2 May 2014

From My Stash | 5 Drugstore Mascaras

Rimmel, Collection, Seventeen, Bourjois, Maybelline Mascara - Beauty by Eff

Rimmel, Collection, Seventeen, Bourjois, Maybelline Mascara - Beauty by Eff

Being a mascara junkie, I’m never satisfied with having just one mascara in use at any given time.  That’s crazy talk, 5 sounds about right.  Yes, I have 5 mascaras that I’m rotating between currently.  All of them are from the high street, so I thought it’d be good to share with you guys in case you’re in need of a new mascara, what am I saying, you can never have enough mascara!


Rimmel, Collection, Seventeen, Bourjois, Maybelline Mascara - Beauty by Eff

My main criteria for mascaras are volume, length and definition.  Safe to say, there aren’t that many that make the cut.  Most are great at one, maybe 2 but never all 3 criteria.  So now you understand why I need to have so many; there’s clear, scientific logic.

Collection Does It All 5 in 1 Mascara promises to Lengthen, Curl, Volumise, Condition and be Long Lasting.  That’s a lotta promises; unfortunately it doesn’t deliver them all.  It does lengthen somewhat and definitely does curl. However I wouldn’t say it’s volumising at all and it smudges like no other.  I have panda eyes after a few hours, again not something you want during the day from your makeup.  The brush has small plastic bristles, even around the end to help get to corner lashes; unfortunately I found that I just ended up poking myself in the eye because of those! Ouch!  In terms, of conditioning – not really sure how you’d test that!  Available at Boots, £4.99.

Collection Does It All 5 in 1 Mascara - Beauty by Eff

Bourjois Volumising Clubbing Mascara – this does what it says on the tube.  It gives great volume as can be seen in the image.  However the problem with this is, it dries up way too quick.  As a result, lashes end up clumping together – not a look anybody wants.  That being said, the volume it gives is just amazing!  The brush is quite dense and not plastic, really helps to lift the lashes and create the volume.  Available at Boots, £7.99.

Bourjois Volumising Clubbing Mascara - Beauty by Eff

Rimmel ScandalEyes Rockin’ Curves Extreme Black Mascara is new to the gang.  The wand itself is quite unique ‘S’ shaped to ‘hug’ your lashes and lift them from the roots to give length.  I actually really like the shape of this as I find you don’t have to manoeuvre the wand so much to get to the roots, it does that for you.  The bristles help to give great volume and define the lashes.  I was really impressed with this one.  It has good staying power and doesn’t smudge.  So might be one that ticks all 3 of my criteria!  I will need to use it a little longer to confirm.  Available at Boots, £6.99.

Rimmel ScandalEyes Rockin Curves Extreme Black Mascara - Beauty by Eff

I have full review of the Maybelline RocketVolume Express Mascara (£7.99) here and the Seventeen Doll’d Up Mascara (£6.29) here, so you can check those out for in depth details on those two.

From the five mascaras mentioned, I’d only consider repurchasing the Maybelline Rocket Volume Express Mascara and the Rimmel ScandalEyes Rockin’ Curves Extreme Black Mascara.  They are the closest to what I want my mascara to do.  However, mascaras are quite a personal product because everyone wants them to do something different so one size seldom fits all!


Have you tried any of the mascaras mentioned?  What’s your favourite mascara?
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