Over the course of my 3 years of blogging, I have coveted most of my makeup from the drugstore and also some high-end stores that I have hoarded for way too long and now in need to let go. My makeup vanity is not overspilling like most beauty fiends I have seen out there. I mentioned in my first post in this series, I don’t usually hoard much makeup, but I forgot to preface that there are certain things that I just love more than others, and if you can’t already guess, I may have overdosed on clinging onto way too much mascaras, more than I need in my lifetime.
Mascaras to me are like a pair of underwear, you change daily and are put on rotation with a variation of features that claim to give your lashes volume or length or definition or curl and or a mixture of all of the above. I have short black eyelashes and I, like many want to have long, curly and flattering eyelashes that make you look gorgeous 24/7, also known as the “I woke up like this” look. I am always on the market to find mascaras that provide me with some level of volume, length and definition. Some times that is not always the case, as I can gravitate towards impulse shopping for what many people claim to believe are “sort after or holy grail” products. I am definitely drawn towards crowds that want to be part of a hype and part of these new release conversations that are constantly evolving all the time. Of course, this is not always possible and I find myself at times several years behind the rest of the pack.
Do I have a favourite mascara brand? I would like to be frank always and say yes and no, just because I like to try different brands if my bank account will allow me and if I can be bothered as well. From this collection, you can see I have more of drugstore brands, Rimmel, I am looking at you, I just fell in love with some of them, like Rimmel Extra Super Lash Mascara (curled brush) and Rimmel Wonder’Full Mascara (thick brush). They both for different reasons, the first, I love for the volume and definition, whilst the other for lash separation, lengthening and gives a natural look. Tarte, although not a drugstore brand here in Australia, I fell in love right away with Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara (narrow straight brush) and Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big volumising Mascara (slight bow shape brush). I loved that it gave my lashes this well hydrated and healthy appearance as it did provide me with length, volume and lash separation. I found both formulas to be on the dry side, which I much prefer over wet formulas such as Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Mascara (narrow straight brush), Sleek Makeup Full Fat Lash Mascara (similar to a lollipop brush), Essence I ❤︎ Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara (thick and straight brush) and Clinique High Impact Mascara (straight brush). These just clumped up the brush with very wet and too much product, which made applying mascara at times too difficult, as it would transfer on the eye lids or under the eyes if used on lower lashes.
As for the best drugstore thus far when it comes to curled lashes, this Savvy by DB Superb Curl Mascara (curled brush). I found it to keep my curled lashes up for most of the day and didn’t weight down, as well as it did not smudge or dry out my lashes. For lower lashes, Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara was a really nice smear and smudge free mascara. Lastly, the mascaras that underwhelmed me, as it did not have enough product latched on the brush or did not do what it had claimed to do for your lashes. These include D&G Passion Eyes Curl and Volume Duo Mascara (curled brush), Colour Theory Mascara Plump (thick brush), Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara by Kate (S shape brush), Rimmel Scandaleyes Rockin’ Curves Mascara (S shape brush), Innoxa Lash Define Mascara (straight brush), Kmart OXX Mascara (thick brush), Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara (thick brush).
Eye Brows & Eye Liner //
Not that I ever have a need to really fill-in my brows or tint them, but when I first discovered the world of tinted brow mascaras, I was fascinated with the temporary look about them. I had been thinking about changing the colour of my dark brows to at least 1 or 2 shades lighter just because it would be something different. All my life, I have been proud of having such thick and dark brows that I would tell people that it was my trademark and still is to this day! The first ever product to lay on my brows were the Australis Tint my Brow (straight brush) that lightened my brows temporarily. Although, I did find it to be a bit messy to begin with because of how wet the formula had become. Over the course of my brow mascara journey, I had neglected it and moved on to using Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara (lollipop shape brush), which I fell madly in love with. I can easily control the amount of product to be disperse on my brows and it holds them in place without feeling crusty or stale like, you know. I’m out of it now and need to repurchase asap.
The least favourite of the bunch was surprisingly this Savvy by DB Clear Brow Gel (straight brush), although clear, I could sense there was not enough product to keep the brows in order or even feel crusty, it was made from some weak formula that did not stand on my thick and dark brows. And as for this Colour Theory Brow Liner (fine tip applicator), I found it to be not as opaque and very limited colour selection, this was the only colour available – medium brown.
I still have yet to master the precise way of applying eye liner. Of all the times I have attempted, you can tell it was done by a novice, an amateur or a beginner and whatever you want to call me. I was told this Australia Curve Ink Eye Liner (soft, ultra fine tip applicator) would solve the problem that many people experienced – the shaky and unbalanced hand. I don’t know about you, but this was a bad idea. Not only did it not improve my eye lining capabilities, I was simply lining my eye lids – child’s play! So glad this has been discontinued because it was a wasted invention.
Lately, I have been holding back on purchasing drugstore eyeshadow palettes simply for that I own enough that I have yet to actually use. These ones do not get used enough and have taken up space and why on earth did I buy it in the first place, you know?! This limited edition Australis Neutrals & Neons Eyeshadow & Eyeliner Kit, don’t ask me why I bought it – NEONS! It was on sale and it sure was a desperate impulse buy that had gone wrong. I had no use for the neons except for one makeup look I posted – Fun & Playful Valentine’s Makeup Look around about this time last year. This DB Designer Brands Eyeshadow Quads was a great quality opaque various shades of purple, a nice drugstore product but I had been going back and forth with nudes and neutral eyeshadows and since had no real use for this anymore.
I had accidentally left this out on my first post, thinking this Savvy by DB Eye Primer could also work as an eyeshadow pencil, hence why it is placed on this post. It is very opaque and just over compensated that even when used as a primer, it made the layering eyeshadows appear more lighter instead of bold statement eyeshadows. The white could make your eyes look over exposed when you have your photo taken, it just looked like something anyone would wear in the 80s.
You may find from some of these products mentioned today, you have used before and have loved or disliked for a number of reasons or probably have never heard of before. You are welcome to leave your comments if you have any questions or would like to share your experiences with any of the products I have mention in this post.