MASCARA MELEE : Round Two

War of the Lash Glops continues! This time, it’s Marc Jacobs O!Mega versus Buxom Waterproof! Alas, this time a whole bunch of my individual-eye photos (specifically all the “freshly applied” shots of the O!Mega) were unusably blurry — like, all 12-15 of them. :(  So the pics aren’t as detailed as I’d like, but oh well. LET’S FIGHT!

THE RULES : All will be applied in my “normal” fashion, to freshly-washed face with a little serum or light moisturizer — nothing oily, and no foundation or powder or other makeup in the eye area. No eye makeup either, just mascara alone, because I don’t want to blame a product for smears or flecks that were caused by a misbehaving eyeliner or shadow. I’ll generally use full-size products, or minis as long as they have the same brush as the regular size, and aren’t more difficult to use for any reason. I’ll probably also test out mascaras I’ve had for a while, but I certainly won’t use anything that’s old, dried out, or otherwise not applying/behaving as is “normal” for that product.

THE CONTENDERS :

Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash is $26/.25oz at Sephora. It comes in an aesthetically-pleasing fat rounded-square tube with chrome trim, and the brush is a medium-sized bristle affair with a bit of taper toward the tip:

Buxom Waterproof Lash Mascara is $20/.37oz at Ulta (and elsewhere). It comes in a pretty standard cylindrical tube with chrome trim, and the brush is a larger-than-average rubbery spike type wherein the bristles are a bit finer AND denser at either end :

Wow those pics are both kinda shitty — let’s have a side-by-side comparison shot :

You can see how the finer denser bristles at the end of the Buxom wand tend to hold on to more product, and also that its end is fatter/doesn’t taper nearly as much as the O!Mega’s tip.

WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE ON

Okay I did a horizontal flip on both of those images so they’d match my “mirror” image because otherwise I get confused while talking about left vs right. Sigh. ANYWAY. That’s Marc Jacobs O!Mega on the left, and Buxom Waterproof on the right.

Application with the Marc Jacobs is a little easier : its smaller/more tapered tip is better at getting small corner lashes without smearing product everywhere, and its bristle brush applied a bit more evenly. Re: the Buxom — granted, my right eye has shed one or two of its longest lashes, but Buxom’s applicator made it unusually difficult to “position” and arrange my lashes during application, so there’s a very visible gap there that I just could NOT get rid of. Annoying. However, neither was prone to doing that annoying thing where your mascara adheres a bunch of your lashes together in large spikes, so that’s good.

Both of these feel reasonably soft when fully dried — neither one feels super hard/crunchy/tar-like. But also, neither results in an “oooh, smooth and silky look” — both appear slightly fuzzy/shaggy, with the Buxom being slightly more prone to depositing actual little clumps on the lashes.

HOW DO THEY WEAR THO?

Above : ten hours later. They’ve both lost some length and volume, and/or they both “fell” a bit over the course of the day. (Neither of these is billed specifically as a curling mascara, and I find that they’re both pretty average regarding lifting lashes or holding a curl. They’re not notably great in that regard, but they’re also not like “omg soooo heaaavy” that they weigh my lashes down to a dire degree.)

Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash, appx ten hours after application
Buxom Waterproof mascara, appx ten hours after application

As you can (maybe? kinda?) see in the photos, both mascaras do flake a bit (especially if you rub your eyes), but the Marc Jacobs O!Mega definitely flakes more. Both also produce some undereye smudging, but honestly it’s not too bad. Both of these are actually pretty good on the smudge-proof front!

Behold the Filthy Q-Tips of … well let’s say “Shame” this time, as I wouldn’t class either of these as a “Failure.” As you can see, cotton-swab cleanup definitely collected some smudged-off product, but not NEARLY as bad as last time’s contenders, Tarte Gifted and Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir. For full removal, both of these came off pretty easily with normal face wash — Buxom, being a waterproof formula, does require either a more emollient cleanser, or a swipe of makeup remover or whatever (I removed the final little smears with a quick wipe of squalane oil on a tissue).

THE WINNER : Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash. Yes it’s slightly more expensive for slightly less product, and yes it can flake a little more. But I also find this one easier to apply neatly, easier to arrange my lashes with, I get more overall volume (even if it’s kinda shaggy) and fewer clumps, and less smudging during the day. In fact, O!Mega Lash was my go-to before I discovered my one true love (Dinoplatz <3), and is one of the few mascaras I’ve purchased more than one tube of.

 

Tried ’em? Got an opinion? Share!