Empties #14 | Mascara Samples

I was suppose to have a huge empties post go up in April, but I was in the middle of a move so I threw out all the products and the photo I didn't accidentally delete was just not good enough to post. Boo. I don't know how I managed to accidentally delete the photo I actually wanted to use but whatever. It's too late now. There was some good stuff in there too but oh well, let's move on to the mascara samples I've used up.

Actually, confession time. Two of six of these are still being used and one of the six has broken packaging so I gave up. I'm still doing reviews on them in an empties post though because I've used them all enough to form an opinion on them, and I'm also sick of hoarding empties. Spoiler alert, there's two more empties posts coming up soon.


There are two that work together to make a combo I absolutely love, but I am totally bummed about not being able to purchase them because they are not cruelty free. I'm talking about the Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara used over top of the Dior Diorshow Maximizer 3D Triple Volume Plumping Lash Primer. The Dior mascara gives me everything I want in a mascara from length to volume to curl to a long lasting finish. I couldn't ask for more. The formula is perfect and the curved bristle brush grabs every lash for a quick and even application. Using any mascara over the primer just gives extra length and volume. Together they give lashes I have always dreamed of.


Another option that isn't cruelty free that is one I have always enjoyed using is the Benefit They're Real! Mascara. This mascara lengthens and volumes, and holds a curl quite well. I like that the plastic brush allows for a lot of precision when applying as each bristle is quite short. Often times with bigger bristle brushes, I'll get mascara all over my lids. With this one, that is not a problem and it is also suitable for the lower lashes.

I'm super bummed that the packaging broke on this Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara because I actually really enjoyed using this. The plastic, tapered bristle brush is great for getting into all the little lashes without smudging mascara all over the lids. The formula is also long wearing and very pigmented. I will definitely try to get a sample of it again to properly give it a go.


The next two I had higher hopes for, especially the Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara. I had heard so much about it but for me, it just didn't hold a curl and the formula actually smudges throughout the day. I do like the brush though, as it is an hourglass shaped bristle brush. I just wish the formula was better. The other slightly disappointing mascara is the NARS Audacious Mascara. The plastic bristles are too sharp and long, so I find it hard to deposit product onto my lashes. The formula, much like the Marc Jacobs offering, is smudgy on me. The redeeming factor to this one is that it does add a lot of length once you finally manage to work the product onto the lashes.


So unfortunately, the mascaras I love are not cruelty free and the mascara that are cruelty free aren't checking the other boxes. I have a couple promising cruelty free options in my stash though, so I will have to report back on those. If you have any cruelty free mascara recommendations, let me know! 


What is your favourite mascara and what do you look for?