Total Tease Mascara
Total Tease Mascara differentiates itself with a unique, dual-sided brush design that is handy for precise, "no mess" application on hard-to-reach lashes. Overall, it's a pretty good mascara for definition and length, just don't count on it for much volume.
One side of the brush features short, rubbery bristles that coat lashes in the usual fashion. The other side features a small cluster of longer bristles that you can use to target corner lashes.
We found this approach worked well, defining lashes root to tip with minimal to no clumping. However, the thin rather wet formula isn't great for building thickness, but it's fairly good in the lengthening department, and we didn't experience any problems with flaking or smudging.
While we wouldn't put the results on par with our top holy grail status mascaras, the unique brush might be enough to sway you. Bonus: Total Tease Mascara comes in additional shades beyond black, including brown and deep blue, and all are fragrance free.
- Dual-sided brush design allows you to target hard-to-reach corner lashes.
- Delivers defined, somewhat lengthened lashes.
- Not prone to flaking, clumping, or smudging.
- Fragrance free.
- Not great for volume.
Strengths: Inexpensive and widely available; a hugely improved selection of foundations, several with reliable sunscreen; good concealers; enviable pressed powders; some fantastic Lash Blast mascaras; mostly great eyelining options; a vast selection of lip color options, from the long-wearing Outlast to sheer lip glosses to the wholly impressive Lip Perfection lipstick;several great options in the Queen Collection.
Weaknesses: The older foundations are seriously lacking; the newer Advanced Radiance foundation has great texture but disappointing SPF rating; powder blush and eyeshadows; terrible makeup brushes; all of the "Clean" products contain irritating ingredients.
Since 1961, CoverGirl has been slowly building a portfolio of cosmetics that today is about as all-encompassing as a makeup line can be. Originating from the same "medicated" ingredients found in Noxzema Skin Cream (which was never medicated in the least, but seriously irritating for skin), the debut products are still available, albeit with slight modifications. The good news is that for the past several years CoverGirl has consistently updated their line with some very impressive products, especially their foundations, concealers, and vastly improved pressed powders. They also offer some excellent eye and lip pencils, lipsticks and lip gloss, and one of the all-time best long-wearing lip paints, Outlast.
What's puzzling is that although many of CoverGirl's latest products are progressive, they tend to hang on to the lackluster-to-poor options, including abysmal powder blush and eyeshadows and their long-standing, very irritating Clean Makeup.
CoverGirl's Web site is extremely easy to navigate, and presents a wealth of product information, along with practical (if somewhat cutesy) tips and tricks for successful makeup application and for finding the shades that work best for you. CoverGirl's consumer relations department is consistently helpful if you have any questions or concerns. For example, if one of your favorite items was discontinued, you might want to know what replaced it, and they will let you know. Such service and customer concern is yet another powerful reason to believe CoverGirl really has its (class) act together.
For more information about CoverGirl, owned by Coty, call (800) 426-8374 or visit the Web site at www.covergirl.com.
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