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Three New Mascaras…

I’ve been comparing three new mascaras and thought it would be great to see the results of each, side by side. The mascaras are: Benefit’s They’re Real, Buxom’s Amplified Lash, and Urban Decay’s Lush Lash.

Here are the brushes:

Benefit, $22:

Buxom, $22:

Urban Decay, $20:

They’re similar in that all have brushes with comb bristles. Benefit’s bristles cover the tip of the brush. Buxom’s brush expands and detracts. And Urban Decay’s has a curvy, hourglass shape.

So the real question is, how do these mascaras perform? I’ll break it down coat by coat…

Benefit’s They’re Real:

One coat

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Two coats…

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Three coats…

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Overall great mascara. I like the 360 degree effect given by the unique brush and tip, but I feel like the third coat gets a little spidery. (I guess I could just stop at the second coat, but what’s the fun in that?!) This might be avoided if I applied all three coats back-to-back with no wait time in between.

Buxom’s Amplified Lash:

One coat (in expanded position)…

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Two coats (in compact position)…

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Three coats (in compact position)…

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I am a little torn about this mascara. On the one hand, I love that it’s ultra-black and dramatic. But on the other hand, it takes a really long time to dry (so even the tips of my bangs turn black and goopy), and the lashes stay flexible and bendy (as in, stick together easily) long after applying. Also, it doesn’t separate as well as I’d expect. I didn’t comb out my lashes with any of the mascaras because ideally, you shouldn’t have to comb them. And one more thing…I totally disagree with the product description for this mascara, which says that the expanded position will produce more volume and the compact position will produce more definition. With this product, it’s exactly the opposite. The expanded position will give more length and separation, while the compact position will add more thickness (product) and volume.

Urban Decay’s Lush Lash:

One coat…

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Two coats…

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Three coats…

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Lush Lash is the winner in my book. Look at how beautifully fanned out the lashes are. It’s super black and buildable without getting clumpy or spidery. I’ve also worn this on my bottom lashes and had surprisingly great results. Little-to-no smudging! And at $20, Lush Lash happens to be two dollars cheaper than the others…a huge plus.

To sum up, here are the final results:

They’re Real: (purchase here)

Benefit's They're Real --- copyright samantha daffodil

Amplified Lash: (purchase here)

Buxom's Amplified Lash --- copyright samantha daffodil

 Lush Lash: (purchase here)

Urban Decay's Lush Lash --- copyright samantha daffodil

Winner! What do you think? You can buy all three at Sephora.com.

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