Tried and Tested – Mascaras

It should be a simple purchase but with so many products on the market – some very disappointing, as we found out – it can be difficult to know that what you’re buying will do exactly what it promises. We put these lash beautifiers to the test and the best of them are below

Best budget

MaybellineGreatLashMascara Very Black, £5.99 for 12.5ml, Boots and other stockists

A bestseller for Maybelline, and we can certainly see why. Always reliable, it provides good coverage quickly with no clumping with a good dense black colour. The brush
is effortless to use so you can swipe on quickly and build up the coats for the effect you want easily – from daytime natural to evening bold. Worth every penny.

Best luxury

WonderPerfectMascara4D, £22, Clarins, John Lewis and other stockists

This new product from Clarins is a gem. Application is silky and smooth, quite unlike
other mascaras we tried. It glides on evenly and easily and with two coats you have a classy finish that lengthens and separates lashes without exaggerating them so they look false. The mineral pigment gives an intense colour and helps to strengthen and lengthen lashes. We loved it. Available in Perfect Black and Perfect Brown.

Best for sensitive eyes

Diego dalla Palma Mascara Tube, £17.50 for 12ml, Marks & Spencer,

Fragrance- and flake-free, this got the thumbs up from those with sensitive eyes as there was no reaction at all. The brush was large and thick, which combined with the small tube helped to load the brush without clumps. Application was easy and helped to create volume and length. Testers loved the coverage and dense colour and that it could be washed off with warm water and your fingers.

Best lengthening

Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara,£22for8.5g, and other stockists

With its innovative wand – alternating
rows of short and long rubber bristles – lashes are coated evenly and effectively, even if they’re different lengths. The tip of the wand is great for dealing with
the teeny lashes at the inner or outer corners too. The mascara formula is flexible until it dries, when it then locks in place for the day. The colour is dark and glossy and it adds visible length to each lash, with no smudging or flaking. Available in blue, brown and black.


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