When I was a teenager, I discovered a mascara made by L’oreal called Splash Out. It never flaked, the waterproof version of it never streaked, it lengthened my puny eyelashes and made my nonexistent lower lashes visible. Then a couple years ago, it disappeared off the market. Honestly, that’s how it goes with me. I have amazing brand loyalty, I’m more loyal to companies than they are to me as a consumer. I’m not the only one, I know, because after obsessively checking the Internet for it, people started jacking up the price and selling it for ridiculous amounts of money on Amazon and eBay.
I’ve been known to call the manufacturer off the empty bottles of things to find out if they’ll ship me their product directly once it’s gone off the market. Focus 21 shampoo and conditioners, I’m talking to you!
In sadness, I’ve been searching for an affordable alternative. One I can go to the local store and purchase, I’m not a “Go to Macy’s” kind of gal. I’ve only found a couple of mascaras that compare. First, I tried Maybelline’s Lash Stiletto. That was pretty good but the brush didn’t really find all my tiny eyelashes, so I kept searching. Then I found a mascara that Cover Girl made, but it’s pretty hard to find, which made me think that maybe they’re phasing it out… so I didn’t really want to get hooked on yet another product that was on its way out.
Yesterday, walking through Target, I ditched my husband and kid and studiously went through their makeup aisles. (I’m still looking for the perfect bronze lipstick to replace Revlon’s 101 Bronze Beauty, but that’s another story for another day.) Lo, what did I find? L’oreal has a newish mascara on the shelves called Butterfly. And they have a waterproof version of it. I tried it this morning, so far so good. Despite my misgivings, the brush worked well. I’m waiting to see how the formula holds up through the day. If Amazon reviews are truthful, this may be my Big New Find! My hunt for the perfect replacement mascara could be over!
My excitement is palpable! And suddenly, a Monday isn’t all THAT bad, people!