But Yisell, I usually keep my mascara's more than 3 months and I'm fine. While that might be so, how many times are you willing to play Russian Roulette with your mascara? Till you get an infection and learn the hard way?
IF YOU'RE A CONSUMER
I've gone ahead and listed my top 5 favorite mascara's which I use both in my kit and for personal use that wont run your wallet into the ground. Now we all know that when getting a mascara it's all about the wand. The formula sort of matters too but not as much. The wand is what gives you the volume and the length that we all women crave. And in this case, size does matter.
1. Covergirl Lash Blast Length - I'm in love with the skinny wand that comes with this mascara. It's especially wonderful if you have small lashes. If the wand is too big, it's a bit harder to get into the base of the lash and create length.
2. Covergirl Lash Blast - Huge wand! But that's great if you already have long lashes but lack volume (such as myself). I don't recommend this to anyone with short lashes.
3. Maybelline Define-A-Lash - I really like the rubber wand that comes with this. It contours and bends to your lashes so it really gets in there. Also, because the "bristles" are small, the wand doesn't pick up a ton of product so less clumping which is a total plus.
4. Maybelline Great Lash - Let me start by saying that this is a classic. I actually used this in my kit for a very long time before exploring other options. It's still a staple in many makeup artists kits and it's the most basic mascara I've ever encountered. There isn't really anything special about the wand. In fact, I find the wand to be too small and not enough fluff to give volume. The packaging though, always give me a sense of nostalgia from when I was a kid. My sister used to have this mascara back in the 80's (we're 11 years apart so when she was 18, I was 7) and I'd just sit there in awe and watch her do her makeup ever so carefully. Perhaps this is why I kept it in my kit for so long.
5. L'Oreal Voluminous Original - I've left this one for last because I have to honest. It's my favorite personally and professionally. I love the wand, not too big, not too small. Great for length and really amazing for volume. I can get into the inner corner of my eye (we all know how hard it is to get in there without poking your eye out) and I can still get the volume I need on the outer corners of the eye while still separating the lashes and it leaving no clumps! WIN!
All in all, get what works best for you. Sometimes you won't know unless you do trial and error but at least you didn't spend $50 on a mascara that probably wont work for you.
IF YOU'RE A MAKEUP ARTIST
As a makeup artist, when mascara goes in my kit, it doesn't matter what kind of wand it has because I never use the wand anyways. A professional and clean makeup artist should always have an arsenal of disposable mascara wands in their kit. Using the same wand on multiple people and double dipping is an absolute NO NO! Now, you can use the wand only and ONLY if you're keeping and washing/disinfecting the wands between use. I used to do this for years because I was tired of constantly purchasing mascara wands. But, that got old and I realized that I was just creating more things to clean (and I don't have to explain the joys of brush washing). I eventually went back to using disposables and saved myself the task of cleaning one more thing. I guess this is why the Maybelline Great Lash is such a staple, because the wand doesn't matter. It's functional and gets the job done. Though, I do have to say that the L'Oreal still takes the cake and I carry that in my kit instead. In the end, use what you feel most comfortable with. Every artist is different and has different work methods. If you're the kind that likes to carry around more than one type of disposable mascara wand (or would like to explore and try different wands), Qosmedix has quite the selection.