First and foremost let’s address the soft-skinned elephant in the room (soft because it uses Skin So Soft, obviously): I now sell Avon. I’m not really into MLM direct marketing sales type things, but I’ve been a long time user of Avon, and decided I buy enough that it’s time for a discount. I also figured, why not see if I can pull in some extra cash to buy Holly more clothes she doesn’t need? Exactly. So that’s the elephant in the room – I now sell Avon! I can send you a free catalog anywhere in the U.S., or you can shop online 24/7 at YourAvon.com/Alyssa.
Part of me selling stuff or reviewing it is telling you when it rocks, and when it sucks. I tried two Avon mascaras this month, and one was a total winner while the one was a flop. Let’s start with the winner, Avon Big & False Lash Volume, because winning is awesome. I’ve historically had pretty good luck with Avon Mascara, especially their cult-status Wash-off Waterproof. I’m a tough sell on mascara, because I have very sensitive eyes due to allergies, and I wear contact lenses. This means that I need a mascara that doesn’t smear, flake, or run.
I have what I call Swedish Ghost eyelashes, meaning they’re very delicate and blonde. I used to do eyelash extensions but now that I’m a mom, well…
Here are three pictures of me in various stages of eyelashing:
I was really impressed that this mascara didn’t clump, had a great thickness in just two coats, and didn’t smear all day. I’m hard on my eyes because I use an RX allergy eye drop twice a day, and despite my attempts, I end up scratching my eyes a lot. (Flowers suck this time of year.) When it came time to remove, I mostly got it off in the shower with no cleanser, and got leftover residue off with a typical remover. This mascara gets two thumbs up.
Now which mascara is a dud? This one.
There’s so much about it that I wanted to like: the weird, flexible brush with an arching handle. The fact that it has an overall four star rating. But in general, this mascara didn’t go on without clumping, was flaky, and did nothing substantial for my lashes. Thumbs down, for sure.
If you want to give the Big and False Lash Mascara a try, it’s currently $9.00, and then you can pick any other mascara for .99. I’d go for Big and False and the classic Water-proof Washable.
What other Avon products would you like to see me review? I have some old favorites (Bubble bath, eyeliners, and lip balm), but I’d be happy to purchase something to review here in the name of science. Or blogging. Whatever. 😉
Have a good day!