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Layering Mascara? Shanté, You Stay!

Layering Mascara? Shanté, You Stay!

As I've stated many a time, my goal in life is to have Drag Queen Lashes without actually wearing falsies. A few swipes of any ol' mascara won't do - I need to find the perfect formula, the perfect brush, and put about 7,000 coats of it on. And that's just if I'm going to the grocery store. I thought I had found the perfect routine in my Shu Uemura eyelash curler and Diorshow Waterproof Mascara, but then I got a sample of the latest Dior mascara: Dior Addict It-Lash. I realized that I loved the look of layering It-Lash over my beloved Diorshow - I don't really remember how I came up with this idea. I think I wanted to add a little drama to my eyes for nighttime, but I was afraid that putting more Diorshow over my mascara would leave me with clumpy, over-mascara'd lashes. The brush on It-Lash is one of those plastic-y ones that I normally don't like, but this one doesn't painfully poke me in the eye like so many others. Plus, it combs through your lashes like a dream, making it perfect for adding mascara when you've already got your original 7,000 coats on. The formula isn't explicitly waterproof, but the description does say that once it dries it's "insoluble," which in my limited scientific understanding is basically a synonym of waterproof. Right? Maybe. It-Lash is also touted as being a "unique latex gel polymer," which just sounds really cool.

I've been using a deluxe sample I got from Sephora, but I've become convinced that I need a full size tube in my life STAT. (The fact that Sephora just sent me a 10% off coupon doesn't hurt either.) It-Lash comes in black, but also a gorgeous purple that intrigues me, as well as blue and pink. Plus, in true Dior fashion, the packaging is swoon-inducing.

It may seem like overkill, but now that I've discovered what a difference this little step makes, I can't imagine NOT layering two different mascaras. It's like when I realized tightlining made my eyes look about a million times better. Now with tightlining AND layering mascara, well, I'm almost tempted to give my peepers some kind of cheesy nickname like "Weapons of Mass Seduction." Almost.

Diorshow Waterproof Mascara: $25

Dior Addict It-Lash Mascara: $26

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