This $8 Mascara Makes It Look Like I Have Mini Eyelash Extensions

Total Temptation Mascara


It's no secret we'll immediately fall for just about anything in blush-colored packaging. But the real test comes after purchasing: Does the product inside actually work? I was excited to rip open a box from Maybelline to find this little pink tube—the brand's Total Temptation mascara. Here's my take on the product.

What to Expect From Total Temptation Mascara

The first thing I noticed was the size of the brush—thick, dense, and the short bristles coated in product. I usually go for a big brush exactly like this one for the most eye-opening, dramatic effect a mascara can offer.

maybelline Total Temptation Mascara
Maybelline New York Total Temptation Mascara $10

Before And After Applying Total Temptation Mascara

Before using Total Temptation mascara by Maybelline
Hallie Gould

I started applying the product, and as I swiped, I noticed the formula went on like a dream. Usually, with a brush this size, you forgo separated lashes for thickness and volume. However, there's some magic happening here, because it somehow pulls off both. My lashes were fluffy and soft but endlessly coated in bold, inky black pigment. It's the best of both worlds.

After using Total Temptation mascara by Maybelline
Hallie Gould

The Final Takeaway

The formula is made differently than most (with coconut oil), so its soft, almost whipped texture is what does the job. And if you have endlessly sensitive, watery eyes (like me), this is an incredibly gentle, easy-to-remove formula that stays put until you wash it off (I know because I accidentally took a nap while wearing it and didn't have to touch it up before I went out). I'm sold.

Other Mascaras We Love

Below, a handful of other mascaras that, like the Maybelline product, work to provide volume and separate lashes for a dramatic result.

LashBlast mascara
CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara $8

Just one coat of CoverGirl's iconic mascara offers major volume and a slick of color, for a bold effect. Bonus: It's cruelty-free and hypoallergenic, so even sensitive eyes can make the most of a major lash moment.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara - best volumizing mascaras
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara $27

The curvy brush in this Marc Jacobs tube ensures that each and every lash is coated with concentrated pigment, with the most volume focused on the center of the lash line. It's also smudge-free and designed to be used in three strokes or less (meaning a single tube lasts a while).

Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume & Curl Mascara - best volumizing mascaras
Wander Beauty Unleashed Volume & Curl Mascara $24

A proprietary blend of good-for-you ingredients (including trehalose and peach leaf extract) work to condition lashes, ensuring a clump- and flake-free application. Staggered bristles and a hook-shaped brush allow for easy angling and a bit of lift and curl, to boot.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara - best volumizing mascaras
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara $25

This best-selling mascara only requires a single coat and still manages to lift, curl, and define lashes. Polymers work like hairspray, locking curls into place, while acacia senegal tree extract imparts volume.

Glossier Lash Slick review
Glossier Lash Slick $16

This cult-favorite product works to mimic lash extensions—curling, sculpting, and lengthening, without any clumping or smudging. It's also water-resistant and made without parabens, fragrance, or harmful allergens, so it's a favorite among contact lens-wearers. Even better, it washes off easily at night and conditions while it's on.

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