I’ve played with quite a few mascaras tried over the past few months – some since early January. While reviewing a few tubes, I jotted down their thoughts and saved them from photographing side-by-side so you could see the size and shape of the paint brushes. I have very straight, relatively weak lashes that are usually barely visible unless I wear mascara. I rarely apply anything to the lower lashes because most brushes are too big to catch tiny lashes. It, combined with the fact that most mascaras stain me, is another factor in why I don’t apply anything to my lower lashes.

Mascaras tried tested. Some are classic staple repeats. I usually like the waterproof versions because they don’t smudge me. However, many lashes look and feel crunchy or turn a bit grey when they dry, so I’m picky about formulas.

Different Mascaras Tried

Clinique High Impact Mascara

Clinique High Impact Mascara

It is one of the mascaras tried I’ve used the longest. I discovered it years ago, and it’s a great base mascara for adding definition and volume, it’s not the most volumizing formula, but the black is an actual black colour and doesn’t smudge, flake or clump.

By Terry the Terrybly Growth Booster Mascara

Booster Mascara is a costly formula I got as a gift when I bought it from a counter a year ago, but it gives lashes a lovely, lush look. Of course, it has to have a growth formula in it. I didn’t notice any visible growth, but it’s not what I use daily. I like it because it doesn’t flake, irritate or clumpy. It holds the frizz and adds an excellent volume you can layer.

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara

I love Dior mascaras tried, but they don’t hold the curls for me most of the time. It got a lot of mixed reviews online – people either love it or hate it. I found that it keeps the loop and does not smudge. I would have liked a little more noticeable drama, you can layer it, but on me, it was easy to layer where you get that slightly cakey look. The fact that it holds my curl and is smudge-proof made it high on my thumbs list.

Burberry Bold Lash – Mascaras Tried

It is one I used, loved, and repurchased once a few years ago. I made another purchase and have never regretted it. It looks better on me with a good layer. I apply it to the bottom of the lashes and shake the tube to use – it coats the lashes evenly without clumping and does not smudge on me.

Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Mascara, I tried at Birchbox Beauty in Bloom Box (review here and still available). It exceeded my expectations, and I started looking for it in stores. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it near me, so I ordered it online. It’s my new favourite formula, even though it’s difficult to wash off at night. I like this one the most for the drama and definition. It holds the frizz and does not smudge, and looks true black.

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lash Mascara – Mascaras Tried

I love everything about Charlotte Tilbury, so I had high hopes when this was first released. The regular mascara in her line is ok, in my experience. It is like an elevator for the lashes. I rarely notice the smell of mascara, but this one smells like it has very little perfume and is incredibly fresh and good. I have mixed feelings about this. Mascara tested this last month. Adds incredible volume and definition, giving it that faux mascara look – imposing. Maintains frizz and does not exfoliate or irritate. However, half the time, it smudges. Not in the other half. Even when my under-eye is very powdery, sometimes there is smudging. If it came in a waterproof formula, I think it would be 100% perfect for me—currently 50/50 on the stain factor.

Chanel Le Volume Mascara

It is a classic. I love the regular black version, but try to buy plum shades when they come out, as they are usually limited editions. There are two formulas: Le Volume Regular and Le Volume Waterproof. I love both, but waterproofing is the way to go, especially during the hot and humid months. It gives volume and does not smudge.


mascaras tried has many beauty benefits. It instantly adds thickness, length and darker colour to lashes, drawing attention to the eyes and creating definition. While there are many positive traits, short-term and long-term issues can also arise.