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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Waterproof Mascaras that can Endure Any Workout!

I sweat for a living and for my sport. I have been wearing waterproof mascara since I was 17 years old and I won't mention how old I am now, but its been a long time. I don't wear a ton of makeup but I feel like a little bit of foundation and mascara makes me feel like I am ready to take on my day.
I have found that there are only a few mascaras that live up to their claim of being "waterproof". I don't mean just a little but when you sweat as much as I do as a fitness instructor and while playing roller derby, I need something that is actually "waterproof".
Some people may be looking for a durable waterproof mascara for a different sport or maybe they cry a lot, but either way, it is extremely embarrassing to think you are still made up but come to find out you look like you got punched in both eyes.
So, the test has been taken. I have been trying a multiple of different waterproof mascaras, and have had others helping me with this experiment as well.
Many brands say they won't run down your face but I beg to differ. I have taught many classes and continue talking to my students afterward.  I finally get to a mirror and see that I have raccoon eyes and extra mascara all over my face. And why doesn't anyone ever tell me?  
With the sweat that we spill from our faces doing hardcore spin classes and Zumba, plus playing roller derby and many others that are runners, swimmers or any other reason you may sweat a lot, we need a mascara that can withhold and tornado coming out of our faces or a mamas cry when her son gets married.
I rated them on a scale from 1-10 (1 least favorite, 10 the best)
Here are some of the results:

Avon Wash off Waterproof: I used this mascara for over 6 years straight and it always held up. The last couple times I have bought it, it has not been the same. This is what led me to this recent experiment and now my blog. Maybe they changed the formula but I had to go through a few mascaras till I found the one I liked. It used to be a 10 for me, but now it is a 4 out of 10.

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes: This mascara seemed to work pretty well the first time I used it, but it didn't hold up to a true spin class or more than a couple workouts. I would say this was one of my least favorite. I give this one a 3 out of 10.
Although this one  worked the first couple times I used it, it clumped up in the bottle very quick and wasn't waterproof after a few times. I would give this a 5 out of 10.

This one was recommended to me by a derby girl. She said it always works for her and she needs to use a really good make up remover to get it off. She gave it an 8 out of 10.

Great Lash help up pretty well. I rub my eyes when the sweat is running down my face, so I am a little harder on my mascara than others. A few of my fellow instructors recommended this mascara, so it must be better for others than me. All 3 ladies that recommended this mascara gave it a 7 out of 10.

Ok. I had to splurge to see if any of the high priced department store brands to see if that made a difference. I left my spin class and I had makeup all down my cheeks. I would give this one a 4.

Ok, Here is a winner!!! Maybelline VolumExpress Waterproof Mega Plush held the test of Spinning, Roller Derby and a shower. I had to use my makeup remover pretty strong to get this off and that is how I like it! I give this one a 9! The reason it is a 9 and not a 10 is because you have to put on at least 3 coats to make your lashes look really full. 
This is the 10! Maybelline VolumExpress Waterproof Colossal stood the true to test of sweat, tears and shower and makes your lashes look full and lengthy. It last a long time in the bottle, doesn't dry up and is only $7.99. 

I would love to hear your feedback on this blog. I know it is not a traditional blog that we would do, since it is not about fitness directly. But so many of my students and colleagues ask me what mascara to use, I felt that this was an important topic to cover.
Stay fit, Be well, and in this case, Feel good, Look Good,
Michelle Rotell
owner Sweat Cardio and Yoga


  1. I didn't reply with any feedback originally because I have yet to find a good waterproof mascara. So I'm very excited to give the last one a try! will let you know! Thanks for putting in the time and doing the research!

  2. Thank you so much! I have oily eyelids and am very active so I'm always trying to find a great waterproof mascara.

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