Japanese Drugstore Hunt 2000JPY & Below: Mascaras
Guess what? I think we could be coming near to the end of my Japanese drugstore series. I have exhausted most of the categories for cosmetics and have eyeshadows left as my last entry.
However, I haven’t covered every single thing, e.g. concealer, but I haven’t really heard much buzz on them and even in Japan, Bobbi Brown, MAC, Cle De Peau, and Shu Uemura reign supreme in that category. And as you can see these are not drugstore brands. But if you have a Japanese drugstore concealer to recommend, please do so! Or any other type of product you would like me to review.
Here’s a line up of Japanese mascaras from the drugstore that I think are worth getting (from left to right): Dolly Wink Long Mascara Black, Dolly Wink Volume Mascara Black, Dejavu Fiberwig Extra Long, and Majolica Majorca Lash Expander.
I need to throw in a little disclaimer that I have very oily eye lids so I need mascara base to make any mascara smudge-proof, except the Dejavu one.
The Dejavu mascara, 1575JPY, is smudge-proof only up to three months of using it and then it would start to get smudgy but three months is about time to toss out a tube of mascara. This in itself is a miracle for my lashes. For me, I prefer lengthening mascaras though I do have to warn you that you need to really work this mascara to get any decent lengthening effect.
The Dolly Wink Long Mascara Black, 1500JPY, has amazing lengthening effect without much effort so I like to use this if I’m in a hurry. For the Dolly Wink Volume Mascara Black, I like the fact that it gives my lashes some oomph without being too clumpy. For both mascaras, I use Kate Mascara Base, which I have to warn you that past the three-month mark, these would still smudge even with primer.
In terms of results, I still like Majolica Majorca Lash Expander, 1260JPY, that is a cult fave among Japanese cosmetics fans. It thickens and lengthens in a flattering way, but my only gripe is that it still needs a primer and it is extremely difficult to remove.
But in comes the Heroine Make Mascara Remover, 882JPY, which removes stubborn mascara like a charm. The ingredients list is impressive – tsubaki oil, rosehip oil, and royal jelly essence are in the list, while being free of alcohol, fragrance, colouring, and parabens.
This mascara remover has seriously saved my poor lashes from being ripped off and all you need to do is to swipe the wand under your lashes and then press gently with a cotton pad. Then I spread a cleansing oil all over my face, including my eye area, and everything comes off easily.
What is your fave Japanese drugstore mascara? Do you think drugstore mascara works just as well, if not, better than high end mascara?
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