Ultimate Mascara Review
The world of mascara is something I’ve never really ventured that far into. Don’t get me wrong, like almost every woman out there, I love mascara and it is an essential before leaving the house. But when it comes to splurging on makeup, I always go for the high quality highly pigmented eyeshadows and pigments. I’ve always been happy with the $5 mascara from the drugstore.
I won’t lie though and say I’ve never been curious, I always linger and hum and haw over whether or not I should try that new $15/$20 mascara because the picture always makes it look SOOOOO amazing. So I decided to do a trial and actually follow up on my curiosities and suspicions.
Unfortunately because I have a bit of a “go big or go home attitude” rather than buying one mascara to try, I picked up the Sephora Favorites Mascara set so I could try a bunch of different ones. Sephora compiled a box set of their top selling mascaras from different lines. You can purchase it online here:
This set comes with 2 x full size mascaras (7ml), 8 x travel size mascaras (ranging from 3.9ml-5.4ml) and 1 x 30ml Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover. I purchased this kit a few months ago and was trying a different mascara everyday so I could figure out a favorite and see if I wanted to start purchasing a high end mascara on a regular basis. What ended up happening though, was I wouldn’t remember which one was which, what I preferred, or even what I had on half the time.
It was definitely time for me to put the time in, take pictures and review the differences, if any. So welcome to my Ultimate Mascara Review.
Let’s open up our beautifully packaged sampler and take a look:
Sephora Advanced Lash Booster Mascara, full size
Middle Section starting at the top:
Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Mascara
bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing mascara
hourglass FILM NOIR full spectrum mascara
Josie Maran Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara
tarte gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara
Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover
Stila forever your curl (curl memory mascara), full size
Alright, so let’s take a look and see the results. I applied all mascaras in the same manner under the same conditions. I de-saturated each picture so you can focus on the eyelashes with each mascara.
Things to note here:
- I applied all mascaras with one heavy coat. I noticed at the end of the application for both the Sephora brand and the Urban Decay brand – they both required the use of the combing brush to help separate the lashes. (And I find they still didn’t separate very well.) I didn’t have to do this on any of the other mascaras. So, I would say less is more with these two mascaras, don’t try and thicken them up too much.
- The Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover is meant for use on lids, lashes and lips. I found though that it was very oily and like many other brands, requires you to wash your face afterwards. Because that would’ve put me in for a really long night, I opted to use my MAC Pro Eye Makeup Remover instead. It is fantastic for removing eye makeup and doesn’t leave an oily greasy finish. Just wiped them clean and I was on to the next set of mascaras. It made my life a lot easier!
- Although you can see a difference for a few of the mascaras, I really find them all quite similar. I wasn’t convinced that any of these are worth the extra money in comparison to the basic drugstore brands. So I went one step further and pulled out my favorite drugstore mascara.
So tell me what you think!
Really looking forward to hearing from you all – let me know your favorite!
Have a wonderful weekend!