High End vs. Drugstore Mascara | Empties

High End vs. Drugstore Mascara | Empties

I haven’t done another empties post, but trust me, I have been working my way through lots of skincare and beauty products.  You guys know that I LOVE drugstore mascara.  Most of the time, I’m using something from Maybelline, but I have tried a few much more expensive mascaras too.  So for this empties post I decided to review a few of the mascaras that I’ve finished lately.

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Dior is known for amazing mascara.  I remember when Diorshow came out a few years ago, everyone was going crazy.  I think Dior sort of set the bar for high end mascara.  It became totally OK to drop $30 on a mascara.  So, I was expecting to be very impressed when I tried two shades of Diorshow mascara.*

High end vs. drugstore mascara. What's your favorite? adiaadores.com

I received Diorshow mascara in 288 (royal blue) and 088 (graphite).  And honestly, I was a bit disappointed.  Although the brush is great – really big and spreads out the lashes nicely – but the formula just didn’t amp up my lashes.  The formula felt dry and I had to layer a few coats of mascara to get the volume that I like.  Don’t get me wrong, after a few coats, I got really separated and darkened lashes, but I don’t like to work that hard on my lashes.

I also think that I’m just more into jet black mascara.  I get that colored mascara can be a fun thing to play around with, but I’m more basic and really just want black.  What can I say? #basic

In the last few months, I also tried out the Diorshow Blackout mascara.  For this mascara, I had the opposite issue, I found the formula too wet.  Despite having the same great brush as the other mascaras, the formula made my lashes stick together.  But, the formula was a super dark and very glossy black.  I think if your lashes are on the thin side, the Diorshow Blackout mascara might work really well, but it just didn’t work for me.

High end vs. drugstore mascara. What's your favorite? adiaadores.com

Next I have a long time favorite.  The Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara has been featured in many of my monthly favorites so I won’t repeat myself (too much).  This mascara has a big fluffy brush that really coats the lashes in mascara but keeps them from clumping.  This is probably my favorite mascara of all time because it gives me volume, separation and drama 🙂

High end vs. drugstore mascara. What's your favorite? adiaadores.com

And last, we have a good old drugstore mascara.  Maybelline Lash Sensational waterproof mascara is a cult favorite.  It’s a super popular mascara and I picked it up after hearing yet another beauty blogger rave about it.  It’s popular for a reason.  The synthetic brush layers mascara all over your lashes but somehow prevents clumping.  The color is super black and it stays put.  This mascara literally does not budge, which is both good and bad.

High end vs. drugstore mascara. What's your favorite? adiaadores.com

Out of all of these mascaras, the only two that I’d repurchase are the Too Faced Better Than Sex and Maybelline Lash Sensational.  I hate to say it, but I think I’m done with Diorshow (at least for now).

So, let me know, do you reach for high end or drugstore mascara?  Let me know your favorites in the comments below.

 

 

  • rtuko

    I love drugstore mascara! I can’t fathom dropping $$$ for something that has to be replaced about every three months or so. I swear by Rimmel mascaras, particularly their Lash Accelerator line, though I kinda try out anything that looks interesting — I generally pick my mascaras by the wand shape (is that weird?). I don’t have sparse lashes, just…normal ones, I guess, but Rimmel mascaras generally make me look like I’m wearing falsies but in a good way! And also, last but not least, but a great benefit — Rimmel is SO inexpensive.

    • I’ve never tried Rimmel mascara! But now that I know you like it, I’ll def check it out. I actually haven’t tried much from Rimmel, do you like anything else from the brand? Also, I pick my mascara based on the wand too! So if that’s weird, so be it 🙂

      • rtuko

        I’m a huge fan of their eyeliners and nail polish (might have discontinued the polish) but generally stick to their mascara (generally have scaled back my makeup). Their makeup line is good quality considering how affordable it is!

        • Hm…thanks for the recommendations. I’m always hesitant to try new drugstore products because I can’t play with them in the store. Thanks for sharing!

  • I’ve heard so much about Diorshow, that’s sucks that you aren’t fond of it. But keep the brushes! I was so flabbergasted when I realized I’d throw away empty mascara that had fabulous brushes 😭

    • I’ve never thought to keep the brushes! But you’re right, sometimes the brushes really are amazing.