It Works! The $13 Mascara That Beats The Rest

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I like to keep my makeup simple, so often my eyes go naked with just a heavy-handed swipe of black mascara — which is why I'm always searching to see if there's a better wand out there. The perfect mascara has to lengthen, thicken, and be smudge-proof (not to be confused with waterproof), while having a blacker-than-black shiny finish.
It’s proven tougher to find than you might think. So, when I stumbled upon NYX Are You DeprEYEved of Long and Full Lashes Mascara & Serum, I wasn’t expecting anything out of the ordinary from a $13 tube, but what I got was full-on lash perfection.
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For me, it’s all about the brush. Here, the elongated oval brush reaches even the tiniest lashes making me look like I’ve got much more going on than I actually do. Because I'm plagued with watery eyes, I apply mascara only to my top lashes, but for extra oomph, I flip the brush vertically after the first coat and thicken lashes individually using the tip of the brush. It’s a little magic trick that a sweet Sephora staffer taught me years ago and it makes all the difference!
The finish on this mascara is jet black and thanks to a conditioning formula, my lashes don't look like they want to fall out by the end of the day. There’s not a smudge or flake to speak of by the time I have to wash it off, making this baby a keeper.
NYX Are You DeprEYEved of Full Lashes Mascara & Serum, $12.99, available at Ulta.
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