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Oct 30, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Drugstore Mascaras



i'm a bit of a mascara addict.  i've probably tried no fewer than twenty different brands and kinds of mascaras in the past five years and if you ever see me in the beauty aisle at target, i'm probably buying mascara.

see, i have these huge eyes, and then no eyelashes.  i'm not being dramatic...i literally have the shortest, stubbiest eyelashes known to man.  my brother has better lashes than i do.  (when he was little, his were so long that they actually would hit his glasses and then bend.  so not fair.)

i didn't hop on the mascara train until i was almost out of high school, because it always kind of scared me.  but once i discovered it's magical lash-giving powers, you bet i hopped on that train and never hopped off.  you know how every gal has that one beauty product they won't leave the house without?  the one thing they put on, even if they wear nothing else?  well for me, it's mascara.

so the other day, i pulled out just a few of the mascaras i had floating around my makeup drawer (and my purse, my desk....you get it), and decided to do a little round-up of a few of the drugstore mascaras that i'm currently toting around.



covergirl // lash blast clump crusher
i've purchased this mascara more times than i can count.  i have a tub in my bathroom counter drawer, a tube in my purse, one in my desk at work, and one in my gym bag.  to say that i love the lash blast collection is an understatement.  it's a great drier formula, is totally build able, and comes in a bunch of different varieties (length, volume, fusion (length + volume), and clump crusher.  the plastic-bristled brush does a great job of coating each lash and then separating them.  it's a great every-day mascara.



l'oreal // voluminous million lashes excess
i'll be honest and say that i'm a bigger fan of just the voluminous million lashes mascara than i am of this excess version...this one is a bit more wet than it's original counterpart and the contoured brush just doesn't do it for me.  that being said, i get great length out of this mascara...whether it's the original formula or an updated version.  i love building this with a few coats of lash blast, as they work well together to add volume and separate lashes.



rimmel london // lash accelerator endless
so i've only been using this one for about two weeks, but it has given me bolder, longer lashes than any other mascara i've used in quite a while!  it's similar to voluminous million lashes, in that it's a pretty wet formula and a plastic-bristled brush, but it's brush has tons of little bristles and it's tapered so that you can really grab every lash.  it's so dark that i almost felt like it was too much to wear to church (but then i remembered that no mascara is too much for my sad tiny lashes, and wore it anyway).  and bonus!  lash accelerator boasts a lash-growing formula, and claims that if you use it consistently, you'll see improvement in the length and volume of your lashes in 30 days.



physician's formula // organic wear
besides coming in a pretty cool tube, this is the one organic mascara on my list.  it's a lighter formula than some of the others in this post, but it's also the only one that is completely free of parabens, dyes, and fillers.  this mascara leaves my lashes soft and flexible.  it's not overly heavy, but still gives some definition.  the brush has shorter plastic bristles and is pretty fat, which for me, can be tricky (because my lashes are so short!), but for someone with longer lashes, could be perfect!



have you tried any of these mascaras?  what's your go-to?

29 comments:

  1. Ohhh, I need to pick up that Rimmel mascara when my current one dries out. Length is definitely the main thing I need help with.

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  2. abby - little city adventuresOctober 30, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    I really like Maybelline's Falsies mascara! But I'd really love to try the Rimmel one you mentioned!

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  3. Ahhh mascara is my favorite. I don't wear a ton of make up, so I rely on my mascara to do a lot for me;) I have used maybelline's XL turbo volume for probably 8 years!

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  4. The organic one intrigues me! I want to test it out now! I use maybellines stilletto. I have always loved it. But I do enjoy branching out!

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  5. I'm still trying to find the volumizing mascara for my eye lashes. I'm currently using Maybelline Colossal Volume Express, but I'm always looking for new ones to try!

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  6. Thanks for the tips. I need to try these. My biggest pet peeve with mascaras is that they clump on my eyes. I hate that! I'd love for longer looking lashes.

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  7. Thanks for sharing these, girl! A good mascara is so important. I usually need the mascara wand to have short bristles; I hate getting mascara on my eyelids when I'm applying it! My favorite so far has been benefit's "they're real" mascara. As far as drug store brands, I've loved L'oreal too!

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  8. I always stick to drug store mascaras - personally, I can't tell a difference when I use a more expensive kind! These will be great recommendations of kinds to try next!

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  9. I LOVE mascara! LOVE it and it's one thing I wont be without. I am in love with Clinique's High Impact Extreme Volume mascara!!!

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  10. I love Clinique's High Impact mascara! I've never tried the Extreme Volume one. Do you know how different it is from the regular one?

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  11. It's a much bigger brush! I love the High Impact mascara, too! Really, I love all of them! :)

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  12. I can't wait to try these!! I have also tried so many from cheap all the way up to over $30 a tube...I always go back to Loreal Voluminous! It's amazing and I think its around $5!

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  13. I do love that one! It's so cheap!

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  14. Oooh...I've used that one and it's great! I like combining it with something that separates lashes a little bit and adds some length! That's magic :)

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  15. It's so bad! I have wayy too many mascaras! haha

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  16. I haven't really tried super expensive mascaras, and I totally agree with you...I think the drugstore brands get the job done!

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  17. Me too!! My lashes are just so short that it's super easy to end up with mascara all over my eyelids! haha

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  18. Ohh...you might like the Physician's Formula Organic one then! Super soft, and it hasn't clumped at all on me!

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  19. I don't think I've tried that one! I'm always up for trying new ones too!

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  20. I like it! Not as crazy long or voluminous as some of the others, but it's really nice and soft!

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  21. Same! My makeup takes me like 5 min, and even if I wear nothing else, I always throw on some mascara! I might have to try that one!

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  22. Oooh...you girls are all adding to my list of ones to try out!!

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  23. Oh girl, I need help with all of it! haha....I am definitely liking that one though!!

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  24. I love Covergirl mascara - it is definitely my go-to! But I really want to try the Physician's Formula organic one now :)

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  25. Covergirl makes the best mascaras under $10!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  26. Ok I already texted you, Betsy, but I feel the need to share my mascara gospel with everyone else too :) (Although I'm late to this post so who knows how many people will see this.) But girls... Maybelline Rocket Express is amazing! It's my current favorite and it is the perfect thickening/lengthening match for me. It's a little wet at first, but after a week or so it dries enough that it's not clumpy. I love it!

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