Fall 2022 Beauty Round-Up: Eye Conditioning Mascaras

We bat them, rub them and layer them up with mascara, so it only makes sense our eyelashes need a little TLC. Factor in fall’s cooler temperatures, seasonal allergies and busier schedules that equate less shut-eye and we need a fix…fast. The beauty gods must have been thinking along the same lines, because seven bigwig companies have created their own unique versions of eyelash (and eyebrows too!) products for our every need.

Clarins SOS Lashes Serum Mascara in “Caramel”
($38, available online at www.clarins.ca)

With a formula that’s made up of 94 per cent ingredients of natural origin, this serum is actually good for our lashes. Add in organic castor oil for defining and strengthening, organic oat sugar to naturally define and curl, mastic extract to nurture and strengthen the roots of lashes and a lash-boosting complex to lengthen and we’ve got everything we need. Use it alone to boost natural colour, apply it before mascara to enhance the look or swipe on a little before bed to nourish, strengthen and revitalize.

Clinique High Impact Lash Amplifying Serum
($65, available at Hudson’s Bay)

Bless Clinique for putting the word amplify right in the name of this new serum, because there is nothing better than knowing we can amp up our look. Infused with conditioning ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, ginseng and turmeric roots, vitamin E and amla extract, just a few nightly swipes of this formula lets us sleep soundly knowing we’re conditioning, lengthening and thickening our lashes thoroughly.

Embryolisse Lashes & Brows Booster in “Colorless”
($47, available online at www.embryolisse.ca)

This French-made vegan formula notes 96 per cent ingredients from natural origins so it’s super safe to use on even the most sensitive eyes. Colourless and unscented, the concentrated booster helps accelerate growth and prevent breakage and follicle fallout of our eyelashes and eyebrows. To boot, the serum lengthens, thickens and densifies giving our eyes the much-needed TLC we’re craving.

Lancôme Cils Lash Revitalizing Serum
($64, available at Hudson’s Bay)

Just like hair, our eyelashes take a daily beating. Fortunately, the damage can be undone in about four weeks with daily use of this hair science-inspired and amino acid-fuelled formula. Super safe for even the most sensitive eyes, this serum works hard to repair our lash fibers, creating denser, thicker and stronger-looking lashes. Plus, with its blend of hyaluronic acid, kerasolution complex and cica, the formula is super hydrating, nurturing the lashes we’ve got and the new ones to come.

Origins Underwear For Lashes Lash Primer
($30, available online at www.origins.ca)

We couldn’t resist trying a lash primer called Underwear. Seriously. And we’re glad we didn’t. Named because it floats onto lashes like silky lingerie, this under-wonder lifts and lengthens what we’ve got while adding an invisible layer of lushness from root to top. Loaded with good-for-us ingredients like chamomile, rose flower and rosemary leaf water and not a drop of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates or formaldehyde, this vegan primer is the perfect start to enhancement and only requires a minimal application of mascara over top to reap the full benefits.

Pupa Vamp! Forever Exceptional Volume Mascara Unbeatable Hold in “111”
($27, available September 14, 2022 at Shoppers Drug Mart)

This creamy mascara not only swipes on easily it feels good once it’s in place. Sweet almond oil moisturizes our lashes without weighing them down. A blend of waxes and thickening and texturizing agents give us the volume we crave, while the volatile agents ensure long-lasting hold that is resistant to water, sweat, heat and humidity, keeping our look smudge free.

Revolution Lift & Define 5D Lash Extra Dimension Mascara in “Black”
($11.80, available online at www.lookfantastic.ca)

The words “hyaluronic hydration boost” are written right on the label, so you know this mascara is both intensely hydrating and eye defining. The bonus is that it simultaneously lengthens courtesy of its extreme extension formula, feels creamy thanks to plant-derived waxes and firming agents and lifts our lashes to all new heights with its two-way fiber technology wand. As for the hero ingredient, hyaluronic acid, well it also works overtime to rehabilitate and rebuild our weakened lashes, so there’s that.

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