Mascara Roundup January: Benefit, Clinique and Bourjois

 I try lots of different mascaras but as they dry up so quickly I never get around to blogging about them so I am hoping to do month round ups. I know some people will think going through three mascaras a month is a bit much but please remember that I do it because of my blog rather than simply feeling the need to just buy 3 mascaras a month for myself. I have quite long and thick eyelashes as it is(nothing amazing), so bare that in mine when looking at the photos.

 Benefit They’re Real!* £18.50
By far the mascara I had been most excited to try for a while as it claims to give you the false lash effect. I love the packaging which I believe is designed to look like a drinks shaker (I may be wrong) and the brush is also very interesting. It is a rubber brush with almost a little ball on the end and very small bristles. This is a great mascara if you are looking for both volume and length and is really black. My only problem is if you already have decent lashes (as I do) it can be easy to apply to much and when you do it gets worse and not better. It is quite a wet mascara at first which I think gets a little better with time and when it is drier. I do like the volume it gives but the consistency makes spider eyelashes way too easy to achieve.

 Bourjois Volume Glamour £7.99
I wasn’t expecting too much from this mascara; it has a small want and very conservative packaging but I was surprised by how good it is. As it is quite a dry formula it doesn’t clump but you can get great definition and volume. The size of the brush is great even for the smaller bottom lashes. Perfect day mascara and actually even for the evening if your not looking for anything very dramatic. It claims to be ultra black but I think it isn’t anything blacker than a standard mascara (or the Benefit one) A great drugstore mascara if you are looking for volume.

 Clinique High Impact extreme volume mascara £17
As it is Clinique I was under the impression it would be average as I don’t associate Clinique with dramatic lashes but inside this very impressive shinny tube lies a very impressive product. It is a rubber brush which is quite fat and seems to have longer bristles on one side although they are all pretty short meaning it grips the lashes really well. If you have decent lashes already this mascara is fabulous, adding lots of volume and a little length however I do think if your lashes are a little thinner it may be a bit much and make it look a little spider-y.
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara £11
(On the bottom lashes of the Clinique image below) I have alway thought this mascara was a bit gimmicky, do I really need a separate mascara for my bottom lashes? I can’t pretend that this mascara doesn’t do it’s job, it does. However I would say that the other two mascara’s I have tried do the same job. Using this tiny brush is more time consuming, more expensive and just not worth it. I know so many people would disagree but I didn’t get any more length or volume than I would carefully using a different mascara.

Overall I think all three mascaras are great this month. I was a little disappointed with Benefit They’re Real but thats as I have very high expectations. Bourjois Volume Glamour adds great volume if you like a mascara that is a little drier, with a smaller brush and at an affordable price. The Clinique mascara  really surprised me, the volume is great and it doesn’t clump on my lashes. The only mascara I was disappointed by was Clinique bottom lash and that just because I think it is an unnecessary extra.

What mascaras have you been using this month?
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  1. 20th January 2013 / 10:26 pm

    I'm dying to try 'They're Real', but the Bourjois one looks great too. I've been using the Falsies this month and I really like it 🙂 xo

    • 21st January 2013 / 10:34 am

      So many people love it, I will give it a few more tries too X

  2. 20th January 2013 / 10:50 pm

    The Bourjois Volume Glamour looks the best in my opinion. Most Bourjois mascaras are really good. I used to be addicted to the Clubbing one 🙂

    • 21st January 2013 / 10:34 am

      I love Bourjois in general! X

    • 21st January 2013 / 10:35 am

      Thanks, let me know what you think! X

  3. 20th January 2013 / 11:04 pm

    I'd like to try the Benefit one although I'm really not into the spidery look. I've used the bourjois mascara before and I do like it, thumbs up from me! Not too sure if there's really a need for the bottom lash mascara from Clinique, it seems a bit pointless and a tad bit of a waste to be honest.

    Great post 🙂

    Chloë x

  4. 20th January 2013 / 11:18 pm

    Favourite by the photos is deffo the Clinique one 🙂 and even tho its a little pricey compared to some drugstore ones, i would still treat myself to it as i love the finishing effect! 🙂

    • 21st January 2013 / 10:37 am

      It is great although there are a few drugstore ones that are just as good! X

    • 21st January 2013 / 10:37 am

      I'm glad you liked it!! XX

  5. 21st January 2013 / 12:01 am

    I personally love the bottom lash but I have very watery eyes so I can't use normal ones there! but I love the other clinique on you, really want to try a normal mascara from them! x

    • 21st January 2013 / 10:37 am

      So do I actually, I feel like I should love it more than I do. X

  6. 21st January 2013 / 12:25 am

    I do like They're Real, though I definitely agree if I get too heavy handed with it it tends to go a bit wrong, and I really want to try the Clinique one (though like you I currently have 3 and need to use at least one up first before buying another!)

  7. 21st January 2013 / 1:09 am

    I was thinking about trying they're real but I might skip it as I have long spidery lashes anyway, the bourjois one looks lovely and I might have to give that one a go 🙂
    Rosalie x

    • 21st January 2013 / 10:38 am

      It is still worth trying the Benefit one I think, it isn't a bad mascara at all I was just expecting a little better but most people that try it swear by it! X

  8. 21st January 2013 / 5:09 am

    I've been wearing the Clinique Extreme Volume Mascara the last few weeks & love it as well! I have to admit, I was just as surprised as you at how great it is!

    xx Louise
    A Little Beauty Luxury

  9. 21st January 2013 / 8:43 am

    I found the same with Benefit They're Real but now it's dried out a little it IS better so maybe give it another go in a week or 2? I love the original Clinique High Impact so might give the Extreme Volume version a go. Great post and photos 🙂

    Melanie xxx

    • 21st January 2013 / 10:40 am

      I'm going to wait a few weeks and try it again, let me know what you think of the Clinique one X

  10. 21st January 2013 / 2:34 pm

    The clinique mascaras look really good. I usually stick with the same mascara and just re purchase. (Loreal Voluminous in carbon black) I am feeling a bit 'stuck in a rut' though and want to try something new! So I may have to pop along to a counter.

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

    • 21st January 2013 / 11:18 pm

      Yeah it's nice to try new mascaras, there are some really great ones even some fabulous drugstore ones!

  11. Anonymous
    21st January 2013 / 4:45 pm

    i have tried all mascaras .I have thin short lashes boots no 7 extreme defintion is the best by far and inexpensive compared to some, give it a try.

    • 21st January 2013 / 11:18 pm

      I actually tried it a while back and at the time I felt it didn't work for me, can't remember why though X

  12. 21st January 2013 / 7:48 pm

    Benefit is my favourite at the moment! Love this mascara!

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