(Closed) Does luxury mascara make a difference versus the drug store kind?

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
5170 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

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pussinboots07 :  I think mascara is one of the products where there isn’t a huge difference between drugstore and high end brands.  I switch between a max factor or a L’Oreal lengthening mascara from the drugstore and roller lash and bad gal from benefit.  I like to use a lengthening mascara followed by a voluminous one.  I’ve used good drugstore ones and bad high end ones as well as the other way around, I think it’s more down to personal preference of brush or consistency as far as mascaras are concerned. 

Post # 3
1143 posts
Bumble bee

Sorry PP.  I completely disagree.  I feel that mascara is one of the only products where luxury makes a huge difference.  I used to use drugstore brands and they would flake and smudge and I would look crazy by the end of the day.  With higher end brands, that doesn’t happen.  Also, I find that their wands are much better for whichever look you’re trying to acheive.

My personal fave is Excessive Lash by Makeup Forever.  The wand is really thin so it creats amazing length and volume. I’ll NEVER go back to drugstore mascara!!

Post # 4
676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2021 - Dracut, Massachusetts

I think it depends on your personal preference but I like the more expensive ones. I got the Tarte Lights Camera, Lashes in my Ipsy bag and I am obsessed with it. I’ve tried a lot of different brands, this one is my favorite. Maybe you can try one of the subscription boxes so you can test the types of mascara and then when you find one you like, you can purchase the full size.

Post # 5
345 posts
Helper bee

I think good mascara makes a difference. I use Diorshow

Post # 6
3708 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I actually prefer drugstore brands. I love Loreal Million lashes topped with Loreal telescopic. I find the kinds with the plastic brushes rather than the feathery brushes work better. 

Post # 7
196 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017 - Sauk Valley Resort

I feel like there isn’t a hige difference in how they make your lashes work, unless you end up with a clumpy bottle of it, which I have happen for both kinds. But, I’ve noticed that on me, drugstore mascara doesn’t last all day without smudging or flaking. I’ll wear a drugstore mascara to go out for dinner or something, but I like Smashbox Full Exposure or Urban Decay Cannonball for all day. 

Post # 8
4767 posts
Honey bee

It depends on what you are looking for in a mascara.  I’ve had some awful high end and some awful drug store.  My pet peeve is racoon eyes during full day wear and many higher end do not deliver when it comes to that, I’ve found. So my go to is Clinique Lash Power long wearing.  But second place is Maybelline Full and Soft.  I’ve also had decent luck with Benefit They’re Real  (but not roller gal).  I’ve heard good things about rimmel but haven’t tried it.   Meanwhile some like DiorShow are great for dramatic lashes for a short event, but full day wear was a mess.  I’ve heard raves about Too Faced Better Than Sex and I found it an ugly clumpy mess and Urban Decay Perversion caused racoon eyes by midday.

So in short, not necessarily. I think you have as equally good chance finding something you like at the drug store as in higher end.

Post # 9
9114 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Mascara is where I go cheap all the way. Classic pink and green Maybelline. I’ve had sample bottles of higher end mascaras that I always find to be clumpy and flakey. Maybe I just haven’t tried the right expensive ones but I always go back to the pink and green lol. 

Post # 10
9634 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

It really just depends. There are some mid and high end that aren’t worth the money. Looking at you, Tarte!! But there are some that definitely are: Diorshow (my wedding mascara, will always hold a place in my heart), Too Faced Better Than Sex and Benefit’s They’re Real are all amazing, IMO.

Post # 11
1338 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I have mixed feelings. I loved L’Oreal million lashes, used it for years until I tried Benefit They’re Real. NO clumps at all, adds great length but it’s a bitch to get off and smears everywhere in the shower. I have Monsieur Big by Lancome Right now and I like the volume it gives but it makes them clumpy. I’ve had samples of Better than Sex by Too Faced and it was pretty good. Bottom line is I think higher end mascaras are better but it just depends on which one. The one I hated the most was the fiber mascara by Younique. Just made my lashes super clumpy, irritated my eyes and it was $30.

Post # 12
805 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve used some reaaaally good drugstore mascaras, but my favorite is a department store brand.  I think you could skate by on drug store (maybelline has some really good choices! I especially love the colossal volume one in the yellow tube) with good results.  If you want to try a higher end brand, I reccomend Estée Lauder sumptuous lashes , it is just perfect ☺️.

Post # 13
45 posts
  • Wedding: October 2017

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PrincessPeach13 :  Just want to ditto.  I have really oily skin and most drug store brands leave me looking like a sad panda.  I love Excessive Lash and the Lash Fiber primer from makeup forever. 

Post # 14
9758 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

So I used to think no difference. Then I spent a year using really good mascara cause I kept getting them in my Ipsy bags. Then when I ran out I tried some NYX and BC Cosmetics mascara and its soooooo not even in the same world as my Too Faced or Urban Decay was.

The cheap shit is all clumpy and I don’t like the way it goes on. I’d rather pay more for the better stuff.

Post # 15
1143 posts
Bumble bee

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cenbee :  excessive lash is literally the best thing since sliced bread. Changed my life! I wish the tube lasted a little longer though.

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