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The Best Mascara of 2020

Hello Friends! Mascara is one of the things that I personally cannot go without. Especially for those fresh face no makeup looks, focusing on brows and lashes is the way to go.

It's not hard to find a good mascara, but finding a mascara that is healthy for your lashes, cruelty/paraben-free, doesn't flake or smudge, AND it doesn't stain your towels... that's a goldmine.

This year, I found my favorite lash combo!!

I had an Ipsy subscription for the longest time and one day the cutest little mascara showed up in my bag. I had never heard of Thrive Causemetics before but the mascara made quite an impression.

I've been obsessed with the combo of Thrive mascara and L'oreal Voluminous Lash Boosting Primer.

What is a tubing mascara?

Thrive mascara is a tubing mascara. Using thin film polymers, the product surrounds your lash like a tiny straw. This technology ensures an even coating of product on each lash. The formula also has conditioning agents that not only protect your lash but also help long term growth.

This mascara formula includes orchid stem cell complex, youth B5 complex, shea butter, and castor seed oil. These conditioning agents heal and protect your lashes.


Holy Grail Tip: Castor oil is amazing for growing your lashes and brows!


The downside of lash extensions

For those who are transitioning from having lash extensions, this mascara is going to be your best friend.

Lash extensions are heavy on natural lashes and you have to avoid submerging or soaking them in water. Not to mention the fact that eye makeup is a nightmare to apply and eyeliner is completely off the table. Long thick lashes look amazing but it's not always the most practical or healthy for your eyes.

Since the weight of lash extensions can cause lashes to shed more quickly than natural, it's easy to get stuck in an expensive cycle of getting extensions to fill your lashes and then more falling out due to the extra weight.

A much healthier option is Thrive Mascara. Thrive Causemetics brands it as the "Liquid Lash Extension Mascara" for a reason. The product builds on itself to create the lash extension look without the hassle, discomfort, and cost of actual extensions.

The Importance of the right mascara wand

The applicator brush is incredibly important in the world of mascara. A thinner wand with sturdy bristles that can comb through lashes as you apply the product is the best, especially if you're looking for length.

One of the most dreadful qualities of mascara is its ability to clump. Thickening mascaras always come with a thick fluffy applicator wand that is great for packing on product, but it always seems to clump near the lash line and smudge or get in your eye.

Why Thrive Mascara works

Thrive Mascara has a wand that is thicker towards the base and tapers down, with short sturdy bristles lining it. This gives the doe-eyed look by flaring the lashes out on the corners of your eyes. The bristles comb the product through as you apply. A few coats while the product is still wet allows the polymer to build on itself and adds length to each lash.

Easiest mascara to remove

The polymers in the formula make removal super easy and gentle which is great for those of us who can't afford to lose any lashes!

The consistency is very creamy at first but once it dries the product sticks to itself it seems rather than the product building up and weighing down delicate lashes. With a bit of warm water, the tubes slide right off with no cloudy smudge of product left on your towels... or on your Makeup Eraser if you're hip!

How to get even longer lashes

I like to add a primer before I apply Thrive Mascara. Primer is usually a white mascara with fibers in it that stick to your lashes. The fibers build and create length. L'oreal Voluminous Lash Boosting Primer is the best one I've come across yet.

I have very short lashes so I usually load on product to make them thicker and longer. For a long time, I would apply mascara immediately after I put on primer. I've found that if you let the primer dry, the fibers set in place and you get much longer lashes because the thrive mascara polymers can build on top of the fibers.

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Susan Gibson Kenny
Susan Gibson Kenny
Dec 19, 2020

I have wanted to try Thrive for some time. Thanks for the great review!

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