I tried the sell-out Kat Von D mascara and it was better than false lashes
DIOR Diorshow Maximizer 3D Lash Primer, £28
Layered under any (and we mean ANY) mascara, this incredible primer helps to separate, volumise, curl and lengthen. Not only does it fake bigger, better lashes, the product doubles-up as a conditioning treatment. That means beautiful, nourished lashes when the layers come off, too.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, £6.95
High-street hero Maybelline have topped Amazon’s beauty best-seller list with their Lash Sensational Mascara, and it’s easy to see why. The curved brush has six lengths of bristles that reach the multiple layers of lashes you never knew existed, giving an intense, full-fan flutter.
Max Factor Masterpiece Max, £9.99
Max Factor’s Masterpiece, aka old faithful, is the mascara our Dept. Beauty Ed always goes back to. The brush is just the absolute bomb-diggity, made from some fan-dangle kind of material that’s flexi-fantastic and coats every lash without dampening your natural curl. For those who prefer separation over clumps, it’s a must-try. Bloody bargain too.
Isehan Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara Waterproof Black, £11.99
Beauty fans have been going wild for this Japanese mascara they claim is just as good as falsies. Not only do they claim it never budges but they say it lasts all day long. One reviewer wrote: ‘For argument’s sake I wore this during a 45-minute, 65-degree celcius infra-red sauna session, and the mascara did not smudge.” Sounds pretty impressive.
Essence False Lash Effect Mascara Princess Black, £3.30
Don’t be fooled by the purse-friendly price tag and the fact that this mascara is from your local Wilkos – women are going wild for it. Ladies have taken to Amazon to comment on how ‘incredible’ the product is, hailing it ‘the best budget mascara ever’. The special, conic shape of the fibre brush provides lashes with length, dramatic volume and a false-lash effect and people have even taken to Amazon to sell theirs on for a profit.
Diorshow Pump ‘N’ Volume, £27, Dior
If you want the effect of fake lashes without faffing around with glue, this Dior mascara creates mega long lashes made for fluttering.
Lash Definition Smudgeproof Mascara, £15.50, Liz Earle
This water-resistant, flake-free mascara glides on easily and instantly defines even the shortest of lashes. It’s also packed with vitamin E to keep them moisturised.
Respectissime Multi-Dimension Mascara, £16, La Roche-Posay
A gentler option for anyone with really sensitive eyes (or contacts), this fragrance-free, hypoallergenic mascara gives great lashes without any discomfort. The slim brush also thoroughly coats every lash.
Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara, £22, Kevyn Aucoin
Kevyn Aucoin’s famed The Volume Mascara has gone unnoticed by most, but judging by the reviews, it may be worth an investment. Due to the advanced technology used in formulating the product, according to its description, it has the ability to encourage lash-building fibres to thicken, separate and lengthen your lashes. Oh, and it has 800 glowing reviews from beauty buffs who say they simply cannot live without it.
Climax Mascara, £21, Nars Cosmetics
In need of some lash satisfaction? This newbie from NARS gives crazy good volume, but with zero clumps, even from the first pump. Matching Better Than Sex in quality and in cheeky name, it’s fast becoming a favourite.
They’re Real mascara, £21.50, Benefit
An absolute favourite since its 2011 launch, Benefit’s They’re Real really delivers. The bouncy brush makes for easy and precise application, while the blacker-than-blacker formula keeps lashes looking thick and dramatic all day long. It really will have people asking if your lashes are real.
Better than sex mascara, £23, Too Faced
While we can’t promise that this mascara is actually better than sex, as far as mascaras go, it’s pretty damn good. Two coats of the stuff make you look like you’re wearing false lashes – super long and dark ones, at that. And if you flutter them at anyone, you’re guaranteed to set hearts racing.
Baby Doll Mascara, £26, YSL
If clumpy mascaras are your pet hate, you’ll love Baby Doll. The rubber wand is the king of separation and length. Wiggle it through for sky-high lashes that definitely won’t stick together.
Great Lash Mascara, £5.99, Maybelline
Possibly the best purse-friendly mascara on the market, this highly pigmented formula is ideal for those who like their lashes black and dramatic. Think thick and luscious rather than light and feathery.
Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, £22, Marc Jacobs Beauty
Not too wet, not too dry, Velvet Noir is a fail-safe classic.
HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara, £19, Stila
What better way to describe someone’s lashes than as huge?! Stila took this concept and ran with it when they created their cult mascara, which lengthens, adds volume, and gives your lashes extra oomph.
So Curl Mascara, £43, Sisley
Sisley’s new mascara really does live up to it’s name, “So Curl”. Working to fan out your lashes, with its arching wand, you can get right into the corner of your eyes so you don’t miss a single one. Use with a eyelash curler for an extra show-stopping result.
Extended Play Gigablack Lash, £16.50, Mac
Mac’s mascaras are the stuff of dreams, and this is one of our all-time favourites. Gripping to the lashes with ease, the thin wand provides layers of jet-black product which lengthens and adds volume.
Faux Cils Mascara, £36,Chantecaille
With its large wand and gorgeously thick formula, this mascara is great for those who think volume is key.
Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara, £19.50, Clinique
We love the adorable name of this mascara nearly as much as the product inside. Clinique expanded its “chubby range” and added this amazing mascara to its family of chubby lip and eye crayons this year, and we are totally on board.
Full Fat Lashes, £23, Charlotte Tilbury
Loving Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup line as much as we do meant that we were not at all surprised that the makeup artist’s mascara, full fat lashes, was as impressive as it was. This is a great all-rounder and keeps lashes looking fresh and bold all day (and night) long.
Smokey Eye Mascara, £25, Bobbi Brown
This blacker-than-black Bobbi special has been created especially for wearing with smoky eye make-up. Curl your lashes before applying – this formula really holds the lashes in place while adding colour right to the tips.
Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara, £25, Lancome
Lancome is known for its brilliant mascaras, and this classic formula is absolutely no exception. The cone-shaped brush allows the perfect application, and the formula will result in perfectly volumised lashes.
Sumptuous Extreme Mascara, £25.50, Estee Lauder
Estee Lauder is another brand known for its impressive mascaras. The Sumptuous extreme formula ensures zero clumps and cleanly separated lashes… it seriously delivers.
L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Feline Mascara, £10.99 Boots
This curved brush delivers perfectly fanned lashes. True to its name, it’s our favourite to complete a cat-eye look, just use the brush to extend the lashes of the outer corner of your eyes.
Inimitable Intense Mascara, £28, Chanel
Of course this blogger favourite would make the list. Ideal for super long and voluminous lashes without clumps.