Mascara: Save or Splurge?

WRITTEN BY: Anamarie On 11/18/2016 • Makeup


If you’re anything like me, you cannot commit to just one brand of mascara. Call it commitment issues if you’d like, but buying mascara is like buying new clothing. I must try a few on before making an executive decision to incorporate one into my daily routine. Even after I’ve used up one mascara, I very rarely go back to the store and purchase the same brand’s mascara again. When it comes to drugstore vs designer mascara I always choose drugstore. Drugstore mascara is my go-to because it’s affordable and allows me to purchase multiple brands until I find one that fits my needs. But recently, I’ve been asking myself if I’m missing out on the so-called “wonderful benefits” of designer mascara. To answer this, I tested three drugstore mascaras vs. three designer mascaras. And I’ve got to say the results are pretty impressive.

Submitted by Anamarie on 11/18/2016 - 09:51

L’oreal Voluminous Feline Waterproof Mascara ($8.99)

First, the fierce green and gold cat-print packaging of this mascara is ON POINT. You may buy this mascara for that reason alone – I know I did. But this mascara does serve as a great, waterproof mascara, to help separate and extend the lashes to create a seamless effect.


IT Superhero Mascara ($24.00)

Superhero is an appropriate name for this mascara as it stretches and extends the lashes while creating slight volume at the same time. Beware though, this mascara has a tendency to break down leaving black flakes behind, after only a few hours of wearing.


Wet n’ Wild Max Volume Plus Mascara ($4.99)

A mascara that you may not ever think to purchase while you are at the drugstore. At only $4.29, being the cheapest of all of the mascaras tested, it gave all the other’s a run for its money. The results of this product create a clean, extended, separated lash look. Definitely worth the price for an elegant appearance.


Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Mascara ($26.00)

Three words for this mascara -volume, volume, volume. If you already have long lashes, and volume is what you are looking for then this mascara is perfect for you. The formula creates a thick, dramatic look with a weightless feel that will draw attention to your eyes at first glance.


Blinc Amplified Waterproof Mascara ($26.00)

This was my least favorite for combined quality and price purposes. After multiple coats, it didn’t create volume or length. On a positive note, this mascara was incredibly easy to remove - However, do not be alarmed, the “tube-like” technology this mascara creates on your lashes appears as if your lashes are falling out when being removed.


Covergirl Lashblast Volume Mascara ($7.99)

Lastly, Covergirl LashBlast takes the cake for overall quality and price. It’s rubber-bristle brush allows you to create defining, lengthening, and thickening lashes, while remaining clump-free. Not to mention, it is very long-lasting.

So, the conclusion? There are pros and cons to both drugstore and designer mascaras, it’s completely up to you and your preference. As for me, I prefer to use Covergirl Lashblast Volume for my everyday look. The definition, length and thickness of my lashes is perfect for my 9-to-5 lifestyle. But for days or nights when I need a little more drama on the face, I will always reach for the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir. The insane volume my lashes get from this mascara allows me to be worry-free about reapplying throughout the evening. Is my preference the same as yours? Comment below and tell us which look you prefer!