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Mascara Roundup Update

Wednesday, 4 March 2015
I did a mascara round up a few months ago but since then I have acquired A LOT more mascaras so it seemed like a good time to do an update. I also included photos of bare lashes vs each mascara for reference. Gear up cuz this one has tons of photos!

Rimmel Wonder'full Mascara with Argan Oil $17.95
I was actually decently impressed by this one and while I don't love it I would say it is definitely a great cheap mascara, especially since it is very often on sale for $10. It has a good standard plastic bristle brush although I wish the bristles extended all the way to the tip (like the Benefit They're Real brush). It does a good job of lengthening and adding volume and doesn't clump and I like it a lot more than most of the cheaper drugstore mascara I have tried though I do generally prefer one that gives a bit more volume. It is definitely worth checking out though.
Bare lashes.
Curled with two coats.
Max Factor 2000 Calorie Dramatic Volume $19.95
I had heard a lot of good things about this mascara so I was very keen to try it. I was impressed by this one too because it volumises really well. Like a lot of volumising mascaras it can get a little clumpy with too many coats (which you can probably tell by the photo of the wand) but I usually only do two and it is absolutely fine. For the price, this is another that is really worth checking out because it has definitely become one of my favourites and I have been reaching for it a lot.
Bare Lashes.
Curled with 2 coats.
Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara $38.00
I have already reviewed this one here. I quite liked it but it is very different from the volumising formulas I usually go for. In say that though it is a very nice natural formula that separates my lashes like crazy. It won't give you a false lash effect but if you already have decent lashes it will separate them like nothing else! It is also great for layering with more volumising mascaras to get the best of both worlds.

Bare lashes.
Curled with two coats.
L'Oréal Volume Million Lashes So Couture $27.95
I purchased this one when I ran out of my absolute favourite Benefit They're Real Mascara because it is way too expensive to replace here and I'm not doing another Benefit US haul for a while. A lot of people rave about the generally good quality of L'Oréal mascaras so I picked this one up on sale and I love it! It is my go too everyday volumising mascara. The formula is great and doesn't clump and the brush is good too though I wish the bristles were just a smidge longer. Basically this is a top notch mascara that is almost on par with my holy grail for way less especially since L'Oréal is always on sale somewhere.
Bare lashes.
Curled with 2 coats.
Innoxa Lush Lashes Conditioning Mascara $19.95
I actually won this in an Instagram giveaway by Innoxa and @heytherejacquelyn so it wasn't one I'd ordinarily have tried. While I will say this is a very decent mascara I really can't get past the smell. Really strong smelling mascaras (or any makeup/skincare really) are a deal breaker for me. It really just smells so bad so I never use it unfortunately. The smell is actually really dissapointing considering it is actually a decent mascara and the curved wand is unique in that it is actually an improvement, rather than a hinderance.
Bare lashes.
Curled with two coats.
Rimmel Idol Eyes by Kate Moss $16.95
I don't mind a very different mascara wand if it is actually an improvement but this one isn't which is really unfortunate because the formula is actually really good! It is super black, volumising and generally awesome but I just couldn't get along with the brush. I like to twist my mascara wand around as I apply which means that the tail end of the S-shaped want would go from pointing outwards to poking my eye/eyelid and leaving the dreaded black smear. I tried it a bunch of different ways but I just couldn't make it work for me. I know a lot of people do like this brush shape though so maybe it is just me. If you are willing to try to figure out a new brush shape maybe give this one a go because the formula is actually really good but if you are a stickler for the traditional straight brushes you might find this one frustrating.

Bare lashes (Sorry this photo looks so washed out, it was a miserable rainy day)
Curled with two coats.
Max Factor False Lash Waterproof Mascara $24.95
Continuing my trend of being very impressed with Max Factor mascaras, this is a very decent mascara too. Although I don't love it as much as it's 2000 Calorie brethren, and I would say it is a moderately volumising and more lengthening formula that gives the false lash style length but not volume (but another coat of 2000 Calorie oomphs up the volume). I also generally avoid waterproof formulas because they are so gosh-darn hard to get off which is definitely true with this one. In saying that, it is good for rainy days (yes it stood the test of the cyclone weather I had to trudge through to get to work) and if you like waterproof formulas you should definitely check this one out. Also this is a thinner formula so it layers pretty well too.
Bare lashes.
Curled two coats. Looking at this picture again I am really impressed!
Whew that one was a long one but I wanted to give you as much info and comparison as possible. My favourites of this roundups are definitely the volumising formulas like the L'Oréal Volume Million Lashes So Couture, Max Factor 2000 Calorie and False Lash Effect but I'm also very impressed by the Clinique for it's excellent separating. All of them have their merits and some have some drawbacks so I hope you are a little more informed about getting yourself a new mascara to suit your needs.

Disclaimer: The Clinique Lash Power, Max Factor 2000 Calorie, Max Factor False Lash Effect and Rimmel Idol Eyes Kate were provided to me as PR samples but the others I paid for (or won in the case of the Innoxa mascara). As you can tell from above though I am completely honest about my opinions and I am not afraid to say I don't like them and why.
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