What Are Tubing Mascaras? And Do They Work?

Friday, May 12, 2017

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Whilst I've always maintained that I've never needed to look beyond high street brands for effective and reliable mascaras, there's always been a type of mascara that I had never tried and have always been curious about.

I first learnt about 'Tube/Tubing Mascaras' from Sali Hughes' Guardian Beauty Column years ago and could never wrap my head around the technology she described but her reason for preferring to use only tubing mascaras was that they were the only ones she found to not smudge on her. She always carefully distinguished tubing mascaras from waterproof mascaras but again, in my ignorance, I failed to understand the difference.

That was until I tried a tubing mascara and now I can see what all the hype is about (and can see myself changing my mascara mantra because of it!).



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What are tubing mascaras & how do they differ from regular mascaras?

The technology behind tubing mascaras is really fascinating and once you've used it, removed it and experienced the whole tubing process, you may still find yourself in awe like I am. I've been using Trish McEvoy Lash Curling Mascara - Jet Black* and it's been an eye-opening (aaah! I couldn't resist!) experience as I would never have believed a mascara could work like this if I hadn't tried it. 

A traditional mascara formula is one that usually combines pigment, waxes, oils and fibres which are painted onto the lashes to make them appear thicker or longer etc., and these are most of the ones we can go and pick up in Boots & Superdrug. The lashes are essentially temporarily dyed with colour and the fibres adhere to the lashes. To remove this product you will need to use an oil-based eye makeup remover or a micellar water which will break down the oils, waxed & pigments. You will see the colour smudge and stain your eye area as you work away at removing the mascara.

A tubing mascara formula contains flexible polymers that literally coat each lash, and the rather more gloopy and wetter formula dries and shrinks around each lash, forming a tube. So instead of painting the lashes with product, the product takes the shape of the lashes ensuring a more effective performance. Each tube can be built up with extra product easily too because the formula dries and shrinks to fit, compared to fibres which can make mascaras prone to clumping.

Astonishingly, this product can be removed only with some warm water and most fascinating of course is how you can remove each tube with your fingers. It's mind-blowing to me having used traditional mascaras all my life. There's no mess, no smudges and no mascara stains all over the face to clear up. It's thoroughly refreshing!


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Do they work?

I love how defined and volumised my lashes are after using Trish McEvoy Lash Curling Mascara - Jet Black* and I find the tubing process really helps to bulk up my lashes without relying on clumping to build them up. I don't generally use a lash curler but find this mascara really lifts and curls my lashes for a dramatic but not unnatural eye opening effect. It is also very gentle on my eyes and doesn't weigh them down like some other mascaras can.

The best thing about this mascara is of course the fact that it doesn't budge or smudge or smear or flake off throughout the day. Tubing mascaras are known for their lasting power and I can vouch for how well they perform since I've twice cheekily napped wearing this mascara (don't judge please - exhausted mummy here who has to make use of every spare minute wisely) and woken up to see all eyeshadow and eyeliner smeared off but this mascara completely in tact. Amazing!

I've even tried to pull this mascara off my lashes but the formula adheres so well, that I can't do it without pulling out my eyelash! So it really is sweat-proof, waterproof, smudge-proof, heat-proof and resistant to anything else that could ever threaten your mascara game.


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Who should think about using tubing mascaras?

As soon as I first tried this and realised it's lasting power and ease of removal, I thought of my sister. She has sensitive eyes, that are prone to watering and itching throughout the day, and she generally finds eye products smudge on her oily eyelids. This mascara would be perfect for her and anyone who has similar issues.

It isn't irritating at all so if you generally find mascaras to give you that hideous urge to scratch your eyes out, I would highly recommend a tubing mascara. This doesn't budge so if you're someone who needs your mascara to withstand everything and anything the elements can muster up, including but not limited to gym sessions, awkward social gatherings, 12 hours in an overheated office, emotional weddings, tiring parties, tropical expeditions and/or a monsoon, then this could be the one for you.


I never thought I'd find a mascara to make me question my love for the amazing Maybelline Lash Sensational which has been my firm favourite all round these past couple of years. And whilst I will still use that for everyday, tubing mascaras will be my special event/long wear option from now on.

The tricky part of course is finding one for you because most tubing mascaras are made by the higher end brands but not generally labelled or named as tubing mascaras. I'm quite happy with this Trish McEvoy one and can see myself purchasing this for continued use in the future.


Have you ever tried a tubing mascara? If so, which one(s) do you recommend and do you prefer them to traditional mascaras? If you haven't tried tubing mascaras, would you like to? I'd love to know...



Sal xxx
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39 comments

  1. I heard about these a few months ago and I believe they're quite popular in Asia, if I'm not mistaken.
    As you pointed at in your post, they're not easy to find. I will have to do more research because they seem very interesting! :)

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    1. Yes, you really have to search because its difficult to tell which ones are tubing. xxx

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  2. This sounds amazing because as much as I love wearing mascara, it makes my eyes itchy and irritated and more often than not, it ends up all over my face.

    I wonder if other brands do tubing mascaras and I really need to subscribe to Sali Hughes Guardian column!

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    1. Yes, I feel like these tubing mascaras are great for sensitive eyes and you may enjoy using these kinds of mascaras a lot more xxx

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  3. I tried a tubing mascara from Blinc before and wasn't made about it because it didn't give any volume, just definition but this mascara sounds much better in the volume stakes. I am tempted to buy it! xx

    Beautylymin| LuxurySkincareGiveaway

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    1. Its worth giving this a go then...this I can build up layer upon layer without any fuss. xxx

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  4. I hate removing mascara that's why I hardly ever wear it so this tubing business sounds cool, definitely tempted to try this one as well. I heard Kathleen Lights talk about it but she didn't mention that it was volumising just that it was easy to remove so this might be a winner all-round. I am so excited! Thank you for sharing Sal, great post (also don't hate me but did you forget the 's' on mascara in your title? I hope you don't mind me asking but if you ever think I have left something out you are gladly invited to call me out on it. Shout it from the rooftops. Have a lovely weekend x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    1. Thank you so much for pointing it out...of course I don't mind. I am so grateful haha! I stared at it all night and all morning and didn't see the error lol!
      Yes, the removal process of this one takes a little getting used to but once you do, you appreciate that its not as messy as the traditional ones xxx

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  5. This sounds so good but I agree, tubing mascaras are rarely advertised as that! I *think* Fairydrops Scandal Queen nights be a tubing mascara and I don't like it at all so I think I'll stick to the standard drugstore ones from now on - spending £18.50 on a mascara I don't like broke my heart ha!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. Oh really? I may have to try removing it with water to see if it is. Would explain why it was so tricky to use at the beginning. Ah...totally understand. That Scandal Queen was a splurge for me too xxx

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  6. I must admit that I haven't heard of this concept before but I am really interested. I have sensitive/watery eyes and nothing stays on all day. I would love to try one but how can you find one if it's not labelled that it is a tubing mascara?? I guess research? And it is impressive that you can remove it with warm water, sometimes I hurt my eyes while trying to remove eyeliner and mascara.

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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    1. Yes, you really have to research online because they aren't generally advertised as tubing mascaras. xxx

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  7. I can't get my head around this. Why haven't I known about these before, they are a life changer I swear?! No mess, no smudges, no looking like a panda? I'm all ears. This one by TM sounds really good, definitely one to think about for me.
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. I know right...I never understood it till I tried it out xxx

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  8. I need a tubing mascara in my life, how have I not heard of them before!! x

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    1. Most likely because they're never advertised as such. So tricky to know which ones are and which ones aren't xxx

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  9. This is the first time I've heard about this, it's baffling! Thank you for sharing this!

    Lauren x Huggled

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    1. I know, its super weird to understand without trying xxx

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  10. I've only tried one tubing mascara from the brand blinc and it was lovely! I never tried another for some reason but this post just reminded me how much I enjoyed that blinc mascara. I wonder where I can get Trish McEvoy here in Canada.

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    1. I don't know if you guys have Nordstrom? I know they sell Trish McEvoy products there. xxx

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  11. I haven't tried tubing mascaras before or even heard of them until I saw your post but this really sounds like something I need to try. I can't believe how resilient the mascara is to things like heat and touching. I also love the idea of volume without clump. It is definitely going on my wishlist.

    Kristy | thevioletblonde.com

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    1. I know...I was shocked and wouldn't believe it if I hadn't slept in it ;) I'm super impressed xxx

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  12. I hadn't heard of this before but it sounds so cool. Must try it xx
    Liv
    livslack.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. I don't use Lash curlers either. They are more used as flatlay props. I love the sound of this mascara. Thanks for sharing Sal.

    Ash | www.mstantrum.com

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    1. Its a great mascara. Thanks for reading xxx

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  14. Ok you got me! I now love and need tubing mascara! Off to do some research!

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    1. I know right...try it out, its so cool xxx

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  15. This is literally revolutionary Sal! I've never heard of tubing mascaras but I absolutely love the concept. Thanks for letting us know about these, I'm going to for sure be checking them out! x
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie x
    http://marinawriteslife.blogspot.fr/

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    1. It really is revolutionary to me. xxx

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  16. I've never heard of this before! I must look into this more as it sounds really good!

    <3
    perfectfixations.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Its worth looking into as its such an interesting technology xxx

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  17. I love this post, I have never heard of tubing mascara until now

    Kayla
    Sheer Beauty Blog

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  18. I don't think I've ever heard of these until now, how interesting! Fab post.

    Alice | alicemaysnell

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    1. I am so glad I've finally tried one xxx

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  19. So an informative post Sal! I've tried tubing mascaras but I never knew the technology behind them! So i've learned something! I'm really enjoying the Trish McEvoy one xx

    www.lpagebeauty.com

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    1. Isn't is fascinating. I am super impressed too xxx

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  20. I have never heard of tubbing mascara before! You taught me something new and have added a mascara to my list of mascaras I want haha! Plus my eyes water and get irritated every quick therefore it would be good to try a tubbing mascara out



    ibreathemakeup xx | www.ibreathemakeup.com

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