Mascaras | Tried & Tested Part 2

Mascaras Tried and Tested LineupA few years ago I did a blog post comparing all of the mascaras I had in my collection. My Mascaras Tried & Tested blog post seemed to be quite a success, so knowing that I had a load of different mascaras in my collection now, I thought I would do a follow on post featuring those.

Just to make the “test” fair, I only put one layer of mascara on my lashes and did not curl them beforehand. On one side my eyelashes are quite straight but on the other they have a little curl to them, so decided to go with that side as you would be able to see the results of each mascara a little better.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara* – £19

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

You would have seen this featured in my Autumn Makeup Look where I mentioned that I like to use it in the colder months as my eyes water a lot! So this works well at stopping my mascara running down my face! What I really like about this mascara is how easy it is to build up. You can see from the image above, the start of it getting thick from one coat, but after a few it looks really good. I am a huge fan of mascaras that not only lift my lashes but also thicken them. The only issue I have with this mascara is that the brush is a little big and formula a little too clumpy to apply it to my bottom lashes as well.

Rating: 7/10

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara* – £3.30

Essence Princess Lashes Mascara

This mascara really is something else. The results I get from it are even better than some of my high-end mascaras and this costs only £3.30! I would even go as far as to say that it is better than Rollerlash and that was one of my favourite mascaras for years. But for the price difference, this one is so much better! It really thickens your lashes so can get a little bit clumpy but you can just comb those out. Again, it is a really buildable mascara and once you have a few layers on, it honestly does give a false lash effect!

Rating: 9/10

Lancôme Grandiôse Extrême Mascara – £25

Lancome Grandoise Mascara

I’ve had this mascara for a little while now but I never seem to find myself reaching for it. Maybe because I got the wrong colour (it is kind of a grey/blue) or I don’t really like how it makes my lashes look. It has a plastic brush so you can see that it kind of clumps my lashes together, which could look good if it gave more of a lift. The one thing I do like about it is the angled brush. It makes it so much easier to apply without getting it all over your eyelid!

Rating: 5/10

Soap & Glory Thick and Fast Mascara – £10.50

Soap & Glory Thick and Fast Mascara

Not really a fan of this mascara… I don’t really think it lives up to its name of “thick and fast” because you can see from only one coat it isn’t looking very thick, so I wouldn’t say it is a fast build up mascara. Another problem I have with it, is because you have to do a significant amount of layers to build it up to a good thickness, it crumbles throughout the day and you are left with bits of mascara under your eyes – not a good look.

Rating: 2/10

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara – £23

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara

I know that the results of this mascara look fairly similar to the one above, but honestly this one is so much better! It does work well at thickening lashes after a couple of coats but also it gives my lashes a really nice curl, which you can see if you compare this image to the Soap & Glory Thick and Fast mascara. It is just an all-round amazing mascara that gives you everything you could want: thickness, curl and volume. I even find it works really well on my bottom lashes because of the style of brush.

Rating: 9/10

L’Oreal False Lash Superstar Mascara – £11.99

L'Oreal False Lash Superstar Mascara

I really like this mascara as you have the two ends to it. The first end is the lash primer, which comes out white and then once you have given that a few seconds to set you then put the mascara on top. I like that it builds up quite easily and after a few layers of the mascara you do get a good lift from it. I definitely find it comparable to Benefit’s Rollerlash but a little bit cheaper. You get a good level of thickness from it but I wish it gave my lashes a little more of a curl like the Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes.

Rating: 8/10

So basically there are two winners here: The Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara and the Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara. Both of which are very different mascaras but also two very good mascaras. I like to use the Essence one for nights out as I find it is easy to build up quickly, whereas I often use the Charlotte Tilbury mascara in the daytime as it has more of a natural finish but still makes my eyelashes look really full and fluttery!

What is your favourite mascara at the moment?


*PR samples but all thoughts are 100% honest and all my own. Post also contains affiliate links.