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Beauty Wars: Just How Good Are These New Cult Favourite Mascaras?

KULALA Beauty Clubber Hannah Nan (@hhnnaa) pitted them against our favourite mascara of all time to surprising results.

In a very special edition of “Beauty Wars“, we asked long-time KULALA Beauty Clubber Hannah Nan (@hhnnaa) to venture into the deep, treacherous waters of the beautysphere to see how the latest crop of cult favourite mascaras hold up against our favourite mascara of all time – Heroine Make’s Volume & Curl Super Waterproof Mascara. (We just so happens to be her favourite, too! It’s just that good!) Take it away, Hannah!

The search for the best mascara is a tricky one with so many factors to consider. From its lengthening and volumnising abilities to how smudge-proof the formulas are to the shape of the wand – the choices available can be overwhelming. In this edition of Beauty Wars, I tried four high-end mascaras to see if they are worth the hype and price tags they come with!

Heroine Make Volume & Curl Super Waterproof Mascara

I’ve been sticking to Heroine Make’s Volume & Curl Super Waterproof Mascara since I was 18. It’s affordable, accessible and it does the job pretty well. For me, a good mascara is one that lengthens and volumnises the lashes without leaving behind any residue from flaking. More importantly, the application must be a breeze as I do not like to risk ruining my eyeshadow and eyeliner from smudges and smears.

YSL Beauty The Shock Volumising Mascara

Best suited for naturally long lashes that need a boost! The Shock‘s formula is pretty thick and it can get slightly clumpy at times, but it gives off amazing volume, length and a beautiful curl to your lashes. If you don’t mind the hassle of combing your lashes with a clean spoolie to separate the occasional clumps, this can be your new favourite. One point to note: this mascara has a distinct fruity scent and it might be a concern for those with sensitive eyes. Otherwise, possible new favourite!

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

Frankly, I’m not impressed. Although the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir‘s formula is extremely pigmented and gives a dark payoff, it has poor lengthening power and it smudges and flakes off throughout the day. In conclusion, it’s a below average product at an above average price. Definitely not worth the money, honey.

Diorshow Pump ‘N’ Volume Mascara

The name really says it all: Diorshow’s Pump ‘N’ Volume creates instant volume to your lashes just by pumping. The tube features a flexible rubber exterior and by squeezing the bottom of the tube, it helps to warm up and moisten the formula for easy application. The mascara wand features a rigid but stable brush with supple bristles that grabs and coats every lash, creating a full and dense look without clumping! Works amazing with a single coat and if you prefer something more dramatic, it’s buildable without flaking or clumping (I did four coats). If you’re love fuss-free mascaras which give you VOLUME and LENGTH without drying out quickly, this one’s for you. This mascara does everything. Seriously, my new favourite!

Burberry Beauty’s Cat Lashes Mascara

The Burberry Cat Lashes mascara is the most lightweight and comfortable mascara out of the lot. It’s surprisingly easy to apply and it doesn’t clump or feel heavy even when I had several coats on. It has an hourglass-shaped wand with shorter bristles in the middle (for volume) and longer bristles at the ends (for definition), creating a cat-eye look by drawing out the lashes in the outer corners. Lasts all day without any transfer and it’s surprisingly easy to remove! It was a close fight between this and the Diorshow Pump ‘N’ Volume, but I prefer the former as the steady brush combs each and every lash evenly and perfectly.


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