Mascara has always been a pain for me. Since I started wearing it in middle school it has confounded me.
I’ve been searching for a product that goes on smooth and clean, builds length and body, holds a curl, doesn’t dry out and flake, and one that doesn’t transfer to under my lower lash line creating a shadow that makes my eyes look tired and puffy.
My top five favourites, compiled over many trials and tribulations and a few allergic reactions, are as follows;
- Tony Moly, Panda’s Dream
- Too Faced, Better than Sex
- Benefit, They’re Real
- Maybelline, Great Lash
- Coloured Mascaras
So let’s break them down;
Tony Moly, Panda’s Dream 4/5
I am becoming obsessed with Korean Beauty brands and the fun products they create! I picked up a hand full of Tony Moly, Etude House, and Skinfood products while in Korea and Japan over the summer. This mascara is my holy grail. It performs nearly as well as the Two Faced mascara which I ranked second. While it doesn’t create lashes as FULL as the Too Faced Mascara it squeezed into first. Unlike ‘Better Than Sex’ it doesn’t transfer onto my lower lid like literally ever other mascara I have ever tried ever. That and how unbelievable kawaii the packaging is it puts Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Mascara into my #1 Mascara spot.
I use this product almost daily.
Too Faced, Better Than Sex 4/5
I love this mascara, but I’m not in love with it. It goes on beautifully, clean, smooth and full. Thanks to the special brush shape I can create a beautiful fan of lashes that look long and thick and is totally buildable. But it let’s me down just like all the others; it transfers to my lower lid.
I use this products almost daily.
Benefit, They’re Real 2.5/5
Creates long lashes, such long lashes. However there isn’t enough volume or thickness created for me. This may have to do with the silicone spiked spoolie, it gives you great control and definition when applying the product allowing you to create long defined lashes, this just isn’t my preferred lash look. I end up with long sparse lashes, depending on the look I’m going for can work.
I use this one once or twice a month just to mix it up a bit.
I had to include this iconic mascara, it was the first and the original. The only mascara I used for a decade. I have a soft spot for this one. It gives a very natural effect, subtly adds length, fullness, and definition while still looking very natural. It also transfers to my lower lid.
I use this product when I am going for a ‘no makeup’ look.
Coloured mascaras, Nyx&Rimmel pictured
These vary in quality depending on the colour and the brand. I haven’t found any coloured mascara that is as opaque as I would like. Considering what’s available I would recommend trying coloured mascara, even just one in your makeup kit can be really fun and is an easy way change up your look with a colour pop onlashes or and brows.
I use these products once a week, sometimes more.
Brands I have tried that didn’t make the cut; MAC, Estée Lauder, Clinique, Yves Saint Laurent, and Rimmel.