I have a love-hate relationship with mascaras. They're a product I desperately need in my routine; I'm not one of those girls who can go mascara free and still have lovely lashes, without mascara I look like I have no lashes. With such a short shelf-life though, you're constantly having to repurchase and replace - for me, they're easily the product I begrudge having to buy the most. They're some amazing mascaras on the high-street (I'm particularly a fan of the Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara - see full review here), in fact, I think there's some budget options which are just as good as any high-end mascaras. But like everything else, it's always nice to try a more 'luxurious' version if you can and after trying my fair share over the years, I've come to have a nice little selection of favourites that I would repurchase in a flash. These are the high-end mascaras I think are definitely worth the splurge.
Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara (£18.45) is more of a 'special occasion' mascara, reserved for dinners out with friends or family visits, because it's an incredibly flattering mascara. The most budget-friendly of my top high-end picks, it provides 12-hour waterproof wear with a volumising and lengthening effect in a deep intense black. Using Bitter Orange Tree Wax and Squalane from Olive, it also works to protect lashes from harsh effects whilst nourishing and conditioning. (Read full review here).
Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara (£19) has been a real favourite for me this year, because it's made me realise just how long and full my lashes can look with the right mascara. Using Egyptian Moringa Oil to both strengthen and lengthen lashes, it uses a formula of plant-based ingredients and waxes to provide effortless coverage of all lashes from base to tip, making lashes appear longer and fuller instantaneously. (See full review here).
Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara (£19.50) was the first mascara I tried which made me go 'wow' when I saw the effects. It ticks all the boxes; lashes are lengthened and look lusciously full, with a pliable formula that lets you build up the volume throughout the day, without any clumping, drying or flaking. It holds a curl all day, with a wand that's easy to grab every last little lash with a perfectly designed tapered brush. (See full review here).
Benefit They're Real! Mascara (£19.50) is easily one of the most talked about lash products in the world and one of they're most heavily promoted products, but for good reason. Although this is one I prefer after a few weeks use once the formula has slightly thickened up, it is brilliant at lengthening lashes to create a natural, full lash line. It's very similar to the Goddess mascara, but the added addition of a rounded tip means even those pesky lashes you can usually never see, let alone get with a mascara wand, are picked up in a flash! (See full review here).
Lancome Hypnose Mascara (£22.50) is the most expensive of my high-end mascara picks. I actually managed to snap up mine in a duo set in the January sales, so at half price it wasn't so bad, but I think in future this one will stay reserved to sale buys. I love high-end mascaras, but £20 is my high point and this one is just a touch too much to keep repurchasing regularly. I love this one for one thing and one thing only; the effortless blackest black volume it gives my lashes. The wand is really easy to use, separating lashes well, providing long-lasting volume. I'm also a big fan of the Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara (£22.50) which I hope to pick up in the next January sales, too!