The Great Mascara Showdown

At the beginning of January I was thinking I really needed to find another mascara that wouldn’t smudge to the skin right below my eyes. I had used Lancôme Grandiôse (which I did like) and when I misplaced my tube I moved to L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Mascara since it continues to be voted one of the best drugstore mascaras. I got it in the waterproof formula and it still smudged. Not only was I dealing with the raccoon eyes but I didn’t see what the hype was all about. It did’t do much for my stick straight, lashes. Did it volumnize? Maybe minimally, at best. Lengthen? Nope. Was it smudge proof? Nope, definitely not. So the create search continued, and if you read my post about the miracle mascara I found on Amazon, then you know how this ends. If you have not, here is the post.

But, for those of us who don’t have time to build up lashes or just don’t want the hassle of fibers, then this post is for you. Some days, I don’t want to deal with the fibers and on those days I’m just looking for some mascara that I can put on really quickly and gets the job done. The requirements are simple:

  • Volumizes
  • Lengthens
  • Curls
  • Non-transferring (budge proof)

And if they fit all of these I would definitely buy it in a full size tube. So let’s get to the fun-size mascara review, shall we?

**Disclaimer: all products were purchased by me for review purposes**

To start off, here are my eyes/lashes before mascara:

 

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Naked Lashes

They aren’t a horrible length but they definitely lacked any definition  so they really don’t stand out. So let’s get down to it. Best score is a 4/4.

Too Faced: Better Than Sex Waterproof

 

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With Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof
  • Volumizes? Yes
  • Lengthens? Yes
  • Curls? Yes
  • Non-transferring (budge proof)? Yes

Before I purchased this, I had been warned the waterproof version would be clumpy. I didn’t experience that. And after wearing this mascara for 16+ hours, it really held up to the claims it had made. I figured if I liked the waterproof version then I would like the non-waterproof, which I also purchased at the recommendation of a friend who said that one doesn’t transfer. I will try it at some point, however, this version definitely did not disappoint. Grade: 4/4 Delivered on it’s promises and met all expectations.  Mini tube is $12 and full sized tube is $23 at Sephora.

***Updating the Grade to 1/4 since the mascara is now clumping badly and I cannot get even, separated coats on my lashes. Additionally, with the warm temperatures here, it is now transferring under my eyes and I look like a raccoon most of the time.***

Benefit Cosmetics: Roller Lash

  • Volumizes? Not really
  • Lengthens? Yes
  • Curls? No
  • Non-transferring (budge proof)? Yes

I was really excited about this mascara and to be honest, I was quite let down. I didn’t see a huge different in my lashes. I wished I had taken a full front, both eyes photo because it was really underwhelming. Granted, it doesn’t make any volumnizing or lengthening claims. It does say that it curls (which it does) and that it lifts (I didn’t noticed this). So maybe my hopes were just too high for this one. Grade: 2/4 Underwhelming to say the least.  Mini tube is $12 and full sized tube is $24 at Sephora.

***Updating Grade to 3/4 since I have come to love the brush. It makes a big difference if the brush is good and lifts and separates well.***

Lancôme: Monsieur Big Mascara

 

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Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara
  • Volumizes? Yes
  • Lengthens? Yes, but I would have liked more
  • Curls? No
  • Non-transferring (budge proof)? Yes

I was surprised this mascara did as well as it did for me. But then again, I’ve always like Lancome mascaras. The brush on this mini tube was probably the worst one in all of the mascaras that I tried, something about it’s stubbiness really just didn’t feel natural in my hand. This might just be because it’s a mini tube, the wand might be better in the full size. Overall, I didn’t see any smudges which was great, but the formula was a bit thick and clumped easily. The lengthening could have been more but overall, it did great. The product does claim it is buildable but I did not try to build throughout the day so I don’t know if those claims are true. The gift set did include the CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base but I did not try it since I was trying to see how the mascaras performed on their own. Grade: 3.5/4 I generally like Lancome Mascaras but I did not like the brush.  Mini tube is $12 and full sized tube is $25 at Sephora.

Lancôme: DÉFINICILS – High Definition Mascara

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DÉFINICILS – High Definition Mascara
  • Volumizes? No
  • Lengthens? Yes
  • Curls? No
  • Non-transferring (budge proof)? No

I knew the DÉFINICILS was more of a lengthening mascara than a volumizing or curling mascara going into this, which I was ok with. Lancome advertises that this is a more “natural, every day” looking mascara, which I have to totally agree with. And while it separates and lengths it does give it a little bit of oomph. My biggest issue with this mascara is that it does smudge and really extenuates my dark circles by the end of the day with it transferring to my face. But for a lengthing mascara that looks natural but has a kick, this is definitely a good one. Something to note is that I did not get the waterproof version as it was not in the Lancome mascara gift set box I purchased. Had I bought that one, I would have probably rated it a 2/4. Grade: 1/4 I liked the lengthening and natural look of the mascara but I just can’t live with the smudging. Mini tube is not available except in the gift set from Christmas 2017. Full sized tube is $27.50 at Sephora.

Lancôme: HYPNÔSE DRAMA Instant Full Body Volume Mascara

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HYPNÔSE DRAMA Instant Full Body Volume Mascara
  • Volumizes? Yes
  • Lengthens? Not really
  • Curls? No
  • Non-transferring (budge proof)? Yes

Since I liked the Grandiose mascara so much, I had a feeling that the Hypnose Drama might be right up my alley as well. It didn’t disappoint, but it didn’t hit 4/4. Mainly because I have difficult lashes that don’t curl easily, someone else who’s lashes holds curls might have better luck. I also didn’t see a ton of lengthening, though there was some. Grade: 2.5/4 overall a pretty solid choice but I don’t really believe the hype about the S shaped wand and what it can deliver. Mini tube is not available except in the gift set from Christmas 2017. Full sized tube is $27.50 at Sephora.

MARC JACOBS BEAUTY: Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

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Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
  • Volumizes? Yes
  • Lengthens? Yes
  • Curls? No
  • Non-transferring (budge proof)? No

I know that “packaging” was not one of the things being rated but I do I have to say I really enjoyed the hand feel of the this tube. It had a rich feel to it, if that makes sense. The mascara is actually very nice, but I had a bit of difficulty with the application, as you can see, where my one eye is clumpy. I also had an issue with the transfer onto my face, but it looks like other reviewers biggest complaints with this mascara is flaking–which I actually think is what caused the color smudges under that same clumpy eye. I wished that this hadn’t been an issue since the mascara does volumize and lengthen, but I guess they can’t win it all. Grade: 2.5/4 overall a pretty solid choice and I liked the tube, just wished it didn’t budge and weren’t so clumpy. Mini tube is $14. Full sized tube is $26 at Sephora.

URBAN DECAY: Perversion Mascara

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Perversion Mascara
  • Volumizes? Yes
  • Lengthens? Yes
  • Curls? Yes
  • Non-transferring (budge proof)? No

While I definitely was impressed by this mascara because it did volumize and lengthen and even curled my lash a bit, I was left with horrible raccoon eyes. Which you can actually see a little bit in the photo above. I would love to see this mascara in a waterproof version to try. Would I buy this mascara again? Probably, but I would be ready with a tube of Shape Tape so I could conceal the smudges throughout the day. Grade: 3/4 I really liked the formula but was disappointed at how quickly it colored transferred to my face. If I were to purchase I would have to carry concealer to make sure I cover up the transfers as the day goes on which could get annoying quickly. Mini tube is $11. Full sized tube is $24 at Sephora.

URBAN DECAY: Troublemaker Mascara

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Troublemaker Mascara
  • Volumizes? Yes
  • Lengthens? Yes
  • Curls? Yes, slightly
  • Non-transferring (budge proof)? No

Oddly enough, I thought this mascara was very similar to the Perversion mascara. Maybe the Perversion had a bit more curl power and this one has the fancier tube, but they are pretty much on par with each other. Right down to the smudging, sadly. I really like how they kicked up my lashes a notch but I just don’t know if I could go back and buy another if I have to prepared with concealer to cover up the raccoon eyes. But I do love the colorful and fun tube. Grade: 3/4 I really liked the formula but was disappointed at how quickly it colored transferred to my face. Due to this, it might be more trouble then it’s worth (see what I did there?). Mini tube is $11. Full sized tube is $24 at Sephora.

PHEW!

So many mascaras, so little time. In the end, I think I had the hardest time finding mascaras that didn’t transfer to my face over the course of the day. But, even with this minor flaw, there were so many great options out there.

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