Review Time – Let’s Talk Mascara

Mascara. It can make or break an eyeshadow look. In my opinion it’s one of the most important parts of my makeup routine. Without it, I just don’t feel complete and ready to go out and conquer the world.
For me, the ideal mascara will lengthen, volumise and curl my lashes. Basically, giving me the false lash look, without having to physically apply them. I also love for it to be a one coat application, but if it takes two or three coats to provide the desired results I also don’t mind.

Over the last few months I’ve been trying out a range of mascaras, from sample to full-size. I’ve found some that I’ve fallen head over heels in love with, and some that I don’t think I’d like to purchase again.


Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara 

Milk Makeup’s Kush Mascara provides high-volume with a formula that works to nourish and thicken your lashes. The formula itself is derived from hemp-derived cannabis seed oil and thickening heart-shaped fibres, with pure pigments for a clump-free intense black finish. It retails for $24 USD and unfortunately is only available at Sephora USA.

Not only does this mascara leave my lashes looking double the size, but also separates and curls them. My only negative with this is that it sometimes leaves me with panda eyes. But this often happens to me with mascaras, so it’s only a small problem for me.

I just love this mascara so much! It’s a complete holy grail for me and which leaves my sad that I’m unable to purchase it in Australia.

Rating – 5/5 ✰✰✰✰✰


Tarte Lights! Camera! Lashes! 4-in-1 Mascara 

Tarte’s 4-in-1 Mascara promises to add a little drama to the eyes, with a formula that’s an expertise in lengthening, curling, adding volume and conditioning. It retails for $35 AUD, which is expensive, but if it works I wouldn’t begrudge paying it.

This mascara definitely delivers on lengthening and curling lashes. However, I’m not sure if it worked on providing volume to mine. I found that although my lashes were left looking long, they were also quite thin and delicate looking as well. It’s kind of hard to explain in words, but basically, instead of my lashes looking thicker, they actually looked quite thin.

I do agree that it conditions your lashes. Because after removing it, my lashes always felt soft and fluffy. My other recommendation with this is be careful not to get it wet throughout the day, because it does come off easily.

Rating – 3/5 ✰✰✰

NARS Climax Mascara*

NARS Climax Mascara promises to provide you with explosive lashes, with a formula that gives a big, bold and intense lash effect. It retails for $37 AUD, which again is on the higher price scale. But if the mascara works for me than I’d pay it.

There’s been a lot of reviews in regards to this mascara, some positive and some negative. For me, this was the reason that I wanted to test and review it. I wanted to see which side I would end up on and if I like a lot of others would fall in love.

The first few times that I used it, I didn’t like it at all. It wasn’t until about the fifth use that I started to see why people were falling in love with it. It had given my lashes volume, but didn’t leave them looking caked in product. It also provided length and curl, while leaving my lashes looking natural, even though they had product on them.

Again, it did give me panda eyes. But because so many mascaras do this to me, I think it might just be something with my eyes or concealer. Other than that though, the formula is long-lasting and quite waterproof (it still does smudge a little though).

Rating – 5/5 ✰✰✰✰✰


Hourglass Caution Mascara 

Hourglass’s Caution Mascara has been one of the most talked about mascaras on my Instagram feed for months. Every time I think that the hype might calm down, it starts back up again. So with it being so popular, I decided it was time to try it out for myself.

This mascara promises to provide high impact lashes of 400 percent more volume, with a long-wearing, vegan formula. It retails for $44 AUD, which leaves it on the more expensive end of mascaras. It is expensive, but for Hourglass it is justified.

Unfortunately, for me this mascara didn’t stand up to the positive reviews on Instagram. I found that the formula was chunky and left my lashes looking full of product but without volume. I did find that as the formula dried out that it would provide my lashes with more volume, but it still didn’t compete with any of my holy grail mascaras.

I definitely agree that the formula is long-wearing, and doesn’t smudge throughout the day. So much so that it’s one of the most difficult mascaras to remove. Even with my Face Halo or some facial wipes it just won’t budge. I end up having to kind of lightly pull it off my lashes in the end. Which isn’t fun for me or my lashes.

Rating – 2.5/5 ✰✰


Smashbox Super Fan Mascara*

Smashbox’s Super Fan Mascara has a formula that works to add extra length to your lashes, alongside providing pigment and volume that lasts for a full 12 hours. It retails for $29 AUD, which is on the lower scale of high end mascaras.

This mascara definitely adds the length and volume that it it claims to. It also does last a long time, but I’m not completely sure about the 12 hour claim as I’ve never worn it that long. The only downside I’ve found is that often this one transfers / flakes onto my eyeshadow when I apply it. But it’s probably just how I’ve been applying it and not something to do with the mascara itself.

This mascara has been another one that I’ve really enjoyed, but I wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s a holy grail.

Rating – 4/5 ✰✰✰✰


Have you tried any of these mascaras and if so what did you think of them? Are you of the same opinion or did you have a different experience?

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