Budget Buys That Deliver: Three New Affordable Mascaras For Tonnes Of Volume

The mascara category seems to constantly be exploding with innovation; it’s definitely an area of the beauty market that seems to cannibalize itself with constant newness and pushing the boundaries of what one little plastic wand can achieve. Although a tonne of new mascaras have landed on my desk over the last few months, I’m always fascinated by what the budget brands have to offer – if there’s one product I’m willing to compromise on then it’s definitely that which coats my lashes. I personally find that you can get the same quality and impact whether you spend £7.99 or £27.99, as long as the formula and brush is up to scratch. These three magical tubes each have their own qualities, but collectively they provide tonnes of volume without clumping… All for under a tenner.

1. Revlon Volume + Length Magnified Mascara (£9.99)
I’ve already featured the re-brand of the Revlon mascara category here, but this has become my personal favourite of the line-up. The chunky brush helps to coat every lash, creating lots of volume without clumping while simultaneously helping to subtly lift the lash line. It manages to catch every little lash and builds up beautifully, meaning it’s fabulous for day or night alike. Sometimes I forget that Revlon creates pretty awesome mascaras – but this is the perfect way to reacquaint ourselves.

2. Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara (£7.99)
This has been all over social media, thanks to a pretty intense social media campaign run by Maybelline. I had high expectations, and although it doesn’t live up to all of its claims, it is a great all-round mascara. The plastic brush helps to thoroughly coat lashes and lift them away from the lash line, but I don’t personally experience any kind of ‘push up’ effect or dramatic finish. It does, however, help to build a voluminous result that I’m happy to adorn my lashes on a daily basis. I do prefer one of the other two for a big smokey look, but for the daytime this is pretty top notch. 

3. L’Oreal False Lash Sculpt Mascara (£9.99)
I’m surprised L’Oreal hasn’t experienced more of a buzz around the launch of this, seeing that the brush is so unique and the result so incredibly ‘wow’. I honestly can say I’ve never quite created a look that competes with a set of false lashes, but this really does sculpt my lash line perfectly into a pretty close second. The uniquely shaped brush lines the waterline for a ‘tightlining’ no-gaps effect (where product is coated at the root to give the illusion of a fuller lash line,) while sculpting individual lashes to create tonnes of lift and volume. I’m obsessed, and with good reason.

Have you tried any of these three mascaras? Are you tempted to make a purchase this weekend?

Make sure you check out Boots.com for offers on these mascaras – most are currently £3.00 off, while L’Oreal is two for £12.00. 

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  1. Tiffany Legg
    February 2, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    Wow that L'oreal mascara looks really interesting, will def have to check that out. Great reviews x Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  2. Emmys Beauty Cave
    February 2, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    The Revlon one looks and sounds perfect! I have such short lashes and always struggle to find ones to lengthen my lashes and make them look fuller xEmma | Emmys Beauty Cave | Bloglovin

  3. Anonymous
    February 2, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    I am currently using the L'Oreal Lash Sculpt and I'm not that impressed. It's no better than many volumising mascaras and it doesn't do much for my lashes. I think I might try the Revlon one though, as I used to regularly buy one of their mascaras which did noticeably thicken and lengthen lashes.

    • Hayley Carr
      February 3, 2016 / 9:08 am

      The trick is in the application – look online for a guide, but you have to wiggle at the root and brush upwards. Make sure you keep going too; I use about ten layers!

  4. Rebecca
    February 2, 2016 / 11:02 pm

    I really want to try out these mascaras. I recently bought the rimmel one with argan oil but I was really unimpressed by it. The revlon one looks great!! Xwww.beautylifebecca.blogspot.co.uk

  5. Hannah
    February 3, 2016 / 12:16 am

    These all sound absolutely amazing, they're so affordable and I love the packaging of all three! I'm definitely all about mascara that gives me lots of lash volume xoohhelloitshannah.blogspot.co.uk

  6. Pam Scalfi
    February 3, 2016 / 8:32 am

    really loving the look of the loreal mascara, such a unique brush! I have the maybelline one and whilst I love it I wish it didnt clump so muchPam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  7. Emily
    February 3, 2016 / 11:34 am

    I haven't tried any of these but I remember reading your post on the Revlon re-branding ones and this one sounds like the perfect one for me out of the bunch. But out of these 3, the L'Oreal one sounds like the best! And Boots currently have 2 for £12 on L'Oreal so I'll definitely pick this up!Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog xx

  8. Becky Smith
    February 7, 2016 / 11:14 pm

    I personally thought the Maybelline one looked a little clumpy in the promotional images but then I haven't tried it myself and different people look for different things in a mascara. I'm curious about the L'Oreal one but I have so many mascaras to get through I certainly won't be buying any new ones for a while! x Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

  9. Joanne Sherrell
    February 8, 2016 / 12:16 pm

    I'm really intrigued by Revlon's new range of mascara. They look great! I purchased the Maybelline Push Up mascara the other day too, but it REALLY didn't work for me. The first time I applied it, I just kept thinking 'I hate this'. It took ages to dry and kept smudging under my eyes, and it made my lashes thick and clumpy ? Joanne Sherrell

  10. Megan
    February 13, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    I really want to try the new revlon mascara's. Do you think they're worth purchasing? Great post!www.beautyblisswithmimi.co.za

  11. Anonymous
    February 13, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    Great reviews! I recently got a Rimmel one that I'm v unimpressed with – I'll have to replace it with one of these!Katie xo

  12. Emily Newstead
    February 14, 2016 / 12:16 pm

    I definitely want to try out the Revlon mascara. Love reading your blog, it is really well written! Emily xo http://www.emilynewstead.blogspot.co.uk (have a little look please!)

  13. Holly Shannon
    February 17, 2016 / 6:34 pm

    I have so many mascaras it's ridiculous! That being said, I'm always on the look out for a new one!! 😀 xHolly ∣ Closingwinter

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