Mascara Files

I couldn’t even tell you how many mascaras I currently have sitting in my drawer. There is a massive collection of opened and unopened ones, and I only have one set of eyes. So today I am going to go through my collection with you all and break down some of my favourites, and some that didn’t live up to the expectations.

All of these mascaras have been tested out for a while so I have tried them over quite a long period of time.

I have dry skin, so all of these are in accordance to how they wear on that skin type. I don’t find that mascaras transfer or melt off on my skin, like they sometimes do on oily skin so please keep that in consideration.


Benefit Cosmetics BadGal Bang

My all time holy grail mascara! I am so obsessed with this that words cannot even properly explain my love.

Benefits Badgal Bang Mascara claims to have 36 hour wear, and is set to give you massive volume. It has a matte-black finish, that will coat your lashes and give you a curl and length without the glue.

This mascara retails for $42 AUD and can be purchased from Sephora. Actually typing out or saying that price makes me really cringe. It’s a high-end mascara, but it’s even more expensive than a Clinique one I’ve tried before.

The mascara wand is very small, but also long. It easily comes in and out of the container without getting stuck, and also brings out a lot of product. I really like how thin the brush is as it is easy to get it near your eye, without worrying about the product going everywhere.

When I applied this to my lashes for the first time I was completely blown away. I already have quite long natural lashes, but this mascara doubled their volume! But it didn’t extend them outwards towards my glasses, instead it curled them up, which meant that they almost looked like fake lashes. I honestly fall in love over and over again every time I apply this to my lashes.
I also didn’t find the formula wet, like some of the other reviews I have seen have said.

If you’d like to read a complete in-depth review of this mascara, just click here.


Mirenesse Supreme Secret Weapon 24hr Mascara*

This secret weapon mascara from Mirenesse, is a bit of a mixed bag. For some it may be a secret weapon, but for me it doesn’t do much.
It was designed to provide you with super long and full lashes, with minimal effort required. Basically, to deliver you dramatic results in little time!

This mascara has a tapered brush, so basically it is smaller at one end, and bigger at the other. It makes reaching those inner corner lashes a lot easier, and minimises the risk of mascara going everywhere. Personally, I do like this, but I don’t find myself using this mascara more because of the brush. In some sense I actually prefer a straight brush as I find it easier to use and judge.

At first I didn’t like this mascara at all. The formula was super wet, and seemed to weigh my lashes down instead of giving them volume. There was definitely volume and curl there, but the best thing about it was that it separated my lashes and made them look bigger.

Even after the formula has become drier I still cannot seem to fall in love. It is looking and applying better to my lashes than it originally did, but my lashes still look sad.
Unfortunately, this one just wasn’t a favourite for me.


Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara 

Of course the ever popular Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara had to make it into my mascara files! It is so loved by a large majority of the beauty community that I just had to share my thoughts on it with you.

This mascara from Too Faced claims to separate, coat and curl each lash, while also adding volume.
As I would expect this mascara retails for $33 AUD. For a high-end mascara this is definitely the price you would expect to pay.
I am absolutely obsessed with the brush on this one though. It’s a curve brush, but designed to be like a bust-to-hip design. It is really good for getting all of the lashes and it isn’t too small or too big for my eyes.

With one coat this mascara did not look very impressive on my lashes at all. I found that I needed to apply two coats to even add volume or curl to my lashes. I found this disappointing as I rarely ever add more than one coat of mascara to my lashes.
But just doing my research now, the description on the Mecca Maxima site even says to get the best out of it you need to apply three coats. So just ignore me….

But when I do add more than one coat of this mascara to my lashes I love it! It curls my lashes, while also giving them insane volume. The curl is enough that it doesn’t hit the lenses of my glasses, which is also a bonus for me.

I also found that this was a very dry formula. I know this sounds weird considering I’ve heard a lot of people say that it is wet and melts all over their face. But for me it just seemed very dry.


IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

I got a sample of the IT Cosmetics Superhero mascara in a Sephora order a while back. I have since then finished it, but got another sample when I went in store.
This mascara claims to have an elastic strength formula that will stretch, lift and add volume to your lashes.

This one is $18 AUD, which is crazy cheap! I was actually super shocked when I just looked it up on Sephora’s website because I thought it would have been a lot more expensive.

First time I tried this I instantly fell in love with it. Words cannot even explain how long this mascara makes my lashes look. It adds volume, curl and also separates at the exact same time. It wears super well and doesn’t drop or flake away much during the day. I do sometimes end up with little pieces of it around my eyes, but I just wipe them away.
It is more of a dry-wet formula and is just amazing!


Natio Amplify & Separate Volumising Mascara* 

I have always been a massive fan of Natio makeup, so it’s not a big shock that their mascaras are featuring in my mascara file.

This amplify and separate mascara claims to do just that, amplify and separate, while also adding volume to your lashes.
The wand of this mascara is super unique with a curved shape. It allows you to cover all your lashes in one go. However, I have almost stabbed myself in the eye a few times with it because the curved shape kind of throws me off a little.

At $16.95 it is super affordable. I have much more expensive and high-end mascaras that perform the same or even worse than this one. So for the price it is a really good product.

The formula of this is beautiful, but definitely a little wet. It wears for a very long time and doesn’t make my lashes drop over time. By that I mean that the curl and volume is maintained all day.
My favourite part is how easy this is to remove! You can use a wipe, cleanser, liquid makeup remover or a Face Halo and it is going to come off!

I would almost go so far as to say that this mascara could almost compare to the
BadGal Bang from Benefit. It has a very similar effect on my lashes for a quarter of the price. It’s a great drugstore alternative if you love that Benefit one.


So that’s all for this set of my mascara files! I have definitely enjoyed using a lot of these mascaras and will probably be repurchasing them in the future.

Have you used any of these mascaras before? Or what are your favourite mascara to use?

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