curl my lashes with a Shu Uemura eyelash curler before mascara application, and with a heated eyelash curler afterwards.

I must admit that my top mascaras are all Japanese, but I also have some European brands (and Tom Ford) that I'm quite fond of. More on those later.

My personal favorites, from left to right:

  1. RMK Separate Curl Mascara: It does everything, and holds a curl like it claims. My No. 1 Japanese department store mascara which is available from Amazon for $24.99. Waterproof.
  2. Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Fatal Blacks WP: This lengthens my lashes dramatically, but you must follow up with a heated eyelash curler. Available on Amazon for $33.04. Amazon is actually cheaper than a Japanese department store, where this mascara retails for over $50.
  3. Dolly Wink Volume Mascara: Another fiber -based Japanese Mascara, which does a brilliant job of thickening your lashes. Sometimes I layer this on top of another mascara. $22.74 at Amazon.
  4. Majolica Majorca Gorgeous Wing: Another classic, with a brush applicator rather than a comb. Gives you long, swoopy lashes. $18.99 at Amazon.
  5. Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus: This is probably the best known Majo Majo mascara. This comes with the comb applicator which is a bit fiddly, but delivers definition and length. $24.00 at Amazon.

Two more excellent, fiber-based Japanese Mascaras: Majolica Majorca Lash King and Fiberwig Extra Long Mascara. I bought these in Tokyo, but you can purchase them at Amazon. Lash King is $22.99 at Amazon and Fiberwig Extra Long is $19.88, also at Amazon. There will be differences between the Japanese and U.S. packaging, but it's the same product.

My favorite drug store mascaras are all by L'Oreal. I love the Volume (called Voluminous in the US) Million Lashes in regular, waterproof and extra black; and Lash Architect 4D (a European product) which is a fiber type mascara. All do the job, at an excellent price.

Three more favorites: Tom Ford - great for length and precise definition; Make Up Forever Smoky Lash, for that sooty-eyed look; and YSL Shocking Mascara in No. 3, an eye-popping violet.

As far as European department store brands go, I like Lancome mascaras. I have Hypnose drama, a volume-type mascara, in a purple shade that was only offered in Europe. I recently picked up the Alber Elbaz limited edition versions of Hypnose Star and Hypnose Doll Lashes. Star is a volumizing mascara, and Doll Lashes give you spidery, defined lashes.

I hope you enjoyed my little mascara tour.



  1. Nice picks! :-) I personally really like the Maybelline Volum' Express mascaras.

    1. I like the Maybelline Volum' Express mascaras too - interesting that Maybelline is owned by L'Oreal too!

  2. Hey Jamilla, thank you for putting me on your blog list, I'm honored :) I have puny lashes and lately have not had any luck finding a mascara I truly love. I'm currently using Chanel's Inimitable water proof which works ok.

    1. Hi Jacq! I am very fond of your blog :)

      I agree with you about Chanel Inimitable - but it has to be the waterproof version, or Asian lashes will droop...

  3. Lancome mascaras are great :) I love most of their mascaras. I haven't met one I didn't like :D Thanks for your descriptions and reviews on all these mascaras!

    1. I am just happy that I can get the Japanese mascaras online now - this was pretty much an impossibility in Europe, to say nothing of the expense!!

  4. from the above, my fav is definitely majolica majorca, and mufe smoky lash comes in second.
    fiberwig and dolly wink don't work too well for me. HR/lancome didn't even work at all.
    my other top favs: definitely shiseido integrate and isehan heroine make (used to be called kiss me)
    i'm so super excited to find that you're now blogging Jamilla! :D