When Clumps Are Good-Trish McEvoy High Volume Mascara

I know that some makeup artists purposely make mascara clumpy for a grungy thick lash look for magazine and runway. Or very young teens first trying makeup, (hopefully not knowing any better), pile on black mascara for a dramatic dark look with way too much black liner I might add.

When I was a very young teen, blue shadow was still in fashion, and I think I didn’t even use mascara at the time-just the blue eye shadow. Used to come in crayon sticks in pastel colors of baby blue, a light meadow green as I recall- I think maybe made by cover girl. Wore it with Lemon scented “perfume” which later came in strawberry too.

I forget the name of the spray but if I put it up for question on Chofu Rules! facebook page, somebody would remember.  I later graduated to Jovan musk oil at the tender age of 12-way too much sensuality I think. Anything with a man and woman shown cuddling on the package is probably PG-13.


I was discussing makeup with fav brow artist, Stacie at Marsha Nadalin at Kahala Mall and she told me she liked a certain brand of mascara because it came off in “clumps”.

I never really noticed that washable came off in clumps – but that is a great way to describe it.

Over my many unfaithful years of being supplied with mascara via samples in whatever gwp-I’ve tried Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder, Lancome, Dior, etc etc etc., I would use the ones I like until they were dried in the tube, and others were meh, so they got thrown back into the makeup graveyard only to be tossed in a makeup feng shei moment.

One of the ones I liked of late and actually bought is Trish McEvoy’s High Volume Mascara in Jet Black.  As I mentioned previously, almost everything from my Trish kit was c-ap. I like the skinny brush – I only do one coat of mascara, so the first swipe has to do the job.

But having used it up, I started using my Bobbi sample of Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara. Makes my lashes really dark and bushy, but it’s hard to remove with my beloved Cerave Facial Cleanser. And because it won’t come off with my cleanser it leaves spludgy black marks that are difficult to remove even with a makeup remover cloth. It smears in ballet class too-how embarassing to be walking around like that.

It was right about then I went to see Stacie and realized that what I liked about the Trish mascara was the easy removal. Lazy to go to Ala Moana Shopping Center because of it’s major construction of Bloomingdales wing and a condo over Nordstrom, I meter out my visits.

So, I am there one day because L’Occitane does not ship flat rate to Hawaii and I liked a gwp offer.  Traversing through Neiman’s the most empty side of the shopping center parking lot because it is without shade and other reasons…I stop by the Trish counter.

The Japanese sales girl was very giggly and didn’t know which mascara I wanted, but because Trish has only two, one in a gold tube, it was easy to figure out which one was the High Volume.  The one in the gold tube which was also in the kit, Dramatic Lash mascara, is guilty of the spludge. Because the packaging is so beautiful, I have not thrown it out -it is simply resting in the makeup graveyard at the moment.

So, I’m pretty happy with Trish mascara at the moment-because sometimes clumps are good.