Find the best mascara for you

Friday, 23 June 2017

When it comes to the perfect everyday mascara, finding one that’s effective and lightweight is always a bonus. No clumping is pretty great too. But is it a tall ask to expect one product to do it all?

We’ve tried our fair share of mascara, and after splurging and experimenting with more cost-effective options it’s clear that price often doesn’t dictate performance. If you’re still battling to find the perfect wand for you, we’ve got you covered.

Our beauty besties tested some popular mascara brands so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.

The best mascara for your buck – according to the BSA Trial Team

1) Inglot Lash Enhancer

Reviewed by: Nicole Cogill

Lash type: Curly, average length lashes

Describe the mascara: The wand is fairly traditional and makes it easy to apply. The brush is comb-like and straight. The bristles are soft and rubbery and work very well for curly lashes as it moves naturally up the lash. The short, evenly spaced bristles help define the lashes nicely.

Verdict: I would prefer a volumising mascara, but this gives really nice length and definition. Bonus? There’s no clumping and it’s easy to remove and doesn’t leave any residue.

Retail price: R349

Go-to mascara? I usually buy Essence I heart extreme volume – it gives really great volume and length and doesn’t clump.

2) Yardley High Definition Mascara

Reviewed by: Sarah Holtshousen

Lash type: Long and thin

Describe the mascara: The wand is thin which is what I prefer as it makes it easier to get close onto the lashes, and gives it a “brush” effect on the lashes. It has a traditional brush, and it’s quite short. Also, no clumping.

Verdict: The formula was a bit too thick for my taste but it definitely works well. This particular product is great for lengthening.

Retail price: R149, 95

3) BioNike Defence Colour Mascara

Reviewed by: Kass

Lash type: Average

Describe the mascara: It has a thin, precise, strong wand. The straight brush has solid bristles and allows for fuss-free application.

Verdict:  I like it because it feels clean, applies hassle-free, and the wand pulls out clean without clumps. It also removes brilliantly.

Retail price: R165

Go-to mascara? This is my new go-to mascara. Seriously, I have sensitive eyes and often wear contact lenses. This mascara, while applying easily, has magnificent lengthening and curling properties. I love its clean, no-fuss application. It left me feeling polished, knowing there was no residue or run-off around my eyes after a few hours of wear. I really love this product and can highly recommend it!

4) Palladio Double Agent Mascara Lash Extender and Undercover Fiber Booster

Reviewed by: Tatum Whiting

Lash type: Average

Describe the mascara: This mascara offers a two-step lash system. The one wand works to lengthen your lashes, while the other helps create a bold, full finish. The bristles are thick and the sculpting fibres help lengthen each lash.

Verdict: I absolutely loved this product. I appreciate double-wand mascaras as it allows you to perform many functions, with one nifty product. The result? Beautifully long, voluminous lashes. It also created a fierce curve which I like and it lasted all day without clumping.

Retail price: R169,95

5) Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara

Reviewed by: Maritza

Lash type: Normal/thin

Describe the mascara: It had a widely-spaced, traditional brush. The formula is clump-free and stays fresh. The shaker function was pretty fun too.

Verdict: I love the natural look this mascara creates.

Retail price: 
R159,95

6) Catrice Rock Couture Mascara

Reviewed by: Fagmieda Willemse

Lash type: Dark and slightly curled up

Describe the mascara: It’s a beautiful thick wand which fits perfectly on my lashes. The comb is well shaped – with four spaced parts, to grip better I suppose. It has shorter but thicker bristles.

Verdict: I’m always looking for the full-on volume for fuller lashes. This mascara did not clump, and definitely lasts for 24 hrs. I woke up to luscious lashes!

Retail price: R79,95

7) L’Oreal False Lash Superstar Mascara

Reviewed by: Meryl Weits

Lash type: Thin and pale eyelashes

Describe the mascara: There are two brushes, the one is straight and the other is curlier. The brush shape is longer than usual, but both are very comfortable to use. The formula was a bit thick but it was perfect for application.

Verdict: I like thick, voluminous lashes that are dark, curly with separation. I want something that enhances my eyes. I like it because it gives the perfect amount of thickness and volume with a bit of sexiness. It looked as if I was wearing fake eyelashes! I also removed it easily with L’Oreal Gentle Eye Makeup Remover. I will definitely buy it again. I’m always pleased with L’Oreal products!

Go-to mascara: My go-to mascara and also my go-to beauty product is definitely the Inglot Lash Enhancer. I never leave the house without this secret weapon.

Retail price: R199,95

We hope these reviews make finding your perfect mascara a breeze. Let us know which one you’ve got your eye on. Different strokes for different folks, and all. Share your favourite go-to mascara with us!

Written by

Tatum is an all-round digital being with a penchant for lipstick and a slight shopping addiction. After completing her Honours in Communications and Media she was thrust into the world of publishing and has since worked for some of the biggest magazines in South Africa. As a writer, editor and social media consultant, she’s all about spreading body positivity and a revised attitude towards beauty.

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  1. Christina Somduth

    Love the Essence range of mascaras. Have tried a few and not one has failed

    3 months ago •

  1. zeena

    You should list Maybelline Collosel and Essence Mascaras too. They’re amazing!! creates volume and length too.

    4 months ago •

  1. Lee-Andra Maans

    I’m a die hard mascara fan, I feel naked if I don’t have any on. I’ve discovered that some cheaper mascaras are as good or even better than some of the pricier ones (no clumping and no flakes). Can’t wait to try BioNike!

    4 months ago •

  1. Demishka Maharaj

    I have never been a mascara fan until recently. I am proud to say I cannot live without mascara nowadays because I have noticed the difference it makes to ones face on a whole. My favourite mascara is from the Essence range and it’s the “I Love Extreme” mascara for volume in the colour Ultra black.

    4 months ago •

  1. Mu’minah Edross

    I absolutely love Essence range of mascaras. They’re super affordable and there’s many quality mascaras to choose from.

    5 months ago •

  1. Refilwe

    I love the Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara, because of its clump-free application, I cannot stand clumpy mascara and we all know that we have that one mascara you just can’t let go of even though it comes on clumpy, so the clump-free application really comes in handy.

    5 months ago •

  1. Khalipha Ntloko

    I’m so in love with the Essence range of mascaras that I really don’t see myself deviating from them… But has anyone tried the make-up range from Edgars called Design?

    5 months ago •

  1. Tembisa Maqungu

    When it comes to mascara, I am very loyal to Maybelline. Even if I try a new brand I always find myself going back to Maybelline. I have been using the Lash Sensational mascara for the past two years now. I like how it gives me thick, long and voluminous lashes

    5 months ago •

  1. Gervase

    I love the Loreal Miss Manga Punky which I received as a test product from BSA.

    5 months ago •

  1. Mialise Tolmie

    I am always on the lookout for new mascaras to try. Will definitely try a few of the more budget friendly offers

    5 months ago •

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