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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

The Mascara Mission

The Mascara Mission (def): the ultimate hunt for the perfect lash lengthening, volume boosting, eye defining mascara; usually undertaken by beauty bloggers and fellow makeup maniacs. 

Please tell me you relate? I am seemingly on a never-ending mission to find the perfect mascara. I want one that makes my lashes look dramatic but subtle enough for day time wear, lengthens but doesn't make them look freakishly long, and boosts volume whilst defining the eye. My ultimate favourite mascara of all time has to be Estee Lauder's Projectionist; introduced to me by my friend Jenny at the tender age of around 15. I had been wearing it ever since then until last year, (to my absolute horror) it was discontinued. My devastated reaction must have worried the lady in Boots, as she quickly rushed to fill my mascara void by offering me their newer alternative: Magnascopic. This, along with 3 others, has slightly helped to ease my pain since Projectionist-gate, and here's why: 

Estee Lauder Magnascopic mascara, £20.50: This has very nearly filled the void that Projectionist left. It has a nice natural brush which picks up the perfect amount of product, and is best at lengthening lashes. This may be my favourite of the bunch. Estee Lauder really excels in mascaras so if you're looking for a new one give theirs a whirl! 

Chanel Le volume de Chanel mascara, £24: Chanel's latest mascara offering (which only came out this summer) is one of their best yet. At first I didn't think I was going to be a fan when I realised it came with one of those plastic-y brushes, but I've really got on with it well and in my eyes it's probably a close second to Magnascopic. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a more dramatic eye; it is much better suited to evening makeup rather than a subtle day-time look. 

Benefit They're real mascara, £19.50:  This is seriously worth the hype it's been getting over the past few months as it gives the perfect volume boosting lash effect which is supposed to make people ask, 'Are your lashes real?' Although the mini version is shown here, I have actually owned the full sized They're real. I would however recommend buying the smaller versions which they sell because the product tends to dry up very quickly and so a full sized tube doesn't last as long as it should. 

Clinique High Impact Mascara, £16.50: Despite sounding very dramatic and dark, I have found this mascara to be subtle enough for daytime wear also. It's a good all rounder and definitely worth picking up if you want to try something new as it lengthens and boosts effectively. It also comes in lots of other versions, but I am yet to try these. 

What's your favourite mascara? 



  1. I love Benefit they're real! Such an amazing mascara that gives lots of length and volume x


  2. you are adorable! love your definition. so true I am constantly on the search for the perfect one. right now I am loving Jordana Best Lash Extreme and Lorac Multiplex 3D also Mac's newest one is great! thanks for sharing this I really must try benefit their real! xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  3. I've only ever tried They're Real! from this bunch, I wasn't too impressed though! I prefer Bad Gal Lash so much better! It's hard finding one to call perfect though I agree!

    www.champagnetote.blogspot.co.uk XX

  4. Clinique High Impact is one of the best! I think the waterproof formula is gonna be in my top 3! xx

    Fernanda | Ferdie's Beauty Finds

  5. we understand how you feel! we have yet to find 'the' mascara


  6. I can definitely relate to you - I'm yet to find a mascara that I have been wowed by and reallly want to stick to!!



  7. I completely know what you mean. I always use two or three different mascaras to get the look I want:) xxx


  8. Love your blog xx

  9. Love this post, I love Clinique mascara!
    Izzy x

  10. I love the effect 'Benefit They're Real' has on my lashes but I do wish they would come out with a waterproof version as it tends to print onto my face really easily! Great post :)

    Rose xo


  11. that EL one sounds really good! i hardly ever buy expensive mascaras, but i might just check it out :)

    from helen at thelovecatsinc

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  12. I never liked the benefit mascara at first but it grew on me and I really like it now :D great picks and I love the candle x


  13. I love the Clinique one however the last few years i kind of gave up on the mascara hunt and have been using the yellow ones from Maybelline, they have never disappointed me and the price is so good! x


  14. Totally relate to you on this, though I look for mascaras that create volume rather than lengthen cause I already have quite long lashes xx


  15. Yes I can totally relate. I use Maybelline, have done for awhile. it is good but not perfect.

  16. We love this. There's seriously nothing like a good mascara! It breaks or makes the whole look!

    ox from NYC!


  17. Great post, I've only tried Benefit's one but the others look good (:
    Fashion Ganache.

  18. Everyone will always try new mascaras hoping for the dream one!
    Clinique high impact is one I always go back to, but I've been trying out a YSL one and they're amazing!
    Love this post, as always with your blog.

  19. Love magnascopic and they're real! I'm always on the hunt for the best mascara ever though! haaa. X



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