I recently finished off my holy grail mascara, the tarte Cosmetics Tarteist mascara. I won it in an insta giveaway and I just finally ran out! Not being able to bring myself to drop that kind of money on one mascara I hit up Boots and spent more money on four mascaras! Logic.
I wanted to put some drug store mascaras to the test so I could find one I could buy over and over again. I wanted to test mascaras from what I consider to be the big five drugstore makeup brands in the UK: Maybelline,L’Oreal, Max Factor, Revlon and Rimmel.
However, when I went to Boots the Rimmel mascaras all had broken seals etc and I didnt fancy getting an eye infection so I only had four to test out.
I wore one mascara for a full work day, checking in and taking a cheeky selfie at the start of the day, lunch time, and when I got home from work. I work at a computer all day and I wear contact lenses so I needed a mascara that would hold against tiredness, dry eyes and watery eyes.
I wear really minimal makeup in work, this includes forgoing eyeliner, so I needed a mascara that could stand up on its own and give my eyes the lift they need.
Here’s how I got on:
Day 1. L’Oreal Mega Volume miss Baby Roll
I was honestly wowed by this mascara in the end. I wasn’t hugely keen on the application initially, the brush is a bit weird, it kind of looks like a heltaskelta, and the consistency of the product seems quite thick. I was worried it would apply gloopy, but I soon got over it.
I always use two coats of mascara; I will apply one coat, then do my brows and then come back in for a second coat. This mascara layered well and I got what I was after from the application.
This mascara held up so well throughout the day, every time I looked in a mirror I was wowed by the lift my lashes still had, even at the end of the day. I had no fall out from this mascara either, no bits to brush off my face and I wasn’t left with panda eyes after a day of staring at a computer screen.
I would definitely recommend the baby roll mascara from L’Oreal, in fact I have continued to use this one in the days following my experiment.
Day 2. Revlon Volume + Length Maginified mascara
I really didn’t mind this mascara, I felt it was fairly run of the mill. I didn’t feel that this one gave me as much volume initially as the previous one did. The brush was a fluffy style mascara wand and the product wasn’t as thick as the L’Oreal, which I think is why.
I also noticed that the wand does malt a little bit, little fibres did come off the wand during application and I had to remove some from my face. I know you can get mascaras that are supposed to give off little fibres but I don’t think with this one that is intentional. At least, it wasn’t marketed as one of those mascaras.
The volume of my lashes definitely deflated throughout the day and I wasn’t left with barely any lift by the end of the working day. This mascara is delightfully average. Not terrible, it was easy enough to apply and didn’t give me panda eyes but it didn’t give me volume all day and I did get a bit of fall out.
Day 3. Max Factor Masterpiece Max High Volume & Definition mascara
This mascara was honestly the most disappointing for me. I found that it applied nicely initially but didn’t wear too well throughout the day.
It has a thin applicator with dispersed and fairly rigid bristles which means you can get in the corners and get a full coverage application.
However, by the end of the day I felt like I had next to no lash definition. I also got a bit of fall out and felt like I had panda eyes from the mascara.
Thats not to say I wouldn’t use this mascara again, I would probably use this one for a night out as I like the volume it gave me initially and the slim size means it will fit nicely in a clutch to reapply throughout the night.
Not a lost cause but I probably wouldn’t buy this one again.
Day 4. Maybelline Lash Sensational lash Multiplying Mascara
I was really impressed by this mascara. Much like with the L’Oreal one I was really impressed with the volume I had from this mascara.
The wand on this one is is curved, which I think is great for the top lash but can be a bit tricky for the lower lash. After a bit of fiddling around I managed to get a nice application from this one.
I loved how the volume held up throughout the day and I didn’t get any fall out. I think this one is even pegging with the L’Oreal one.
My ranking would be: Joint 1st place for the L’Oreal Baby Roll and the Maybelline Lash Sensational, 2nd place for Revlon’s Volume + Length and 3rd place for the Maxfactor Masterpiece Max.
I will definitely be using the Maybelline and L’Oreal in the future and would probably repurchase. I will use the other two until they run out but I won’t be rushing to buy them.
Whats your ride or die mascara? Let me know in the comments!