I’ve been experimenting with makeup since I was in middle school (earlier, if you count my mom letting me wear her lipstick to run errands at Walmart circa nine years old). And while my looks graduated from thick, wet glitter sticks in seventh grade to the streamlined, natural approach I take now, the one thing that has been a constant—a non-negotiable, really—in my routine has always been mascara. (OK, the mascara I wore in middle school was technically clear, but my young self considered it a staple nonetheless.)
Fast-forward and I’m now a beauty editor. It all adds up. I’ve learned to take good care of my lashes and as a result, they stay healthy. You won’t find me scrubbing them loose with washcloths or wipes, I stick to oil-based removers and I treat them with castor oil regularly. I’ve also grown to be super conscious about the mascara I use on them, choosing cleaner formulas these days and being that much more careful about ingredients. It helps that in 2018 I switched to exclusively shopping cruelty-free, which sadly narrows down my options a whole lot.
All of this to say, when I got the opportunity to try the new COVERGIRL Lash Blast Clean Volume Mascara, I was 1) completely thrilled that the brand has become Leaping Bunny-certified cruelty-free and 2) really stoked that there was a clean mascara option for less than ten bucks. If you dabble, you know that category is normally pretty expensive, so $8 feels like a huge steal.