Mascara Cycle Round-Up #1

I usually use 2-4 mascaras at the same time (not “at the same time” but you know, I have a few open at the same time) (I just said “same time” a lot didn’t I ?!) and I thought it would be a good idea to talk about the 4 that I’m using at the moment.

3 of them are actually running/drying out and I’ll be changing them soon (which means that I’ve tested them for a while now) and the 4th one I started using 2 weeks ago.

I actually wasn’t that impressed by this selection. I would only repurchase one of them and the other 3 while they’re not bad are nowhere near being amazing.

You should know that I’m looking for mascaras that will give me seriously bold lashes and that I’m not interested in natural looking mascaras.

But let’s look at them a bit more closely shall we ?

Maybelline The Mega Plush Volum’ Express
This one is my least favourite of the bunch. The formula isn’t bad, it doesn’t flake or melt (no panda eye), but the brush is impossible to use.
It is very (and I mean very!) bendy ! This bendy wand sort of makes it impossible to use this mascara because if you try to push it against your lashes to coat them first it bends and then it bounces back which makes the whole process very messy. The brush itself being quite big doesn’t help with the messiness.
On the other hand, if you can master the bendiness (which I sort of did after a while) you will hand up with long and voluminous lashes (no clumps, no spidery lashes).
But I wil not repurchase it because it is just not worth the time it takes to get decent results.

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless
This one is good if you like a small brush. But I don’t. I feel like it requires more work and time to get volume with a smaller brush. Again, nothing wrong with the formula (no flakes, no panda eyes by the end of the day) but I like a mascara with a bit more “oomph” to it. Because with this one you will need a few coat to get bold lashes.
If you’re after a small brush and don’t mind applying a few layers then this is for you !
*I didn’t even take into account the growing properties because I don’t believe that it works and I didn’t buy it for that

Avon Super Shock Max
The most shocking thing about this mascara is how natural it looks. Given the name I was expecting to end up with very bold lashes but nope. As it gets older and dries it’ll become slightly more voluminous but it doesn’t really give you shocking lashes in any way.
Again, nothing wrong really with this mascara it’s just that I’m looking for bigger lashes than this one can give me.

Benefit They’re Real
Now we’re talking ! Long, bold, voluminous, fluttery lashes ! This is exactly the kind of mascara that I like !
I know a lot of people find it a pain to remove but I found that my Emma Hardie cleansing balm did the trick so I don’t have a problem with that.
The only thing that bothers me (and it’s a little thing) is that the spikes kind of hurt when I’m trying to get really close to my lash line. (also … it’s kind of expensive …)

So that’s it. Out of the 4 I would repurchase the Benefit one and as for the rest though they weren’t bad they weren’t amazing so I’m going to try new things instead of using them again.

What’s your favourite mascara ? What should I try next ?


  • I love the yes they're real too! soooo great. I got it as a sample but it's so hard for me to allow myself to buy expensive mascaras :{

  • I looove this rimmel apocolypse mascara, such a shame this doesn't work as welll for you though 🙁 but i guess it's up to everyones taste, brill review on mascaras 🙂 x x

  • My current favouites are Bourjois Volume 1 Second, Urban Decay Super Curl Curling Mascara and Tarte Lights Camera Flashes. Benefit They're Real is such a good one, I really like it as well.

    Glam O’Clock | Beauty Blog

  • I always use Rimmel as a base as the brushes are quite small! Great post.


  • It's nice but I'm pretty sure there are drugstore alternatives that are just as good. right ?

  • That's quite a good idea actually. thx

  • I'd love to try a Tarte mascara but it's almost impossible to get hold of in switzerland.

  • Mascara really depends on each and everyone. I tried to explain why I liked or didn't like it. Hope it helps !

  • Really great mascara's sadly haven't tried any of them
    Please let me know if you would be interested in following eachother on GFC.Would love to stay in contact.

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • Well they're not that great …
    I don't really use GFC.

  • Give Bourjois's 1 Seconde mascara a go! It makes my lashes look super long and the brush is great 🙂 x

    Always, Alice x

  • Thanks for the recommendation ! will do !

  • I love my They're Real!, I'm told that there's a Collection dupe for it though, so I'm going to check that out before splashing out for this one again!
    Francine from The Graduate Goddess xx

  • I need to investigate then ! If that's true then YEAY !

  • I got a mini size of They're Real and I love it, however its starting to dry up and I don't know if its worth the full size! However I am loving the Maybelline Big eyes, its so good, you should try it out! xx

  • I'll try the Maybelline big eyes then =) thanks !
    Well I know I don't regret buying the full size of they're real =D