It’s been a looong time since I last checked in with my Mascaras on Rotation series. Since the last instalment, there have been a bunch of mascaras coming and going. But amongst them, I’ve definitely found a few favourites that are here to stay. But I’m well overdue for a chat on the mascaras I’ve got on the go.
There’s actually a million included in this post and in my defence, a couple of these have only been hanging out in my drawer long enough to take these pics and get a review up before getting thrown out. I’ll be the first to admit that nobody needs this many mascaras on rotation at one time, but I do like having options…
Covergirl Flamed Out Mascara
I picked this up in the last Priceline sale after hearing whispers that it was a dupe for the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. And as a huge fan of the TF option, I was excited to give it a go. The brush is definitely a very similar hourglass shape. I love that but the formula doesn’t provide the same volume and intensity that I’ve come to love from Too Faced. Nevertheless, I actually do really love the effect this gives. It separates beautifully and holds a decent curl throughout the day which is everything I look for in a mascara. A solid option but unfortunately, I think Covergirl might actually be discontinuing this one in Australia.
Although the name implies it’ll provide plenty of volume, this one’s definitely one of the more subtle mascaras in my rotation. The short bristled, synthetic brush makes it easy to coat every lash but it can take some getting used to. The first couple of applications led to plenty of mascara on my lash line as well as my lashes. All in all, I’ve been reaching for this a lot when I need quick, subtle definition on the lashes but it’s probably not an essential.
It’s no secret that Maybelline produce a bunch of my favourite drugstore mascaras. Even though I was sceptical about all of the hype surrounding this launch, I grabbed one of these beautiful gold tubes while they were 40% off at Big W recently. I’ve only tried it out a couple of times but again, Maybelline have impressed. It separates and lengthens and produces plenty of volume. It is a little clumpy but I think as the formula dries out a little more, it might become another favourite.
Of course, another ‘mascaras on rotation’ post, another inclusion of this one. By now, you must know the drill. I’ve had a tube of this in my drawers for at least 5 years now and see no signs of slowing down. Although it’s role has changed, it’s still a non-negotiable for me. Nowadays, it’s one of my favourites to add a bit of definition to the bottom lashes because it will. not. smudge. I also reach for it for my top lashes a lot but find on warmer days, it can transfer a little to my brow bone.
After falling in love with the original Better Than Sex formula, I wanted to see if the waterproof formula performed just as well. And I haven’t been let down. The original formula holds a curl but the waterproof one does an even better job. It makes my lashes look like I’ve had a lash lift because they hold such a beautiful curl and the length and volume can’t be beaten. I’ve been reserving this one for special occasions when I really want dramatic lashes. I did notice, however, that this formula transferred a little more onto the browbone than the non-waterproof version. Nevertheless, the Better Than Sex mascara really is as good as everyone says it is.
Any mascara being marketed as ‘eye opening’ will get my attention in no time. Particularly if it comes from Bobbi Brown, a brand responsible for one of my other favourite mascaras of all time. When I first started testing this one, I was quite taken aback by how huge the brush was. It can be a little messy and I find that the wand doesn’t actually need to be that big. There’s plenty of drama but not quite the curl or length that I look for. It definitely hasn’t overtaken my love for the Smokey Eye Mascara from BB but is still a lovely option, once you get application right.
I found another mini Smokey Eye Mascara in the back of my drawers and got very excited. It’s no secret that I love this one. It delivers just about everything I look for in a mascara – length, volume and plenty of curl. This is my go-to when I want natural yet dramatic lashes. I think this is one of those mascaras that I’ll keep on repurchasing because it always delivers.
I wasn’t expecting much from this little sample that came with the Chloe x Ciate London eyeshadow palette but I’ve been truly blown away. From the very first application, I could tell I was onto something special. And, if I’m honest, I didn’t wear much else for a couple of months there. I particularly love this because it holds a curl beautifully (can you sense a theme amongst my favourites?) and provides plenty of volume and separation. Another one that definitely has a repurchase on the cards.
I’ve always wanted to try a mascara specifically designed for lower lashes and this one has delivered. The teeny tiny brush is perfect for really wiggling into the bottom lashes. It provides beautiful definition without ever looking clumpy or over the top so I’ve been reaching for it a lot. It comes in a set with a clear brow gel (which I’ve also been loving) but hopefully, they release this individually.
What have been your favourite mascaras lately?
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