Battle of the Mascaras: A New Favorite? 

In my original post, I compared 13 drugstore and high-end mascaras that I have either received for free, in a subscription box, or purchased. I ranked the mascaras from worst to best based on clumping, lash lengthening and volumizing, and cruelty-free status of the company. Since my original post, I have tried 10 more mascaras! I ranked each new mascara with the previous 13 mascaras.

 

#23 CoverGirl Plumpify BlastPRO Mascara

  • Does it clump? Yes
  • Does it add length? A little
  • Does it add volume? Not really
  • Is the company cruelty-free? No

First off the wand is too big and causes my lashes to clump even though the wand is guaranteed to “provide plumping without the clumping.” The mascara also does not lengthen or add volume to my lashes even though it claims to provide a “50x volume boost.” The price is also too high for a mascara that only clumps my lashes.

$10.49 at CoverGirl

 

#22 NYX Le Frou Frou Mascara

  • Does it clump? No
  • Does it add length? No
  • Does it add volume? No
  • Is the company cruelty-free? Yes

The tube appears to be empty because barely any mascara comes out on the wand. My lashes do not seem any different even though the mascara is supposed to add length and volume.

$6 at NYX

 

#21 Wet n Wild Mega Impact Mascara

  • Does it clump? No
  • Does it add length? Not really
  • Does it add volume? No
  • Is the company cruelty-free? Yes

The mascara is very dry which is the complete opposite of the Wet n Wild MegaProtein mascara. The mascara does not make any difference to the appearance of my lashes even though the mascara is supposed to provide “EXTREME volume and length.”

$3.99 at Wet n Wild

 

#20 Wet n Wild Maxfanatic Mascara

  • Does it clump? Yes
  • Does it add length? A little
  • Does it add volume? Not really
  • Is the company cruelty-free? Yes

The mascara has a horrible brush that is curved with two different types of bristles. The wand is difficult to use and clumps my lashes while only adding a little bit of length to them.

$4.99 at Wet n Wild

 

#19 CoverGirl The Super Sizer Mascara

  • Does it clump? Yes
  • Does it add length? Yes
  • Does it add volume? Yes
  • Is the company cruelty-free? No

The mascara is very wet so it takes longer to dry than most mascaras. Even though the mascara does add length and volume to my lashes, it also clumps them because the mascara is so wet. The wand is also difficult to use because the bristles are short and the directions state to twirl the wand as the mascara is applied.

$6.85 at CoverGirl

 

#18 CoverGirl So Lashy! BlastPRO Mascara

  • Does it clump? Yes
  • Does it add length? Yes
  • Does it add volume? Yes
  • Is the company cruelty-free? No

The mascara has 2 different types of bristles, which makes the wand difficult to use and leads to my lashes clumping. The mascara does however add some length and volume to my lashes, but none of the CoverGirl mascaras I have tried are worth spending money on.

$10.49 at CoverGirl

 

#17 Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara

  • Does it clump? A little
  • Does it add length? Yes
  • Does it add volume? Yes
  • Is the company cruelty-free? No

The mascara does add length and volume to my lashes, but it also slightly clumped my lashes. The price is way too high for a mascara like this one.

$25 at Make Up For Ever

 

#16 Tarte Gifted Mascara

  • Does it clump? Yes
  • Does it add length? Yes
  • Does it add volume? Yes
  • Is the company cruelty-free? Yes

The mascara creates a similar effect as Lights, Cameras, Lashes, but the mascara is wetter and clumps my lashes. This mascara is not worth the price.

$21 at Tarte

 

#15 Wet n Wild MegaProtein Mascara

  • Does it clump? No
  • Does it add length? Yes
  • Does it add volume? A little
  • Is the company cruelty-free? Yes

The mascara applies smoothly, but it stays wet for too long, which caused mascara to get on my eyelid and under my eye. However, the mascara does not clump my lashes and instead lengthens them, which is great for the price.

$1.99 at Wet n Wild

 

#14 NYX Doll Eye Mascara

  • Does it clump? No
  • Does it add length? Somewhat
  • Does it add volume? Not really
  • Is the company cruelty-free? Yes

The mascara is the complete opposite of the NYX Le Frou Frou Mascara in that I can actually see a difference in the appearance of my lashes. I am not a big fan of the brush, but the mascara does add some length to my lashes. However, the mascara does not add any volume.

$9.50 at NYX

 

#13 Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara

  • Does it clump? No
  • Does it add length? Yes
  • Does it add volume? Not really
  • Is the company cruelty-free? No

The mascara does add some length and a little volume to my lashes, but the effect is not as bold as I expected. The mascara is decent for the price.

$5.99 at Ulta

 

#12 Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Muliplying Volume Mascara

  • Does it clump? No
  • Does it add length? Yes
  • Does it add volume? A little
  • Is the company cruelty-free? No

The mascara is decent in that it applies evenly and adds lengths to my lashes without clumping them. The mascara is very expensive though and there are better mascaras for the money.

$27.50 at Estee Lauder

 

#11 Doucce Boombastic Lash Volumizer Mascara

  • Does it clump? No
  • Does it add length? Yes
  • Does it add volume? A little
  • Is the company cruelty-free? Yes

The mascara makes a noticeable difference in the appearance of my lashes, but it is not as dramatic as I expected especially for the price.

$24 at Doucce

 

#10 GOSH Catchy Eyes Mascara

  • Does it clump? No
  • Does it add length? Yes
  • Does it add volume? Not really
  • Is the company cruelty-free? Yes

The mascara has similar results as the Gosh Rebel Eyes Mascara in that it adds length to my lashes, but this mascara adds much less volume. I also find the curved brush difficult to use.

€12.99 at GOSH

 

#9 W7 Absolute Lashes Mascara

  • Does it clump? No
  • Does it add length? Yes
  • Does it add volume? A little
  • Is the company cruelty-free? Yes

The mascara reminds me of the Benefit They’re Real! Mascara in that this mascara has a similar brush and adds both length and volume to my lashes. However, the Benefit Mascara gives much more dramatic results.

£6.95 at W7 Cosmetics

 

#8 Buxom Lash Mascara

  • Does it clump? No
  • Does it add length? Yes
  • Does it add volume? A little
  • Is the company cruelty-free? Yes

The mascara has one of the best brushes I have tried. The mascara does add length to my lashes and multiple layers can be applied for a more dramatic effect without clumping my lashes. However, the mascara does not add much volume.

$20 at Sephora

 

#7 Nilens Jord Extension Mascara

  • Does it clump? No
  • Does it add length? Yes
  • Does it add volume? A little
  • Is the company cruelty-free? Yes

The brush for the mascara is very small compared to most other brushes. However, the mascara applies evenly and adds both length and volume to my lashes without clumping them.

$20 at Nilens Jord

 

#6 L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Rock Mascara

  • Does it clump? No
  • Does it add length? Yes
  • Does it add volume? Yes
  • Is the company cruelty-free? No

The mascara applies smoothly and evenly, dries quickly, and makes a noticeable difference in the appearance of lashes. This mascara used to be the best drugstore mascara I tried.

$7.99 at L’Oreal

 

#5 GOSH Rebel Eyes Macara

  • Does it clump? No
  • Does it add length? Yes
  • Does it add volume? Yes
  • Is the company cruelty-free? Yes

The mascara is similar to the GOSH Catchy Eyes Mascara, but this mascara provides better results. The mascara applies evenly and adds both length and volume to my lashes, but I find the curved brush difficult to use.

€ 12.99 at GOSH

 

#4 Ulta Twisted Volume Mascara

  • Does it clump? No
  • Does it add length? Yes
  • Does it add volume? Yes
  • Is the company cruelty-free? Yes

The mascara provides great results by adding both length and volume to my lashes. I love the brush because it reminds me of the Benefit They’re Real! Mascara. This mascara is now the best drugstore mascara.

$10.50 at Ulta

 

#3 Benefit They’re Real! Mascara

  • Does it clump? No
  • Does it add length? Yes
  • Does it add volume? Yes
  • Is the company cruelty-free? No

The mascara adds lots of length and volume to my lashes, and it does not clump. This mascara would probably be my #1, but Benefit is not cruelty-free.

$24 at Benefit

 

#2 Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

  • Does it clump? No
  • Does it add length? Yes
  • Does it add volume? Yes
  • Is the company cruelty-free? Yes

The mascara applies evenly, smoothly, and clump-free. The mascara also only requires one coat to make my lashes appear longer and thicker. This mascara is worth the price.

$23 at Too Faced

 

#1 Tarte Lights, Cameras, Lashes Mascara

  • Does it clump? No
  • Does it add length? Yes
  • Does it add volume? Yes
  • Is the company cruelty-free? Yes

This mascara was my original holy grail mascara, and it still is. Even though I go through periods of using other mascaras like the Too Faced or Benefit mascaras, I always come back to this one. This mascara adds both length and volume to my lashes to create a dramatic look that I expect and desire from a mascara. The brush is perfect because it applies the mascara evenly and smoothly to my lashes. I would definitely recommend this mascara to everyone.

$21 at Tarte

59 thoughts on “Battle of the Mascaras: A New Favorite? 

  1. Great post! I have the Benefit They’re Real! Mascara & I find that it smudges really easily. I also don’t like that the company isn’t cruelty free so will have to check out some of the cruelty free products here!

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  2. Great review! I have some mascaras, always having problems about clumps or not really adding volume. I will try L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Rock Mascara, never bought it. So… my next drugstore buy will be this one! Thanks.

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    1. My favorite is Tarte Lights, Cameras, Lashes, but if you want a mascara that only takes 1 coat to add length and volume then Too Faced Better Than Sex is the best one. However, if you don’t want to spend $20+ on a mascara then the next best would be L’Oreal.

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  3. This is such a good idea, my mascara is always really bad and doesn’t lengthen my lashes at all and instead just makes them all clumpy! I’m definitely going to try one from your upper 5!

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  4. Hello! Love this post! So excited for your next one! This is Chy from Her Lost Mango. Nice to meet you! Would love to connect with you. I just posted my Amsterdam trip with a lot of photos and more Europe trip about to be posted. I just followed you. XOXO herlostmango.com

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  5. This is INCREDIBLY useful because its not like you can really try these in stores and even when they do have those little disposable wands, the mascara isn’t fresh and usually dried out. Thanks!

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