Mascara is my true makeup love. It’s a simple product but it makes such a big difference. My eyes are my favorite feature on myself and I like the way a great mascara can make them look. I’m pretty sure there’s a direct correlation between feeling good and fab lashes. I need to start this post by saying that for basically 10 years I used the same mascara and only that mascara. In fact, when I told my sister I was testing new drugstore mascaras she said, “Don’t you have one that you love already?”.

SO, why did I start testing new drugstore mascaras when I already had one that I loved? Mostly, I was curious. There are several drugstore mascaras that beauty lovers rave about. I wanted to see them for myself and compare them to my personal favorite. Obviously, there are tons of drugstore options. I chose ones that I’ve seen multiples times- either from my favorite bloggers or magazines.

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 I have naturally long lashes so I prefer a formula that gives volume rather than length. And of course, I like the darkest shade I can get. Taking pictures of my lashes is really tricky- I don’t know what it is. But swing by my Instagram feed and see these mascaras in action. 🙂

1. L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise: I wasn’t surprised that I loved this one because I’ve liked all the Voluminous mascaras from L’Oreal that I’ve tried. The internet loves this one too so if you haven’t tried it yet, you totally should!

2. Essence Lash Princess: This mascara seriously impresses me and it’s only $5! I bought falsies to wear for my work’s holiday party but didn’t end up wearing them because this mascara made my real lashes so long.  I wore it for holidays and my blog photos.

3. Maybelline Lash Sensational: It’s surprising that I like this one because the brush is complicated. When I first used it I didn’t like it, but when I got used to the brush I got some pretty, full, fan-like lashes.

4. Rimmel ScandalEyes Retroglam: This mascara kinda started this whole blog post. My sister’s friend showed it to me and I was quite impressed by her lashes so I figured I would give it a shot so I could see that what I was using was better. BUT, I was wrong- Retroglam is amazing! The brush is thicker than I was used to but it gives some serious va -va-voom to my lashes.

5. Maybelline Total Temptation: I saw a few beauty bloggers talk about the Total Temptation line before it was released so I was really excited to try this mascara. It’s really good! The formula leaves lashes feeling soft and creates a nice full shape.

6. L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black: I saved the best for last. This is my HOLY GRAIL!! It’s the one I mentioned using exclusively for like 10 years and compared all these other mascaras to. I’ve heard that this brush doesn’t work for some people but for me it creates a perfect everyday look. It’s easy for me to use and consistently looks good.


There are 2 other products I use to get my complete lash look.

I did say it was my favorite part of makeup, didn’t I?

Primer: It took me a long time to try this because I thought it was just an extra product to buy. I’m so glad I finally did though because it really works. I mean- I should’ve known because it’s part of my beloved Voluminous line, haha. I tried each of the mascaras alone and with this primer. If you want a little something extra give your lashes a coat of this before your mascara.

Bottom lash mascara: My mascara trick is to use a lighter mascara on the bottom lashes. I started doing this several years ago when my bottom lashes were smudging under my eye area. My makeup counter co-worker suggested I use a brown black instead and I’ve been doing it ever since.  This also creates dimension around my eyes and doesn’t pull them down like the dark blacks I use on top. I like Great Lash because it comes in “brownish black” and has a small, thin brush that is so easy to apply under your eyes without much mess. Update: Wet N Wild Skinny Mascara is my current go-to bottom lash mascara. The thin wand makes it perfect to get all my bottom lashes. And the price is great, too!

While I know there are plenty of fabulous high-end mascaras, I can’t bring myself to buy them when I can find one that really amps up my lashes for under $10. Now that I’ve tested these, I want to try more. But honestly, I’ll probably go back to using one tube at a time because it’s easier and saves a few dollars.

Will you try any of these?

What’s your favorite drugstore mascara?

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Signature Oct 2017 | Caitlin Cosmetologist