If there's one beauty product I couldn't live without on a daily basis it's probably mascara. Having fair hair means that the tips of my lashes are virtually platinum blonde, so coating them in the good stuff is the only way to ensure that they look at plumped up and lengthy as possible. I don't have a huge collection (I also find most of them begin to dry out after a few months anyway), but I thought I'd give a quick rundown of those I do own.
Benefit They're Real - my one time mascara holy grail, it's safe to say that my relationship with this one has deteriorated over the years. It provides volume and length, but in comparison to some of the other mascaras I've tried since I find it to be incredibly drying on the lashes and I do find that it has a tendency to flake off if I'm applying more than one coat. The last tube I purchased also made my eyes itch like no other; red, dry and irritated is never a good look.
Clinique High Impact - I've mentioned this one on my blog a few times now and I still can't make my mind up on it. It's not that it's a bad mascara, it just doesn't deliver for me in terms of doing what it says on the tin. When I buy a high end mascara that promises 'high impact' I expect exactly that and for me this just falls a bit short. I like it for an everyday option, but ultimately I wanted something with a little more oomph.
Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof - possibly my favourite of all time, although the size of the wand prevents this from being quite perfect. It provides length, volume and definition like no other and is a definite addition to my list of potential repurchases, but the extra large brush is so bloody hard to use and I'm forever having is wipe away excess product from my eyelids (not easy with a formula that promises to stay in place all day). I love it and I'm pretty sure that the brush is one of the reasons it produces the impact that it does, so for that reason I suppose I can't really complain (but I will).
Guerlain Maxi Lash* - I had no idea whether to give this one a (*) or not as I technically received it as a free sample with a beauty order I made a few weeks back, but as I didn't pay for it with my own pennies it's getting one anyway. I like it. As in really, really like it. Jet black volume that really fans out the lashes and make them appear to be double their natural density, I hardly have a bad word to say about it. It also manages to create an awesome curl on its own, something that really saved my bacon recently when I was caught without my eyelash curlers for a week or two.
Rimmel Wonder'full* - no matter how hard I try I just can't get on with this mascara at all. The argan-oil infused formula is one of those ideas that initially made me wonder why it hadn't been done before; however when I used the mascara it became all too obvious. It does make my lashes feel incredibly soft and conditioned, however it doesn't hold a curl or provide any body at all and I just don't get the hype.
Lord & Berry Back in Black* - the newest addition to my collection and one that I have completely fallen for; this adds just the right amount of length and volume for everyday and I've reached for it pretty much non stop since it landed through my letter box. Lord & Berry isn't a brand I previously knew much about, but this really did blow me away. It also has a much thinner wand than the MFFLE (I can't bring myself to type that out again), making application a much neater process.
Collection Does It All - the most 'meh' of them all, this one didn't blow me away as much as I hoped it would. It's the only Collection mascara I've used and as usual I opted for the waterproof version; perhaps a mistake as I've seen a heap of positive reviews on the original since. The real crux for me is that it doesn't add any extra length to the lashes at all, but I'm keen on picking up the original version at some point and seeing how that fares in comparison.