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Daily Obsessions: Major Mascaras

Fun fact: If you search “What’s the best mascara?” on BeautyTalk, you get more than 10,000 results. That’s 10,000 conversations. About mascara.


To save you some time, I scoured our Daily Obsessions archives to bring you Sephora staffers’ preferred mascaras. Of course if you’d like to read through 10,000 mascara threads, be my guest! (Seriously, please do. I think that’d be awesome.)


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1. Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes! Waterproof Mascara
“My favorite waterproof mascara. It lengthens and gives lashes the volume I desperately need. And it stays put all day long." Connie Y., Senior Director, Marketing


2. Benefit They’re Real Mascara
"This mascara truly does it all, leaving lashes full, pretty, and not clumpy! The jet black formula looks great on everyone, the brush is truly innovative, and the tip pulls lashes in just the right way." Amy E., Manager, Client Service


3. Kat Von D Sin-Full Lash Mascara
"I love this mascara and wear it everyday. It defines, lengthens, thickens, goes on so easily, and stays put without clumping or flaking. I also love the thick brush, as it gets all of my lashes." Marie S., Senior Counsel


4. MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash
"I continually try new mascaras, but this is now my one and only. It lengthens and volumizes without ever being clumpy, and deposits the darkest of dark color." Tiffany L., Senior Marketing Director


5. Yves Saint Laurent MASCARA VOLUME EFFET FAUX CILS - Luxurious Mascara in Fascinating Violet
"As crazy as it sounds, the Fascinating Violet shade looks more natural on my blonde-tipped lashes than black. And as a bonus, the purple color makes my eyes look greener." Amy G., Editorial Director


6. Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara
"My favorite mascara is a bit lesser known, but it goes on evenly, thickens lashes, and comes off easily with makeup remover." Bridget D., VP, Interactive


7. Lancome CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base
"I got this as a sample and now I am hooked. My mascara looks perfect from morning application to evening." Emily T., Store Marketing Assistant Manager


8. Dior Diorshow New Look Mascara
"I love coating my blonde lashes from base to tip in black. With this mascara, it's all about the brush. The small rubber wand allows you to really work it into the lashes and build lots of length." Helen P., Sephora PRO Artist


So what’s your ALL TIME FAVORITE (yes, that deserves all caps, this is a big deal!) mascara?

Show & Tell in the comments!

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Re: Daily Obsessions: Major Mascaras

I like Benefit Theyre Real and Givenchy Phenomen Eyes Smiley Very Happy

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Sephora introduced me to Fairy Drops Scandal Queen and it was love and first application....sadly it's been discontinued from online/in stores so it's off to Amazon Smiley Sad

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I love Benefit Theyre Real, Tartes Light Camera Splashes, but most of all I love love love Lancome CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base - With that I dont even need to curl my lashes its amazing!

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I can't believe the DiorShow Mascara isn't on that list with it having a cult following.

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That's like asking to choose a favorite child! I love Benefit's They're Real, Dior's Extase, and my new favorite is Dior's Iconic Super Curl. I have a tendency to flip flop my mascaras as needed.


The one thing that never changes in my mascara routine is using Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum! It's a primer and a lash serum. 

Whimsically yours,

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Benefit They're Real. Love how long it gets my lashes without any clumps or smudges.

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It doesn't matter what else I use, I always have Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum on my eyelashes!


I am a MUFE Smoky Lash girl, but lately I've been loving Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara.

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I have been loving Benefit They're Real.  It makes my lashes look fantastic!

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Mascara junkies unite!


@sephoramusthave - I adore, Phenomen Eyes! It looks like a tiny medieval weapon, but it works wonders!


@lylysa - I know! Smiley Sad But there's got to be something else you'll love. I really liked Fairy Drops but I couldn't figure out how to get all of that extra product off of the brush! lol.


@lolo01 - mascara bases are one of those products you didn't know you needed, and now you can't live without, right?


@beautylovingirl - there have actually been PLENTY of DiorShow obsessions submitted over the years, but since that's like the OG of mascaras, I tried to pick ones that may be surprises. Smiley Happy


@Janine - I've been hearing seriously awesome things about the Overcurl. I think might need to try that.


@shyvicki - I'm actually a BadGal devotee, but They're Real is growing on me!


@starletta - I got a sample of that Bobbi Brown and did really like it. Great for everyday!

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I LOVED the original Urban Decay Big Fatty formula and brush.  Then UD had to change it for some reason.  Smiley Sad

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I'm with Lylysa, Fairy Drops Scandal Queen is my all time favorite. I've tried most of the ones on the list and they all fall short. Benefit's They're Real especially, I got a sample of it and it clumped like crazy on my lashes and gave me raccoon eyes!

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Coincidentally, my top two happen to be your top two listed!  I love the Tarte Lights Camera Lashes, but need a waterproof version because of my allergies AND lets be honest, I'm a crier sometimes.  Thank goodness for Lights Camera Splashes!!  The Benefit They're Real is also great for building and holding my curl.  Two absolute necessities. I'm with Janine on the Diorshow Lash Serum... now THAT is a must Smiley Happy

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@kimmi - that actually happened to me with my favorite ever concealer (which will not be named here, lol). I was devastated. But it just gave me an excuse to do more shopping!


@prettyinpa - this is why I like talking about this stuff, something will always work for someone that doesn't work for somebody else. Smiley Happy


@mia - ugh, I'm a crier too. I can't even be in the kitchen while someone else is chopping onions. :/


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I love Buxom's Buxom Lash Mascara and Benefit's They're Real. Tarte and MUFE Smoky Lash mascaras give me pretty much the same result - very natural(=not enough drama for me). I also like Lancome's Hypnose Drama, but it doesn't stay great for a long time (2 months at the most, then it becomes sticky and leaves marks under my brows).

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My two favorite are UD Lush Lash, I have noticed that my lashes are fuller and longer since using it and my other favorite is tarte lights camera lashes.

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@candacebt- Do you mean the HG of mascara instead of OG?

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@solveig - that's totally how I feel too! I love the tarte, but I need uber-dram lashes everyday, even at the grocery store.


@queenbee - a vote for Lush Lash! Love it!


@beautylovingirl - nope, I meant OG (as in, original gangster), but that's probably not a work-safe term to describe mascara, so ignore me. Smiley Happy It's clearly a Hall of Famer mascara, though.

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It's funny, I used to buy the Lash Stash every year until I realized I kept reaching for the MUFE over. And over. And over.  Now it's just whether I want a softer look or a BAM! Look at me! eye....

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Lately I have been enjoying Tarte's Lights Camera Lashes! (or Splashes! the waterproof version) and UD Lush Lash.  My all time favorite primer is Lancome Cils XL because it works and the formula starts out white but covers easily.   

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@candacebt- Everyday I learn new lingo because I had no idea what the OG stood forSmiley Happy

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