Friday, 27 January 2017

My Favourite Mascaras

I have to tell you I've tried a LOT of mascaras from dirt-cheap to the higher end mascaras. Therefore I thought it might be fun to write about the favourites that I keep going back to, or have stuck out to me.

First of all, I thought I'd start with Maxfactor because I remember almost growing up with my mum using the brand. I've never had any issues using their products and recommend it to anyone. All products are a reasonable price and last.

They are known for their amazing mascaras, and I love a few from them including:

  • Maxfactor False LashEffect Mascara - I hear that the formula might have changed since I last used it, and many people don't like it, but thought I'd still include it as it's one that comes to mind when describing favourite mascaras.
  • Maxfactor Masterpiece Max Mascara - This reminds me of my mum as she used to use this all the time, but in waterproof. It was safely the first mascara I fell in love with.

I'm also keen to try their Velvet Volume False Lash Effect mascara because I hear it's one of their best yet. Growing up loving Maxfactor and even using its products for special occasions such as my graduation, I know I can rely on their products. I love their lip products, foundations, blushers and mascaras of course. I even used to wear their nail polishes before discovering favourite nail brands like Barry M, Nails Inc and O.P.I.

If you haven't tried Maxfactor before I definitely recommend it. It is promoted to be used by makeup artists and still love it. I bought one of their lip products recently. Anyone who knows me will know I rarely wear lipsticks or lipglosses. I hate them! Not lipfinity, it lasts and fades gradually. I tested it on my hand, and three days later and after a shower and cleansing my hand it's still kinda there. Not as noticeable but it is hard to shift! I like how easy it goes on, and actually used the last one up. How often do women do that? Anyway back to mascaras...

I've recently tried L'Oreal mascara Voluminous Extra-Black mascara recommended in a Look article I'd read of best mascaras. I thought it would be fun to buy as it's not as expensive as my usual favourite Benefit mascaras (as discussed here). I found this easy to build volume fast which is what you need, lasts all day and isn't clumpy as it says on the labelling (sometimes the labels lie though). It is a lovely brush to use, and recommend to anyone wanting a decent mascara at a good price. Look describes it as a "volume-inducing mascara" that has "many fans voting it their ultimate under £10 mascara for gorgeously thick lashes." Makeup artists are even said to love it as it separates, lengthens and curls. I have to agree. Having trichotillomania means I feel the need to make sure it is not clumpy, as it emphasises gaps on eyelinds, and also makes me want to pull my lashes more. If it can separate MY lashes and clump, I think it suits anyone! I will also hope to burn through more of the Look mascara recommendations, but I have a lot of mascaras to use up just now.

Next, I thought I'd describe my two favourite Benefit mascaras. I love Rollerlash and They're Real! mascaras from Benefit. I know I've already discussed these briefly in my recent Benefit post, but thought I'd go into more detail about just why they are so great.

Rollerlash is so easy to apply. I am the only person I know who takes longer to apply eye makeup than foundation. I literally slap on my face makeup, but take my time doing my eyes. Partly because I like to enthusiase my favourite face feature and also because I like doing it. However as someone who is lazy with my makeup routine, I always look for quicker and easier ways to look better. This is my solution. I don't feel like I'm putting coats on and don't often take longer than 5 minutes to apply it.

Unlike other mascaras, it is so easy to remove which is part of the issue. You rub and rub and take all your eyelashes off! Not with this, it also has lash-conditioning benefits; it includes provitamin B5 and serin. I even love the brush for this product. It pushes up lashes - even those stubborn ones that push down and it also stops you reaching for the curlers!

They're Real is fab! It's a favourite with a few of my friends too. It adds length fast and can separate lashes well. This is what I'm using at the moment.

This one is apparently Benefit's most popular mascara and I can see why. It does what it says it does. It adds length, volume and I also love how black your eyelashes are with it (if you buy the jet black of course - they do have it in brown and maybe other colours). I also love how it manages to pick lashes you haven't seen like the blonde ones or the smaller ones area the corner of your eye etc. It's just great!


Finally, I thought I'd finish with another mascara I loved as a teen. I haven't used for two or three years, but often go back. It's just great. I've tried a few of their mascaras, and love them, but this is by far my favourite one by the brand. It has a "roller brush" like that of Benefit (not surprising as it's the same owners who make it). This is amazing as it says you only need one coat, and that's enough for me. It gives a separated and long length.

Bourjois Paris Volume Glamour mascara is so great they have bought other extensions of Volume Glamour including:

Hope you enjoyed the post, and let me know if you have tried any of these. Alternatively I'd like to hear if there are mascaras you wish I had mentioned or think that I should try.

87 comments:

  1. These are some excellent choices, it's so hard to find a great product that you love so much. - wonderful feeling when that happens.

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    1. I am bad that I tend to stick to favourites and struggle to branch out haha x

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  2. I am always on the hunt for a new mascara since my lashes are non-existent. I haven't tried They Real! from benefit, so this one will be one I have to try!

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  3. I actually just recieved Covergirl's So Lashy mascara. I'm not one for a lot of makeup but I do like to wear mascara. The brush on this one is a bit scary looking but it works great! I would like to try benefit mascara because you and several others have said how great it is, but I've yet to try it.

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    1. Never heard of that but glad you love it. I love that benefit has mascaras that actually condition your lashes as well as doing everything you want for length and volume 😊 x

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  4. I love Benefit Roller Lash! I'm using Soap & Glory's Thick & Fast Mascara at the moment and it's definitely one of my faves ♥

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    1. Think roller lash is my favourite! Ooh will have to give that a go 😊 x

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  5. I have been wanting to try the They're Real mascara for a while now actually! I really love Benefit as I can usually trust them to be a good brand. I really enjoy their brow products. I have been using the Falsies mascara and I like it a lot as it adds great length and seems to really plump up my lashes but it does have a bit of clumping problems if I don't do it very carefully. I think I will have to try this one finally.

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    1. You really should. Benefit mascaras are fab! I'm yet to try their brow products but desperate to try them x

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  6. This is great timing, and I love how much time you've put into your reviews. I'll be looking for a new mascara soon, but I have questions. LOL I prefer waterproof, but I've learned that some aren't as waterproof as others. I go to the gym five days per week, and some days I have to go to a meeting or appointment right before my gym time. Is there a mascara that won't "sweat" off? Or have issues if you are sweating and wipe at your face? I don't want to be at the gym looking like I was on the losing end of a fistfight. LOL Thanks in advance.

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    1. Only ever worn benefit mascaras during gym as not been for a while! Say they're sweat proof. Not something they promote though. Not of these are waterproof as find waterproof mascaras damage your lashes so much when taking them off x

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  7. I have a mascara addiction. I use a cheap mascara, because I have been too afraid to try something more expensive. The reviews of these are amazing. I like the sound of the max factor mascara!

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    1. Yeah there are certain things you want to spend money on. Some expensive items last longer and get your money's worth. Mascaras all last about the same time. Will say there are often conditioning benefits so your lashes don't snap though. That's where you can benefit from high end mascaras x

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  8. Great choices! My current favourite is the Soap & Glory's thick & fast! I used to pull out my eyelashes as a child, so a good mascara is always needed!

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    1. Glad you like it and found something that works for you 😊 I struggle to find mascaras sometimes that disguise gaps x

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  9. I struggle to find a really good non-clumpy mascara. I have to have waterproof too. I know the Benefit one is supposed to be amazing. Kaz x

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    1. Not waterproof but prefer that as better for eyelashes! However find don't need it like used to as don't make marks from sweating etc x

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  10. I use avon super shock all the time! Works really well for me but I've tried that MaxFactor on before and they are very similar! :)

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    1. Not tried a lot of Avon items tbh and overlook it as have to find a rep locally x

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    2. I tend to buy online! You can get a lot on amazon a lot cheaper or they seem to do a lot of offers on the website!

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  11. Nice mascara selections! I'm currently loving my Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara. It's the best I've tried. I'll be curious to try Bourjois Glamour since I heard good things about it.

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    1. Not heard anyone mentioning it but have loved it so thought it was well worth a mention 😊X

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  12. I really like to get new Mascara regular. My mom always buys it for me for my birthday. I also love the same brand everytime.

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    1. Yeah I tend to stay to the same brands too lol and stay loyal x

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  13. My wife is always having g trouble decide on which mascara to use. I'll get her to love through here and try some of these.

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  14. I mix rollerlash and they're real by using the wand from rollerlash with the mascara from theyre real, it works so much better x

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    1. Ooh great tip. I love the wands for both though x

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  15. I could do with some new mascara so will have to have a look at these when I'm out x

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    1. Cool 😊 hope they might help you try something new x

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  16. I love my mascaras, I am not that into makeup but always have my lipstick and mascara on. Loving the ones you've tried

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    1. I wouldn't say I'm mad into makeup as never wear lipstick or lipgloss unless out! X

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  17. I love bonjuries and I m really keen to try max factor, I swear by rollex eyes! Its amazing!

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    1. I know rollerlash is definitely my favourite. If you want a cheaper alternative, these are fab to try though x

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  18. I wear mascara every day. My favourite brand is Clinique. I try others but always return to it.

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    1. Never tried Clinique. Their skin products never suit me so never tried much of their other products! X

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  19. On all the mascara you picked up, I only ever tried the Benefit one and to be honest, I didn't really like it. I am quite fussy mascara wise and rarely change it but I am give a go to one or two of your list! xx Corinne from Corinne & Kirsty

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    1. All look for different things. Some eyes are more sensitive or need other things x

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  20. I haven't tried any of those mascaras yet but might give the benefit ones a go.

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    1. They are safely the favourite even from this list x

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  21. I usually go for Rimmel mascaras, but will try a different brand next time, after reading your post! :)

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    1. Glad it might have inspired you to have a new favourite 😊 x

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  22. I'm a big fan of Boots No 7 Mascaras. I can't recall the name but it has a sparkly red case which adds to the attraction! lol Mich x

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    1. I'm all about the packaging! Glad you have something that suits you 😊 x

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  23. Gosh I haven't tried any of these yet!! My fave is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara <3 xxx

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  24. False lash effect is awesome! Too face better than sex is my holy grail mascara :) xo

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  25. I love the Max Factor ones because if their brushes, they really make a difference in my look :) x

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    1. Glad to hear it 😊 always worked for me x

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  26. My favourite's of these are They're Real and Rollerlash. Benefit make amazing mascara.

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    1. Think they are my favourite in this list! X

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  27. I used to love rollerlash but I've since found loads which are better. I love Too Faced better than sex and Loreal Paris punky miss manga x

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    1. Tried miss manga and didn't take to it but want to try the too faced one eventually x

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  28. Roller lash is one of my favourite mascaras as well x

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  29. I have wanted to try Rollerwas for a while. I like Benefit mascara and Too Faced Better than Sex as well x

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    1. Will have to try it as some have mentioned it c

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  30. They're Real and Rollerlash are my two favourite mascaras - definitely worth the extra money, in my opinion. Diorshow is a great one too. Budget-wise, I used to love Maybelline Great Lash. x

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    1. Never tried maybelline but know they are popular! Dior must be amazing but they are the same company that make benefit so no wonder it's fab x

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  31. They're Real sounds like just what I need. A mascara to make all the little lashes stand out too! :)

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    1. Let me know what you think if you get it 😊 x

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  32. They're real is my ultimate favourite mascara! Roller lash is good but not quite as good as it's big sister haha

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  33. Armani do great mascara's. Not too cheap but the effect is fabulous.

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  34. I love any Lancome mascara, loads of product in the tube and a dramatic look x

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  35. I need to try a Max Factor mascara. Looks good.

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  36. I think I have tried all of these at some point but my go to is urban decay precision and also lancome.

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    1. Heard good things about LancΓ΄me mascaras x

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  37. I've tried Benefit's mascaras and I don't really like them. They irritated my eyes which is annoying because everyone else says they're amazing! I use Dior now which is great :)

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    1. That's strange as know people with sensitive eyes who suit it best but know a few brands I avoid for mascaras e.g revlon and cheaper ones x

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  38. Benefits one I have, and I have tried the two in one white and dark mix. Some I think don't agree with me as my eyes water it's hard to find one that you get along with !

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    1. Yeah I'm lucky that I don't really have sensitive eyes. I know some mascaras to avoid but quite lucky x

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  39. I like Benefit mascara. I don't think much of They're Real, I much prefer Roller Lash or Bad Gal x

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    1. I prefer rollerlash if I had to choose. Not many prefer it though! Never tried bad gal x

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  40. I haven't tried any of these, that's how bad I am with mascara. I barely ever wear any but I have tried one from the brand Catrice with is brilliant. Do you know that brand?

    Mika

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    1. Mascara is my go-to makeup. It's not a brand I've heard of actually! X

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  41. My all time fave mascara is a really cheap one, by Makeup Revolution! It's called Viper and the wand is shaped like a snake's head. Finding a good one that is cruelty free is a tough one.

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  42. Yeah I've been able to find cruelty free skincare and some makeup but not with mascaras yet. I'm really bad for sticking to what works though! X

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  43. I'm usually not too fussed on what mascara I use. I've heard mixed reviews on Benefit's They're Real. Some people love it like you do, but others aren't happy with it. I enjoyed your reviews.

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    1. I much prefer rollerlash but so many hate that one x

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  44. Hi, this is a great piece always struggle to decide on mascaras thanks for sharing :) x

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