It’s rare that I say I can’t live without a beauty product. (And yes, I know that realistically I could live without any of ‘em — but what about my quality of life?) That said, for me, tubing mascara is a irreplaceable, panic-when-you-run-out essential.
If you already know what tubing mascara is, feel free to skim the next two paragraphs (and skip directly to a review of one of the best formulas I’ve ever tried), but if not, please, allow us to explain: Unlike conventional, wax-based mascaras, tubing versions contain polymers that wrap around the lashes so they don’t smudge or flake during the day, cosmetic chemist Ginger King previously told Allure. It’s because of this that you only need warm water to remove them; add some gentle pressure and you’ll notice those tiny “tubes” slide right off.
So for folks like myself with hooded eyelids (which means my lashes graze my lids, leading to smudging) or sensitive eyes (remember what we said about there being no rubbing or multi-step removal required?), tubing mascaras are the answer to a prayer. But since life is all about give and take, most tubing mascaras don’t impart the same super-dramatic (read: volumizing and lengthening) effects you might get from traditional formulas.
Perhaps you can guess where I’m going with this: Blinc UltraVolume Tubing Mascara proves you can have it all. After “decades” of development, “the major breakthrough came with a combination of new ingredients — including polymers — and innovative manufacturing processes,” says Lewis Farsedakis, the founder and CEO of Blinc.