My name is Hayley and I’m addicted to mascaras. It’s a habit I can’t crack, for fear that I’ll miss an opportunity to discover the holy grail and for my lashes to look like they’re stunt doubles for Jessica Rabbit. You never know when you’re going to stumble across a great tube of the black stuff, and from my experience, it really doesn’t make a difference how much you spend and if you buy from your favourite brand names: you’re just as likely to get a naff result as you are a great one. I can love a brand to the moon and back but not rate their mascaras, and never pick up a thing from a budget brand only to discover their £2.50 mascara is one of the best I’ve ever tried. The lucky dip of beauty at its best!
Over the last few months, when new product samples have been few and far between, I’ve been increasingly ‘shopping my stash’ and looking to some of the pieces that have been waiting in the wings for a trial opportunity. When I find a mascara I love it’s hard to tear myself away, but knowing social experiences are still somewhat limited it’s been the perfect time to try new things… And boy, thanks to the discovery of these three little gems, I’m glad I did.
These three great volumising mascaras are definitely worth giving a go if you’re on the lookout for a new one – and they’re from brand names you wouldn’t necessarily expect.
NOTE Volume One Touch Mascara* (£12.50)
A completely new brand on my radar, NOTE Cosmetics infuse their makeup with botanicals for added benefits – and this mascara is enriched with nourishing castor oil and green tea extract to help thicken and condition lashes over time. With a chunky tapered wand I expected this to give me ‘spider eyes’, but the bristles actually help coat each lash without overloading to leave a seriously wide-eyed flutter. You do have to scrape excess off the brush to avoid clumping, but this is a really great volumising mascara that doesn’t flake or cake no matter how many layers you add. A fab price and a fab result.
Bare Minerals Lashtopia Mascara* (£21.00)
I’d had this lingering in my makeup drawer for a while before I finally reached for it, and with limited expectations I applied the first coat; instantly I knew this was going to become a go-to, with beautifully coated and lifted lashes greeting me in the mirror. Many mascaras need a few applications to ‘break in’, but with Lashtopia it delivered from the first use: it lengthens, volumises and separates in one flick of the brush, leaving my lash line looking bright. That could be thanks to the ‘ProTwist180 Wand’ which has 600 staggered bristles positioned around a curved wand to ensure every lash is lifted and coated in an intensely black pigment. With added benefits thanks to nourishing minerals and a quinoa protein complex, this is a mascara that can do no wrong.
Avon Distillery Lash’d Up Mascara* (£14.00)
You could be forgiven for not realising at first glance that this is an Avon product, but it’s part of their new(ish) vegan collection that launched earlier this year. Containing vegan sunflower wax, rice bran wax and mineral pigments, over time this has become a welcome addition to my ever-growing collection of mascaras. The short bristles don’t look that impressive, but they’re actually pretty good at capturing and coating lashes without leaving an excess amount of product behind; this is great for those understated looks, or days when you want a bit of volume but not all the dramatics. (Subtle volume if you will.) Definitely one to try out if you’re already flicking through the Avon catalogue.
Sometimes shopping outside of the box delivers you all kind of discoveries…
Which of these three are you most tempted to try?