The Mascara Trials

The Mascara Trials

I am going to start with a disclosure, the disclosure being this is a collaborative post – with the teen of the house. The make up crazed, immaculate looking and knowledge keeper of all things make up related. So I am joining forces and spreading her mascara related knowledge. Trialling a mixture of mascaras to give you the run down on a variety of price and product range mascaras.

So in at number 1 is my Lancome Hypnose £24.50

I have been using this mascara for years – a good 5 I would say. I have always loved it but it is one of the more pricy. I love it because it doesn’t clump your lashes together, it separates them giving the look of a full lid of lengthy lashes, ergo, the more natural look – which I am all about. That said if bold statement lashes are what you are after then this probably isn’t the one for you.

Lancome Hypnose Mascara

Lancome Grandiose Extreme Mascara, £26.00

This is the most expensive of the bunch, honest. It is new to me having decided to branch out. At first I must say I didn’t like it. I don’t like the hard brushes, preferring the sift fibre ones. I found it clumpy and grouped my eyelashes together giving the spider lash effect, which I am not overly keen on. That said having been using it for a month now my opinion is changing. I believe my early opinion was a result of user error and now I have learnt how best to use the angled brush I am able to get a more natural spread of no clumpy lashes with amazing volume. The best bit however it has staying power. It lasts ALL day, which is a big plus in my book, and now I know how to sue it I am struggling to see how I can go back to not using it.

Lancome Grandiose extreme mascara

Benefit They’re Real £20.50

Now I have dabbled with this one a lot of the years too having finally decided it is not for me. It has that similar brittle brush as the Grandiose, which is the main reason I cannot get on board with it. For me, whilst it adds undoubtable volume it does clump the lashes together detracting from the more natural look. That said it is an award winner, several times over so I guess I am more the exception that the rule. The teenager swear by it and all fairness rightly so, it looks amazing on her but she does have naturally long lashes.

Benefit They're Real Mascara

Two Faced Better Than Sex £19.00

Now there’s a name for you. This is the teenagers top pick. Or at least was until I got my hands on it. It takes the crown of favourite, which is no mean feat. Her love of it comes from the thickening, curling and lengthening effect it has on her lashes, basically the pinnacle of mascara goals. What is more is in her words, ‘it gives me loads of lashes’.  It can give you the clumpier spider lash effect if that is what you are after and it comes with the Zoella seal of approval, apparently. Since her recommendation I have purchased my own and my gosh I AM SOLD. I love it. I am on my second mascara already and I can’t see myself ever not having it in my make up bag.

Two Faced Better Than sex Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensation £8.99

This is again one the teen swears by. I can’t say I blame her, those lashes are always a work of art and at such a reasonable price it would be silly to overlook it. I am yet to try it but it comes very highly recommended by the teen who has probably trailed more mascara in the last 2 years the I have in the last 20, so it’s a solid piece of advice.

Maybelline lash sensation mascara


What about you? Have you got a go to Mascara? A day one or a night one? Or perhaps you’re a false lash kind of gal? I’d love to hear from you.


The Mascara Trials. The tried and tested opinion of what makes the best mascara for the right occasion.

1 Comment

  1. Karen, the next best thing to mummy
    September 2, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    I always struggle to find the right mascara, the mavalene one looks appealing, the barrel is not too long, which makes it easier for me to open as I only have the use of one hand since stroke