Best Mascara Brands Review Experiment and One Secret Tip

 Best Mascaras Brands Review Experiment and One Secret Tip

Masacara Sephora Favorites 2016 Limited Edition Lashstache Gift Set
0.1 oz/ 2.9 mL Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara in Black
0.1 oz/ 2.9 mL Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara
0.2 oz/ 5.91 mL Buxom Lash Mascara in Blackest Black
0.34 oz/ 10.05 mL Estée Edit The Edgiest Up & Out Double Mascara in 01 Black (full size)
0.10 oz/ 2.95 mL NARS Cosmetics Audacious Mascara in Black Moon
0.14 oz/ 4.14 mL Smashbox Photo Finish Lash Primer
0.10 oz/ 2.95 mL Tarte tarteist lash Paint Mascara in Black
0.13 oz/ 3.84 mL Too Faced Cosmetics Better Than Sex Mascara in Black
0.13 oz/ 3.84 mL Urban Decay Perversion Mascara in Black
0.169 oz/ 4.9 mL Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils Babydoll in Fetish Black (full size)

Mascara Differences

Have you ever wondered the difference between mascaras and which one is best for the look you want to achieve or which has the most benefits? It’s hard to test them all out in the store because along with eyeliner it’s the hardest makeup to remove. You may have gone along with a suggestion from a beauty consultant and tried one mascara on your left eye and another on your right, then chose between the two. Is there really that big of a difference between mascaras other than packaging and their specially designed brushes? There is actually a lot to consider!! I’m here today writing to tell you the specific differences between some of the top mascaras. The main

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Objectives to Consider When Choosing Mascaras:

 Brush Design

Color of Formula

 Product Ingredients

Overall Apperance

The following mascaras are from the Sephora’s 2016 Mascara Favorites that is no longer available on Sephora but you can grab it here on Amazon . Similar Mascara kit also at Sephora.

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Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time. Please refer to the ingredient list on the product package you receive for the most up to date list of ingredients.

Bobbi Brown Mascara and Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara & Smashbox Photo Finish Lash Primer

What I think about it?

I really enjoyed this mascara duo. I randomly picked a mascara to try with the primer. I’m not fully convinced that you need eyelash primer, but for some people with light lashes I could see that it would help.

Ingredients:

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara:
ACACIA SENEGAL GUM
AMINOMETHYL PROPANEDIOL
ARACHIDIC ACID
BEHENIC ACID
Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163)
Blue 1 (CI 42090)
Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090)
CAESALPINIA SPINOSA GUM
CAPRYLYL GLYCOL
Carmine (CI 75470)
BEESWAX\CERA ALBA\CIRE D’ABEILLE
Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289)
Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288)
Cichorium intybus (chicory) root extract
copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax\cera carnauba\cire de carnauba
Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510)
GALACTOARABINAN
helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed wa
Iron Oxides (CI 77492)
Iron Oxides (CI 77499)
Manganese Violet (CI 77742)
mica
myristic acid
Nylon 6/12
OLEIC ACID
palmitic acid
Phenoxyethanol
POTASSIUM SORBATE
Propanediol
stearic acid
Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)
TRIETHANOLAMINE
Ultramarines (CI 77007)
Water\Aqua\Eau
Yellow 5 (CI 19140)
Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)
Smashbox Photo Finish Lash Primer:
WATER\AQUA\EAU ,
GLYCERYL STEARATE ,
BEESWAX\CERA ALBA\CIRE D¿ABEILLE , GLYCERIN ,
COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX\CERA CARNAUBA\CIRE DE CARNAUBA ,
STEARIC ACID ,
PVP ,
HYDROLYZED SOY PROTEIN , TRIETHANOLAMINE , HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE ,
CAPRYLYL GLYCOL ,
PHENOXYETHANOL

Where can you buy it?

Bobbi Brown :
Sephora,
Smashbox Photo Finish Lash Primer
You can purchase a .30 oz tube for $22 at Sephora.

Smashbox Photo Finish Lash PrimerSmashbox Photo Finish Lash Primer
Smashbox Photo Finish Lash PrimerBobbi Brown Smokey Eye MascaraBobbi Brown Smokey Eye MascaraBobbi Brown Smokey Eye MascaraBobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

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Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

What I think about it?

The purpose of this amazing mascara to is to achieve high volume, dramatic, and fuller intense black lashes. It’s perfect for the weekends or special events! The only con I could find with this mascara is that it flaked off onto my cheek as you can see in the below photos. This is not a major issue and can be solved by wiping the spots with a dry Q-tip

Ingredients:

Water/aqua/eau,
Synthetic Beeswax,
Paraffin,
Glyceryl Stearate,
Acacia Senegal Gum,
Butylene Glycol,
Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax,
Stearic Acid,
Palmitic Acid,
Polybutene,
VP/Eicosene Copolymer,
Cera Carnauba/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire de carnauba, Aminomethyl Propanol,
Glycerin,
Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose,
Disodium EDTA,
Polyester-11, PVP,
Cellulose,
Trimethylpentanediol/Adipic Acid/Glycerin Crosspolymer,
Propylene Glycol,
Acacia Senegal Gum Extract,
Potassium Sorbate,
Dextran,
Acetyl Hexapeptide-1.
May Contain/Peut Contenir/(+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Black 2 (CI 77266), Ultramarines (CI 77007). *Vegan-friendly *Formulated without parabens

Where can you buy it?

It comes in a .27oz tube for $24 or .17oz for $12 from Sephora.

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara
Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara
Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

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Tarte Tartiest Mascara

Tarte Tartiest

What I think about it?

This was my second favorite out of this mascara review! I really liked the fine tooth comb. The brush grabbed your lashes and made it feel like you were brushing them as though you were brushing your hair with a  comb while separating your lashes perfectly. I love the formula as it made my lashes look more full.

Ingredients:

Water/Aqua/Eau,
paraffin,
glyceryl stearate,
synthetic beeswax,
acacia sesegal gum,
stearic acid,
butylene glycol,
oryza sativa (rice) bran wax/ oryza sativa (rice) bran cera,
palmitic acid,
polybutene,
ozokerite,
VP/eicosene copolymer,
hydrogenated vegetable oil,
cera carnauba/copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax/cire de carnauba, phenoxyethanol,
stearyl stearate,
aminomethyl propanol hydroxyethylcellulose,
tropolone,
sodium nitrate,
iron oxides (CI 77499).

Where can you buy it?

You can get a .32oz tube for $23 from Tarte Official Site, Ulta or
Sephora.

Tarte Tartiest Mascara
Tarte Tartiest Mascara

Tarte Tartiest Mascara

Tarte Tartiest Mascara

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NARS Cosmetics Audacious Mascara in Black Moon

NARS Cosmetics Audacious Mascara in Black Moon

What I think about it?

NARS was a little thicker than Bumox and they’re real by benefit, however this would not be my first choice for going out on the weekend or special events. I noticed halfway throughout the day that NARS Mascara was starting to flake off and my eyelashes felt very dry. This mascara would be great to go shopping in or casually hanging out around the house.

Ingredients:

Water,
Tribehenin,
Peg-40 Stearate,
Vp/Eicosene Copolymer,
Potassium Cetyl Phosphate,
Sorbitan Stearate,
Vp/Vacopolymer,
Acacia Senegal Gum,
Glyceryl Stearate,
Acrylates Copolymer,
Hydrogenated Rapeseed Oil,
Butylene Glycol,
Sorbitol,
Cetyl Alcohol,
Mannitol,
Phenoxyethanol,
Panthenol,
Dimethicone,
Candelilla Wax,
Hydroxyethylcellulose,
Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate,
Caprylyl Glycol,
Potassium Sorbate,
Sodium Dehydroacetate,
Ascorbyl Palmitate,
Sodium Hydroxide,
Tocopherol,
Sodium Laureth-12 Sulfate,
Sodium Polyaspartate,
Hexylene Glycol,
Methoxy Peg-10 Propyltrimethoxysilane, C11-15 Pareth-7,
Mica,
Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891),
Iron Oxides (CI 77499).

Where can you buy it?

You can pick up a .32oz tube for $26 from Sephora, Nordstroms, Ulta, Saks Fifth Avenue, or $12 from Amazon.

NARS Cosmetics Audacious Mascara in Black Moon BrushNARS Cosmetics Audacious Mascara in Black Moon
NARS Cosmetics Audacious Mascara in Black Moon
NARS Cosmetics Audacious Mascara in Black Moon

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LSV babydoll

LSV babydoll

What I think about it?

This mascara blows me away with how good it smells! It has a subtle hint of perfume essence to it. That alone really makes it stand out to me. I love to put my Chanel primer on that smells amazing and then the LSV babydoll. It’s very therapeutic and spa like. I also love the consistency and color of the formula.

Ingredients:

Water,
Paraffin,
Potassium Cetyl Phosphate,
Acrylates Copolymer,
Cera Alba/Beeswax,
Copernicia Cerifera Cera,
Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Steareth-2,
Cetyl Alcohol,
Phenoxyethanol,
Hydroxyethylcellulose,
Acacia Senegal,
Ethylenediamine/Stearyl Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer,
Synthetic Fluorphlogopite,
Sodium Dehydroacetate,
Silica, Caprylyl Glycol,
Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil,
Hydrogenated Palm Oil,
Fragrance,
Disodium Edta,
Magnesium Silicate,
Sodium Hyaluronate,
Panthenol,
Tin Oxide.

Where can you buy it?

You can get a .2oz tube for $32 from Sephora, Nordstroms, Saks Fifth Avenue, or $27 from Amazon.

LSV babydoll Brush
LSV babydoll

LSV babydoll

LSV babydoll

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Buxom

What I think about it?

I’d have to say this was unfortunately one of my least favorites of the ones I ace reviewed. I did not think it gave length or volume to my lashes, but I did like how the brush separated my lashes.

Ingredients:

Water
Beeswax
Butylene Glycol
PVP
Copernicia Cerifera wax
Sucrose polystearate
Acrylates Copolymer
Stearic Acid
Tribehenin
Behenyl Alcohol
Polysorbate 80
Triethanol amine
Peg-800
Rosa Centifolia Flower Water
Rhodochrosite Extract
Tocopheryl Acetate
Squalane
Sorbitan sesquioleate
Magnesium Aluminum Silicate
Disodium EDTA
Bisabolol
Sodium Dehydroacetate
Sodium Hyaluronate
Hematite Extract
Hexylene Glycol
Ethylhexylglycerin
Caprylyl Glycol
Phenoxyethanol
Potassium Sorbate
Mica
Titanium Dioxide
Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)
Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide

Where can you buy it?

You can grab Bumox in a .37 oz container for $20 at Sephora .

Buxom Mascara Brush
Buxom Mascara

Buxom Mascara
Buxom Mascara

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Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Urban Decay Perversion

What I think about it?

Urban Decay’s Mascara Perversion made my eyelashes look longer and fuller in a dark black shade. The brush did a great job of separating my lashes. It takes a little bit of time to dry so you should be careful to not touch your eyelashes that could cause possible smudging, I feel that this helps in eliminating any possible flaking. The best part of this product is it’s ingredients that help eyelash growth.

Ingredients:

Hairdensly: is a complex blend of proteins and amino acids that help to stimulate lash growth

Sea Idrolized Elastine: helps to stimulate hair follicle for lash health

Honey Extract: provides deep nourishment

Marine Collagen: helps to protects eyelashes

Aqua (Water/Eau),
Synthetic Beeswax,
Acacia Senegal Gum,
Stearic Acid,
Palmitic Acid,
Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Cera Carnauba/Cire de Carnuba),
Butylene Glycol,
Glyceryl Stearate,
Polybutene,
VP/Eicosene Copolymer,
Aminomethyl Propanol,
Pentylene Glycol,
Phenoxyethanol,
Caprylyl Glycol,
Sodium Dehydroacetate,
Potassium Sorbate, Hydroxyethylcellulose,
Soluble Collagen,
Myristic Acid,
Arachidic Acid,
Behenic Acid,
Glycerin,
Propylene Glycol,
Oleic Acid, Mel (Honey/Miel) Extract, Sodium PCA,Hydrolyzed Elastin,
Glycogen,
Serine. [+/- (May Contain/Peut contenir): CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)].

Where can you buy it?

Urban Decay’s Perversion can be purchased in .13oz tube for $10 and also .04oz for $22 from the following link at Sephora.
Rose Gold Eyelash Curler
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara Brush
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

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THE ESTÉE EDIT – The Edgiest Up & Out Double Mascara

What I think about it?

Out of all of the mascaras I reviewed this one has my full attention and recommendation! It gave my lashes some serious volume and length compared to all the others. This mascara come with double sided with two different brushes! The bristle brush creates volume, while the molded brush helps lift lashes for 13 hour wear time. It is water proof and smudge proof.

Ingredients:

Coming soon!

Where can you buy it?

It comes in .34oz tube for $24 from Amazon, Estee Lauder Official Site, or Sephora.
THE ESTÉE EDIT - The Edgiest Up & Out Double Mascara BrushTHE ESTÉE EDIT - The Edgiest Up & Out Double MascaraTHE ESTÉE EDIT - The Edgiest Up & Out Double MascaraTHE ESTÉE EDIT - The Edgiest Up & Out Double MascaraTHE ESTÉE EDIT - The Edgiest Up & Out Double Mascara

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Benefit they're Real!

Benefit they’re Real!

What I think about it?

My favorite thing about this mascara is the brush! It’s a fine toothed brush that really grabs your eyelashes and makes it feel comparable to brushing you hair with a comb. It does a great job on lengthening and separating lashes.

Ingredients:

WATER (AQUA),
PARAFFIN,
POLYBUTENE,
STYRENE/ACRYLATES/AMMONIUM METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER,
BEESWAX (CERA ALBA),
BISDIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE2,
C1836 ACID TRIGLYCERIDE,
PALMITIC ACID,
STEARIC ACID,
TRIETHANOLAMINE,
VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER,
ACACIA SENEGAL GUM, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE,
PHENOXYETHANOL,
TETRASODIUM EDTA,
BUTYLENE GLYCOL,
CAPRYLYL GLYCOL,
TOCOPHERYL ACETATE,
SODIUM LAURETH12 SULFATE,
GLYCERIN,
POTASSIUM SORBATE,
SERICIN,
CALCIUM CHLORIDE,
SODIUM HYALURONATE,
TILIA TOMENTOSA BUD EXTRACT,
CITRIC ACID,
BHT,
SORBIC ACID.
[+/: IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS (CI 77288), CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN (CI 77289), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)]. N° 05827/N

Where can you buy it?

It comes in a .3 oz tube for $24 Sephora, Benefit Official Website, Amazon, or Ulta.

Benefit they're Real! Brush
Benefit they're Real!Benefit they're Real!Benefit they're Real! Mascara

Mascaras Biggest Hidden longevity Secret?!?

Eye Drops!!!

Eye drops help to keep your mascara moisturized from drying up it bringing it back to useable solution. It helps to get every last drop of product! The best part is that it is already safe for your eyes.

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Round Up!

Too Faced Better than Sex MascaraUrban Decay Peversion Mascara THE ESTÉE EDIT - The Edgiest Up & Out Double Mascara Smashbox photofinish mascara primer

Bobbi Brown Mascara

Tarte Tariest Mascara

LSV babydoll Mascars
NARS Mascara
Buxom Mascara
Benefit they're Real! Mascara

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44 thoughts on “Best Mascara Brands Review Experiment and One Secret Tip”

  1. Love this post! You did such a great job with the swatches.
    I have Better than sex and They’re real, prefer the Benefit one :).
    Would love to try out the Bobbi Brown one, Tarteist and UD Perversion. Can’t really pick one, they all look soo good!
    Thanks for the reviews :).
    Ana,
    http://www.365beautytips.com

  2. I love the Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara! I use the brown shade. I had accidently bought it but once I started using it I never went back to the black shade. The brown looks way more natural. You can’t even tell it’s brown. Great post! Super fun to read. xx Michele

    1. Omg yes I tried the brown and it was sold out, my friend got the last one but I want to go get it!!! It’s such a different and amazing look! I just change to blonde hair so the brown mascara looked cool with my hair color. Thanks for reading!

  3. I have also done some major work on testing out dozens of different mascaras, but always return to my go-to favorite. Voluminous by L’Oreal. Its ammmmmazing. Try it… you will agree. And its only like $7, so BOOM!

    1. Ooooo awesome!!! I’m going to come out with a post eventually comparing budget friendly brands vs the expensive ones. I LOVE using cheap liquid eyeliner for making cat eyes on the top of my eyelids. the bottom lid I use a soft pencil so sometimes that’s nicer to have good quality for.

  4. I love this! Thanks for taking the time to review and compare all these different mascara varieties. I am in the market for a new kind since I don’t really like how mine is working anymore. I will definitely be referring to this post when I buy something!

  5. I think the urban decay one looks best on you. I can’t stand when mascara clumps on me and since my eyelashes are already long, I am usually just looking to give them a darker coloring. Great job in showing the details of each product! Really helpful!

  6. I love using the Tarte mascara as a second coat to my drugstore mascara (Maybelline Miss Manga). I think the Tartiest black is even darker than Dior’s black, and its velvet sheen adds more dimension/volume. But I am tempted to try the Estee Lauder mascara based on this review!

  7. The Benefit They’re Real! mascara is great, but I’d have to say my favorite high end mascara is the Tarte Lights Camera Flashes mascara. It’s so volumizing, and it lengthens your lashes a lot at the same time. Definitely recommend!

    This post was very informative.I love that you showed pictures with each of the mascaras. It really showed the differences between each of them.

  8. I am always trying to find a mascara that I love and these all look like great options!!! The Urban Decay one looks like my fave.

  9. It is crazy to see how different each mascara is and how some of the ones that are more expensive may not work as well. Great roundup of these tops brands!

    1. I was very surprised at how different they looked on too!! I knew some were flaky, but some actually really do add volume your lashes! I think everyone just wants more full and longer lashes mostly 🙂 thanks for commenting

  10. Wow, so many mascaras, loving this post! I’ve tried a few in my time, usually drug store and am yet to find one I have really fallen in love with. I’ve never even considered mascara primer but I might think about trying it. And thanks for the great tip!

  11. I’ve been looking for some new mascara. I have been allergic to so many of them and I need to find a good one. Are any of these for sensitive skin?

    1. Ah that is a shame!! They did not list that, but I will be doing an update to this post explaining what all the ingredients are. If I was you, I’d get an allergy test from a doctor and then you will know what is making you breakout from the mascaras! (: also you could try doing the eyelash extensions where you go into the salon and get it done n they last 2-3 months and make them full so you don’t have to put mascara on.

  12. I always wanted to see how different mascaras look and your photos are perfect! I think I like the Bobbi Brown one and the Chanel one. I am definitely coming back to this the next time I go shopping.

  13. I actually use the Benefit They’re Real Mascara and love it. Although after looking at all your other choices I may have to start experimenting with all of the others. I love how you compared all of these. Thank you!

  14. Love this post! I hate buying a mascara only to find it useless. Now I know what to look for. I also appreciate the tip on eye drops! I have a mascara that’s dry so now I know what to do to bring it back to life!

  15. Kudos to you for having such a DETAILED & incredible review of mascaras, this is definitely something! My favorite mascara has been Better than Sex from Too Faced for years! Nothing does it to my lashes quite like that mascara! xx Adaleta Avdic

  16. Oooo so many fabulous mascaras here!!!! The too faced better than sex is suppose to be amazing! So need to try it

  17. OMG, never knew so many facts about mascara. This is so useful to me. I use Maybelline. I’d love to try other good brands, especially the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye!

  18. You did a great job on describing each mascara and giving pictures for review! I really love the Two Faced Better than Sex mascara and the Taste mascara!

  19. This is absolutely my favorite blog for the day! I am a huge fan of mascara I have a thinner lashes and I don’t want to wear a false eyelashes time consuming for me that is why I always love mascara its easy to use and get my lashes long and thick

  20. Yaaas I’ve been meaning to try out some new mascaras. Currently my favorite is the Better than Sex! I even got it for my little sister as a present. I’m really leaning towards the Urban Decay. I use their 24/7 eyeliner but didn’t realize their mascara helps your lashes grow! Thanks for the detailed roundup Kit! <3

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