It’s been a fair while since I sat down and gave you the tour of my mascara collection and it’s fair to say, a lot has changed. As mascara does have a limited shelf life… I try not to hold on to a good thing for too long, but I’ve found plenty of awesome newbies and if I’m honest, things have been trending a little more high-end lately. Don’t stress, though, there are still a couple of budget wins amongst the bunch.
Before you think ‘who is this crazy lady with 278 open mascaras at once?’, some of these have just been opened and some of them are well and truly on their last legs. Only hanging around so I could include them in this post. Normally, I have 4 or 5 on the go at once, with different formulas depending on whether I need something natural or a little more nighttime appropriate. I just couldn’t resist talking about all the formulas I’ve been trying lately.
As you can probably tell from my November favourites, this one’s been a hit. Especially as it’s dried out a little more, the almost messy looking, hourglass wand really coats the every single lash. It adds length, plenty of volume and is a really great, deep black. It’s been my go-to for about a month and a half now when I need something a little more dramatic and it’s been serving me well. Super impressed with this one – it does everything I want a volumising mascara to do.
I was super excited to try out this double ended mascara combo from Mecca Max. I really do love the teeny brush for the lower lashes. But the larger wand’s formula is a little too gloopy and wet for my liking. The stopper also doesn’t seem to do a great job of stopping the gloop, so I’m careful to wipe the brush before applying. I was hoping it’d dry out nicely, as I mentioned in my first impressions, but no such luck. It gets a little messy to apply and often leads to lashes that look just a little too clumpy. Unfortunately, this is the first miss I’ve come across in the Mecca Max line-up and in my opinion, not worth the price tag.
I’d heard so many awesome things about Stila’s main mascara but hadn’t really gotten around to trying it for myself until recently. It’s a bit of a wetter formula than I’m used to but I love the hourglass-shaped wand. I’ve found it actually works really well for me, giving my lashes plenty of drama and length. As long as I wipe up the excess before applying. It’s good, yes, and I have been liking it but there’s better options around at this price point and even lower, so I don’t think I’ll bother repurchasing.
Ever since first trying out the sample size that came with my Chloe Morello palette, I knew I was on to a good one. And since bringing it back into my collection, I’ve fallen back in love. It delivers on all fronts, separating the lashes beautifully and really making my eyes look more awake. It also does a great job of holding a curl. Unfortunately, I think I might’ve prematurely dried it out by accidentally leaving it open while shooting a little while ago. Nevertheless, I’ve been reaching for this a lot on quick mornings before work because it justs works every time, especially after two coats.
I’m normally not huge on plastic-y wands but once I got used to this one (aka after I stopped getting it all over my lid while applying) I really loved how it lengthened and separated the lashes. Great for every day, casual wear. It just enhances my natural lashes without adding too much volume and drama. It doesn’t quite hold a curl as well as I like and I’m not convinced it’s worthy of a repurchase, once I finish this one up, but I’ve been enjoying this nonetheless for subtler makeup days.
It had been a while since I really tried much from the Bourjois line but I’m glad I gave this one a go. There was something about the name that instantly intrigued. As can be suggested by the ‘push up’ in the name, this holds a curl well, particularly for a drugstore mascara. Pair that with plenty of volume and just enough length, and you’re onto a winner. I reckon this one will get better as it dries out a little, too, because right now it can get onto the lash line if I’m not careful with application. I’ve only been trying this one out for a little while but so far, so good.
I ordered this through Shopandbox a while ago but I’d been holding on and waiting until a little closer to my trip to try it. And the wait was worth it. The wand reminds me a lot of the Too Faced Better Than Sex, which I think is probably an intentional move. On first try, I was instantly blown away by the length and separation this one provided. It instantly opened up my eyes so much and a light, second coat just affirmed my love even further. And it really holds it’s curl. It makes it look like I’ve had a lash lift, which is never a bad thing. For me, this has well and truly lived up to the hype I’ve seen online and I can’t wait to see it launch in Australia.
For a brand that’s so cheap, Essence have really impressed me with their mascara line-up in the past. And this one is no different. The wand is quite long and thin, which took some getting used to, but I find that it’s still quite easy to use. It delivers on the length and separation fronts and gives plenty of volume, too. But doesn’t give provide the curl that I look for, as well as some of my other favourites. It’s not my top choice I’ve tried from the Essence line-up (the Lash Princess mascaras are awesome) but it’s an awesome option if you don’t need a lot of curl to your mascara formulas.
What mascaras have you been loving lately?
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