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.
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.
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.
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?