I try to buy a new mascara every 6 months as I think this is usually when they start to dry up a bit and also I think this is the most hygienic. (I’ve recently started being super organised and actually keeping a note of when I bought products so that I know how long I’ve had them/when I should throw them out).
I’m pretty loyal with mascara brands and have rarely gone off-piste with a completely new brand. This is because I think mascara is a product that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on, investing in expensive, luxury brands; a drugstore brand is just fine. My favourites are Maybelline and MaxFactor.
My last mascara was the MaxFactor False Lash Effect Mascara (£10.99) and I was very pleased with it. I had it in a Brown Black colour as I think this looks the most natural for me (one of my pet hates is people with very fair colouring wearing extremely black mascara – in my opinion it looks very weird! But who am I to judge?)
However I do like to have a darker colour myself when I want a more dramatic look so this time I chose the Maybelline Falsies Volum’ Express Mascara in Black (£7.99), which I’ve had before and thought was good. I like this mascara because it gives noticeable length and volume. It has been slightly more clumpy that I remembered, although this has improved over the last week and so I think with being a new bottle, there was just a bit too much product on the wand.
In a lot of ways, I think the mascara wand can be more important than the product inside. I prefer quite long bristles (is that the right word??) over those short, plastic spiky ones, which in my opinion are absolutely useless for giving any length.
This the wand for the Maybelline mascara and I think this is perfect. This one is also slightly curved to follow the line of your eyelashes which I think is very effective.
Overall I do prefer the MaxFactor mascara, as I think the wand is slightly better for really separating inividual lashes. I also think the formula is less likely to clump so when it’s time to renew again, this is the one I’ll go for. That being said, I still think this Maybelline mascara is a great product, especially for a dramatic look.
What is your go-to mascara brand?