Rundown Of Six Of The Best Mascara’s Out There

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Previously I have done complete rundowns of areas of my make-up and they have been full on lists with 10+ products on them so with my mascara’s I decided to just do a rundown of my favourites and ones which I would repurchase.

I find it pretty hard to get excited about mascara’s and find that very few of them are amazing enough for me to want to re-purchase which is why there are just six on this list, and in all honesty most of these aren’t even 10/10’s.

Thick black mascara

My main go-to mascara’s are paired together quite nicely and the above are my dramatic mascara’s which I tend to opt for when I am wearing quite a lot of eyeliner and need a big volume boost to make them show up.

The Loreal Miss Manga Punky Mascara (£8.99) is definitely my favourite drugstore mascara and one which I am so glad I picked up on a whim last year because it’s the only mascara I have loved enough to repurchase *shock horror*. As you can see from the image it has a very small wand without many long bristles which means that it can get right up to the lash line and a lot of product gets on the lashes rather than being caught on the brush. It really does give my lashes a dramatic dark look and I couldn’t recommend it enough.

Next up is the Buxom Amplified Lash Mascara ($22) which I bought in New York when I hit up Sephora last year. I bought it due to a recommendation from another blogger and I was blown away. Again the bristles on this aren’t long but one of the great things is that you can twist the cap to adjust the length of the brush. This means it can go really small to get right into the inner corner of my lashes (something which usually gets missed) and it can go longer to ensure that I get even coverage across my whole lashes. I will definitely be picking up another one of these when I am back in NY in July.

Curve lash mascara

The next pairing are the natural curling lash products. I am sure almost all of you have heard about Benefit’s Rollerlash product, but I also have a dupe which is less than half the price from Kiko. I tend to opt for these mascara’s when I am using less eyeliner and don’t need massive lashes but just want nice lashes.

Benefit’s Rollerlash (£19.50) does exactly what it says on the tin, with the curved brush it naturally curls your lashes without the need for an eyelash curler (something which I always forget to use!) The mascara itself isn’t overly volumizing but that isn’t really the point of the product but it adds a certain something to a nice eye.

In all honesty, I can not tell the difference between Rollerlash and Kiko’s Ultra Tech Curve (£7.20) alternative which really says something. It does exactly the same thing by naturally curling your lashes, and if you can see from the picture the Kiko Ultra Tech Curve brush is actually more curved than Benefit’s (the one with the black lid).

Both of the mascaras are really easy to apply and have really thing bristles so there is no worrying about it getting clumpy. Once I run out of Rollerlash I won’t be rushing out to repurchase it, not because it isn’t great but because the Kiko version does the same thing for a fraction of the price.

Mascara Brushes

The final mascaras are the ones I reach to least often but both have something pretty good about them. They’re again both drug-store brands and this time have larger feathered brushes which are designed to give volume to your lashes. I’m not going to stand up and say either are life changing or offer me the dramatic lashes you see in adverts but they’re both pretty good.

I bought the Loreal Miss Manga (£8.99) mascara to see how it compared to the punky version and I bought the Maybelline Colossal (£6.99) lashes mascara because it seemed to be quite hyped within the beauty world. The feathered wands do manage to gather quite a lot of product so it’s easy to get a dark black look pretty quickly without having to layer too much, and they’re a great hybrid between volume and darkness.

What are your mascara recommendations?


May 11, 2016
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  • I have not used any of these but will look out for them when I run out of my current mascara.

  • Sarah L

    I personally love the Maybelline Collossa Mascara. I don’t need to use too much, which is always a good thing! It lasts ages. I haven’t tried the other ones but they look and sound great. xx

  • Kacie

    I’ve heard Younique mascara is meant to be amazing.. I think it’s pretty expensive though!

  • I like Max Factor 2000 calorie. As a natural red head it’s the one I’ve found that doesn’t make me look like I’m wearing gigantic fake eyelashes.

  • Do you know I don’t think I’ve tried any of the mascaras on this list – I think my favourite has to be the Eye of Horus one. x

  • Out of all of these the only one I can get on with is rollerlash. Avon do wonderful mascaras, Winged Out is amazing and their SuperShock mascara is my favourite mascara of all time! xx

  • I actually need a new mascara at the moment, I’ll keep an eye out for that Loreal one!

  • Leanne Dolan

    The only one ive tried from these 6 is the benefit rollerlash one and I really didnt like it at all! :-(

  • I am using the Maybelline mascara at the moment, I am yet to find one I am truly happy with x

  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    I use Colossal as well! The waterproof version! H x

  • I’ve been a regular user of Max Factor Masterpiece Max for a long time but I’m currently loving Urban Decay Perversion and it’s ace.

  • Laura

    I’ve only tried one of these- the Colossal but it wasn’t for me. I do like some other drugstore mascaras though like Volume Million Lashes by Loreal xxx

  • It’s interesting that you find Rollerlash and Kiko pretty much the same, considering the huge price difference between them.

  • I’m ine of these people who had never found the perfect mascara for me. Think my issue lies with having very long lashes, I know people would kill for that but I don’t like the heavy mascara look on me. I do like rollerlash mascara though

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I use the rollerlash wand with the formula for They’re Real and love it x

  • I’m always looking for a massacre and never satisfied so this has been interesting! I’m currently using Lancome Doll Eyes and it’s pretty good but I’m sure I could find better. I think I’ll look at Kiko next time because it’s so cheap!

  • Natasha Mairs

    I don’t wear mascara has it rubs on my glasses. But my sister uses the maybalene one

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    I love Roller Lash, so much easier to remove than They’re Real

  • Working Mum Blog

    I am using Scandaleyes by Rimmel London but I am always looking for new ones to try. Great to read about the ones you’ve tried.

  • Melanie Edjourian

    Brilliant timing as I really do need a new mascara, so thanks for sharing.

  • Corinne C

    I would love to try the Kiko mascara, I love their shadows but I’ve never tried their mascara before.

    Corinne x

  • Helen Clark

    Miss Manga punky and Rollerlash are my two favourite mascaras ever! I’m quite interested in the Kiko one though if it’s the same as Rollerlash (especially as it’s so much cheaper) x

  • Kira L Curtis

    I much prefer thicker brushes so I tend to stick to Avon’s Supershock and have done for years! I’ve also had maxfactor in the past which I thought was good! 😀

  • Jessica

    I am not really into Mascara but I would go for Loreal Miss Manga Punky Mascara based on your descriptions and price is still decent.

  • Bex Smith

    I really love Lancome mascaras tbh! I also love one of the Chanel ones but I only use it when I can get samples haha

  • Nancy Laws

    I am not huge with knowing whats in and out with makeup but I do love the Maybelline Colossal, I am surprised it wasnt as awesome for you, it is currently my favorite…but it only means that I have to try at least one other on your list!

  • I hardly use make up but I do always wear mascara. My favourite is Dior Overcurl plus use of the Maximiser

  • ive always struggled with my short lashes and when ive found a lovely mascara to lengthen them i tend to be very sensitive to the ingredients and so i try not to wear any now , i did have my most loved smashbox as my top fave x

  • Mummy To The Max

    I am yet to try the Benefit’s Rollerlash but it looks like something that I would like using. I currently using Scandaleyes by Rimmel London and I am always looking to try new products.

  • Ooh interesting to hear that the Kiko is so similar to Benefit’s Roller Lash. I feel the same way about Maybelline’s Lash Sensational mascara.

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