Mascara – and concealer … and primer – is perhaps one of the most important steps of my makeup routine. It makes you look more awake and ties everything together. So I thought I’d share with you some of my favourites.
1. Maybelline the Falsies volum’ express black drama mascara £7.99
I tend to have a love/ hate relationship with maybelline masacaras. Sometimes I absolutely hate them, like the Maybelline The Volum’ Express Colossal Masacara – which I threw out after a few uses because it was super clumpy and just very hard to work with, so I was sans mascara for a while. But then there a few I absolutely loved, like the Maybelline Stiletto mascara, which I think might have been discontinued and this one – the falsies. There are many variations of this mascara – the original one, the flared one .. but this one is the only one I’ve tried so far. Although I opt for length over volume, this one has made the exception. The curled and flexible wand makes it easy to apply and it all the way down to the roots. It doesn’t clump, and after one coat you have long, uber voluminous lashes. This is probably the closest you’re going to get to false lashes without the false lashes. Not bad for £8!
2. Natural Collection Lash Definition Mascara Black £1.99
The cheapest of the bunch, and a long-time favourite. This has a bristle wand – which I prefer over plastic ones – and is perfect if all you’re after is length. It doesn’t deliver much on volume, but that doesn’t really bother me. This is a nice one if you don’t want anything OTT, and are after a natural finish. Besides, for just under £2, you can’t really go wrong with this one!!
3. L’Oreal Paris False Lash Flutter Mascara Black £10.99
This is perhaps my least favourite of the bunch, mainly because it has a plastic wand. Despite that, it still is quite a nice mascara, giving both length and volume but avoiding anything OTT again. I find that you have to work with it a bit to avoid clumping, but the ‘butterfly’ type wand is great for coating all the lashes and really flaring them out…so in that sense it does exactly want it says on the tube! A nice one if you find the Maybelline Falsies to be too dramatic for your taste.
4. Benefit they’re Real Mascara Black £18.50
Now this is only a sample I got from last month’s Elle I think – although you can buy this smaller version of the mascara in boots just around £8-9. This is again another plastic wand, but unlike the L’Oreal one, that doesn’t bother me so much. I think that is because it still retains the traditional wand, with small ball of bristles at the end, which makes it easier to reach the small inner corner lashes without getting mascara all over your face! I can definitely see why this is the nation’s best selling mascara, delivering both great length and volume, again without it being too OTT. This is definitely a contender for a purchase after I’ve gotten through all the rest – which is a testament to just how much I like it, £18.50 is ridiculous for a mascara!!
5. Lancome Hypnose Star Noir Midnight Mascara £23
Last but not least, is this offering from Lancome. Again, another sample, and frankly I wish I’ve never tried the damn thing because I love it so much! It is a bristle brush, and for the most part retains your traditional wand shape, although it is more triangular – great description huh?! What I love about this mascara is that because of its shape it coats every single lash, even the outer corner ones, which I personally always find I have trouble with. Though the brush isn’t bendy like the Maybelline one, again because of the shape, it is able to coat the roots of your lashes with the oh so techy motion of the zig zag, without getting it all over your face. It’s super black, delivers amazing length and volume and makes your lashes look fuller. This is hands down my favourite expensive mascara I’ve tried, but for the price, I don’t think I’ll be purchasing this one anytime soon.
A small tip when choosing a mascara; have a look at the brush … it gives you an estimate as to what your lashes with look like!
So there you have it, a rundown of some of my favourite – and not so favourite – mascaras.
What are yours?