I know some people who will only use a certain brand for all of their makeup products, but I like to use a mix of high-end and drugstore makeup. Iâ€™m really picky about what products I spend my money on, so while Iâ€™m willing to pay more for products like powders, concealers and brushes, Iâ€™ll spend less on things like blushes, cleansers and lipliner. Ultimately whatever products are worth my hard-earned cash do the same three things: perform well for the price, complement my coloring and donâ€™t break me out.
One makeup staple that I usually donâ€™t spend a lot of money on is mascara. The shelf life of a tube of mascara after it’s opened is three months, so if youâ€™re good about replacing it every three months, thatâ€™s four tubes a year at the minimum. And if you buy your mascara from Sephora or from the makeup counter chances are youâ€™re spending from $20-40 a pop – thatâ€™s $80 worth of mascara every year, yaâ€™ll!
Besides its short life span, another reason I donâ€™t spend lots of money on mascara is that even though Iâ€™ve tried several high-end mascaras by Dior, MAC, Bourjois, Lancome and Clinique (just to name a few), Iâ€™ve still yet to find one that I think is worth paying a lot of money for because drugstore mascaras work just as well. (Sidenote: This weekend Iâ€™m going to pick up a tube of Benefitâ€™s Bad Gal lash in blue, so weâ€™ll see if that statement changes.)
The closest Iâ€™ve ever come to high-end mascara nirvana is Diorshow, but itâ€™s $23 and I think Max Factorâ€™s 2000 Calorie mascara works just as well (if better) for only $6.00.
In fact, my two current favorite drugstore mascaras are all by Max Factor: 2000 Calorie and Stretch & Separate. Each provides a different look and great performance for the price. Color selection is somewhat limited, so if you like crazy colors then they might not be your cup oâ€™tea.
Product: Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara Straight Brush in Rich Black
Price: about $6.00
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
This mascara is my everyday, go-to mascara, and it SERIOUSLY. ROCKS. MY. WORLD. It thickens the lashes without clumping, and two coats make a dramatic difference without looking spidery. This performs similar to Diorshow, except that itâ€™s even better than Diorshow because it doesnâ€™t smudge. It comes in four colors: Rich Black, Soft Black, Black Brown and Deep Auburn. ROCKS!
The marketing people werenâ€™t messing around when they named this mascara; it indeed lengthens and separates very well, and does so without clumping or smudging. Whenever I wear this mascara I feel like a 40s film star because it makes my lashes super long. This would get an A but the blue isnâ€™t really that blue. It shows up as black on me. Also, my lashes arenâ€™t super thick, and this formula doesnâ€™t provide enough volume. If you have really thick lashes then you might really love this. Comes in: Rich Black, Deep Blue, Soft Black and Black Brown.