If there’s one thing no one can ever agree on, it is which mascara is the holy grail. All we can really do is try to give our two cents to help one another from suffering the despair that comes with a bad purchase, or better yet, inspire the purchase of a new fav product. We all grew up experimenting with Covergirl Lashblast and Maybelline GreatLash but at a certain point they stop feeling like enough. That’s why if your standards are high for volume and length, and your budget allows for it, I recommend you look into some of the following mascaras. Following the review are some added tips for how to keep your mascara fresh and how to get the perfect look – every time.
Dior Diorshow Blackout Mascara – C$36
Not to start off on a bad note but this was truly one of the worst mascara I’ve ever tired. Do not buy this under persuasion from anyone! I spent many a days, with many different techniques, trying to make this work after asking my mom to buy it at duty free. (Instead she mistakenly bought it in Spain for €40, which only adds to guilt level for having to throw this one out). It was wet but at the same time had dry clumps. The brush was a horrible mess and was much too big, even with my large eyes. In fact, it clumped my lashes together if I tried to add more than one coat. No length could be achieved and on top of that, it smudged heavily onto my eyelid/brow bone.
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll – C$37
This was a big hit for me in terms of lengthening and keeping your lashes curled (as in absolutely vertical) all day. Does a great job at separating lashes and adding length without clumping. Brush is super easy to work with and there’s absolutely no fuss in coating every lash. No smudging and not bad to remove either. I’ve repurchased this for years and think it’s absolutely worth the money if you’re not necessarily looking for volume and rather length.
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils – C$37
One of my mother’s favourites but I personally did not fall in love with it. Found that the curl fell mid-day a bit and the volume wasn’t outstanding. Would be curious to try to the “Shocking” (newer) version of this mascara, as I’ve heard they’ve improved the formula to have it last all day and not dry up as quickly.
Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes – C$38
I bought this on a whim after falling victim to Youtube marketing (Wayne Goss is just too persuasive). Based on online reviews, I was one of the few who seemed to not be disappointed with this product, despite its major flaw. I immediately fell in love with the formula, since it was ultra dark and didn’t clump whatsoever (which is a bold claim for any mascara). It builds up very well, separates lashes and on top of making them truly thick and voluminous, this mascara also gives wonderful length. Hands down the best effect from any mascara and I think partial praise should be attributed to the brush’s bristles.
Now, as much as I can praise this mascara, this baby SMUDGES. Boy do you not want to be wearing this on a hot summer day (nor a first date where you’re laughing a lot and turn into a panda – trust me). It doesn’t last longer than an hour or so after which you’ll start to notice black in the far right corners of the eyes or on your brow bone area (which can somewhat be mitigated if you powder those areas well prior). I will still be repurchasing as I think it layers extremely well with the…
Chanel Le Volume Ultra-Noir de Chanel – C$41
I’ve been using this for several weeks and have concluded that it’s extremely similar to the Legendary Lashes. In fact, I’d say they are close twins in terms of volume and lengthening effect, brush design and buildability. However, with the Chanel mascara I found it does not smudge nearly as much (very faint black marks appear on my brow bone about half way through the day), but it has a downside of not holding a curl. For the best results, I apply one layer of the Legendary Lashes right after my eyelash curler, and proceed to apply two layers of Le Volume, so that the bottom base holds my curl and the other coats add the volume and length. This is hands down an unbeatable combination and I highly recommend this mascara if you pair it with any other mascara that holds a curl well.
Overall, I have to say Chanel Le Volume deserves the best rating in terms of giving the best effect – both dark, bold, thick, long and separated eyelashes with great all day wear. If you were to go for any of the mascaras mentioned above, I would say this one has the best of both worlds and may be my holy grail product.
There are obviously great mascaras that are a fraction of the price of luxury mascaras but I find often the effect of even the best ones, is a fraction of what you will get with higher range. There is always a similar look you can achieve with a cheaper alternative, but if you have the budget for it, investing in a reliable mascara will up your confidence more than expected.
Ultimate Mascara Tips:
As much as the perfect eye has to do with the right mascara, it also has to do with the right application and mascara maintenance.
- Use a drop or two of contact lense solution when your mascara is getting dry. I first discovered this (entirely safe) tip after struggling with the dryness of the YSL mascaras, after only a couple weeks of use. This has worked for nearly all of my mascaras since then. That being said, don’t be gross and keep mascaras that are expired and need to be thrown out. This is just a tip for always getting the right consistency everyday, without having to repurchase new tubes every few weeks. You’ll want to play around with this tip until you learn how wet is too wet, or being able to catch when your mascara to the point where you’ll want to use saline solution.
- Coat both sides of your lashes, as well as adding an extra coat on your outer lashes (ensuring you’re getting the whole lash from base to tip). This one may seem straightforward, but not that many people do this. With the right mascara, coating both from the bottom and over the top of your lashes adds much more volume. Adding an extra coat to the few lashes on the outer edge of your eyes both lifts them and gives the cat eye effect.
- Mascara smudges on your eyelid? Don’t use a q-tip, and definitely not a wet one since it will wipe away any other makeup you may have on your eye. Wait for the smudge to dry and then go in with a mascara spoolie (you can get disposable ones on Amazon for $2.50). Lightly brush over the area and the mascara will flake away without ruining the integrity of your makeup.
- Lastly, always close your mascara until you hear the click or it doesn’t tighten any further. An easy tip, with high payoff for not being lazy.
Let me know if you try any of mascaras or tips out and how you like them!