I am a mascara girl.
It’s one of my “if you were stranded on a deserted island and you could bring only 3 things” items.
But the thing with mascara is that once I think I have found THE ONE…I always seem to find another ONE.
With that said, though I always come back to my tried and true Loreal Voluminous. It’s been my go-to for, well, like 15 years? Sigh. I’m old.
Anyway I decided to get crazy and see if I could find a new favorite.
I kinda did, but kinda didn’t…
I decided to try a few new “high end” mascaras.
By “high end” I mean, Mascara that costs more than $10 a tube.
- Benefit Bad Gal Lash
- Urban Decay Big Fatty
- Lancome Hypnose Drama
- d.j.v. beautinizer Fiber Wig
- Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Waterproof
- Bare Minerals Buxom Amplified Lash
- Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes
And here are the low end..I tried only a few low-end ones, because these were ones that I haven’t already tried in the past. (I thought these new ones might be contenders against my Loreal Voluminous)
Obviously there are MANY other low-end mascaras, but I had already tried so many others on my own with Voluminous still coming out as my favorite. So I tried these other new ones to see how they measured up.
Here we have (from left to right):
- Loreal Power Volume with Collagen 24H
- Loreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes
- Maybelline VolumExpress “The Mega Plus”
Ok. This is embarrassing but here are my lashes WITHOUT mascara:
Also, no one should have to look at my face that close up without makeup ever, ever again. Sorry.
Now here are some of the differences in low end brushes:
Just going on looks I thought I would like the Loreal Power Volume Best.
The “Mega Plush” brush has a bendable wand or “Flexor Brush”…you can see it if you look close. I have to say, that for me this feature made NO difference what-so-ever. In fact I like the fact that the wands don’t bend. I feel like I can really coat my lashes better without the bendable feature.
The False Fiber Brush looked the least interesting to me. BUT it provided the best results!
I could actually see a difference.
The thing about mascaras after trying so many on side by side..the results are really marginal. There are only a few out there that actually show a visible difference, in my opinion.
And those mascara commercials. I hate them.
So, my favorite low-end mascara goes to Loreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes…
Now let’s move on to 2 high end mascaras that I had high hopes for.
In the picture below, on the left is the d.j.v. beauatinizer Fiber Wig. It came heavily hyped by the girl at Sephora. She said it was one of their top selling, highest rated fiber lash mascara…she said people LOVED it.
I didn’t. It was really pricey and didn’t give me any better results than the Loreal False Fibers above.
On the right is a freebie that I got in my Birchbox that I was REALLY excited to try. It’s called blinc and says that with each swipe of the wand each lash is encased with a “tube” of mascara.
Well, you can see below on the right that it wasn’t great it you are going for volume.
I gave each one of my mascaras 2 swipes.
Next up let’s talk gimmicks.
I fall for a makeup gimmick every time.
On the left is the Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes. This one also came heavily recommended by the girl at Sephora.
I have to say I really liked the results, BUT after using the mascara for about a month religiously I never got used to the application process. I just didn’t love the “ball” applicator and felt like the results weren’t better than my Volumious. But with that said, I did really like the results, just for me, the price and the process wasn’t worth it.
The top right is the “Flawless Definition” Waterproof from Bare Minerals. It’s wand it very thin and has lots of tiny bristles. If you are going for volume this one isn’t for you, unless you want to apply 14 coats. It will, though, give you a pretty, natural fringe. Just a slightly amped up version of your natural lashes.
The bottom is also by Bare Minerals, but it’s their Buxom line..Buxom Amplified Lash. The wand as a twisty top..twisting it scrunches up the wand, supposedly allowing for better lash separation and untwisting makes the wand longer, giving more volume per lash… I liked the mascara, but never really used the twist feature, always keeping it untwisted for the most volume. So it didn’t make sense to buy this one for me.
After trying all the High End Mascaras, I chose the Lancome Hypnose Drama as my most favorite…
Here’s the brush…
It’s a really creamy mascara and goes on very smooth. It’s a thick formula, and can clump a little bit, but swipe over it a few times and I found that it gave me the thickest, most volume lashes off all the ones I tried…
A close second on the high-end was the Big Fatty from Urban Decay…It has a ton of bristles and even “ball” type end that you can use like the Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes. I felt like it took a few more applications to get the same volume as the Lancome, but it’s still a good mascara, especially if you prefer that type of brush.
Next up let’s discuss Primer..Do you really need mascara primer?
Well, certainly the answer to that is no. You don’t NEED it.
BUT, I use it…because it does make a difference.
I use this one below..it’s Sephora’s own line and it’s like $15…
It gives you lashes a boost from the bottom. You apply it to your naked lashes and when you swipe your mascara on you are starting now with a thicker base to build on. It makes sense.
Here are my mascaraed lashes below without primer on top and with primer on the bottom….
And finally I applied the rest of my makeup including eyeliner and shadow and here’s how my lashes look with primer and mascara…
I used primer on both and also swiped each lash 3 times with mascara.
If you like volume you HAVE to put multiple coats of mascara on!
So I hope to have saved you a little leg work with my very scientific mascara research.
I would love to hear you favorites too!