Friday, May 24, 2013

Mascaras : How many should I have?

A couple of months back I got a mail from a friend cum regular follower of  'A Shopaholic' who wanted to know how many mascaras should one have always ? It is well known that we should toss away the mascaras after 3 months of usage to avoid any infections, however I do that only once in 6 - 8 months. Not a good habit I know :p and do throw your mascaras away at least once in 4-6 months time and don't wait for the mascaras to dry away completely. So here is a little post for a friend and hope this helps her. Sorry for doing this post so late :P

So before I could answer her question here is a look at the mascaras I have and on what basis I bought or still have them with me. 

I got the Maybelline Colossal seeing all the hype around but I didn't see anything extra ordinary about this mascara. It just made my lashes look neat and defined. The L'Oreal Million Lashes Mascara worked the same way too. So I have these mascaras for just a quick everyday use. Maybelline one is old enough to be thrown away and I am planning to have just one for everyday use.

The Estee Lauder More Than Mascara and MAC Zoom Lash came as a part of a kit and I love to use these during travel. One of these finds a permanent place in my purse. So small and compact and absolutely travel friendly. The Estee Lauder one is really old and that goes into the bin now !

The Bourjois Elastic Mascara is my absolute favorite and the only mascara I have re purchased so far. Many hate this one but this is the only mascara that gives both volume and length to my lashes and I totally love this mascara. 

I have totally 5 mascaras and out of which 2 has to be chucked out ! Now I just have 3 - one for travel, one for everyday use and other one is my favorite one to be used on special days.

Before you finalize the number ask yourself what you expect from a mascara -
  • Length
  • Volume
  • Blackest Black Color
  • Travel Friendly
  • Easy to use thin wand

Since the Bourjois one gives both volume and length [all that I expect from a mascara] I can be happy with just this one or one more [for travel purpose] ! So see which one works for you and probably even you can manage with a maximum of three mascaras that has to be re purchased well before it dries down. 

For a product that has a very short shelf life I think it is wise not to invest much and at the same time not to invest in many at a time. If you are curious to try different mascaras do that as you throw away the old one.

So girls what do you do or how many mascaras do you have? Please share your views too.

♥ Aarthi ♥


  1. omg thats a good stash of mascaras..i usually prefer to keep jus one n finish it off..they expire really current fav is million lashes

    1. That is actually a very good habit Pree. I am trying to do that soon -just have one at a time :)

  2. i think this is a brilliant post, currently I don't own a single mascara, yeah! mascara downphasing to the extreme here, haha. will pick up the bourjois one you have recommended.

    1. Thanks CC :) Do try it before you buy it coz I am the only one who liked it !



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