I’m what you might call a mascara whore! 😛 I absolutely adore mascara and have tried many different brands over the years. Today I’m sharing with my soon-to-be-brides my top 5 bride worthy waterproof mascaras. I won’t get into why waterproof mascara is important on your wedding because quite frankly, it’s obvious! (heat, humidity, tears, etc.) These 5 are my tried, tested and best of the best that I’ve found to date.
$ Maybelline Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara (less than $6.00 CDN at Walmart)
Pros: The formula is thick and because I’m always using disposible wands (for hygiene reasons) thicker formulations work best for me. This is my second favourite mascara ever and one that you will almost always find in my pro kit. You’ll often see me buying more than 1 at a time of this mascara especially if I find them on sale!
Cons: Because the consistency is thicker than other mascaras it does tend to dry out a little faster than say the ‘Great Lash” does.
$$ Blinc Mascara ($30.00 CDN at Sephora)
For those who love tubing mascaras, this is the best one yet. Not advertised as a waterproof mascara but rather a ‘water resistant’ formulation it works as well if not better than most waterproof mascaras on the market today.
Pros: Removing waterproof mascaras can be quite a challenge! All brands require you to use an oil based or silicone based eye makeup remover except for this one. To remove this mascara it requires some warm water and a little patience to allow the water to soften the tubing around your lashes. You then take your fingers and lightly roll each eyelash to remove the ‘tube’ from your lashes. Simple and inexpensive! 😀
Cons: As much as I love this mascara the tubing effect isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. The patience required in removing this product is something to consider.
$ Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara (less than $5.00 CDN at Walmart)
Pros: #1 choice of most makeup artists and the reason why is simple. It’s been around for over 40 years and it does the basics very well. It darkens, thickens and is solidly waterproof. It’s also easy to remove with an oil based cleanser. Your lashes won’t feel too heavy or clumpy either. Price point is unbeatable for what you get here. It’s my #1 go-to mascara!
Cons: It’s a basic mascara that does a good job. No bells, no whistles, no fancy brush. No special effects either. What you see is what you get.
$$ Buxom Lash Waterproof Mascara ($25.00 CDN at Sephora)
Pros: Best known for it’s ‘no clumping’ and solid waterproof benefits, it’s a favourite among my clients. If you love a mascara that defines each lash, never clumps and never smudges, this one is hard to beat.
Cons: If you’re like me, a mascara whore and all, 😉 you might find it difficult or nearly impossible to get that full thick mascara look. This is a great mascara for those who like their lashes to look long and natural but not a great mascara for those brides who love a thick fake lash look.
$$$ Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara ($41.00 CDN at The Bay)
Pro’s: When they say you should leave the best until last they know what they’re talking about. This mascara is certainly bride worthy! It lengthens, thickens without clumping (oh, my heart be still!) and gives the most luscious looking lashes ever! You can build to your hearts delight with this formulation that contains beeswax. Ah, I love it.
Cons: Well, price. It’s Chanel so it’s not going to be cheap. It’s definitely one of those ‘splurge’ products.