Volume & False Lash Mascaras: Splurge or Steal?

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Whether you’re lusting after length, feigning falsies or vying for volume, there’s a mascara to fulfil everyone’s lash wishes. However, sometimes price is not entirely reflective of product quality, which can leave you feel conned when results fail to resemble the skyscraper lashes of the model pictured on the advertisement. So what brands, be it a budget-friendly steal or a pocket-pinching splurge, are worth the pennies?

Splurge

Steal

VOLUME: NARS Larger than Life Volumising Mascara; £18.50

A highly pigmented formula, combined with Vitamin E and macademia nut oil, cooperates with the honeycomb bristles of the wand to evenly coat each lash, forming the basis for maximum volume and boldly defined eyes. So although lashes have been plumped to their maximum,  the mositurising ingredients help keep them in tip top condition. It's available from SpaceNK.

VOLUME: Natural Collection Lash Build Mascara; £1.99

With a pricetag as appealing as this, it would be normal to rubbish the potential results this mascara is capable of. Yet Natural Collection provides a reliable product that is guaranteed to deliver thicker eyelashes on a budget. Longetivity wears thin towards the end of the day, but a swift re-application on the go or in the bathroom can secure luscious lashes until downtime. It's available from Boots.com.

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SUPER LENGTH: Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara; £19

With a title as long as the lashes it creates, buyers know they’re getting the most out of their money. The micro-fibre bristles of the Lash X-tender brush elongate lashes with a dark, intense finish, whilst the innovative smudge-field formula locks in pigment and the extra length for up to 15 hours. It's available from Boots.com.

SUPER LENGTH: Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara; £8.99

Rimmel’s new lengthening mascara promotes eyebrow-skimming lashes together with a Grow-Lash complex that strengthens and renews eyelashes for a more healthy and fortified set. With a mascara capable of imitating the high-impact surround of Zooey Deschanel’s enchanting and captivating baby blues, you can be assured that this steal offers only the best. It's available from Boots.com.
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FALSE LASH EFFECT: MAC False Lashes Mascara; £17.50

Claiming to employ an ultra-thickening formula capable of recreating that false lash effect, MAC’s offering is a safe bet.  Its thick brush is held fully accountable for the thickening and lengthening expected of such a mascara, coupled with intense pigment for a dramatic effect. It's available from Debenhams.com.

FALSE LASH EFFECT: Maybelline The Falsies Mascara; £8.19

The secret to this first class mascara lies in the rubberised tip of the wand. Not only does it work to deliver even coverage and enhance natural lash appearance, its curved shape sits easily with the arc of both the top and bottom lash lines, replicating that lusted-after ‘fan’ shape of fluttering false lashes. It's available from Boots.com. Read my review of Maybelline Falsies.
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