OFYAOFM | New year, new mascara

When should I replace my old mascara? on Hyacinth Girl

Mascara needs replacing every 3 months. I’ve been using the mascaras in this photo for much longer. I got the Clinique High Impact mascara in February last year, for god’s sake, so I am well overdue for a replacement. I expect most people reading this are exactly the same. So, who wants to win a new Maybelline mascara to replace whatever grotty mascara you’re currently using?

I’ll dignify the deaths of these five mascaras with some speed-reviews.

Clinique High Impact waterproof mascara (NZ $46): I love this and I never wanted it to end. Lots of volume, lots of length.

So Susan mascara (US $21): I took this to #feministmakeupping last year to use with disposable wands for others. It was very wet.

DIOR Diorshow mascara (NZ $63): A mascara with perfect natural results. It separates lashes and gives a ‘full and soft’ look (to borrow terminology from Maybelline).

Benefit They’re Real mascara (NZ $45): Divisive, but I love it. Length like no tomorrow, but it can go a little clumpy.

Eye of Horus mascara (AU $32): I haven’t used this one for a while, but I remember liking it enough. Good for length.

L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara on the lashes

I had a bit of a false start with my new mascara. I’d been waiting to try the L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara (NZ $28) for ages, and it’s finally out in New Zealand. Problem is, I don’t really like it. The brush is an annoying shape and has a hinge halfway down the wand, which makes it hard to get an aggressive wiggle at the base of my lashes (this is how I put on mascara). You can see in the picture that it doesn’t give me the best enhancement of length or volume either.

Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes mascara New Zealand

So, moving on! What next? Well, I’m looking forward to trying the Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes (NZ $27) mascara. Conveniently for you, I have a brand new one to give away, as well!

Just leave me a comment telling me what mascara you’re currently using, and how long you’ve been using it for. I’ll pick the winner at random in a week or so.


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  • This is a good reminder to change mascaras! I’m using Lashgasm by Too Faced. I really like it, but it’s been open since I got it as a birthday present – in May last year. Ooops.

  • Alaina Furlong

    I’m using the good ol’ Maybelline Great Lash mascara, sadly I can’t even remember when I bought it which is terrible!

  • I’m using the Collection Cosmetics Does it all 5 in 1. I can’t exactly remember when I got, I think maybe the middle of last year :0

  • Chloe

    Currently using the fairy lashes by jelly pong that i got in a goodie box a while back- super volumizing but probably due for a change!

  • Bernie D.

    I am currently using Avon’s Super Extend Infinitize mascara, and have had it for around a year. It is certainly time for a new one!

  • Imogen

    I’m switching between Maybelline Great Lash regular and waterproof at the moment. I’ve had both open for, ah, months, but they are not dry yet and I’m on a replacement only no buy. I have used Clinique High Impact waterproof before and loved it and I’ve got a deluxe sample somewhere I need to dig out!

  • Lucy

    I’ve been using my Maybelline soft and full mascara since jan 2014. Time for an upgrade ❤️❤️

  • anjaok

    I’m using an Elizabeth Arden one my mum got free in Duty Free and it’s actually pretty great! I’ve had it about 3 months or so.

    • Ooh I got a really good EA mascara at Duty Free a couple of years ago! Is it the Ceramide one?

      • anjaok

        It’s called “Beautiful Colour”! It’s really good for ~fluttery~ looking lashes

  • Analesha L

    I’ve been using MAC the falsies for just over a year now (shame!). I’m finding I’m pumping so hard to try get any ink out of it I should just face the fact that it’s done!

  • I’ve been using the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara and it seriously rocks, been using it since November (which was the start of my second tube of it!) But of course, like you I have so many mascaras open that I use every now and then.

  • Cesy

    Max Factor Masterpiece Transform is my go to at the moment. It’s doing the job pretty well, but I never stay loyal to one mascara, so keen to try this!

    • Cesy

      Also I do chuck my mascara regularly. 3 bouts of pinkeye/conjunctivitis in three years (one so good the doctor at Student Health declared it the worst case she’d seen that year) makes you a bit paranoid. Speaking of which, time to clean my brushes.

  • I’m not entering since I already have approx 1 million mascaras, but I just want to comment and say I really like the Maybelline Volume Express The Falsies Big Eyes mascara – especially for the bottom lash wand!

  • carlyhitchcock

    I’d love to win this! Been using Maybelline The Falsies for about 5 months so it definitely needs to go

  • Lindsey Walker

    That is crazy I never knew that and it makes so much sense I always end up loving my mascara at the start and hate it by the end as it goes all clumpy!! At the moment I’m using Benefit they’re real. I’ve probably been using it on and off since around Feb last year o.O

  • Stacy Burry

    I’ve tried Clinique High Impact Extreme but I’ve never tried the regular High Impact. I may give this one a go after finishing my current mascara. I’m currently using Maybelline The Falsies Black Drama and I’ve been using it for 3 weeks!

  • Paggy S

    I’m currently loving the Lancome hypnose, it’s great even on my non-existent asian lashes! It really lengthens and thickens without spider legs which is really important for me haha! The last maybelline mascara I used was so long ago! Keen to give this one a go 🙂

  • Laura Lock

    I’m currently swapping between ELF’s Mineral Mascara and Benefit’s They’re Real. I totally agree with your quick review of They’re Real – Mine has already gone clumpy and it was new only two months ago – and I make sure I keep it tight! The ELF mascara I only got last month from iHerb, and it’s pretty great for a everyday, natural look 🙂

  • Artemis

    L’oreal Volume Millions in Black – my mum got it in her 2013 Christmas giftset and doesn’t use mascara so she gave it to me, think I started using it early-ish 2014? I don’t wear it very often but I know its well past its best. Still works really well tho!

  • Christel Hansen

    Oh man, I was looking forward to trying that Miss Manga one. Hate it when mascaras aren’t worth the hype!
    I’m currently using Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara and it is awesome. I LOVE the brush on it, and it holds a curl really well – which is the main thing I look for in a mascara.

  • Chelsea

    Bare Minerals Lash Domination. Been using it for 6 months. It is the love of my life

  • Jessie

    I use Maybelline Define a Lash, probably been using for 6 months…..maybe more :/

  • I use Maybelline The Falsies original although it’s almost out and I also use Covergirl Clump Crusher over the top and on my bottom lashes. Been using this combination for about 8 months now!

  • I’ve been using the Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal (yellow tube, waterproof) since high school 🙂

    • I hope you haven’t been using the same tube since high school!

      • LOL no way! It’s just been my absolute favorite since then. I’m definitely bad at throwing out mascaras after 3 months though…

  • Madisyn Jessie :)

    I am wanting to try new products and give other products a go! I’ve recently tried the Revlon Bold Lacquer! and I’ve been using it for roughly 2 months now as I have only recently began to wear make-up!