Saturday Splurge vs. Steal

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It’s all in the eyes, truly! A person’s eyes can tell you more about what they are thinking than their body language or mouth (sometimes smart mouth, ha!). So, I always make sure that I have my eyeliner on (cat eyes of course!!) and gorg gorg lashes! Today’s splurge vs. steal is for all my make up mavens who are obsessed with long, thick and dark lashes and their best friend – MASCARA!

I am comparing steal vs. steal (drugstore brands), then splurge vs. splurge (department store brands) and the final duel will be between the winners of each category and then I will announce one glorious champion. Let the bat-bat-battle of the lashes begin!

Drugstore:

a

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara

Criteria
General Info
My Opinion
Price About $8 Price is great
Where to Buy Can be purchased at any drugstore Always in stock for purchase
Waterproof? Waterproof option available Waterproof option is good, easily removable with soap
Makes Lashes Thicker? Claims to make lashes 5X thicker Didn’t make my lashes that much thicker
Makes Lashes Darker? Claims to make lashes look darker Didn’t make my lashes that much darker
Makes Lashes Longer? Makes no such claim Didn’t see any noticeable changes in the length
Other: N/A After a while, it clumped

b

Didn’t make lashes that much thicker and clumped

 

VS.

 

c

Maybelline Colossal Mascara

Criteria
General Info
My Opinion
Price $7 Price is great
Where To Buy Can be purchased at any drugstore Always in stock for purchase
Waterproof? Waterproof option available Waterproof is like a tattoo – hard to remove even with make up remover
Makes Lashes Thicker? Claims to make lashes 9X thicker Yes!!! Amazingly thick lashes, someone asked me if I was wearing falsies
Makes Lashes Darker? Makes no such claim Didn’t see any change in color of my lashes
Makes Lashes Longer? Makes no such claim Though it doesn’t claim to lengthen the lashes, it did look longer, brownie point!
Other: N/A N/A

It gave my lashes major thickness and length without any clumping

 

Department store:

e

Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara

Criteria
General Info
My Opinion
Price $18 Price is high for the small tube
Where To Buy at Sephora, Ulta and department stores that carry this brand In stock most of the time
Waterproof? Waterproof option not available N/A
Makes Lashes Thicker? Claims to make lashes 600% plumper after 2 coats No, not 600%, but it did make them thicker
Makes Lashes Darker? Makes no such claim I used black, but it didn’t darken my lashes
Makes Lashes Longer? Makes no such claim Didn’t see any noticeable changes in the length
Other: Black and brown color availableClaims to be clump and smuge proof

Parabens free

Was clump and smudge proof

f

Did make my lashes look thicker and didn’t clump or smudge

 

VS.

 

Benefit Badgal Mascara

Criteria
General Info
My Opinion
Price $19 Price is high for the small tube
Where To Buy at Sephora, Ulta and department stores that carry this brand Sometimes it’s out of stock in Sephora, so I check Macy’s
Waterproof? Waterproof option available (black color only) N/A
Makes Lashes Thicker? Claims lashes will thick like a set of falsies It did make my lashes look thicker
Makes Lashes Darker? Makes no such claim I used black but it didn’t darken my lashes
Makes Lashes Longer? Makes no such claim Didn’t see any noticeable changes in the length
Other: Black, brown and plum color available Didn’t clump my lashes but did smudge a bit

g

Did make my lashes thicker w/out clumping but smudged  

 

 Final Duel:

c

Maybelline Colossal Mascara

Criteria
General Info
My Opinion
Price $7 Price is great
Where To Buy Can be purchased at any drugstore Always in stock for purchase
Waterproof? Waterproof option available Waterproof is like a tattoo – hard to remove even with make up remover
Makes Lashes Thicker? Claims to make lashes 9X thicker Yes!!! Amazingly thick lashes, someone asked me if I was wearing falsies
Makes Lashes Darker? Makes no such claim Didn’t see any change in color of my lashes
Makes Lashes Longer? Makes no such claim Though it doesn’t claim to lengthen the lashes, it did look longer, brownie point!
Other: N/A N/A

h

It gave my lashes major thickness and length without any clumping

VS.

e

Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara

Criteria
General Info
My Opinion
Price $18 Price is high for the small tube
Where To Buy at Sephora, Ulta and department stores that carry this brand In stock most of the time
Waterproof? Waterproof option not available N/A
Makes Lashes Thicker? Claims to make lashes 600% plumper after 2 coats No, not 600%, but it did make them thicker
Makes Lashes Darker? Makes no such claim I used black, but it didn’t darken my lashes
Makes Lashes Longer? Makes no such claim Didn’t see any noticeable changes in the length
Other: Black and brown color availableClaims to be clump and smuge proofParabens free Was clump and smudge proof

g

Price is too high and it didn’t lengthen

The Winner is:

c

Maybelline Colossal Mascara

So, now that you have my recommendation (and it’s a steal!), go get a tube for major lashes and bat away. Also, try Maybelline’s Full ‘n Soft; it’s a great everyday mascara. Let me know what you think about the colossal.

Do you have recommendation for better mascara? Please let me know on the comments below.

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