Maybelline Full 'N Soft has been my go-to mascara since sophomore year of high school; until receiving the recent samples in my Birchbox, I had tried very few other brands. And before receiving said samples, it had also been quite some time before I had worn any makeup, period. I was wowed the first time I used both the Anastasia and the blinc mascaras, but after comparing all 3 side by side, the results surprised me.
|Bare lashes; as you can see, they are very pale and very short.|
|blinc mascara; definitely the least impressive of the 3, though it certainly seemed like it was adding a ton of length when I put it on. But when looked at with the others, it's clear that it adds very little volume and comparatively mediocre length.|
|Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Lifting Mascara|
|Maybelline Full 'N Soft|
These two add much more volume and definition than the blinc; between them I'd say the Anastasia gives better results, but for the price difference, I think I'll have to stick with my Maybelline. I may give another drugstore brand a try, just to start branching out and being a bit adventurous (there was a brand recommended by a Youtuber that I'd like to try), but there appears to be a reason I've stuck with the same brand for so long. I may purchase the blinc simply for the novelty factor of the tubing, but I've got plenty of time until I save up enough Birchbox points, so I may find something in the meantime that I like better, and it won't be any big loss.
Next up: my first attempt at using nail strips.