October 10th 2018
Nothing beats a good root pushing, lash plumping mascara- the kind that seemingly doubles the thickness of your eyelashes in one fell swoop, can be layered to create a lush lash fringe and might very well turn you into Elizabeth Taylor in an instant (the actress has a double row of eyelashes, medically termed distichiasis). That’s the hope anyway. These eight great mascaras might come close...
A GTG team favourite since its UK launch, this body building mascara is hard to beat in terms of jet black intensity that creates oomph straight from the lashline. It conjures up volume where there naturally isn’t any, and the black pigment is so deliciously sooty that you almost don’t need liner when you wear it- it’s that flattering. Velvet Noir is in my eternal hall of mascara fame for life.
Let’s admit, the best things in life are full fat, and this bushy brushed bestseller has certainly impressed you lot- you frequently tell us how wonderful it is for delivering all the things that mascara ought to, namely length, curl, lift, definition and all important volume. It’s the va-va voom-ness that really makes this Hollywood worthy wand stand out from the crowd- the fine tip allows you to beef up even the tiniest of lashes, while the generous bristles distribute just the right amount of mascara for fullness without clumping.
Another makeup artist staple, the legend that is Mary Greenwell rates this chunky wanded mascara for creating “magic volume”. Big, bristly and with a fibre-enhanced lengthening and thickening formula, it creates impressively high impact lashes, while the squeezy tube allows you get your money’s worth- you can use every last blob of mascara.
There are fibre mascaras, and mascaras so fibrous they should be included within your daily recommended intake. This is in the latter category. If you despise fibre mascaras, you’ll hate this, but if you love the additional bulk that loose fibres bring, this Gigi x Maybelline mash up should be just your cup of tea. Available online as of yesterday, this mascara forms part of the East Coast Glam collection, and it’s certainly that- kind of flashy but fantastic. Apply a coat of mascara, brush on the fibres from the other end of the wand, and go back in with the mascara again. Voilà, huge volume.
From starry and new to an old-skool classic, this high street mascara has yet to let me down on the fullness front. Max Factor’s largest, most abundantly bristly brush, it captures lashes at the base and applies just the right amount of intense black mascara to create non-globby volume. It claims to double lash volume, and while I’m not sure I’d go that far, it builds drama cleanly and quickly.
You may recognise that the name bears a passing resemblance to another volumizing mascara in this edit. You don’t need to be Sherlock to deduce which much-loved mascara that Aldi is imitating here, but we’re including it because it does a mighty good job at amplifying lashes for less than a fiver. With a Christmas tree shaped wand and fluffy, grabby bristles, it coats even weedy lashes with a lotta mascara, which is what you want at the end of the day. Our Judy was won over. It's currently sold out but we're keeping our eyes peeled and will input the link as soon as it's on sale again.
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I’ve gone for waterproof here as it’s simply the version I own, but waterproof formulas also help to keep lashes lifted for longer, so if you’re after both aesthetic results and cry-proof performance, you’re onto a good thing here. This has a more petite wand than many volumizing models, but that doesn’t mean that is has any less clout- the silicone bristles hook lashes from the get-go and the black as night formula makes the lash fringe look lovely and full.
Ending with a bang, this XXL mascara is our Art Editor Sarah’s pick, and when I first ogled it it was indeed the biggest mascara wand I’d encountered. All the better for bigging up your lashes with. It somehow fills in gaps between sparse lashes and adds glossy, carbon black colour from root to tip, although if you have very small eyes you may have issues wiggling it straight into the lashline try using the tip). It’s been doing the rounds for years, and we predict that the show will go on.
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