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!
Tarte 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).
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.
But 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!