What’s the Best Mascara?

When it comes to beauty products, the most impossible thing to find is a good mascara. I’ve been using the same one for a year now, but it is so expensive. I’ve never really tried any of the drug store ones and I keep hearing that they are good. Since I don’t have the faintest idea which one I’d like, or which brand, I decided to try a few of them and I thought I’d keep you posted as I’m heading on this journey.

The reason why I have been using expensive mascaras since I started to get into make up about 3 years ago, is because I am slightly afraid of using drug store mascaras. As a teenager I once got such a bad allergic reaction to a drug store mascara. I believe it was an Invite one, now Rimmel, which is why you won’t find any Rimmel mascaras in this little try out. I don’t care what people say, I’m not even gonna touch Rimmel mascaras unless it’s with a 100 feet pole and then I still won’t put it on my eyelashes.

The mascara I’ve been using for the past year is Dior’s Iconic Show Extreme in black.

Dior Iconic Show Extreme

It’s a waterproof mascara and it looks really really nice and since it’s waterproof it stays put even when I forget to take it off my make up when I go to the gym. The only problem about it is that it sets you back about 33 euros per mascara. I can buy two mascaras from any drug store brand! Plenty of reason to try out the drug store types.

Other mascaras I’ve used in the past are one by YSL, but I can’t remember for the life of me which one it was, and the Benefit Bad Gal Lash. I really liked what both of them did for the look of my eyelashes. However, the YSL one dried up really quickly and the Benefit one left me looking like a raccoon at the end of the day as it would smudge around my eyes. I’ve considered buying the waterproof one, but that has a different wand, so it probably won’t look the same. However, since I’ve decided to try out a few of them, I may as well pick up the Bad Gal Lash in waterproof the next time in Sephora. I also bought the Too Faced Lash Light mascara a few months back, and it works alright. The formula is a little thin, but I kept it as a back up. Here’s what that looks like:

Too Faced Lash Light

As the name already tells you, this mascara comes with a light, which has no added function unless you do your make up in the dark. It worked nicely when I was at my parents for a while though. They don’t have an area where I can really do my make up, and therefore the lighting was pretty bad as well. The light in this mascara at least got me to get that right.

So much for talking about stuff I’ve already tried. What I want/ need from a mascara is definition and volume. My eyelashes are pretty long and have enough curl as it is. I don’t have to use an eyelash curler so any of those curl effect mascaras I’m not going to try. All it will probably do is make my eyelashes touch just below my eyebrows, ruining the rest of my eye make up as a result. For the same reason I need the mascara to dry not too fast, but it should also not stay wet for too long as it would stain around my eyes as well.  Adding length to my eyelashes is also quite silly as I really don’t need that. That is why I opted to try the following mascaras:

Maybelline The Colossal Waterproof in black

Maybelline Define A Lash Volume in black

L’Oreal Telescopic Waterproof in black

Max Factor Experience in black

Max Factor Masterpiece Waterproof in black

I choose these as I’ve heard good reviews about the brand, the mascara, or because I read the packaging and though it could work. I will try each one of them for a week, starting with the Maybelline The Colossal today. I will then be able to write a review on whether I liked it or not during the weekend.

2 responses to “What’s the Best Mascara?”

  1. Max Factor is the only drugstore brand that works for me (and also CoverGirl but you cannot buy that here). I didn’t like the Maybelline one. Also me having really dark lashes makes it extra hard to find a good one as I have a bit more demands.

  2. […] expensive. I used to use the Dior Iconic Show Extreme for about a year which costs over 30 euros. Earlier this year I decided to find a cheaper alternative, because I had heard that drugstore mascara are as good as, or sometimes even better, than high end […]

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