High End Brand Mascaras:
**In each photo grid, the left photo has no makeup and the right only has mascara applied. There are two coats of mascara on my top lashes and one coat on the bottom in all the mascara photos. Click photo to enlarge.**
Bare Minerals Lash Domination: This has a really interesting brush, plastic and sort of swirled. I wasn't a fan of the brush, I thought it made application more difficult and really messy. I also felt this one made my lashes stick together more than I'd like.
Benefit Bad Gal Lash: Lengthening, separation and volume were all fine with this. The oversized brush is almost too big in my opinion, but it does have a tapered tip which helps. Overall, I thought it was decent but not amazing. The super sized brushes just aren't my thing.
Benefit They're Real: I do like this mascara, just not as much as most people. The plastic brush is great for easy application with length and separation, I just think the formula is a little too wet. While not my absolute favorite of the bunch, this is definitely one of the better mascaras I tried.
Buxom Amplified Lash: This is one of my all time favorite mascaras. I feel like it is really underrated and no one ever talks about it. The tip of the wand twists to lengthen or shorten the plastic brush. It separates well and there are virtually no clumps after application. The length and volume I achieve with this mascara makes me feel like I'm wearing false lashes without all the hassle.
Buxom Sculpted Lash: I was really unsure of the long, S-shaped brush with plastic bristles. It turned out to not be as bad at applying mascara as I thought, but it is still kinda weird to use. The formula is nice, as with every Buxom mascara I have tried, but not nearly as lengthening as the Amplified Lash.
Dior Diorshow New Look: This had the smallest brush of all the mascaras I tried. It had plastic bristles and a tapered tip. I like the smaller brushes for application, I feel like you are really able to get to the base of your lashes and get all the small tiny lashes in the corner as well. The separation wasn't stellar with this one, but the length was good.
Lancome Hypnose Star: The flat, triangular shaped brush on this mascara was quite different than your average mascara brush and I didn't care for it much. The formula seemed to make my lashes stick to each other a fair amount, though length was good. Unfortunately, I wasn't a fan overall.
MAC Zoom Lash: The brush is medium sized and slightly tapered, it was easy to apply mascara with. As far as formula, there is some slight clumping and I would have preferred a little more separation. As with the Laura Mercier, it's a fine mascara but not the best of what I have tested.
Marc Jacobs Lash Lifter Gel Volume: What stood out most about this mascara was how wet the formula is! The length was decent but my lashes stuck together quite a bit. I also noticed some little clumps near the tips of some lashes. I couldn't get over the wetness, this was just okay to me.
Too Faced Better Than Sex: I like the shape of this brush, the sort of hourglass curve works really well for application. I thought this added great volume and length with almost no clumping. I really liked this mascara overall and would definitely consider purchasing a full size.
Drugstore Brand Mascaras:
**In each photo grid, the left photo has no makeup and the right only has mascara applied. There are two coats of mascara on my top lashes and one coat on the bottom in all the mascara photos. I went a little out of alphabetical order here so I could compare the two L'Oreal mascaras side by side. Click photo to enlarge.**
Wet n Wild Mega Protein: The brush on this is a pretty standard old school mascara brush. The bristles were pretty far apart which made my eyelashes stick together in little groups. It didn't add much in terms of length or volume, it basically just darkened my lashes and made them stick together. If Wet n Wild makes a good mascara, this definitely isn't it.
L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes: This is my current favorite drugstore mascara. The plastic brush is big but not jumbo and has a nice tapered tip making application really easy. I find I get great volume, length and separation without clumps. I think it rivals some of the top prestige brands like Benefit or Buxom. I will definitely continue to purchase this as a drugstore mascara option.
Favorite High End: Buxom Amplified Lash, Georgio Armani Eyes to Kill
Favorite Drugstore: L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes
Least Favorite: Wet n Wild Mega Protein
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