Mascara. Mascara. Mascara. Where do I begin? Up until about 5 months ago, I absolutely hated wearing mascara. Yes HATE is a strong word but I swear, it felt like having goggas (that’s what we call insects) latching on to my lids and blurring my vision. Yes I know I was being dramatic but that’s how I truly felt for a very long time.
That, in all honesty, was one of the reasons I’d chosen to get lash extensions in the first place. You can read more about my horrible experience here, but I loved the way my eyes looked when I had longer, thicker lashes. Since it took a while for all the extensions to fall out + me sitting and clawing them off at night, I held off on the mascara alternative for a while. It wasn’t until our summer holiday last December that I decided to try out some waterproof mascara for those every day beach days.
Best Waterproof Mascaras
So about a week before I left, I tweeted to a couple of fellow beauty bloggers for suggestions. My two favourite mascaras from the lot, which I tested intensively before I left, is the Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara (as suggested by Luzanne from Pink Peonies) and the Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara (as suggested by Chantelle from Not Another Poppie). I love the unusual colour contrast of the Bourjois mascara tube, a light turquoise against the metallic silver packaging. The bristles are short and dense so they give a boost of volume and one coat is enough to open and widen the eyes. The Colossal Express echoes the standard of Maybelline mascara tubes but the bristles are longer and give my lashes extreme length. I have found it to start clumping and looking a bit spidery if I apply more than 2 coats. I’ve tested other waterproof mascaras but they do not live up to their claims, leaving me with raccoon eyes so these still could not be topped. Come rain or shine, rubbing, showering or crying your eyes out at your nana’s funeral, these mascaras DO … NOT … BUDGE. I’ve even resorted to investing in a Makeup Eraser and oil based eye remover pads to wash them off. I’ve also decided that from now on I’m going to try to only purchase waterproof mascaras as they contain waxes that hold a curl much better than their non-waterproof compadres. Also retailing at around R120 ($10), they are priced midway for drugstore brands and worth every cent in my opinion. Thanks ladies :*
Best Lengthening Mascaras
As most mascaras ARE meant to pump up the volume of your lashes, these ones stood out to me as they create more length from the very first application. I find the formula of the Maybelline Falsies Volum’ Express Mascara and the Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara to be a bit thicker and drier than other mascaras I’ve tried and that allows them to stick better to the lashes. They also have dense bristles to avoid clumping and the half moon shape of the Maybelline mascara curls the lashes beautifully upon application. The Yardley Maxlash is a two step mascara, with the white formula priming the lashes and creating false fibers for the black mascara to adhere to. I find this one to be a bit of a schlep though because if you don’t coat it enough after priming, your lashes are more on the greyish side and if you coat too much it can clump up really fast. I found I had to use a clean disposable mascara wand to just brush out the clumps so I can be left with long, luscious lashes. The Yardley and Maybelline mascaras retail for R129 ($11) and the Revlon mascara is priced at R159 ($13).
Best Volumising Mascaras
And here is the rest of the bunch. It was so difficult to narrow this down any more as they pretty much have the exact effect on my lashes. The other drugstore mascaras in my collection I chose to leave out are because they pretty much clumped up on application. Thinking about it now, I should have included it in this blog post but I’m not up for brand bashing just because it didn’t work for little old me.
These mascaras offer a decent amount of both length and volume, with some being unique in their own way. For instance, the Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara (R119) I absolutely love because whilst it creates length and volume, the formula is thinner and the bristles are able to split the lashes making it look like I have double the amount fluttering on my lids. The Essence Lash Princess mascara (R65), which I talked about in depth here, has a unique, cobra-head bristle to coat each lash and the Essence the Lash Curler mascara (R60) has a rotating handle for ease of curling the lash. I must say that it’s very difficult to rotate the handle so I just use it like a normal mascara. The Loreal Miss Manga Punky mascara (R140), which is fairly new on the market, is specifically made with sparse bristles to create a clumped look without looking too spidery. The Catrice Jet Lash mascara (R85) has an arrow-head shaped bristle that’s able to reach the lashes on the inner corner of the eye and you can read here why I love it for everyday wear. Keep in mind though that this bunch has its fair share of iffiness. They last for about 6-7 hours before flaking, they can give you the dreaded raccoon eye if you put your finger anywhere near it and don’t even think about crying while wearing it. It does however get the job done and the prices are really affordable.
I’ve also included the Physicians Formula Custom Eye Enhancing Mascara Duo (wow that’s a mouthful) as I’m absolutely loving the wand that comes with it. There are two sides, each with a different colour, and I usually rotate between the two. The shade is Glam Green eyes but since I have brown eyes and dark hair, I use the pewter colours for the days I’m going for the ‘no makeup’ makeup look and the black mascara if I want my eyes to pop. The wand builds volume and separates the lashes I can already see I’ll be reutilising it when it’s finished. Is that weird? I got this in the Shimmer Strips Nudes kit which I was eyeing here for R329 ($28) for the set while the individual mascara duo usually retails R199 ($17). I find the Physicians Formula products to never give problems relating to sensitivity or breakouts as their compositions are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and tested for sensitive eyes.
All of these mascara’s are available online at TAKEALOT.com and with their Payday Promo which started today, you can save up to 50% on selected items. They are also available from Dischem except for the Bourjois which can be purchased at Clicks.
I’ve invested in a product called Beauty So Clean recently that sterilises makeup so that it kills all bacteria and prolongs the shelf life of my makeup. I spritz the mascara wand with the sanitizing solution before inserting it back into the tube and not only has it prolonged the life of my mascara, I’ve also never gotten an eye infection or the product going bad. If I do find the mascara is a little drier than I like, I just add some eye drops and it’s good to go. This helps me test multiples tubes of mascara at a time and for my makeup kit, where I have colour mascara for parties and special occasions, I don’t ever have to worry about it being unhygienic or going rancid.
I haven’t tested many high end mascaras as I found it was a bit expensive for a 3 month shelf life but since I have the Beauty So Clean I’ll definitely be changing that. I’ve already bought my first ever MAC mascara and I’m loving it so far.
Any suggestions for me to try? What’s your favourite mascara?
LOTS OF LOVE
Belle BluSHH <3