I’ve been lucky to find quite a few mascaras landing on my beauty desk lately. Instead of trying them one by one, I created a ‘to-try’ pile and tested them all out over a two week period. Here are my thoughts …
L’Oreal Butterfly Effect Fibres False Lash Wings Mascara
“False Lash Butterfly Wings mascara instantly volumises at the roots and stretches your lashes outwards for a winged eye effect.”
This mascara comes in a uniquely shaped metallic silver and royal blue tube. The brush is nifty and reminds me of a butterfly. I don’t find it too easy to use, but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty cool. Where this mascara really stands out is when it comes to lift. My lashes were lifted from the second I applied it until I rinsed it off that evening (it comes off easily enough with micellar water). Seriously amazing. It did clump my lashes a bit, but I found that if I wait and sort of dry the formula a bit before applying it to my lashes, I get a better, less messy/clumpy result.
Did it deliver on its promise? I don’t think it gives a winged out effect, but the formula did stretch my lashes, and the fibres definitely elongated my lashes. Maybe if I applied more out the outer corner, the winged out look would be achieved. I really like this one.
Available from Dischem or Clicks for a RRSP of R185.
Bourjois volume reveal radiant black mascara
“Reveal your lash potential with Bourjois’ NEW Volume Reveal mascara. The built in mirror with x3 zoom reveals every lash whilst the lash catcher brush with gripping bristles ensures all lashes are volumised without exception!“
This mascara separates and defines each lash, making it look like I have a lot of lashes. I love the brush and the formula so much because even on application of the third layer, my lashes are lifted, black, separated and never clumpy. The mascara comes in a black triangle tube with a 3 x zoom mirror on one side. The idea of looking into a small mirror put me off at first, because I can’t be bothered with silly little mirrors, but I kind of changed my mind because the strip of mirror really zooms in on your eyes and is actually quite handy. You can only see the eye area, in sharp detail, which allows you to really focus on the job at hand. It also comes of with a few swipes of micellar water.
Did it deliver on its promise? It left my lashes long and defined and lifted and didn’t flake or smudge. I feel like the brush definitely grabbed and the formula coated every single lash, making them thicker from root to tip. What I especially love about this mascara is that you can achieve a beautiful, natural look or you can build it for more voluminous lashes. Big thumbs up for this one!
Available for R179.95 exclusively at Clicks and online here
max factor Velvet volume
“Transform your look with velvety, dark, more volumised lashes – your secret to a smouldering smokey eye.“
The first time I tried this mascara, I wasn’t that impressed and I felt like it didn’t really pack a punch. The formula was a little bit dry (which I appreciate because I dislike super wet mascaras), but I felt like I had to really work to get it on my lashes (and then in doing so, got it on my upper eyelid). The first time I used it, it gave me more of a natural look but the second time I just kept on applying and managed to build the volume up quite nicely. It kind of redeemed itself from my first impression, and then I realised that it’s all about HOW you use your products. If you want volume, then build it up. This mascara is easy to remove and comes off with a swipe of micellar water. While nothing major, there was a hint of fallout and I had the tiniest bit of mascara on my lower lash line come evening time. The packaging is a cute, chubby black tube with gold art deco swirls.
Did it deliver on its promise? It doesn’t give me the volume that I thought it would, but I like the overall effect. I think it’s a great day time, clump-free mascara.
Available for R195.95. from selected Clicks stores country wide and online here
Maybelline The falsies push up drama
“Mascara that will take your lashes to the heights of big drama. Lift and look-at-me volume for days.”
While the formula isn’t super wet, it does contain fibres and the brush holds a lot of product. Because of the stickiness, my lashes went from bare to clumped in an instant and I had to use a spoolie to brush through my lashes to separate them. It’s not the easiest to apply to the top lashes, and quite difficult to apply to lower lashes, because of clumping and smudging. In terms of fallout, there was none in a 12 hour period. I’m kinda on the fence with this mascara. The first time I used it, my lashes looked a bit too clumpy for my liking up close but were actually ample and voluminous a bit further away from the mirror. The second and third time I used it my lashes clumped up majorly and I had to use a tweezers to painstakingly separate them (because tweezers were all I had!). I like the way my lashes look with this mascara on them but it’s a fight to get them to look that way. The packaging is a real winner! It’s a gorgeous metallic red and pink tube that clicks once the mascara is closed. I love that because sometimes you don’t close your mascara properly and then it dries out.
Did it deliver on its promise? This mascara definitely gave me lots of volume and it made my lashes super black, so I guess that’s the drama part.
Available from Dischem or Clicks for a RRSP of R149.95.
I hope this was helpful for you!