Battle of the Mascaras

Mascara

Recently we went to Chanel to purchase the illustrious Vitalumière Aqua foundation. When we were there the shop assistant gave both of us samples of their new mascara: Le Volume de Chanel. So we thought we’d try it out and do a review to compare it to the drugstore mascaras of our current collection and decide if the High-end brands are really worth the hype.

High End makeup brands…we all want them in our collection, don’t lie ladies. The packaging, the colour range, the hype; we are all very easily sucked in. Unfortunately, purchasing these items puts a serious dent in our savings. But often you are paying for quality, so it’s worth it. But don’t be fooled! Many of these products are not worth the hype, and often there are products from cheaper brands that produce really similar results.

It is worth doing your research before making such expensive purchases. Good sources for easy research include youtube and beauty blogs.

Today we are endeavoring to compare a couple of high-end mascaras with some of our favourite drugstore mascaras.

Covergirl Lash Perfection Mascara 

Advertised as a volumising mascara that gives a ‘dramatic look’ with a brush that attempts to coat each lash individually. From personal experience it does have really great separation of the lashes that gives a quite natural, volumising look. No clumps, and lasts on the eyes all day. I wouldn’t say that it’s that ‘dramatic’ in its volume but it’s great for a slightly voluminous, natural looking lashes. We give this mascara 8/10.

Maybelline Define-a-lash (waterproof formula)

This is NOT WATERPROOF! Both of us will testify that we initially really liked this mascara, but the formula changed and since then we just haven’t been as happy. Also, unlike the advertising, it is not waterproof and smudges when wet, however, is still ridiculously hard to wash off your eyes at the end of the day. Nevertheless there are positives to this mascara. It provides great length and definition whilst minimally enhancing volume so gives a fairly natural look. It advertises as a mascara that ‘elongates and accentuates the lashes’ so overall it almost lives up to expectations. We give this mascara 6.5/10.

Maybelline The Falsies Flared

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A mascara that has a pro-keratin formula, in my personal opinion it doesn’t visually make a difference but may be better for your lashes as keratin is a main component in hair. The falsies is one of my favourite, it is extremely thickening and lengthening, it does give you great looking lashes but I still wouldn’t go as far to say that they look like falsies. I do love the thick curved wand, it is really great  at curling the eyelashes and the formula does hold the curl a pretty well. The formula is quite thin and wet but the bristles tend to dry out the product quickly. The only bad thing I have to say about this mascara is its longevity, after only a few hours it starts to mildly flake off, it isn’t a deal breaker but just a slight annoyance. We give this mascara 9/10. 

Revlon Grow Lucious Mascara 

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Okay so this is a mascara that I really love, what I look for most in a mascara is longevity. And this mascara lasts perfectly, there is no smudging or flaking as long as you don’t get wet. The large brush claims to plump and visibly lengthens lashes and I have to say I agree. The brush is very large which I like but I know many people hate them, so I guess this mascara may not be for those people. It has a wet think formula that lengthens the lashes but I would say it doesn’t give much volume to them, I like the formula though as it is easy to apply and dries quickly. As for the claims that it helps to grow your lashes, I don’t think that it has done anything to my natural lashes, however I didn’t buy this mascara with the hopes that it would work so there wasn’t any disappointment from me. This mascara is a good drugstore version of my holy-grail one. We give this mascara 9.5/10.

Covergirl lash blast length 

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This mascara gives great length and beautiful separated lashes but basically no volume giving the overall effect on the lashes a nice natural look. I love this mascara for everyday when you don’t really feel like wearing makeup. It is buildable and you can  get a little more volume if you want that sort of look. It claims to be water-resistant which I haven’t yet fully tested, but I have never had an issue with smudging or flaking. We give this mascara 8/10.

Le Volume de Chanel (10 noir)

Advertises as a mascara that provides ‘volume and curl – lash by lash’. And it definitely delivered! It is incredibly light weight, so doesn’t weigh down the lashes over the day. Lasts all day and looks exactly as you applied it in the morning! Gorgeous deep black colour with amazing separation of the lashes that gives you such an incredible volumising and lengthening look. We honestly couldn’t believe how amazing our lashes looked with it on.

We give this mascara 11/10!

They’re Real Benefit

Probably one of the best mascaras on the market at the moment. And yes, you have probably seen about 1 million reviews on this already. With good reason. It really lives up to it’s name with about 95% of people who try it. It advertises that it ‘lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates’ and it really does all that! And on top of all that it has great long lasting results! The brush is also fantastic in that it allows you to get into those small lashes closer to your nose that sometimes get left behind. The formula lasts all day and doesn’t weigh your lashes down at all. Unfortunately, although it is not as expensive as some of the other mascaras that are considered ‘high end’ it still costs a pretty penny. We  give this mascara 9/10.

Dior Extase

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This is a great mascara, it has one of those wavy wands that look like three balls have been stuck together. I am a big fan of these wands but I know it is personal preference because Carla hates them. These wands give your eyelashes a super curled effect and make your lashes look fantastic. There are a few downsides however, the formula dries up quickly, it is a dark grey instead of black (like advertised) and it weighs down your eyelashes which means after a couple of hours you have already lost the brilliant curl that the mascara wand just gave you. The mascara really does give you great looking lashes, it lengthens and gives great volume  We give this mascara 6/10.

Lancome Virtuose 

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One of our higher end mascaras Lancome Virtuose was one of the first wands to have this curved shape when brands like Maybelline (with the falsies flared) caught onto the trend. I do love this mascara but for the $30 price tag I’d rather go with the falsies flared as the formula is almost identical. The only reason I would go over this over the falsies is because of the wand, it grabs every single lash (even those little ones still growing) and lengthens, separates and gives amazing volume. I would love to try out the Hypnose version of this one as I tend to like the wavy wands more. We give this mascara 9/10. 

Just remember that everyone has a different eye shape and different preferences so we can’t guarantee our experiences will be universal. However, we believe the clear winner is…

DRUM ROLL PLEASE!

Le Volume De Chanel!

Considering that mascaras only last 3-4 months and most people won’t want to spend $160 on mascara a year, we believe that the close runner up is Revlon Grow Lucious.

So the final verdict, are high end mascaras worth it? Well in our honest opinion with the short expiry date on most mascaras and the large price tags, luxury mascaras are just that, luxury items. Overall they are better quality mascaras, they make your lashes look incredible and generally last longer than drug store ones, but for three to four times the price it just isn’t worth it on a day to day basis. Besides drug store brands over the past year have really picked up their game and the quality has skyrocketed. Don’t get us wrong, high end brands and their mascaras are amazing and if you feel like a spluge the price definitely reflects the quality, we recommend them for special occasions and days where you feel like an extra kick with your look.

Hope you enjoyed

xxx Rubenesque

(PS. If you have any questions regarding specific use, retail price, or anything else, feel free to comment below and we will reply as best we can)

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28 thoughts on “Battle of the Mascaras

  1. Great review! I am definitely considering the chanel mascara now…I have always used benefit but since you have rated chanel better I am extremely curious and will have to try it for myself!

  2. Great review and lucky you on scoring the free samples. I got a free mini Chanel Inimitable a few years back and I adored the teenie tiny tube so much I have pretty much stuck with Inimitable since, until I ran out recently and tried Le Volume. It is all that and a bag of chips, I love it, and you’re right it is REALLY black, which is great, I like a properly black mascara, can’t be doing with grey/black ones.

    • Awesome! You can totally ask for a sample while you are there so you can try it out 🙂 it’s a lot of money when you don’t know how it’ll look yet. Amelia and I both adore it and we have really different lashes. But it’s totally worth asking for a sample if you can 🙂

  3. Hey Girls,
    Thanks so much for checking out our blog!

    I love that you tried a variety of popular mascaras out there, from the cheap to the very expensive! One mascara I tried and got the most compliments on, was Lancôme’s Hypnôse Doll Eyes. It is a bit ‘high end’ but if you have the time in the future I would recommend you girls to check it out 😀

    xx

  4. Great review! So much effort put into this piece which makes it a pleasure to read. Eye of Horus mascara will put all those mascara’s to shame though! Their cruelty-free, Australian and absolutely amazing! Keep in touch and keep up the great work xxx

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  6. Very interesting reading ladies. I was wondering if you had any special advice for persons such as myself who wear glasses. I would like to be able to use that kohl stuff on your model (Carla) and mascara but a problem for me has been that these combinations usually make my eyes look smaller, piglike even. (that last bit is not a joke) I await your advices. Punk

    • Hey Punk, with liquid eyeliner it is about finding the right angle for your eye shape, so keep at it, i would suggest a straighter wing. If you little lid space then a thin line of liquid liner would be best or even skip this step altogether if it still isn’t working for you. With mascara have you tried curling your eyelashes? That really helps open up the eyes. Another great tip is to use white eyeliner on your bottom waterline to cheat the appearance of larger eyes. Let us know if any of these tips work for you. Thanks 🙂 x

  7. I currently use Benefit’s They’re Real, and have had people ask if I am wearing fake lashes. I love that the formula doesn’t flake. I used to wear L’Oreal’s Voluminous Million Lashes, and liked it, but stopped because it DID flake. I’m curious to try out their new formula, Voluminous Million Lashes Excess as I’m hoping they fixed the clumping and flaking issue.

    Great review. Mascara is my fave makeup item, but I would never spend more than $35 max on a tube, and it better be amazeballs at that price. It’s nice to see how the upper 1% lives, but I’m happy with my plebeian options.

    Cheers,
    Shauna

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