Let’s dig out our inner warrior princesses and start a good-natured battle of drugstore mascaras! We could also be a little dramatic and call it a mascara comparison. Too boring? Mascara showdown? MASCARA THROWDOWN?
I’m sorry. It must be the weekend I had. In any case, we’ll be having a look at five new drugstore mascaras that all promise to deliver dramatic and voluminous lashes.
Yep, Ariana-Style. Let the games begin!
1. Catrice Glam & Doll Sculpt & Volume Mascara, around US$ 4
Just from looking at the wand, I would have guessed that this’d be my favourite of the bunch. I really like tiny, skinny, which allow precise application and let you go right to the roots of the lashes.
The formula of Catrice’s Glam & Doll mascara is rather liquid – you have to apply several coats and let them dry in between. The result is a nice natural look for daytime, but honestly… a bit too tame for me.
Maybe the next one’ll give us a bit moredrama?
2. Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Volum’Express Mascara, around US$ 9
Maybelline is known for great mascaras and therefore doesn’t hold back with names or packaging!
The big brush is surprisingly easy to handle. The formula is rather thick, but nice to apply. To me, this mascara didn’t give as much volume as I wanted, but I like it for an everyday look. The pigmentation is excellent, and it doesn’t flake at all during the day.
Mascara number three sure is a wild one!
3. Wet n Wild Lash Renegade Mascara, around US$ 9
Oh! Doesn’t the applicator remind you of Givenchy? Wet n Wild Lash Renegade delivers a lot of volume, but honestly, isn’t that easy to work with!
The application gets easier with practice, but I found that the ball-like tip makes pushing the lashes up during application really hard. Due to that, the final look isn’t as satisfying as I’d hoped…
We’re almost done, Steffi… I honestly applied all five in the space of an hour, so I had to go have a tall glass of water before trying the last two:
4. Manhattan Volume Shake Mascara, around US$ 13
Wow, this mascara sure is heavy! On the inside of the tube, there’s a metal ball that helps activate the formula when you shake it. Weird, I know. But ultimately, it’s supposed to ensure that your mascara is always perfectly mixed and «fresh».
Unfortunately, and despite its name, Volume Shake gave me the least amount of volume and has the most liquid of formulas. It’s great for a natural, clump-free look, but again, not dramatic enough for me.
AM I THAT MUCH OF A DRAMA QUEEN WHEN IT COMES TO MASCARA?
By now, I was kind of regretting decision to shoot five mascaras in one sitting, but I used all of them beforehand for at least an entire day…. Rabbity eyes, here I come (and thank god for good make-up remover wipes!), and on to the last one!
5. Essence Volume Stylist 18h Lash Extension Mascara, around US$ 4
Okay, maybe the fight wasn’t totally fair, as this one was the only mascara with lengthening fibers.
But oh boy, does it give fuller and longer lashes!
Don’t be fooled by the not so spectacular looking wand (and packaging), but this one is easy to work with and gives really pretty lashes. And look at the price tag!
DONE! I’m so proud! But I have to say, an entire morning of applying and removing mascara was not the best idea I ever had. And I lost one of my contacts in the process. HOW DOES THAT EVEN HAPPEN?
HEY PRETTY CONCLUSION:
Finding the perfect mascara is nearly as hard as finding a bra that’s both comfortable AND sexy. I have to say that all five drugstore mascaras did a good job. My personal favorites were by Maybelline’s The Colossal Big Shot and Essence’ Volume Stylist. But let’s be honest, for the reasonable price, I would recommend them all.
If it’s length you’re after, you can combine a good mascara with a lash growth serum for maximum results, which I’m currently enjoying (even if I can’t wear my glasses at all because my lashes are too long and touch the lenses!)…
And now let’s put some cucumber slices on those red eyes and call it a day, shall we?
These new mascaras by Catrice, Maybelline, Manhattan, Wet n Wild and Essence are all new and available in Switzerland at Coop City, Manor, Douglas or Migros. Prices are between US$ 4 and US$ 17.
*The products reviewed in this post were sent to me free of charge by the brand or its PR agency.