Holy Grail Mascaras

Hi Beauties!

Today I’m going to give you my top 2 mascara picks of all time (echoing)time, time, time….. Yes, it’s that dramatic.

As I have mentioned before, I have been on the hunt for the perfect mascara pretty much my whole life. Mascara is one thing I can not live without. If I leave the house “without makeup,” that means I have on foundation (or BB cream), brows and mascara – it’s just a given.

So with that said, if you’re looking for amazing drugstore and department store mascara options, read on!

Maneater Mascara

FullSizeRender-2.jpgTarte Cosmetics launched Maneater Mascara last year and it basically rocked my world. The super black mousse-like formula goes on completely clump free and gives serious volume and lasting curl. It applies perfectly from the very first use – not too wet, not too dry – and completely mess free. Somehow it manages to do all of this without flaking and without that crunchy, uncomfortable feeling that so many mascaras leave me with.

I really love the wand on this mascara. It’s a silicone wand with a round tip and teeny tiny bristles that allow you to grab every single lash – even the ones on the bottom! I expected this brush to feel sharp and rough on my eyes, however it was the complete opposite. This brush feels so soft and makes application a breeze.

The best part of this formula is that it is ophthalmologist tested and does not irritate my sensitive eyes at all. So many mascaras often leave my eyes streaming tears and bright red. Maneater has the “good for you” ingredients that Tarte is known for, so I don’t lose any lashes when removing the mascara at the end of the day.

There is one catch. This mascara does smudge a little. I have long eyelashes so almost all mascaras smudge a little underneath my eyes. I find that taking a little bit of setting powder on an eyeshadow brush and running it lightly underneath the lash line helps to eliminate smudging (for the most part).

L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise (Waterproof)

My eyes are so sensitive that allergies, lack of sleep, the slightest breeze – pretty much anything can irritate them. Many eye products can turn my eyes into a streaming mess. But I’m not a quitter.

It’s been a while since I have tried a drugstore mascara because 1) Maneater, and 2) I got sick of returning or throwing away so many of them because they made me look emotionally unstable.

FullSizeRenderBut then social media blew up with claims that Lash Paradise was “Better than Sex;” the ultimate dupe for Too Faced’s Better than Sex Mascara (which by the way, was a complete turn-off for me in the beginning – I have never hated a mascara more than I hate that one, but I know it’s a lot of people’s holy grail – or at least they are being paid to say that it is).

After about 100+ times of seeing people talk about Lash Paradise – I gave in. Instagram made me buy it!

For $9.99, which is minimally HALF the price of department store mascaras, L’Oreal has put out a mascara that in my opinion, out-performs all other drugstore brands and easily  75% of department store brands. It lasts all day long with ZERO smudging or flaking and it has a nice thick brush that gives long-lasting volume, length and curl.

There are only two small cons that are so minuscule they are hardly worth mentioning, but I will! The first is that the waterproof formula it is just that… waterproof! It is not easy to remove, but if you are picking up a waterproof mascara, I would assume you are probably hoping that is not going to come off easily – that is sort of the whole point!

The other slight con is that the formula starts out a little wet, so there is a little more room for error in the first few applications. By the second week of using this mascara I found that it dried down a little and application became easy and clump-free.

So there you have it – the only two mascaras you will ever need; So, hopefully they are around until the end of time! Again, dramatic – but I’m a girl in love!

Click the links below to check out these mascaras for yourself (these are NOT affiliate links – opinions are all my own and not sponsored in any way), and let me know if you agree or what your favorites are in the comments!

Click here to purchase Maneater Mascara.

Click here to purchase L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise

18 thoughts on “Holy Grail Mascaras

  • I totally love the L’Oréal mascara too, although in the UK we don’t have the waterproof yet, but even the original is amazing. Much better for me when I’ve had a lash lift though. X

    • I have always had the same problem! I love the way Maneater looks and it is still amazing me that Lash Paradise does not budge on me!

  • These are both mascaras that have been on my “to-buy” list for so long! Your post may have finally convinced me lol. I usually end up not being so lucky with drugstore mascaras, but maybe this one will finally do the trick.

  • I am obsessed with the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara! My mom had it for a day and hated is so she passed it over to me! It’s now my all time favourite and I can’t get enough! xxx

  • I may have to try these both! I love mascara so much and I have tried a ton of different ones. I feel like I haven’t been able to find a perfect one for myself yet, maybe one of these will be it! Great review and beautiful pics of the products!

    • I know what you mean – I feel like I’ve tried them all! Let me know if you pick these up and what you’re thoughts are!

  • I absolutely love the L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara! I’ve been wanting to try the Maneater mascara for a while but wanted to learn about it a little before, and you just taught me what I needed to know to convince myself to buy it! Haha

  • After sephora had a great deal on mascaras and I was able to try 5 new ones out, I have 3 maybe 4 faves.. Lash Paradise (I loved the original L’Oréal Voluminous Lash, but omg) for drugstore OR highend, Paradise is awesome… I also recently fell in love with Tartes Lights Camera Lashes as well as Lancomes Hypnose Drama, and I think I’ll always love UD Lash Perversion. .. I love mascara, and have about 15 in an acrylic organizer (I try to not play favorites and to rotate them unless it’s a special event and I want my go to…)

    • I really like Lights Camera Lashes when I first put it on but it smudges so badly on me.. I haven’t tried the Lancôme or the Urban Decay though!

  • Loving your choices by your descriptions, even though I have not tried either. I used Clinique for years and years and then I found Lancome and have never looked back!
    Mascara has always been my desert island item:)

    • I haven’t tried Lancôme products in a while.. their rose scent has always bothered me in their products.. maybe I need to try again!

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