Mascara is a staple in any makeup wearer’s beauty arsenal. It’s definitely the product most of us would not forgo before walking out of the door in the morning, no matter where we were going.
As necessary as it is, I have a love hate relationship with mascara. Yes it stops people from mistaking me for a walking cadaver, but sometimes gets into my eyes or runs, leaving me with a pink eye or black plague effect, depending on the mascara that is.
So it’s needless to say that I am quite picky when it comes to my products. Below, I have detailed a list of five of my most loved mascaras, and why I happen to dig them so much. If you have any of your own favourites, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
Clinique High Lengths – R310.00
This mascara was a freebee in my Clinique Black Friday purchase last year. I wasn’t immediately a fan as the brush is downright bizarre. I usually gravitate towards more bushy bristles and I’m not sure if this wand can even qualify as having bristles.
But the combination of the pitch black formula and fine spiky bristles leaves my lashes long, individually parted and very dark. As the name suggests, this mascara provides more length than volume, and as an added bonus, it hasn’t melted or flaked on me yet, which is a rare accomplishment.
Honestly though, I would never have gone out of my way to purchase a Clinique mascara, as I feel that there are many drugstore alternatives that do as good a job. Without taking anything away from this particular one, I just want to be clear that mascaras aren’t really the area of beauty that I like to splurge in.
Maybelline Lash Sensational – R159.95
This is probably my holy grail mascara. It’s an amazing price, its lasts well, it doesn’t clump or run, and the brush is pretty good too. I like it so much, I have a backup and the matching lash primer in my drawer too.
Maybelline makes the best mascaras of all the drugstore brands (in my opinion), and this has to be the best of what they have to offer. I’ve repurchased it many times and will repurchase it again in the future.
The wand is curved (which I’m not the biggest fan of) and plastic, and has little teeth of varying lengths (which I am a fan of). I would prefer the wand to be straightened out, but it does the same job I guess. The formula isn’t the blackest black, but it’s the perfect consistency and not too wet.
Essence Forbidden Volume
I have found Essence mascaras to be very hit or miss. And this experience is perfectly typified by this mascara.
The formula is super black, but leaves under eye circles after a few hours. The wand is nice and synthetic and bristly, but I somehow ALWAYS end up jabbing my eyelids. The price is fantastic and it lasts forever, but when you first buy it, it’s too wet to use easily.
So I use it when I’m feeling lucky (and have absolutely no eye shadow on that it could ruin). It’s also quite nice to use on your brows if you want to darken them up… and don’t plan on sweating/going in the rain/swimming.
Clinique High Impact – R310.00
Another Clinique mascara, another freebee. This little guy also came in my Black Friday purchase and has been an equally pleasant surprise. Where the first one focused on length, this one definitely gives more volume. I like that it doesn’t clump up or stick my lashes together, but still manages to boost their thickness a little.
The formula isn’t the darkest black, but is sufficient for me. It can flake a little bit, and is definitely responsible for my raccoon eyes come the end of the day (if put on the bottom lashes).The wand is a synthetic, bushy style which I enjoy, and find it very easy to get into the corners of my eyes without touching my lids (or worse, my eyeballs).
Again, I probably wouldn’t have purchased this out of my own pocket, but I have been getting a lot of use out of it, and even use it as a brow mascara when I want to go a little darker and bushier in the brow area.
Maybelline Big Shot Colossal – R139.95
This is my second favourite Maybelline mascara. I know that there are a few choices in the Colossal range, but this is my favourite of them all. The formula is the least black of these five, but again, it isn’t light enough to bother me.
I love its bushy, synthetic, straight brush, and the fact that it combines volume and length quite well. I will say that it has the tendency to leave dark circles if left on all day.
Maybelline mascaras seem to have an eternal life span, and you end up throwing them away because you’re ready, not because they’re ready. For about R150 each (which can usually be paired with a 3 for 2 or discount), they’re definitely the best bang for your buck when it comes to your lashes.