Top Ten Mascaras 2013

Have you noticed that adverts for mascaras no longer use digitally enhanced images or lash inserts? Do you think that we can now start believing what we see on magazines and the TV, and that beauty companies are being more honest about what their products can actually do? Let’s hope so, but in the meantime, here are our list of top ten mascaras; we’ll compare prices, claims and see what’s different about them.

1. Dior Diorshow New Look – £23

Dior Diorshow New Look

The Diorshow New Look mascara is not just a mascara, it has a patented lash Multiplier™ serum treatment formula that thickens, separates and extends each individual eyelash for a multiple lash effect. The treatment also repairs your lashes for a full lash look.

Why it’s different: The mascara includes an exclusive nano–brush that captures and coats every single lash, even the smallest ones.

Available from Selfridges.com

2. Maybelline Illegal Length – £8.49

Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara

Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara is a mascara that adds fibres to your eyelashes. Called a fibre extension mascara, the special sealing formula can stretch the appearance of your lashes by up to 4mm and seals the fibre-enriched formula to every lash securely.

Why it’s different: The Fibre -Fix brush has 6 different contact points that seals the fibres onto lashes.

Available from Boots.com

3. L’Oreal Flash Lash Flutter – £10.99

L'Oreal Flash Lash Flutter

What we would call a ‘bog standard mascara’, the difference here is the brush. It is an innovative new style of mascara wand that is double winged, hence the adverts featuring butterflies, L’Oreal Paris False Lash Flutter Mascara aims to extend those difficult to reach lashes at the outer eyes with this new brush.

Why it’s different: L’Oreal’s Cocoon fibres lengthen the look of lashes towards the outer eye.

Available from Boots.com

4. Givenchy Noir Couture £22.50

Givenchy Noir Couture

Givenchy’s Noir Couture mascara is enriched with their patented Lash Booster Expert Complex that is easy to apply and delivers instant volume with extra length and super curl. The ingredients include Cotton Nectar which helps to revitalise, nourish and protect each individual lash.

Why it’s different: The three balled brush ensures that all lashes are coated.

Available from Harrods.com

5. Bobbi Brown Extreme Party – £18

Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara

A very wearable mascara as it stays pliable even after multiple applications. No dragging, clumping or flaking, comes with a tapered dual-fibre brush that grabs even the tiniest lashes. Now that’s beautiful.

Why It’s Different: Ingredients include conditioners and Vitamins A, C, and E.

6. Rimmel Scandal Eyes Showoff  – £6.99

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Showoff Mascara

Another mascara that combines colour with ingredients that plump up and condition the lashes at the same time. Rimmel London are a major player in the mascara industry and catwalk artists love their products so you know you are in good hands.

Why it’s different: The playball brush allows you to create volume, whilst the curved side lifts and curls your lashes for flicks.

Available from Boots.com

7. Maybelline Great Lash – £6.99

Maybelline Great Lash

This mascara has been on sale for decades now, but we feel it deserves a place in our top ten as it has an easy to use brush, and the clump free formula resists smudging, but you can still wash it off easily.

Why it’s different: It’s simply a classic.

Available from most stores.

8. MAC False Lashes – £18

MAC False Lashes

These look like false eyelashes but are real, so if you have problems with applying falsies this mascara is a real find. It adds dramatic volume and curl and is definitely not for the faint hearted!

Why it’s different: Has an ultra-thickening formula with a unique double-lash brush.

Available from maccosmetics.co.uk

9. Lancôme Hypnôse Custom-Wear Volume – £22

Lancôme Hypnôse Custom-Wear Volume

This mascara’s ingredients include the exclusive SoftSculpt™ formula and patented Powerful brush. This allows you to build up to 6x more volume, without any clumps or caking.

Why it’s different: Comes enriched with Pro-Vitamin B5.

Available from Boots.com

10. Benefit They’re Real! – £18.50

Benefit They’re Real

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara in Black has a jet black formula that lengthens, curls, volumises, lifts and separates lashes.

Why it’s different: The special brush has staggered bristles designed to grab the smallest of lashes and maximise the performance of the long-wearing, glossy formula.

Available from benefit.com

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