Mascara Of The Month: Antonym/ Ilia

You get another 2-for-1 mascara post this month, seeing as I never got around to posting in April. It’s easy to blame my usual procrastination for the failure, but to be honest I was a least partially waiting to see if my under eye circles might go away long enough to photograph the results without horrifying everyone. I’d like to blame spring allergies for the return of the puffiness and super dark circles, but given the difference between one Whole30 and off, I’m going to have to admit they are probably more diet related.


Anyway, you’ll just have to ignore how haggard I look and focus on the lashes! The past two months I have been alternating between mascaras from Antonym and Ilia.

I’m reasonably happy with both mascaras, although they still aren’t as good as my first choice (I really did this project in the wrong order by starting with the one I like best, lol).

The Antonym mascara is a nice, dark black. It wears well all day, and I haven’t had issues with flaking or smudging.

The brush has thick, stubby bristles, which pull up a lot of product, and kind of give a gloppy application. It’s hard not to super saturate the lashes, and it does take a couple of minutes to properly dry. Once I sneezed when it was still wet and I ended up with mascara all over my lids and under my eyes! So it loses points for being a little annoying to apply, but once it’s on it doesn’t bother me the rest of the day.

The Ilia mascara is a much thinner formula, so it coats the lashes with a very thin layer of mascara. Definitely not building volume or length with this one!

Also, the brush has super short bristles on one side and long bristles on the other. I’m assuming this is to add versatility or make it easier to apply to your tiny lower/ inner lashes, but mainly it just meant I had to pay attention to exactly the angle I was holding the brush to get it in right. Also, the brush pulled all kinds of clumps out of the bottle which was less than optimal. But again, once it was on it didn’t flake or smudge on me, and lasted all day just fine.

So there you have it. Two more perfectly acceptable options in the all natural, “chemical free” beauty game. Neither is the holy grail of mascaras, but I’d be fine using these any time.

Here’s how they look on:


And the Ilia:



Please note: this is NOT a sponsored post, and there are NO affiliate links. All products were purchased with my own money, and all opinions are my own. 


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