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I've got another Battle of the Drugstore Beauty Products for you! And not just any old battle, but battle of the drugstore mascaras (which is, it seems, everyone's favorite.)
Let's get started, shall we?
The Contenders: Milani Grandissimo, Essence Big Lash! Volume Curl, NYX Provocateur, L'Oreal Miss Manga, L'Oreal Butterfly, Maybelline Falsies Voluminous.
If you're new to Battle of the Drugstore Beauty Products, basically I battle out 5-6 different versions of the same kind of product. Video is best for this, as I can really highlight the product's features and I show you the application and result of every single one.
If you are not really into watching videos, I have done my best to highlight each in text down below, but, it's not as thorough.
Milani’s Grandissimo Mascara - $5
This Mascara has a spiral bristle wand and claims to be a mega-volume mascara that will stretch lashes to their absolute longest length in a smear-proof, non-clumping formula that lasts and lasts. Now, I’m a volume lover when it comes to mascara and at first I was very excited about this huge brush, but it turns out it’s so big it actually makes applying the mascara a little bit difficult. Overall I think this mascara is decent. The formula is a little on the dry side, it gives some volume and some length, but nothing over-the-top. I certainly wouldn’t call it a mega-volume mascara. However, I found the formula to be clump free as it claimed and I didn’t have any trouble with it smudging or flaking throughout the day.
Essence Get Big Volume Curl - $4
Like a Milani one, this has an over sized fiber brush, however this one is slightly curved. It claims to give you maximum volume and a gorgeous curl and thickens your lashes. The formula of this mascara is more on the wet side making it easy to apply, but in conjunction with the over sized brush it makes it a little bit messy too. The product builds up well for volume, but you’re forced struggling with some clumping. Definitely some mega volume with this mascara but at the expense of some clumps. So, it really comes down to preference, if you hate clumps maybe not for you...but if you don't mind clumping if it means you'll get some serious drama, then it'd be OK. The staying power is good and I experienced no smudging throughout the day.
NYX Provacatuer Mascara - $6
This mascara has two wands: level one which is thicker designed to add volume and level two which is much smaller and designed to separate and lengthen, also ideal for the little bottom lashes. The concept of the two brushes in one with the mascara actually worked out really well. The first one grabbed much more mascara and the smaller one is much finer and grabs less product. The place this mascara falls short is in formula. I found it it be way too try, to the point where trying to apply or build volume was really hard. This was disappointing because the two wand concept worked really well. I do still use this for my bottom lashes and to separate, but alone this mascara doesn’t offer quite enough.
Maybelline Miss Manga - $8
This mascara has a cone-shaped fiber wand and claims to help you build up to 15x the volume in a flash - which, honestly, is just a ridiculous claim. I don’t know why companies make such far fetched claims. But, either way, I really enjoyed the look this mascara gave me. I thought it built up nicely and gave me some good volume. However, the downside to this product was its staying power. I experienced a lot of flaking throughout the day which was a pretty big bummer. Now, this does have a waterproof formula which I didn’t use, but I imagine it have better staying power.
L’OREAL Butterfly Voluminous - $9
This mascara has a angled rubber wand designed to help coat the outer lashes the most giving a winged out look and the formula has fibers designed to add length. The formula of this mascara is great, super easy to apply and the wand is easy to work with. It doesn’t develop any clumps, even after a few coats. Overall, it’s a decent mascara but as a fiber mascara I was expecting a lot more length than I got and was left a little disappointed. Additionally, I experienced a little smudging with this mascara as well. Not nearly as much as Miss Manga, but enough to note.
Maybelline Falsies Voluminous - $7
This has a spoon brush with flexible wand helps to lift and separate lashes to provide the look of more lashes. Claims to instantly build 8x more volume without clumping. This mascara has a great formula, not too dry or too wet, making application easy and build-able. It provides great volume to the base and adds length as well. It lasts all day with no flaking. Honestly, I don’t really have anything bad to say about this mascara except that maybe its claim for 8x as long lashes is far fetched. Overall, just a great mascara.
Who did you pick as the winner?