I have been planning to do a post like this for such a long time and I am very excited that it’s finally ready to share with you. Mascara is such a personal thing and in the natural or indie beauty world, it can be even harder to find a good one. I hope to show you some of the options available without you having to undertake the experiment yourself and I have chosen 8 to compare and review. Most of them are easy to get in Australia and worldwide so hopefully there is something for everyone here.
There is a lot of information to cover so to start off with I’d like to introduce you to the contestants.
I judged the mascaras on lengthening, volumising and curling properties as well as clumping, flaking and smudging. If you see a high score for the latter three, that means that they did not flake or smudge very much. I decided to give each feature a score out of 5 stars and then tallied them up for a total score out of 30. Depending on what is a priority for you, this scoring system will allow you to hone in on a particular feature and make an informed selection. All except the Glossier Lash Slick contain mostly natural ingredients so they are very friendly even on the most sensitive eyes.
All mascaras received top marks for non-clumping and they were all really great at holding a curl. Unfortunately, half of the contenders missed the mark in the smudging department (Nu Evolution, Hush + Dotti, Hynt Beauty and Lily Lolo). I thought it was interesting that all four of these mascaras had a similar traditional wand style with nylon bristles. There was no way I could apply them to my bottom lashes as even applying them to the top lashes meant that I had smudging above and below the eye. Even though the Lily Lolo Big Lash Mascara scored quite high, the size of the wand is way too big and I find it really confronting putting it near my eye.
As you can see, the 3 mascaras that have rubber bristle wands (Glossier, ILIA and Kjaer Weis) all had an overall high score and they also gave great length. I must say I definitely prefer the rubber bristle as it gives me the most precise application without overloading my lashes with too much product. I love the way they lengthen but don’t add too much volume and I have been reaching for them on a daily basis. However, if volume is your first priority, then you can’t go past the INIKA Long Lash Vegan Mascara. You might notice that this one came out on top overall with a score of 29/30. It really is THAT good. I can’t say I reach for it daily, but when I want lashes with drama it’s definitely my reliable go to.
To sum up my top 4 were:
I hope you enjoyed my big mascara showdown! It was so much fun to put together. Are there other products you’d like to see a detailed comparison on? Let me know in the comments below or email me and connect with me on Instagram and Facebook. To listen to the latest Fluke podcast, please visit iTunes.
Next week: A review of the Kosås Tinted Face Oil.