Monday, 9 August 2010

Blinc, Cargo and Trish McEvoy Tubing Mascara Showdown!

Disclosure - Trish McEvoy product is a PR sample

Tubing mascaras - we either love them or loathe them. Some find the smudge-proof, heat-proof formula is a godsend, which others find the "help I'm losing my eyelashes!" removal process just too spooky. Personally I find them great for the lower lashline, as they offer definition without the risk of panda-eye smearing or flaking during the day.

Today I'm pitting three tubing mascaras against one another to see which is most deserving of a place in your makeup bag. Blinc Kiss Me (known as the "original" tubing mascara), Cargo Better than Waterproof, and Trish McEvoy Lash Curling.

Which of these tubular belles will come out on top? Click through to find out!





Packaging

Slim silver tube contained in a cute (but pointless) brown metal canister. Brush is slim and has a slight inward curve effect for easy application. Wand feels light and precise in the hand. Silver finish is attractive.

Performance

Extremely thin watery formula offers clump-free coverage but no real value in terms of lengthening, volume or definition. It's great for delicate coverage of the lower lashes, but for top lashes it's found wanting.

Price
£15.75 at BeautyBay


Packaging


Thick black plastic tube, pretty typical of any drugstore mascara. Thick brush. Overall, packaging is quite plasticky and the screw treads clog easily with product, making it difficult to open.



Performance

Very volumising and creates a strong impact. However with that comes a tendency towards clumping. As a failsafe, smudge-proof, easy to remove "big lashes" mascara this is a great choice, but be prepared to wield your lash comb.

Price

$20 (US). I bought mine in the UK when the Cargo range was sold at Sainsbury's. You can still find this on UK eBay but unfortunately Boots and QVC who sell Cargo in the UK have only a very limited product range these days and this isn't widely stocked.


Packaging

Slim black-coated metal tube looks and feels high-class and elegant. Brush is a very bog-standard straight sided spoolie with tapered tip, and moves easily through the lashes.


Performance

This mascara represents a mid-point between watery Blinc and clumpy Cargo. The colour is surprisingly grey-ish for something called "Jet Black", but on lashes it creates a nice defined look. It's not a show-stopper but it's fine for daytime. With a few coats, it layers up well.

Price

$28 (USD) from Amazon. In the UK, buy it on counter at Harvey Nichols and Selfridges for around £18.

The winner is...

For ease of use, price and performance, I would have to say that the Trish McEvoy is the overall winner. However if you like lashes that are big and bold, Cargo Better than Waterproof may be more your taste (if you can find it in the UK).

4 comments:

  1. I've used sooo many tubing mascaras and they all look like I'm not wearing any mascara at all. But like you say, they're great for the lower lashes (but sometimes do flake a little).

    I've never tried the Cargo one though which actually looks like it makes a difference to the look of the lashes!

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  2. The Cargo one looks good on the lashes, but I think I'll just stick with my regular mascaras :(

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  3. I've sworn off all western formula mascaras as I find not even the most waterproof formulas can defeat my oily-fleshy lids and just smear, can't hold curls very well...

    My HG now is the Majolica Majorca Lash Expander. A bit of a bitch to remove, but nothing cleansing oil can't do. In return it's like crack for my straight eyelashes. Layering yields decent volume. :)

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  4. I've never tried a tubing mascara but really want to, they sound so cool and I love the idea of being able to remove them with just water. The Cargo one looks the best to me, the more drama the better in my opinion :P

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