My Favourite Mascaras of The Year | Mini-reviews

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Mini-reviews of all the mascaras in my makeup collection
/Mini-recenzije svih maskara u mojoj kolekciji šminke

…or maybe of the decade, looking by the number of them used 😀 I am a big fan of ultra black, long and well-defined lashes (but then again who isn’t?), and wearing a mascara is a staple to my look. Not wearing it on a casual day will make everyone jump and ask: “Are you okay?” even if I’m wearing foundation, concealer, etc. Without it I just look tired, and sick I guess. And, of course, mascara was my first real piece of makeup to buy (let’s not count clear lip glosses for girls under 10 here). During all these years so far, I have had the privilege to try so many brands and types of mascaras available on the market, mostly drugstore to match my budget, and now I think I have finally found the mascara range to perfect my lashes for any occasion, every day.

Ili možda desetljeća, sudeći po tome koliko sam ih potrošila 😀 Veliki sam fan ultra crnih, dugih i lijepo oblikovanih trepavica (no onda opet tko nije?) i nošenje maskara je za mene neizostavno. Ako ju slučajno ne stavim u običnom, svakodnevnom danu, svi će me pitati: “Jesi li dobro?” čak i ako na sebi imam kompletan puder, korektor itd. Bez nje jednostavno izgledam umorno, i bolesno rekla bih. Naravno, maskara mi je bila prvi pravi komad šminke kojeg sam kupila (nećemo ovdje brojati bezbojna sjajila za curice ispod deset godina starosti). Tijekom svih tih godina, imala sam privilegiju isprobati toliko brendova i vrsti maskara koje su dostupni na tržištu, no uglavnom su to bile drogerijskog ranga kako bi mi se uklopile u budžet, i mislim da sam u konačnici pronašla dobar odabir maskara za savršene trepavice za svaku prigodu i svaki dan.


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The Maybelline mascara clan

Obviously, the mascaras that I have repurchased so many times, and I think they hold my personal record, is the Maybelline Lash Sensational series. At first they had the regular version*, then the Intense black, and then the Celebrate/Glitter Sparkle version. This quickly became my favourite piece, and then their black sister Luscious was invented to work wonders on the lengthening part (and it was a pleasant surprise for me!) Of course, they are all a bit watery the moment I buy them, but start having just about the right formula soon afterwards. They don’t dry as fast as some cheaper mascaras, and the 10 ml make you sure you will use them for a proper period of time. My best way to use them is to combine the black one first (Lash Sensational Luscious), and then add a layer or two of the pink one (Lash Sensational Intense Black) on top of it afterwards to give them bombastic volume and separation.

The only negative side I found about them is that sometimes, mainly when I’ not wearing any eyeshadow, they tend to leave black traces under my eyebrows during the day. Maybe it’s the curse of having long eyelashes, because the eyelash tips touch the skin too often, and the mascara layer starts rubbing off. Not that it affects the overall mascara on the lashes, but kind of leaves you wiping your eyelids with a finger every couple of hours.

Other Maybelline mascara I have previously found as great are the Colossal series (yellow packaging, a long-time favourite of mine) and One by One (coral tubes).

Klan Maybelline maskara

Sudeći po mojoj kolekciji, maskara koju sam ponovno kupila toliko puno puta, i za koju mislim da drži moj osobni rekord, je Maybelline Lash Sensational serija maskara. Prvo su izbacili običnu verziju*, a onda i Intense black te Celebrate/Glitter Sparkle verziju. One su vrlo brzo postale moji najdraži komadi, a onda je i njihova crna sestra Luscious izumljena da radi čuda po pitanju izduljivanja trepavica (a to nikako nisam očekivala!). Naravno, sve su one malo vodenaste odmah na početku korištenja, ali s vremenom počnu dobivati upravo odličnu formulu za korištenje. Ne osuše se u pakiranju jednako brzo kao neke jeftinije maskare, a i tih 10 ml mi garntira da ću ih koristiti jedan pošteni period. Najdraži mi je način korištenja kombinacija prvo crne (Lash Sensational Luscious), a zatim dodavanje sloja ili dva ružičaste (Lash Sensational Intense Black) kako bih im dala bombastičan volumen i razdvajanje.

Jedina negativna strana koju sam im pronašla je to što se nekada, uglavnom kada ne nosim nikakvo sjenilo na kapcima, vole preslikavati, odnosno ostavljati crne tragove ispod obrva tijekom dana. Možda je to prokletstvo imanja dugih trepavica jer trepke tada često dodiruju kožu i sloj se maskare počinje lagano skidati. To ne utječe na izgled ostatka maskare na trepavicama, ali svakih nekoliko sati moram obrisati kapke prstima da uklonim taj crni trag.

Druge Maybelline maskare koje su mi prethodno bile odlične su Colossal serija (u žutom pakiranju, moji dugogodišnji favoriti) te One by One (koraljne tubice).

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“My favourite way is to combine two mascaras to give my lashes bombastic volume and separation.”

– Najdraži mi je način korištenja kombinacija dviju maskara kako bih svojim trepavicama dala bombastičan volumen i razdvajanje.

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The L’Oréal hopes

L’Oréal itself has also got some great mascaras, and particularly False Lash Superstar*, consisting of two separate wands and formulas. The white one is a mascara base, and it works wonders for any black mascara on top of it. The black one isn’t that spectacular to be honest, but in the combo it was fairly decent to use every day. On the contrary, I didn’t like the Miss Manga mascara* from the moment it first came out; I just didn’t find it to do anything useful for my lashes. It would just keep them sticked together, so I use it in combination with any other mascara, just out of pity and not to throw away a completely new product. The latter’s packaging shape reminded me well of the beautiful False Lash Wings Intenza‘s*.

Nade L’Oréala

I sam L’Oréal također ima dobre maskare, a posebice False Lash Superstar*, koja se sastoji od dvije odvojene četkice i formule. Bijela je baza za maskaru i odlično funkcionira s bilo kojom crnom maskarom preko nje. Crna pak nije nešto posebna da vam budem iskrena, ali je u ovoj kombinaciji bila prilično dobra za svakodnevno korištenje. S druge strane, Miss Manga maskara* mi se nije svidjela od trenutka kad je izašla; jednostavo nije radila ništa previše korisno za moje trepavice. Samo bi ih sljepila i držala tako grupirane skupa pa ju koristim u kombinaciji s nekom drugom maskarom, tek toliko iz sažaljenja i da baš ne bacim potpuno novi proizvod u smeće. Pakiranje ove potonje me po obliku podsjetilo na ono divne False Lash Wing Intenza maskare*.

Rarely a Catrice mascara in my collection

Catrice Extreme Lengths was in my case even worse: dry formula, a bad brush, and an even worse effect. I will just say that I felt like the whole product didn’t want to cooperate with me or just do what is was supposed to do, so I am quickly getting rid of it.

Rijetko kad je Catriceova maskara u mojoj kolekciji

Catrice Extreme Lengths je u mojem slučaju bila još i gora: suha formula, loša četkica i još i gori efekt. Reći ću samo da samo da sam se osjećala kao da cijeli proizvodi uopće ne želi surađivati sa mnom i raditi ono što bi trebao, tako da je se ubrzo rješavam.

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Pure luxury with Guerlain

Guerlain Cils D’Enfer mascara* I got as a gift, but have used it sparsely in order not to finish it too soon. It gave my lashes length and nice thickness while separating them well for that dramatic effect. And then the mascara dried up faster than I managed to actually use it up (that was my tragedy of the month)! It had a really pleasant, yet obviously synthetic smell of roses integrated in its formula. It was a nice luxurious touch to it, and the completely golden packaging was just stunning. The brush and the formula were decent, and I’d definitely like to use it again sometimes in the future.

Čisti luksuz s Guerlainom

Guerlain Cils D’Enfer maskaru* sam dobila kao poklon, ali ju nisam htjela tako brzo potrošiti pa sam ju koristila rijetko. Lijepo je produživala moje trepavice i davala im volumen uz dobro razdvajanje i dramatičan efekt. A onda se osušila brže nego što sam ju uspjela zapravo potrošiti (to mi je bila tragedija mjeseca!) Imala je ugodan, no očit sintetički miris ruža ukomponiran u svoju formulu. Bio je to divan luksuzni dodatak, a potpuno zlatno pakiranje je naprosto zadivljavalo. Četkica i formula su bili dosta dobri i definitivno bih ju htjela koristiti ponovno nekad u budućnosti.

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My choice de luxe would be Guerlain, but taking the price into account I’d say that Maybelline still offers better value for money.
Which mascaras are currently in your drawers, and which ones do you use most often? Which mascaras and from which brands do you tend to avoid and why?

Moj bi odabir de luxe bio Guerlain, no s obzirom na financije rekla bih da Maybelline i dalje nudi više za svoj cjenovni rang.
Koje su maskare kod vas trenutno u ladici i koje najviše koristite? Koje ili čije maskare najviše izbjegavate i zašto?

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