Mascara Showdown


Mascaras are something that I have a serious love-hate relationship with. I have always had rather sensitive eyes and some mascaras really make them water at times. This isn’t a pleasant experience especially when I have bits of magic plastic in my eye to help me see!

So the epic search for the perfect mascara is a struggle for me. I currently have nine in my makeup bag at the moment. Today, I wanted to share the pros and cons of each mascara and if they’re worth repurchasing.

Benefit They’re Real: This mascara was so hyped up when it first launched. I love the packaging and the wand gives amazing, non-clumped lashes that scream volume and length. Unfortunately I am allergic to the product itself. My eyes water so much with this mascara it’s unbelievable. I am keeping hold of this because of the Swarovski diamond lid. It’s too pretty to throw away. So this won’t be a repurchase, but I might wash the wand and use with a different mascara formula.

Dior Iconic Overcurl: This is a mascara bought under the influence of watching too many Vivianna Does Makeup videos! I do have quite flat lashes naturally that need help to curl up. The wand for this mascara does encourage the lashes to curl upwards, and its doesn’t clump the lashes together, which is brilliant. My only gripe is that it’s quite a wet mascara, so it has the tendency to smudge a little on me. I may repurchase this if I can’t find anything else that encourages my lashes to curl upwards.

MAC Extended Play Gigalash: This mascara has the cutest, tiniest wand. It’s perfect for bottom lashes. It doesn’t clump lashes together and actually showed me how long my bottom lashes are! Again, this isn’t water resistant so it can smudge or wear away quite easily. If they do come up with a waterproof formula, I’ll definitely repurchase. 

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes: This actually is already a repurchase! I do love this mascara; it doesn’t clump, wear away, smudge, and gives amazing length and volume to my skimpy little lashes. It is awesome for top and bottom lashes too. It would be nice if it came in a brown shade for more natural eye days; sometimes you just don’t fancy wearing black. However, I do have other brown mascaras that I love so I will repurchase this again.

L’Oreal False Lash Sculpt: This is a strange one. It has a weird want that enables you to really hug the route of the lashes. It is a very wet mascara, but the wand allows you to distribute it evenly without making too much of a hot mess. This does have a tendency on bad days to clump my lashes together. This could be that I’m just not used to the wand yet. Therefore I will keep using this to do a full review. Overall though, I don’t think that this will be a repurchase.

Max Factor Masterpiece Transform: This is the brown equivalent to the MAC extended Play. It has a very slender wand, which surprised me considering the size of the packaging. I can use this on my top lashes if I want very defined, natural looking lashes, but I do find it’s better for lower lashes. This may be a repurchase.

Smashbox Indecent Exposure: I love the felt lid packaging of this mascara. It’s so sleek. The wand is ideal for volumised, long lashes that don’t clump together. It is a very wet mascara however, so it can take a little while for the lashes to dry. Once on though, it won’t budge. My only gripe is if you don’t wait for this to dry you will look like a panda. This will be a repurchase one day.

Chanel Dimensions: This is my newest mascara in a very unnecessary Chanel splurge. Since I do have so many black mascaras, I wanted to try something brown. This is very similar to the Charlotte Tilbury Mascara, in that it volumizes, lengthens and curls the lashes without clumping. This doesn’t smudge and is actually a less wet formula than the Charlotte Tilbury Mascara. If you saw my recent First Impressions video, you’ll see that I was impressed with this from the first swipe of the wand. Definitely a repurchase.

Smashbox X-Rated: This is a bit of a love-hate mascara. On some days I love it. It gives amazing volume to skimpy lashes without clumping or smudging. It isn’t too wet so it dries pretty quick, and like the Indecent Exposure, it’s very long-wearing. However on some days, the wand makes it so awkward to coat lashes evenly and doesn’t do much to volumize them even though it’s a volumizing mascara. It’s very hit and miss depending on the mood of my lashes. Therefore this won’t be a repurchase.

Max Factor Voluptuous False Lash Effect: You may notice that this one isn’t photographed. I actually used this a few times and binned it. The wand is huge and too weird. It didn’t do anything for my lashes and smudged like crazy. This was an ultimate fail for me. Definitely not a repurchase!


So those are my current thoughts on some mascaras currently available in the market. Which ones do you enjoy using? Which won’t be repurchases?

Have a lovely day guys and I’ll see you tomorrow!



About jennywren7

I'm Jennifer; northern beauty blogger and Starbucks addict. I enjoy blogging about various aspects of my life and throwing the odd review and tutorial into the mix. Hope you enjoy reading my various ramblings.
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