Saturday, February 15, 2014

Comparison Review - High End Mascara vs Drugstore Mascara

So I have a little fun project I've been working on and I'm excited to finally blog about! There are so many mascaras on the market these days - high end and drugstore that claim to lengthen, separate, and volumize your lashes. I'm a huge mascara junkie and usually have about 3 mascaras in rotation at one time (for 3 months). Yeah, it is a bit of a waste but I like to try them out before I decide if it's great or not before I write a review or rave about it to a client (since that is the most common question for me as a makeup artist).

When I think about it, it would be super embarrassing to admit how much money I've spent on mascara in my lifetime. I wasn't blessed with gorgeous long curly lashes - instead I have straight, and somewhat short lashes that are light and never want to cooperate. So I've tried a lot of popular drugstore and some high end to try to find the perfect mascara. Honestly, I find it very difficult to shell out a huge amount of money for a product I will only use for 3 months so I usually don't splurge on high end and stick to drugstore. One day just before Christmas, a past client (and now friend) Sarah, posted a picture of her makeup. I was convinced she was wearing false lashes and had to ask if she was wearing the mascara we talked about before. She replied and said she was wearing Benefit's "They're Real" - a mascara I've been curious about for months but as I said before, didn't want to dish out $30 for a mascara. Sarah's pic changed my mind, and I went to the store the next day to purchase the mascara to try it out for myself.

So I thought it would be a fun blog post to compare a high end mascara against a drugstore mascara and share the results I got from each product! Today, I will be comparing Benefit's "They're Real" mascara with L'Oreal "Voluminous False Fiber Lashes" mascara, since they are both claim to give you a false lash effect.

The following are two pictures - one of my left eye wearing two coats of L'Oreal and one of my left eye wearing two coats of Benefit. Can you guess which one is which?

Well which one looks better? In the top photo my top lashes were curled and the mascara didn't hold the curl. What you can't tell is my lashes feel super weighed down and the mascara is wet. In the bottom photo my top lashes were curled and the mascara I used held my curl very well and separated my lashes perfectly. The mascara also dried within seconds! 

So if you guessed the one on the bottom that has more volume and curl is the high end Benefit are wrong!!!

The top is the Benefit "They're Real" and the bottom photo is the L'Oreal "Voluminous False Fiber Lashes"! 

Let's compare prices - Benefit was $30 and L'Oreal was $10 at my local Shoppers Drug Mart. So the cheap L'Oreal mascara works way better (for me) than the expensive high end mascara. And you wonder why I only stick to drugstore mascaras? 

Now before you comment, please keep in mind these are my results and my opinions. The Benefit mascara works well for a lot of people including Sarah who's lashes are so stunning in the photo below - I thought she was wearing falsies (and I can usually pick out a pair of those from miles away)! The point I'm trying to get across is, "They're Real" don't work for everyone. And from the reviews I read on Makeup Alley, it's not a great mascara for people with short straight lashes. Sarah has gorgeous long naturally curled lashes and it works great for her! Isn't she gorgeous?? :)

I honestly really wanted to love the Benefit mascara and I gave it so many chances but kept going back to my trusty old L'Oreal - which to me looks the best (even though my short lashes wouldn't fool anyone that I'm wearing falsies). The L'Oreal separates and keeps the curl giving a slight bit of volume at the base of my lashes which is exactly what I look for in a mascara. If I want a little length, I'll throw on a little of the L'Oreal Telescopic on top of the False Fibre (but I didn't want to do that for this test, since it would throw off my results and not be a fair comparison). So if you have lashes like mine, don't waste your money on Benefit's "They're Real" - you can get 3 tubes of the L'Oreal for the price of one Benefit tube!

And if you're wondering what my favorite mascaras are, it's safe to say that I have tried and loved EVERYTHING by L'Oreal. I use the Original "Voluminous" in Carbon Black on clients (or brown...whichever they prefer) and currently the "False Fiber Lashes" as well as the "Voluminous Million Lashes" on myself. 

I hope you enjoyed my little comparison blog post. If you'd like to see more, please let me know! Thanks for reading :)

Much Love,