Can we consider mascara as one of the most used makeup products or would it be just wrong? Crazy that it comes from Ancient Egypt and it has been around for so long… Did you even know that?

When it comes to highlighting your eye lashes, do you have any selection criteria or do you just get what appeals to your eyes? Even tho the look of the highlighted eye lashes takes my attention, I have a few criteria when I choose one. First thing I check in mascara is the wand. I mostly go for the ones that have plastic-silicone wand rather than the bristle wands, which I believe works better on separating my lashes. I haven’t bought any mascara that doesn’t have silicone wand for so long, I just get what I got used to. Also I don’t really check the formula of the products, all I know is if it is waterproof or not. However, let’s talk mascara…

Max Factor Masterpiece Transform Mascara

It is one of my favourite mascara. At first I wasn’t so sure about getting it, as the wand just didn’t look right, then I kept checking it when I went to the store and ended up buying it. I am so glad that I did… The wand is so great that it gets into the lashes so well and applies the mascara evenly. You don’t get any clumps or excessive product on your lashes, which I really like. It also gives really nice volume and length to the lashes. Also, it lasts all day what else can you ask for? When I want dramatic looking lashes then all I need to do is apply couple of layers of this mascara, then ta-da!

L’Oréal Volume Million Lashes So Couture

I don’t have really long lashes and they are not really curved. So if a mascara makes my lashes look full and long, and gives them a nice curve, then we are BFFs. It is one of these products which gives you everything you might want from a mascara. Volumised long lashes, no clumps and the product itself doesn’t make the lashes crispy, which is great!

Seventeen Doll’d Up Mascara

It is the first ever product that I tried from this brand, I got it because I so like the wand. It is more budget friendly than the rest of the products however it is also a really good one. So don’t judge a product with its price. The flat part of the wand makes the application easy on bottom lashes and the round part is good at curving the lashes. It gives such a long volume and the lashes look so pretty afterwards.

Rimmel ScandalEyes Xxtreme Black Mascara

When I finished Seventeen mascara, I saw Rimmel one that has a similar wand. Even tho the wands look similar, they are not really the same. 17 one doesn’t get any excessive amount of product on, but Rimmel one gets so much and applying it is a nightmare. I get clumps and my lashes stick together… not something that you’d want from a mascara. It might be the formulation of the product or might be the wand, however, it is not a product that I would consider repurchasing.

Rimmel ScandalEyes Xxtreme Black Mascara

I must say there are so many great drugstore brands that release so many good mascaras, so I hardly check high end ones. Nevertheless, I have some on my list that I really want to get…

What do you check when you buy a mascara? What are your drugstore and high end favourites? Sometimes when I finish one and I really like the wand, I just wash the wand, keep it and use it… Am I the only one?

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  • The L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes sounds perfect! I have very short lashes, so I need all the help I can get with making them look fuller!

    Lauren x

    • It gives such a good length and volume, you might like it x

  • I do the same, if I like the wand, I just keep it and use it with others formulas! I personally believe that mascara is one of those makeup items where the brand itself does not mean anything, great brand can make some bad ones, not so good brands can do some great ones!

    • Good to see that I am not the only one 🙂 I also definitely agree with you. Great brands can make a really bad ones too. I am happy with these for now xx

  • Yayy.. mascaras! I’m a huge mascara addict and when I go shop for it, I always look at the wand, I guess it’s the best thing to look up to see how a mascara will perform on lashes when applied.
    HAve a lovely day, Ela!

    Jhem |

    • If the want is not good enough then the product itself won’t be applied good so best to check the wand first 🙂
      Have a lovely day xx

  • Be

    My drugstore favorite mascara is Maybelline’s Colossal Volume. And my high end is Benefit’s They’re Real.

    Be | lovefrombe

    • Benefit They’re real one of the high end ones that I want to try, heard great things about it x

  • Agnes W

    Can’t live without my Sephora mascara 🙂

    House of Illusions

    • Heard great things about Sephora’s mascaras however never given one a try, I should do that! 🙂 x

  • Mascara is definitely one of the best inventions ever! Have you tried a mascara primer? The Dior one is my favorite. It turns literally every mascara into a great one!

    • I am not really a primer person, it is a step that I mostly skip. I don’t own any mascara primer. I just googled Dior one… You’re so right, it makes such a great difference. I will consider purchasing that product, it sounds fab!

  • I haven’t tried any of these actually, I’m sad to say. I don’t really keep more than one or two mascaras at a time – which is strange for a beauty junkie, I suppose. The next one I’m wanting to try is the Maybelline Lash Sensational.

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    • I was like that too, but now I just get the mascara if I like the wand 🙂 Maybelline is a great one too, at first I wasn’t happy with it but then it changed. It makes the lashes so pretty xx

  • I never thought of reusing a wand to be honest. As far as mascara options go: I like both drugstore and highness ones, but never loved a mascara enough to actually repurchase it…

    Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • I sometimes use the brush on my brows or on my lashes when mascara dries, it separates them well! There are only a few that I repurchased, sometimes I just can’t let one go.

  • I really like the seventeen mascara it’s really good for the price and the HD mascara from the brand is amazing.

    Zeynab x
    The Beauty Load

    • I haven’t tried that one yet but it looks really good x

  • Mascara is one of my must-haves and I love the YSL Faux Cils one, it’s the best out of all of them and the second best Max Factor Glamour Extensions mascara! 🙂

    Layla xx

    • They look really good, mascara is definitely must-haves xx

  • Emily

    My drugstore favourite at the moment has to be lash sensational and for high end – they’re real! Really interesting fact that they come from Egypt – did not know that! You really do learn something every day! :p

    Musings & More

    • Ha ha there are always more to learn 🙂 I so want to try they’re real, heard it is really good xx

  • Karina Guimarães Ribeiro

    I love the Clinique and Maybelline mascaras, The Falsies are my favorite!

  • Diana Horsfall

    I am seeking for new mascara! thanks for share!

  • Carolin

    My current favs are L’Oreal Telescopic mascara and Benefit Roller Lash. Not a massive fan of Maybelline tbh. Used the brand a few years ago and most formulas of their mascara got really hard and it was difficult to remove the product.

    Caz | Style Lingua

    • I haven’t tried any of these however heard really great things about it. I hate it when mascaras dry and you can’t use it anymore. I used to add some almond oil when it happened x

  • Corinne C

    I’m dying to try the scandal eyes mascara! Everyone always has good things to say about it.

    Corinne x

  • I usually buy mascaras based on reviews I read and my guts! I don’t really have a favorite type of wand, but since my lashes are quite short, I generally prefer thin ones. Although, one of my favorite mascaras has a pretty big wand actually! It’s Too Faced Better Than Sex, which makes your lashes so voluminous. From the drugstore, I remember liking Essence Lash Mania Reloaded.

    • Big wands aren’t really short lash friendly unfortunately, sometimes I make such a big mess and wipes of my eye makeup when I try to clean it. These mascaras look really good. Sometimes I buy the mascaras based on reviews and recommendations xx

  • Ellie Adams

    I have to admit, i haven’t tried any of these mascara’s before but I love the sound of the Max Factor mascara!


  • I love plastic wands to! I’ve tried benefit ‘they’re real’ and ‘roller lash’ they are pretty good but there are so many dupes in the drugstore for half the price! Great post! xx

    • I have them on my list and someday I so want to try them too. You’re right, there are many dupes and even some are as good as them. Thank you so much xxx

  • I just love how awesomely informative this post is. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Danielle

    I’m glad this post is about mascaras since I need to get a new one. I don’t like the one I’m using. I think I should get the L’oreal Volume Million Lashes.

  • Kiki Rampone

    These are all great mascaras! My personal favorite is Maybelline Great Lash. Lovely post!

    xo Kiki

    • I tried it so long ago and I guess it was a good one 🙂 Thank you xx

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  • Tara B

    I’m on a bit of a budget so I really want to try the Doll’d Up mascara. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • I think it is a good and budget one. You should try it 🙂 x

  • Kelly M

    What a cool history lesson to experience on this FINE Friday!! I did not know it came all the way from the ancient Egyptians but they did always have a knack for doing amazing things (see: pyramids!) I would say this is the most widely used make up for women.. It’s so easy and doesn’t require A TON of knowledge, and it elevates your look immediately with minimal effort!


    • haha there are always so much to learn 🙂 definitely agree with you, with mascara you can achieve such an effortless pretty look xx

  • Love this post! I agree, there are so many great drugstore mascaras… A couple listed here that I need to try out!


  • Jamie

    I love Loreal telescopic .. Ill have to try some of these too!


  • Great review! Love the sound of the L’oreal one, too bad about the Rimmel one, I never really like their mascaras!

    • I like Rimmel products and I thought this would be a good one too but yeah it wasn’t like how I expected. L’Oreal one is really good x

  • Creme Rose

    Most of the Loreal mascaras I have tried are fantastic, and the volume millions lashes is one of my faves! Really am interested in trying out that max factor mascara! 🙂

    x Arwa

    • L’Oreal mascaras are definitely good, agree with you! Max Factor is great, really like it! x

  • Marshmallow Skies

    I have the L’Oréal So Couture mascara and I absolutely LOVE it, its probably my favourite!! I actually prefer it to the Benefit, They’re Real! as I find it really clumpy and makes my eyelashes look weird. Also, your photography is just so pretty, I love it so much, along with the rest of your blog!!

    Lots of love,
    Marshmallow Skye

    • Aww thank you so much 🙂 I haven’t tried Benefit one, but I can say L’Oreal one is really good! xx

  • What a lovely article to read. I never think about what mascara I buy, to be honest – I just don’t like going for waterproof mascaras. Currently using a Loreal one, really like it! X

    • I guess I haven’t worn waterproof one like almost 10 years! Thank you so much 🙂 xx

  • Great review! I’ve been wanting to try the Loreal one:)

    Wishes & Reality

    • Thank you 🙂 It is a good one, definitely give it a try x

  • Great suggestions. I also love you how tied in a bit of history with ancient Egypt.

  • I always go for silicone brushes too, but thats how far my criteria go. As long as it looks good on me, oops. I loved this article, though. Entertaining AND educational!

    • Well that’s the only criteria I have too I guess 🙂 Thanks a lot 🙂 xx

  • Erin Russell

    this sounds bad but I don’t put much thought into mascara anymore, I buy one once every 3 months and I now just go into boots with a “what is new and on offer” minset,I tend to go for one with bigger bristles rather than smaller, right now im using the Rimmel London wake me up – it smells good. Does the job. I would really recommend the Better Than Sex by two faced though, if I have money to burn this is what I buy!

    • I have toofaced one on my list which hopefully someday I will be getting. With bigger bristles I always make such a big mess so I mostly go for smaller ones 🙂 xx

  • I always but drugstore mascaras, I’ve been absolutely loving the Maybelline Lash Sensational at the moment! Would definitely recommend it!

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    • I have that in my drawer however haven’t worn it a lot, I will make sure I wear it more and see how it is 🙂 xx

  • Susannah Zabelle Gray

    Love the mascara review!

  • How have I not tried any of these!? I love Bourjois volumizer x

    Glossy Boutique

    • I haven’t tried that one or let’s say I haven’t tried any mascara from Bourjois, I should check this one 🙂 x

  • Now that you mention it, makeup has been used since ancient Egypt. I never made the connection, but anyways, there’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars on makeup when you can get what you want at the drugstore brands.

    • Definitely agree with you. There are always drugstore alternatives of high end ones which are as good as them!

  • Help! I keep buying terrible mascara.
    I will be keeping this in mind.

    Jenn |

    • You should definitely check some of these, they are good xx

  • I started wearing mascara recently. But I just hate taking it off… it’s so much effort to take it off!! Thanks for sharing your picks!

    • It definitely requires more effort to remove it and sometimes even when you think you removed it properly, wait for the morning 🙂 You might have panda eyes, that’s what happens to me when I try to be quick :)) x

      • Haha it’s true. sometimes I wake up and I’m like. WHY are my eyes BLACK!? hahaha what we do for beauty……

  • Nice roundup! I haven’t tried many drugstore mascaras that I love, but I find Clinique’s mascaras to be totally underrated and pretty affordable too 🙂

    • Clinique has great products and I am sure their mascaras are really good too. I haven’t tried any Clinique mascara yet, however there are some I so want to try xx

  • Little Miss Fashion Queen

    Mascara is just my favorite, I love trying new ones!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire

  • So glad you did this post, I’m so needing a new mascara. And love that you included drug store brands! Holla! Have a gorgeous weekend girl!


    • Hope it will be useful 🙂 They are really good!
      Have a great sunday xx

  • I’ve been using the basic pink and green old Maybelline mascara but I find it really flaky so I need a new one! Thanks for the tips.

    Danika Maia


    • I used that one years ago, it wasn’t bad! These are really good ones, you should give them a try xx

  • I would say that my favourite drugstore mascaras are Maybelline the Falsies, which has a similar wand as the Seventeen one, the Astor Seduction Codes one and the Kiko False Lash Concentrate top coat (for me is not just a top coat hahaha).
    Have a good day! xx

    • I like Falsies, it is a good one too. I haven’t tried Astor&Kiko ones I bet they are good too.
      Have a great sunday night xx

  • I love mascara, the last one I really liked was the Magna Eyes or something like that. Thanks for sharing!


    • I so wanted to try it when it was released then I kept forgetting to purchase it. It is a good one! xx

  • I love mascaras and tend to go for ones that just catch my eye! One of my favourites is from Seventeen (falsifeye). Love your photos by the way x
    han // em&han xo

    • That’s how I pick my mascaras too 🙂 Whatever takes my attention. Thank you so much xx

  • interesting – i had a max factor eye shadow that was poorly pigmented and i basically was going to skip their whole brand of products, lol, might have to give their mascara a try now 😛 thanks for the post Ela!

    • You should give this mascara a try, the bristles are tiny and the application is really easy, you might change your mind about MF 🙂 xx

  • Nadia

    Lovely mascaras review, girlie! Super amazing & detailed, as always!
    When I look for a new mascara, my no.1 go-to check is always the wand and if I don’t think I like it, I move on lol. Also, major influence would be reviews by lovely fellow bloggers.
    Love the photos <3
    xox Nadia

    • Wand is definitely the first criteria and yeah bloggers’ recommendations. Thank you so much Nadia <3 xx

  • I think that L’Oreal mascaras are the best ones. I’m using voluminous mascara for ages now 🙂

  • I always struggle with picking mascaras so this is really useful. Lovely blog.


    • Check the wands, it works most of the times 🙂 Thank you x

  • I’m terrible at buying mascaras, I usually rely on reading blogs to make a decision on which one to buy then order online. That is a great Idea about washing and keeping the old wands. Gemma xx

    • I sometimes do that too but mostly stick to “check the wand first” rule and most of the time it works 🙂 Old wands some handy sometimes so keep the ones you really like xx