Mascaras are one of the most difficult things to buy. Unlike a blush or eyeshadow, you can’t simply pick one up and purchase without testing. Even if you do test them, it can be hard to tell if they are doing anything for your lashes.
I do admit I am picky when it comes to mascaras. I need to know that they will wear well, don’t smudge, hold the curl and yet thicken and lengthen my lashes at the same time. Also, I need any new mascara to play well with others as I often layer up to three on the same eyelashes. Beauty gurus out there, I know you feel me!
So after the dozens of mascaras I’ve been through, I have rounded up the 5 best ones that work especially well for voluminising and lengthening lashes. I haven’t yet found a perfect mascara that holds the curl for more than 4 hours, so I’ll keep you posted on that!
Note: these mascaras aren’t in order of preference.
1. Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara
This new discovery has quickly become one of my faves! The thicker brush means that mascara voluminises lashes in one swipe, meaning you don’t have to apply multiple coats. It is also very black and does not flake/smudge even after a good 10 hours of wear.
The only thing is that it can clump lashes together so I have to use a skinny brush to comb them out (as I apply a few coats) but if you only apply one coat it should be fine!
Repurchased? No, still on my first tube.
2. Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara
Aside from Bobbi, Chanel is one of my favourite luxury makeup brands. I know I say this for a lot of different products, but they do many products consistently well. One of these fantastic products is the Inimitable Intense in Noir.
I was a convert early on quite a few years ago when the original Inimitable was introduced. What I LOVE about it is the brush shape, which is rare amongst most mascaras.
The conical shape gets every lash and makes sure there are absolutely no clumps. It doesn’t smudge a bit yet gives a really lush black appearance to lashes. I zigzag the wand when I use it and it boosts the volume as well as length.
No complaints, I love it!
Repurchased? Not the Intense version but I have owned the original Inimitable.
3. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara
The fluffy, curved brush (apparently a patented Spoon Brush design) takes some getting used to but it really does give you the false lash look in just a few swipes.
It’s also available in Waterproof but I didn’t buy that as waterproof mascaras usually dry out my lashes. This is probably one of the best drugstore options out there along with Covergirl Lash Blast (an old fave). My lashes are noticeably thicker and blacker when I have The Falsies on.
Repurchased? No, I want to test out other drugstore versions. Also, I have so many mascaras I’m trying to use up…
4. Tarte Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara
The best feature of this mascara is its lash regenerating ability. Whenever I use it for a prolonged period (>2 weeks daily) I notice my lashes are stronger, don’t fall out as much and are slightly thicker. They’re also blacker and glossier.
It’s also super comfortable to apply and wear; no clumps whatsoever and it lengthens/thickens my lashes easily. Only complaint is that I apply so many coats that the curl doesn’t hold up for long!
Repurchased? Yes, twice already! (Partly because it’s not available in Australia)
5. Koji Dolly Wink Black Mascara
I purchased this for the first time from Watsons in Takashimaya Singapore, as they were having a special deal (mascara + pencil eyeliner for $21 I believe).
It’s not one I instinctively reach for though, but it is a pretty good mascara. It lengthens more than thickens, and is totally clump free. In fact, I use this mascara to declump my Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye mascara.
The skinny brush makes it easy to apply each lash, even the bottom ones, and is a nice everyday mascara.
Mascaras I don’t like:
Just because we’re on this subject, the mascaras I have tried and disliked include:
Dior DiorShow – The XXL brush is way too large for my eyes and I feel it didn’t thicken/lengthen my lashes whatsoever.. Don’t understand the hype at all!
Benefit Bad Gal – Again, an unremarkable mascara that doesn’t deserve cult status (too natural looking and smudges!)
NYX Faux Lashes Boudoir – Unsure of why I even purchased this (from Asos). It clumps and smudges too easily…
Revlon Grow Luscious – I purchased this as it had Jessica Biel as the spokesmodel. Unfortunately a bad buy! It was too natural looking and didn’t ‘grow’ my lashes at all.
Stila Stay All Day – Umm, stay all day it did NOT! I remember wearing this to Disneyland two years ago and it totally smudged after a mere 2 hours. I constantly had to touch up in the restrooms which was a pain!
P.S I threw it away after the second day.
OK, enough ranting. Hope you enjoyed!