Unlike foundation, I’m not loyal to any particular brand of mascara, so anyone can woo me. And summer always brings more focus on the skin and eyes in particular; I’m more likely to shun eyeshadow in favour of mascara in the sunshine as the light always draws attention to your peepers.
And because I’m due to update my beauty kit, I was delighted to see that two of my favourite brands – L’Oréal and Maybelline – both had new options on offer and – better still – both were under €15.
I tried and tested both, and found that each enhanced the eyes in different ways.
Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara, approx. €12.30, out now
What it does: The brand’s newest edition to the colossal range promises to up the ante on volumising the lashes. The first thing I loved was the brush. If I’m going to see volume, I want to see a sturdy applicator, which this has. My lashes are quite long so I put two coats on mine and as promised, from root to tip, they were lifted and volumised. There were no clumps (hurrah!) and the brush meant I could even coat my baby lashes evenly. The mascara itself was also very black, which I felt enhanced my lashes even more.
Result: While I saw a good lift of volume, the look was still very natural, which I liked. It means that I would class this as a daytime mascara; your lashes will look enhanced but not over the top. Perfect for those who want a paired-back beauty look for summer.
L’Oréal Baby Roll Mascara, approx, €12.25, out now
What it does: L’Oréal’s offering has a unique roller brush, designed to comb through the lashes and lift and curl them. This applicator is, again, a good size and my lashes were clump-free after I applied two coats.
Result: The star of this show is the brilliant roller brush; while it lifted the lashes, the main thing I loved was the way it curled them. I was told it looked like I had used an eyelash curler – even though I didn’t. Joy! This means the lashes look more pronounced and therefore I would wear this one at night when I forgo a natural look. I seriously loved this one, it’s as good as its more expensive Benefit counterpart in my humble opinion.
Two very strong mascaras but I’d say take your pick; Maybelline will give you a voluminous-yet-natural look and L’Oréal will curl the lashes and dramatise them a little more, so maybe one for an evening event.